Facilities / Grounds Operator

Reports to: Director of Facilities
Position group: Facilities
Status: Full Time


This position serves as part of the facilities team that works collaboratively to provide safe and secure educational facilities that are clean, well-maintained, comfortable, and attractive. Specifically, this position assists in providing technical oversight and general labor for the effective operation and maintenance of all buildings, vehicles, and ground on the STS campus. This position is required to perform minor repairs, monitor and maintain such equipment/systems including but not limited to fire and life safety, security, HVAC, kitchen equipment bathroom fixtures, lighting and building systems. The Facilities/Grounds Operator performs general labors tasks related to the operation and maintenance of buildings, vehicles, and grounds, and assist facility employees in a variety of work requests and maintenance tasks. This team member is accountable for modeling standards of conduct, safety procedures and operations while ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of services.

Core Areas of Responsibility

  • Perform all duties in accordance with provincial legislation, industry standards and STS procedures to ensure their own safety and the safety of team members, other employees. Students, visitors, and contractors.
  • Assists the Director of Facilities and the Grounds Manager.
  • Maintain a productive balance between quality and quantity of work in an efficient and timely manner and demonstrate adaptability to change in work priorities.
  • Perform minor repairs to all building systems including drywall, painting, cabinetry work, doors and windows, exterior and interior finishing’s, roofing systems floor finishes, molding and ceiling tile.
  • Preforming snow removal and general ground maintenance, shipping and receiving, event setup and take down, classroom setup, opening/closing moving of furniture, equipment and supplies, pick up and deliver material, equipment parts and supplies from local supplies and within the school.
  • Assist in monitoring the performance of heating, electrical, mechanical and security systems.
  • Perform minor troubleshooting of all equipment, vehicles and building systems issues to ensure the safe and efficient operation.
  • Operation of vehicles, ground and snow removal equipment and hand tools.
  • Make recommendations for purchasing and maintaining an inventory for necessary supplies, tools and equipment.
  • Assist in the ongoing development and implementation of STS Health and Safety Program.
  • Take ownership and initiative for respective area and report all maintenance requirements, deficient and safety concerns to Director of Facilities and Grounds Manager as appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate teamwork to contribute towards positive relationships.
  • Effectively prioritize and solve associated work problems in a collaborative manner.
  • Take part in the 24 hour, 7 days a week on-call rotation schedule ensuring maintenance support of the building and building occupants as well as off hours shifts as necessary.
  • Maintain clean and tidy workspaces.

Qualifications, Experience and Behavior Competencies

  • High School Diploma.
  • A valid Alberta class 5 Driver’s license.
  • Possession of valid Alberta Fifth Class Power Engineer Certificate (or willing to obtain) would be considered an asset.
  • Trade certification in any of the major building disciplines would be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience in plant and/or building operations; with a preference in K-12 education facility.
  • The ability to start up, operate and troubleshoot boiler, heating and ventilating systems safety.
  • Suitable demeanor to working within a diverse school community and ability to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, employees, contractors and outside agencies.
  • Strong customer service orientation and ability to maintain confidentiality and work with tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, speak and write in English, have strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to keep accurate records.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of computers (e.g. Microsoft Office, and building management systems).
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety measures specific to facilities.
  • Keep current and updated in personal certifications and technical related matters.
  • Self-motivated; able to work independently without supervision
  • Strong organization and time management skills and demonstrates the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to read and interpret building plans and specifications.

Application Instructions

  1. Applications (your cover letter, resume and references) should be submitted via email, in .doc, .docx or .pdf format only, to careers@sts.ab.ca.
  2. Your application must include the names and contact information (phone number and email address) for three work-related references (one of which must be a direct supervisor). Your referees will not be contacted without your prior consent. Please do not send letters of reference, evaluations and/or transcripts.
  3. Please indicate in your cover letter where you were first made aware of this position (eg: STS website, Education Canada, CAIS, Calgary Herald, Okotoks Western Wheel, word of mouth, etc.).
  4. Please reference the position in the subject line. If you are applying for more than one position, a separate email application must be received for each.

Applications will be reviewed as received and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as the position may be filed as soon as a qualified candidate is selected. The application closing date is Sunday, August 22, 2021 at midnight.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School provides a welcoming environment for all employees and encourages diversity among staff and students as part of our commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act.

 *The successful candidate must supply, at their expense, a current criminal records check.