Remote Water Wastewater Operator in Training (OIT)

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Remote Water Wastewater Operator in Training (OIT)


Pickle Lake, Ontario


Remote Operations






Full Time 6 Month Contract





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The Pickle Lake project is a municipal water and wastewater facility for a remote community in Northern Ontario. The Operator in Training (OIT) would be required to travel to Pickle Lake on a schedule of 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off. The OIT would be required to stay in Pickle Lake for the duration of their 4-week shift. Travel & Accommodation is provided, along with paid per diem.

Overview of Company

Clearford Water Systems Inc.

Clearford is a new kind of water management company, delivering integrated water infrastructure solutions with sector-leading efficiency and reliability. Our diverse team of licensed engineers and operators provide a complete range of water and wastewater services. From conceptual design, regulatory approval, fabrication & installation, to operations and regulatory compliance, Clearford offers everything required for any water infrastructure challenge and takes responsibility for regulatory compliance at every stage.


Scope Of Position

As a member of the compliance and operations team on the Pickle Lake Project, the Water/Wastewater Operator-In-Training (OIT) contributes to the successful operation and maintenance of the Class 2 Ground Water Supply and Distribution System and Class 2 extended aeration Wastewater Treatment System.  The OIT performs essential services to the public, reports to the Operations Services Manager and Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) and will ensure that all applicable legislation, regulations, approvals, orders, and guidelines are adhered to; will document and optimize plant performance and will complete sampling.  The OIT will perform functions and responsibilities in a team environment, with support from the Operations Services Manager, ORO, Site Performance Manager, Compliance Team and other Clearford support services.

The Operator in Training (OIT) would be required to travel to Pickle Lake on a schedule of 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off. The OIT would be required to stay in Pickle Lake for the duration of their 4-week shift. Travel & Accommodation is provided, along with paid per diem.

Major Responsibilities

(This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

  • Perform all operational tasks and maintenance (preventative and corrective) duties for assigned facilities, (including daily rounds, water quality testing, system monitoring, housekeeping, regulatory sampling and deliveries to lab);
  • Communicate using strong written and verbal skills to clearly describe operational items to members of the public, clients, government agencies, equipment suppliers, contractors and tradespeople, and to the appropriate internal team members;
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations, approvals, orders, and guidelines;
  • Adjust, inspect and evaluate process performance and equipment to optimize efficiency and effectiveness, in accordance with established procedures;
  • Operate, monitor, and maintain the ground water supply and distribution system, and water tower including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), various digital and analog instrumentation and control systems, numerous monitoring, reporting and communication systems, chlorination, continuous online analyzers, and related appurtenances, valves, hydrants etc;
  • Operate, monitor, and maintain wastewater treatment plant using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems along with less sophisticated control systems, sewage pump stations, and manholes, etc;
  • Work independently to troubleshoot various types of equipment malfunctions, make necessary repairs using Operations and Maintenance manuals, seek input from peers by telephone or through the web-based communication channels such as; Microsoft Teams;
  • Collect regulatory Water and Wastewater samples; microbiological, chemical, raw sewage and treated effluent using necessary Chains of Custody, proper packaging and transportation to various laboratories;
  • Conduct in-house laboratory testing utilizing handheld instruments (colorimeters or spectrophotometers);
  • Carry out process changes required to optimize treatment performance;
  • Comply with the on-call rotation schedule including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays;
  • Interpret Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Process and Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs), reviews Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and assists with asset data collection from sites to upload into a Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS);
  • Maintain logs and records pertaining to system performance and conditions, in accordance with established procedures and regulatory requirements;
  • Assist in maintaining a safe work environment by using appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and Health and Safety training;
  • Help to promote a positive working environment, present a professional approach to the client, and establish and maintain relationships between Clearford and the client.

Required Knowledge, Experience, & Competencies

  • Minimum Operator in Training Certificate/Licenses for:
    • Water Treatment
    • Water Distribution and Supply
    • Wastewater Treatment
    • Wastewater Collection
  • Higher level licenses considered a strong asset;
  • Post-secondary education in the environmental, chemical/biological, or engineering field, considered a strong asset;
  • Possess a strong mechanical aptitude, and is familiar with various types of tools;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills and a willingness to develop and grow these on the job;
  • Training and certification in Confined Space Entry (CSE), Working at Heights, First Aid, are considered strong assets;
  • Lock-Out Tag-Out, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods are considered strong assets;
  • Good understanding of the latest technologies in the Water and Wastewater industry;
  • Basic knowledge of applicable legislation and regulations (for example, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Drinking Water Standards, Drinking Water Protection Regulations, Safe Drinking Water Act, Spills Act, etc.);
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft software packages including Access, Project and Teams, as well as web-based data entry systems for payroll and expenses;
  • Proactively, maintains current training and pursues advanced certification;
  • A valid Ontario Class (full) G driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract is required to drive a company vehicle.

Hours Of Work and Travel Expectations

  • The hours of work are typically Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • The OIT will be required to be on standby during the weekends while onsite.
  • The OIT may be required to work outside of regular business hours to facilitate the Operation and Maintenance of the area.

What We Offer

  • The hourly rate for the Operator-in-Training is $25.00 with overtime after 44 hours (calculated weekly) at 1.5X hourly rate, and 1.5X hourly rate for working Statutory Holidays;
  • Weekly bonus of $500 gross.
  • $300 flat rate for travel days.
  • $50 per diem for meals.
  • Weekend standby rates are $100 per weekend.
  • Travel and accommodation to be provided.
  • Opportunity to extend the position into a long-term contract.

How To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resumes to Please indicate Pickle Lake in your application.

For additional opportunities at Clearford, please visit our careers page at

Clearford is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation throughout this process.

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