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Supervisor, Utilities - City of Cochrane

15 Sep 2022 4:30 PM | Association Manager (Administrator)

Supervisor, Utilities

Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. With a population of over 34,000 people, and growing steadily every year, Cochrane is a thriving municipality, surrounded by world-famous ranch country. Our western heritage is reflected in Cochrane’s architecture and our friendly people. Cochrane welcomes innovative and skilled individuals to join our team of over 250 employees.

Did you know that 14 full-time staff work around the clock to make sure Cochrane’s water tastes delicious and exceeds provincial & federal requirements for safety?  They also oversee Cochrane’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Reporting to the Manager, Water and Wastewater, the Supervisor, Utilities is expected to lead their team by fostering an environment that reinforces Cochrane’s cultural and organizational values. The Supervisor, Utilities is responsible for the day-to-day operation of all functions within the wastewater collection, water distribution and water treatment areas. The incumbent is responsible for the supervision of staff and assets including but not limited to performance management, risk management, scheduling, and asset management. Additionally, this position will be expected to maintain budgets, comply with legislated requirements, all while ensuring Cochrane is keeping with current engineering practices and safe work procedures.

Why should you consider working for us?

Our employees enjoy many benefits including competitive public sector pay, comprehensive health and dental benefits package, professional learning and development opportunities and the opportunity to work with other talented municipal professionals.

As an organization, the Cochrane has a focus on investing in people.  This is not a boring municipality.  We are growing into an organization with a focus on transparency, critical thinking, curiosity, reflection and innovation.  We support experimentation as part of the growth process and strive for continuous improvement.  We are municipal employees and we are accountable to all the residents of Cochrane.  Want to be a part of this exciting time?

As the Supervisor, Utilities you will:

  • Provide day-to-day supervision, training, leadership, and coaching for Water & Wastewater staff. Responsible for subordinate employee performance management and recruitment. Reviews and approves staff Dayforce entries and time exception requests.
  • Oversee maintenance and monitors the water treatment plant physical processes. Ensures onsite samples are collected, analyzed, and interpreted for regulatory compliance and plant optimization. Ensures that all physical processes, control, and feedback systems including online instruments, PLC, and SCADA are verified and maintained. Oversees the plant QA/QC program, and chemical inventory.
  • Develop and implement short/long term plans for the effective and sustainable operations of the Water & Wastewater infrastructure while ensuring alignment with the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, Water & Wastewater Master Plan and Strategic Plan.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the water distribution system and all satellite distribution facilities, networks, and related equipment. The Supervisor must ensure the systems are operated, maintained, and monitored as per manufacturer’s recommendations, legislated requirements, and whenever feasible, best practices.
  • The Supervisor is responsible for the wastewater collection system including all satellite facilities, networks, and related equipment. The Supervisor must ensure the systems are operated, maintained, and monitored as per manufacturer’s recommendations, legislated requirements, and whenever feasible, best practices.
  • Manage the Town’s underground infrastructure locates program according to our ‘Utility Safety Partners’ agreement, thorough use of GIS, engineering drawings and proactive/planned public engagement. Solicits feedback from the Water and Wastewater team to assist with improvements to the Town’s GIS system.
  • Ensure the Cochrane delivers an effective Water & Wastewater after-hours service that ensures emergency assistance is provided according to the Town’s service levels.
  • The incumbent must ensure customer inquiries/requests are responded to according to  Cochrane’s service levels; must ensure staff are documenting results/findings appropriately.
  • Liaise with Cochrane’s Fleet Coordinator to schedule the regular maintenance of Water and Wastewater fleet assets. Identify Water and Wastewater fleet requirements and collect supporting information to justify fleet asset additions or modifications.
  • Ensures all work is performed in accordance with workplace health and safety standards. The Supervisor manages staff adherence to all policies, procedures, and legislated requirements set out for Cochrane by the Province and Federal Government.
  • Assists Manager with the preparation of the annual operational and capital budget for the Water & Wastewater Section. Responsible for expense review and invoice/Purchase Card approvals.
  • Fill in for Manager in their absence. The duties include but are not limited to, meeting representation, budget support, project management and performance management. Liaise with internal and external customers and suppliers to ensure project and maintenance continuity.

If many of the following characteristics and skills describe you, we want to meet you!

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology or related field with focus on municipal engineering or the completion of a municipally focused water and wastewater technical program at an accredited institution.
  • Valid AE&P Level III Operator Certificates in two of the three following disciplines; Water Treatment, Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution. Alternate combinations of education, designations, and certifications may be considered.
  • Minimum five (5) to seven (7) years’ experience in system operation and maintenance at a level III water treatment, water distribution or wastewater collection facility. Includes, a minimum of two years of Direct Responsible Charge (DRC) experience preferably in a municipal environment.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office suite.
  • Awareness of safe heavy equipment operation.
  • Physically able to perform required duties.
  • Provide guidance in fundamental equipment maintenance.
  • Strong understanding of basic sciences related to water and wastewater systems operation.
  • Solid applied math skills.
  • Strong data interpretation abilities.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Awareness of basic plumbing and pipe fitting skills.
  • Proven supervisory skills to positively coach, mentor and appraise employees.

Cochrane is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees.  As a Cochrane employee you must take reasonable care to protect your health and safety and that of others present at Town worksites, perform work safely, follow all relevant health and safety legislation, Town directives and procedures and attend all identified orientations and training.

Still interested?  Here’s how to apply:

  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit your resume, and a letter stating how your experience match the required qualifications, skills and abilities for this position
  • All qualified candidates will be requested to complete an online suitability survey
  • Applications for this position will be accepted until 9pm MST September 29th, 2022 at

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

Land Acknowledgement         

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. 

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