City of Guelph

Winter Control Operator (Temporary up to 6 months)

Job ID
Job Location
# Positions
Job Type
Job Industry
Government and Public Sector
Career Level
Posted Date
1 month ago(12/3/2021 10:09 AM)

Job Description

The City of Guelph is a vibrant and diverse community with a unique sense of place located in southern Ontario along the Innovation Corridor that runs between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. We are also one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities with a projected population increase from 135,000 people to almost 170,000 in the next 10 years. Guelph is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Canada to live, work, and play—all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Applications are being accepted for the temporary position of Winter Control Operator within the Operations Department.  Reporting to the Public Works Supervisors, the successful candidate will have a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.

Hours of work

This role is required to work during or following snow storms for shifts ranging from 4 to 12 hours in duration. Hours will be as needed on a call-in basis, Sunday through Saturday up to a maximum of 12 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Ability to respond to the worksite within a reasonable response time is required.


This is a temporary position working from approximately the start of November 2021 until approximately mid-April 2022.


  • Perform duties in the development, maintenance and operation of the Operations Department related roads winter control.
  • Operate various types of equipment including tractors with plow attachment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Perform various duties relating to winter control of roadways including operating manual snow and ice clearing and manual salting and sanding equipment.
  • Comply with all applicable regulations and requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, the Highway Traffic Act, all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Remove obstacles hazardous to employees or the public or that interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or equipment.
  • Immediately report vandalism, mechanical difficulties, damage and hazardous conditions.
  • Actively participate in a team environment.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Grade 12 education is required.
  • Experience related to the duties listed above, which includes one (1) year of relevant experience operating front end loaders and other heavy equipment (such as tractor or backhoe) in a safe and efficient manner in live traffic and in winter driving conditions. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Must possess a Class G licence with a good driving record. A Class DZ would be a definite asset. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their licence is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.  
  • Must be a reliable self-starter, able to make decisions and function with minimum supervision.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Have the ability to deal with the public in a cordial manner and work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical activities including lifting, digging, shoveling, raking and climbing ladders and be able to actively participate in daily activities, working within live traffic conditions and adverse weather conditions.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.


$26.34 per hour  

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system. First consideration will be given to those who apply by Monday August 9, 2021.


Applications received after August 9, 2021 will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.


Please visit the job posting listed on our careers page and click on the “Apply for this job” button. Instructions will follow.


The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.


Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed