Operator Specialist

Job ID 2023-1448
Facilities Maintenance

Job Description

Full-Time; Permanent

Wage: $28.07/hour (PG16); plus benefit enrollment

Date Posted: February 28, 2023



Who we are…

The Pacific National Exhibition is an iconic institution in BC, famous for bringing generations of people together to celebrate and build memories. This 113 year old, non-profit organization has an annual operating budget of over $70 million dollars and generates revenue through four activity streams: the 15 day annual summer Fair and winter Fair which average more than 700,000 people annually, Playland amusement park which welcomes 400,000 guests annually including Fright Nights, and a busy year-round portfolio of events including concerts, trade shows and film, cultural and community events. In total we bring over 2 million people through the site each year. The fourth activity stream is park care and facility maintenance. The PNE is proud of the work it does at Hastings Park and has a vibrant team that is passionate about events, guest experience and delivering memorable experiences.

At the PNE, we strive to create an environment that reflects our organization’s core values: Enthusiasm, Excellence and Evolution. With a focus on these core values, we are committed to achieving our mission which is to “Deliver Memorable Experiences” for all who interact with the PNE whether it is our guests, our employees or the community.


We are seeking diligent and hard-working individuals that have a passion for the Events industry and the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Our Facility and Maintenance team works work under the direction of the Director, PNE Maintenance & Facility. They will be the lead operator for a variety of mobile and mechanical vehicles onsite. They will work with tools/equipment in compliance with all health and safety requirements as determined by WorkSafeBC, and all other applicable legislation and company policies.


Why join our Team?

  • Exhilarating and fun-loving culture
  • Flexible work environment
  • Staff discounts for Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights, as well as all PNE Food Stands
  • Opportunity to create lasting memories and friendships!
  • Be a part of the growth of one of Vancouver’s most iconic institutions
  • Join a diverse, passionate, and enthusiastic team


What will you do this year?

In your role as an Operator Specialist, your primary accountabilities will include:


Operational Duties

  • Read and interpret work orders, maps and blueprints for all year-round events and self-produced events.
  • Suggest improvements to equipment and equipment related procedures.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including tact diplomacy and flexibility to work effectively with management, staff, contractors, and the public.
  • Set standard for equipment and vehicle cleanliness.
  • Ensure work is completed within specified time, and notify supervisor if difficulties arise.
  • Operate vehicles and equipment as required for maintenance, construction, and snow removal.
  • Perform minor routine maintenance on mobile equipment.
  • Lead small team on site for a variety of tasks.
  • Lead operation for a variety of mobile and mechanical equipment.
  • Other duties as required.


Safety & Training

  • Lead with a safety-first mindset and ensure all team members are working within Worksafe BC regulations, documenting toolbox talks, using FLHA’s and all other safety related documents.
  • Abide by corporate policies and reinforce corporate policies among all team members.
  • Assist Foreperson III in the Coaching and Mentoring of all labour crew.
  • Must maintain valid equipment certifications.
  • Review and Follow Safety Documentation (Toolbox Talks, FLHA, SOG’s Policies) to staff pertaining to Equipment Operations.
  • Ensure crews are adhering to safety policies and are educated on best practices.
  • Ensure crews are informed of and are wearing the appropriate PPE for tasks.
  • Ensure daily vehicle checks are completed and documented and submit work requests for vehicles and equipment that need servicing.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment – site wide.


Fair Time Duties

  • Schedule change based on operational needs.
  • Summer Fair – August 1st to September 30th
  • Winter Fair – December 1st to January 15th


What else?

  • Previous experience within an Equipment Operator capacity is required.
  • Must have considerable applicable equipment operation experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to operate all equipment safely and effectively.
  • Must be skilled in the operation of specified equipment and in use of tools used in servicing and minor maintenance.
  • Must possess knowledge of the methods and practices used in servicing, adjusting and maintaining equipment operated.
  • A valid 5th class BC Driver’s license and the ability to provide a clear and up-to-date Driver's Abstract is required.
  • Forklift Certification required.
  • Must be trained and have experience on the following equipment:  Skid Steers, forklifts, zoom booms, sweeper trucks, flusher tractors, Ice resurfacing machines, UTV's, Snow removal equipment, loaders, blowers, hotsie pressure washers, scissor lifts, and scrubbers.
  • Must have knowledge of Work Safe BC Regulations.
  • Must maintain valid equipment certifications.
  • Must have knowledge of Work Safe BC Regulations.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining equipment frequently used in construction trade is considered an asset.
  • Successful candidates must undergo a Criminal Record Check.
  • Work Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 7:00AM – 5:00 PM OR Friday to Monday 7:00AM – 5:00 PM.


Who are you?

  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Eager self-starter
  • Motivated by fast-paced environments
  • Effective and adaptive communicator
  • Committed to striving for excellence & evolution


Where and when to APPLY?

Applications can be submitted via the PNE website at www.pne.ca/jobs and will be accepted until the role is filled.

Preference will be given to candidates who submit their resume/cover letter before Sunday, March 30. We look forward to hearing from you!


The PNE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workforce that reflects the diverse community we proudly serve. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age. If you require any support or accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please contact the People & Culture Department at hr@pne.ca.


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