Job Posting #22531
Waste Disposal Operations Technologist
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Salary Pending Review
Reporting to the Supervisor, Waste Disposal Operations, the Waste Disposal Operations Technologist is responsible for the inspection, monitoring of operations and work done by contractors at Regional waste disposal sites to ensure compliance with all federal and provincial regulatory approvals, contractual requirements and established Regional policies, procedures, and standards.
Inspects open and closed waste disposal sites for potential off-site environmental impacts and coordinates remediation work.
Responsible for the operation of the gas collection and containment system, the constructed wetland, leachate collection systems and other related systems at Regional landfills.
Coordinate, inspect and oversees work done by contractors in maintaining trails, leash-free dog parks, etc.
at closed landfill sites.
- Completion of a 2-year community college program, with a diploma in Civil Engineering, Environmental Technology or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Minimum 3 years' experience in waste disposal, composting, landfill and residential waste drop-off depots operations.
- Knowledge of Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) regulations for waste disposal facilities, MECP landfill standards, Ontario Compost Quality Standards, etc.
- Knowledge of leachate pumping stations operation and maintenance is preferred. Knowledge and/or experienced in the use of weigh scale software is preferred.
- Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Certified Engineering Technician (C.Tech) or (CET) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).
- Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) certification, or will acquire same within a reasonable period of time following appointment.
- Must hold a Landfill gas operator certification, or will acquire same within a reasonable period of time following appointment.
- Must hold a Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDGA) certificate or will acquire same within a reasonable period of time following appointment.
- Level 1 Wastewater Collection License would be an asset.
1. Landfill Operations
- Conduct inspections of landfill sites (open and closed) to ensure compliance with environmental compliance approvals, regulations, standards, health and safety, and Regional policies.
- Inspect landfill sites for leachate seeps and potential off-site contamination. Anticipate, recommend and take proactive actions to deal with environmental issues. Make recommendations on methodology for repairs and oversee the work.
- Check incoming loads and identify prohibited and non-acceptable materials. Determine and clarify the acceptability of waste in accordance with regulatory compliance. Maintain records of waste refused and coordinate disposal for unacceptable waste received.
- Maintain clear and concise records in all aspects of role for reporting to MECP.
- Inspect storm water retention ponds and operate valves for discharging water into the natural environment.
- Record leachate levels in manholes.
- Perform landfill surveying activities as required.
- Coordinate and inspect landfilling sequence according to site development plans. Interpret engineering plans/drawings. Review & reference field survey control points.
- Maintain a daily field log in an electronic format, noting pertinent information.
- Maintain inventory of all equipment, materials, signs & supplies at all residential waste drop-off depots, open & closed landfill sites. Coordinate replacement as required.
- Prepare technical summary reports as directed.
- Maintain professionalism and good public relations with residents & other customers.
- Investigate and respond to complaints.
- Handle cash by ensuring adequate cash float is available to Landfill Attendants and deliver bank deposit. Ensuring all financial transaction procedures are followed in accordance with Regional Policy.
- Perform inspections of closed landfill sites weekly, monthly and quarterly as required. Record field conditions and document inspections in detail for reporting to MECP.
- Perform all responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner, ensuring adherence to all safety regulations that govern job performance. Ensure ongoing compliance with all applicable Provincial requirements including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- As required, acts as a back-up to Supervisor at open landfill sites and drop-off depots by supervising Regional employees and contractors.
2. Landfill Gas Collection and Containment System (LGCCS) Operation
- Operate and maintain the gas collection and containment system.
- Prepare and submit required reporting data relative to landfill gas collection & containment.
- Troubleshoot and correct landfill gas collection and containment systems when necessary report more complicated issues to the Supervisor, to ensure timely correction.
- Oversee work done by contractors performing preventative maintenance and operation of LGCCS.
3. Constructed Wetland Operation
- Operate the constructed wetland.
- Oversee work done by contractors performing preventative maintenance of the constructed wetland.
4. Leaf and Yard Waste Composting Facility
- Inspect leaf and yard waste composting operation and ensure work is done in accordance with Composting Guidelines.
- Monitor composting process, measure composting piles, ensure contractor produces final compost product for sale, prepare activity reports, etc.
- Organize food donation drive during compost give-away and other special events.
5. Inspection of Work done by Contractors
- Oversee work done by contractors operating landfill sites and residential waste and recycling drop-off depots to ensure the work meets contract specifications and Niagara Region expectations. Monitor and oversee contractors' work and performance.
- Oversee and inspect work done by contractors performing preventative maintenance of Leachate Collection System, Leachate Pumping Stations, flushing and TV inspections, wood grinding, weigh scale calibration, grass cutting, methane gas equipment, winter maintenance, and maintenance of other assets.
- Review flushing and TV inspections, identify deficiencies and prepare monthly reports.
- Manage and troubleshoot leachate collection system and pumping stations to ensure it continues to operate in accordance with safety standards and Provincial regulations.
- Monitor contractors' performance, prepare activity reports, measure payment quantities and maintain record of work completed.
- Maintain clear lines of communications with contractors.
- In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
- Must possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted specified license for the class of the vehicle operated.
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.
- Frequent exposure to extreme weather conditions, noise, dust and unpleasant odours
Will be required to work Saturday's on a two or three week rotational basis. Must be prepared to be "on call" and available to work irregular hours as required to handle emergencies or to meet required deadlines.
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We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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