Glenmore Ellison Improvement District


Water Utility Foreman

Glenmore–Ellison Improvement District (GEID) is independent Public Water Utility providing domestic and agricultural water to approximately 19,000 residents in the City of Kelowna (including UBCO and parts of the Regional District of Central Okanagan).

This position will report directly to the Operations Manager. This individual will be responsible for providing the guidance and supervision to the outside crew and the day-to-day general operations and maintenance of the water system.

This individual must have above average communication skills both oral and written, ability to make critical decisions and demonstrate the ability for problem solving, effectively deal with the public and maintain excellent PR skills.

One of the main objectives of this position is to maintain harmony among all outside crew and to instill the importance of operating the system and district as efficiently and as safely as possible.


  • Level 4 Water Distribution Certification & Level 2 Water Treatment Certification preferred.
  • The incumbent will be required to provide a driver abstract and is subject to a criminal record check.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license, with a Class I or III and air brake endorsement preferred.
  • Minimum five years of water distribution operations experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment used in maintenance and construction.
  • Above average communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety practices and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of cross connection control and backflow prevention.
  • Principles and procedures of traffic control.

Maintain Effective Working Relationship with:

  • District Management, Staff and Board of Trustees.
  • Outside Crew – Provide Direction and Guidance.
  • Contractors & Public – Provide answers to general questions.

Essential Job Functions:

The following representative duties are typical. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Day to Day scheduling of works and maintenance with crew.
  • Daily Service requests.
  • Co-ordinate system construction and maintenance activities within the District. Carry out inspections and obtain locates of other utilities.
  • On site supervision of all day to day operations and construction.
  • Inventory control and maintenance.
  • Supervising and flushing of water-mains as scheduled
  • Supervision, installation and maintenance of all related waterworks such as pumps, metering devices, water mains, fire hydrants, service and main line repairs etc.
  • Handle Customer Complaints
  • Advise water users on matters of concern such as irrigation requirements, line pressures, etc.
  • Assist in report writing and documentation.
  • Estimating costs for installation of works as required.
  • Maintenance of as-built drawings.
  • Report to Administrator and/or Operations Manager on upgrading requirements, line sizing, valving and hydrant requirements for impact on Capital plan, when required.
  • Participate in on call rotation.
  • And other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Be Prepared to Provide Input into Capital Works Required Such As:

  • System renewal and upgrading.
  • Timing of jobs such as hydrant maintenance and system flushing.
  • Machinery, Equipment and Tool repair or replacement.

Environmental and Working Conditions:

Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, and stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required.

The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 lbs is also required. The incumbent in this position works in all weather conditions. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing equipment and work in vehicle traffic conditions.

Hours of work are primarily Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, some early starts, after hours and weekend duties may be required.

This is a unionized position with a 2018 hourly rate of pay of $38.83. The applicant is entitled to the benefits and annual rate increases (as expressed in percentages) outlined in the CUPE Local 338 Collective Agreement.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. October 25, 2018

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Dawn Williams ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or deliver to the GEID office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch between noon and 12:30 p.m.), Monday to Friday.

445 Glenmore Road
Kelowna, BC

GEID would like to thank all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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