Position Title: Overall Responsible Operator

Report To: Director of Technical Services
Main Office: 38 Micmac Road, Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick

Application Deadline: 12:00 pm, Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Anticipated Start Date: November 16th, 2020

North Shore Micmac District Council Member Communities:
Pabineau, Indian Island, Eel Ground, Eel River Bar, Metepenagiag, Buctouche, and Fort Folly

Program Locations:
The Overall Responsible Operator will be required to travel throughout New Brunswick. Travel outside the province will also be required periodically. The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

Scope of Position:
The Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) will be a part of the North Shore Micmac District Council (NSMDC) Technical Services team and will report to the Director of Technical Services. Guidance and coordination will be provided by the Technical Services department. The ORO will provide oversight responsibilities and technical
support to NSMDC member community water and wastewater operators. The position may also involve direct supervision of community operators. The ORO will work closely with operators, suppliers, and contractors of the NSMDC community water and wastewater systems and its subsidiary buildings.


  • Provide 24/7 monitoring, oversight, and response in conjunction with NSMDC’s
  • Circuit Rider Trainer Program (CRTP) and operations staff of the NSMDC member communities;
  • Operate water and wastewater systems in the absence of community-based operators;
  • Provide back-up operator services on an as needed basis;
  • Maintain, collect and report on water quality data;
  • Collect and analyse results of wastewater samples as per wastewater regulations;
  • Ensure monitoring and adequate record keeping of daily and weekly parameters;
  • Develop operator capacity by coordinating / delivering training and maintaining appropriate licensing requirements to meet the current federal and provincial water quality standards;
  • Provide hands-on-training to water and wastewater operators;
  • Assist with the development and implementation Maintenance Management Plans, Asset Management Plans and Emergency Response Plans in respect to water and wastewater systems;
  • Respond to alerts and alarms from NSMDC member communities’ water and wastewater systems;
  • Notify the Director of Technical Services, CRTP and necessary NSMDC member community operator(s) of any critical system breakdown and commence the mobilization of repair technicians as required;
  • Develop equipment and supplies procurement policies and procedures;
  • Troubleshoot problems with operators on-site or over the phone;
  • Provide input at feasibility and / or design stages of new water and wastewater infrastructure projects;
  • Attend water and wastewater infrastructure design meetings as required;
  • Participate in commissioning of new water and wastewater facilities;
  • Develop and conduct preventive water and wastewater maintenance exercises;
  • Oversee water and wastewater upgrades and repairs with operators;
  • Make adjustments to chemical dosing and metering as necessary;
  • Continually inform and update Band administration of costs related to water and wastewater operations and maintenance;
  • Conduct checks on equipment and make appropriate modifications;
  • Assist communities in coordinating work with external contractors;
  • Assist communities with procuring supplies, equipment and chemicals in relation to water and wastewater systems – bulk purchasing should be considered between multiple communities; and
  • Assist with developing and implementing unidirectional flushing programs.

Please note that the technical and administrative duties outlined in this posting are not
exhaustive and other duties may be required.

Formal Education and Preferred Training:

  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • A college level Diploma in a Science or Engineering Program related to water and wastewater resource technology will be considered an asset.
  • Candidate must hold a minimum Class 2 certification in water treatment, and Class 1 certifications Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection.
  • Knowledgeable in applicable Environment Canada Wastewater System Effluent Regulations (WSER) and the Effluent Regulatory Reporting Information System (ERRIS).
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial water and wastewater regulations and standards including Protocol for Centralised Drinking Water Systems in First Nations Communities and any other applicable water / wastewater standards and guidelines.
  • Certifications in Health & Safety Management to include Confined
    Space Entry and Rescue, WHMIS and other utility related safety programs.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of related experience and responsibility in operations, maintenance and management of water and wastewater facilities.
  • Solid understanding of water and wastewater science, technology and laboratory practises.
  • Experience in project management, program budgeting and administration.
  • Strong report and proposal writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical and decision-making capabilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong partnerships development and networking skills.
  • Proficient in computerized reporting formats and applications.
  • Demonstrated understanding of indigenous people, traditions and socio-economic conditions.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Jodi MacIntosh, Manager of Human Resources & Administration, at jodimacintosh@anqotum.ca.

This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The deadline for submission is 12:00 pm, Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

NSMDC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.