Competition number 017-2019-EXT-RPC

Recreation Operations Technician - Aquatics


Permanent Full-Time

Closing date

Feb. 19, 2019

Competition status

  • Active: Accepting applications until 11:59 pm MST on the closing date.
  • Screening: Applications are under review.
  • Interviewing: Applicants have been selected for interviews.
  • Closed: A candidate has been selected and/or competition has closed.
  • Ongoing: Accepting applications, which will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
  • Cancelled: The competition has been cancelled.



Recreation, Parks and Culture


40 hours per week

Pay range

$64,626 to $80,766 per year

Job Description

This posting is for 1 permanent full-time position

If you are seeking an incredible career opportunity to make a difference with a vibrant and dynamic Recreation, Parks and Culture team, we are looking for you!

We are seeking an experienced Recreation Operations Technician for our aquatics-based facilities. This position is responsible for the overall operation, maintenance and repair of a variety of specialized aquatic systems and equipment. The technician will develop and maintain operational programs to ensure these specialized systems and equipment are performing at optimal levels and water quality is maintained at the highest levels.


  • Maintain the overall condition of aquatic systems and equipment at Strathcona County aquatic facilities by overseeing the inspections, preventative maintenance programs and repairs. Ensure the lifespans of these systems are maximized and are able to provide safe, high quality services for all guests.
  • Ensure specialized applications meet provincial operating standards
  • Develop operating protocols for daily and long term operations, care and maintenance of specialized equipment and systems
  • Oversee the repairs and maintenance needs of specialized equipment such as filter tanks, chlorination systems, booster pumps, and chemical feed pumps
  • Prioritize aquatic system and equipment repairs and replacement in conjunction with the annual budget process. Recommend maintenance, repairs and upgrades to all specialized equipment and applications.
  • Support the aquatic shutdown process by providing recommendations on required work and participate in the planning and executing phases of the shutdowns
  • Work collaboratively with the lifeguard supervisory team to provide basic operational training to the Lifeguard II’s & III’s to ensure they are able to complete the day-to-day operational tasks and troubleshoot basic operational issues
  • Oversee and coordinate the aquatic operations of the Strathcona County Spray Parks, including start–ups and shutdowns
  • Maintain a tracking program within asset management framework and database for all aquatic specialized systems and equipment at Strathcona County aquatic centres, to ensure proper planning, repairs and replacements are completed
  • Manage a variety of projects specific to aquatic systems and equipment replacements and upgrades from start to finish, including the following activities: needs analysis and identification, specification development, procurement, site meetings, coordinating, and scheduling and attending installations 
  • Continuously seek out innovative solutions to improving RPC aquatic systems and equipment to ensure safe, efficient, and effective operations

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellent customer service and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts. Demonstrate a willingness and desire to serve and support others.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and minimum supervision
  • Understanding of OHS code and requirements, work hazards and safe work practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of basic trade practices in building and/or mechanical trades with the ability to diagnose causes of equipment failures
  • Skilled and knowledgeable in the use and care of tools, equipment and materials required to perform assignments
  • Ability to determine the priority for equipment and systems repairs, replacements, or upgrades based on system conditions and functional needs
  • Ability to diagnose causes of equipment failures and identify potential problems
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and to manage a variety of interests and objectives
  • Ability to research and determine manufacturers’ and industry standard maintenance protocols for mechanical and aquatic and pool filtration systems
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge; experience working with an online asset management program is an asset
  • Ability to perform physical labour as part of the job duties and stand/walk for extended periods of time


  • A post-secondary diploma or certificate in recreation facility management, facility operations or related field is required
  • Class 5 power engineering or certificate in facility or building operations is an asset
  • Minimum four years related experience; hands on experience working in a fast-paced environment inspecting, maintaining and repairing systems and equipment
  • Pool Operator I and II are preferred
  • Standard First Aid with CPR, Class 5 Alberta’s Driver’s License and WHMIS
  • Submission of Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • OHS courses/certifications are an asset.  Courses could include: Understanding the OHS Act & Regulations, Hazard Assessment, Incident Reporting & Investigation and Formal Worksite Planned Inspections
  • Confined space, lift and fall arrest training is an asset

This position will require travel between aquatic facilities, both in urban and rural settings.  A vehicle will be provided for work travel.

In addition to providing a dynamic working environment, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months.

Competition #017-2019-EXT-RPC closes February 19, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Strathcona County. We only contact candidates selected for interviews.

A cover letter must be submitted along with a resume describing the interest in this position.

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