The Municipality has an opening for a Community Services Lead Hand. The Lead Hand organizes and delegates work involving the operation and maintenance of recreation facilities, parks, sports fields, green spaces, and related amenities and areas within the Municipality. Due to the nature of the role, the Lead Hand will also participate with Community Services Operators and Labourers in the completion of the work. The incumbent works closely with the Manager of Community Services by carrying out his/her directives and departmental strategic objectives, while providing expert advice to leadership on facility maintenance and operation.
All duties outlined in the Community Services Labourer and Operator I/II/III Positions.
Provides guidance, in-housing training, instruction, coaching and direction to the Community Operations Staff regarding matters such as prioritization of work and projects, supplies, equipment, policies, scheduling, procedures, and safety.
Contacts, obtains quotes, delegates, and oversees the work of contractors.
Leads work crews; directs and coordinates daily work plans.
Works to ensure the development of the Community Services Operators in their roles.
Liaises with the Community Services Manager in setting departmental priorities and troubleshooting work related concerns.
Provides input into departmental planning and budgets.
Works with other department personnel and lead hands to reach the best outcome possible on joint departmental efforts and projects.
Monitors scheduled recreation facility events, bookings, and activities and arranges for required equipment.
Communicates and interacts with public and other staff; ensures users are adhering to arena and facility rules & regulations.
Provides a high level of customer service through positive communications and interactions with public and other staff.
Oversees the installation and removal of ice, as well as ice markings in the arenas.
Oversees the maintenance of the ice surface throughout the season by flooding, shaving, patching holes, conducting depth tests and edging.
Cleans and maintains facilities including sweeping floors, washing windows, emptying garbage, and walkway snow removal.
Oversees the maintenance of safe facilities and equipment; includes checking furnaces and refrigeration plant, assisting with draining oil from heat exchanger, painting, replacing arena glass, and testing back up power.
Maintains all outdoor recreational facilities.
Installs, maintains, and repairs irrigation systems; sets zone times and replaces sprinkler heads.
Installs, maintains, and repairs parks, playground areas, and equipment.
Picks up litter and garbage around arena, parking lot, and in all facilities.
Oversees the maintenance of community parks and cemeteries including aerating, power raking, mowing, fertilizing, irrigating, trimming, edging, planting and pruning trees, and conducting general maintenance.
Performs routine vehicle and equipment maintenance such as checking fluids, greasing, cleaning, and changing air filters, belts, blades, and oil.
Provides guidance and instruction to the staff on mowing, weed trimming, daily equipment maintenance, and safe operation of equipment.
Ensures records, such as daily incident reports, mowing checklists, procedure manuals, and other checklists are completed. Performs tailgate/toolbox safety meetings with staff.
Oversees the set up and tear down of special events by scheduling staff, assigning duties, and arranging for special equipment.
Orders supplies and materials to complete operational requirements.
Ensures safety and compliance with Municipal codes of conduct, facility rules, policy, and Alberta legislation.
Inspects, monitors, maintains, and remedies hazards in sports fields, playgrounds, facilities, and other related amenities.
Provides minor maintenance to recreation facilities as required.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
Knowledge of ice making and maintenance practices and procedures.
Knowledge of turf and playground maintenance practices and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of safe operation of mowers and other lawn care equipment.
Knowledge of the safe work practices involved in maintaining ice plant and building systems.
Ability to verbally communicate effectively.
Ability to provide strong customer service to the public and renters, while encouraging a safe and fun environment.
Ability to learn new skills based on training from a variety of sources.
Ability to learn to operate assigned equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Intermediate computer skills including the ability to utilize plant management software effectively, as well as MS Office Suite and Rec Desk.
Ability to resolve conflict through strong communication skills.
Qualifications: Education and Experience
This position requires the following minimum qualifications:
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Must possess a valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license.
Must possess the following certifications through Alberta Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP): Arena Operator Level 2, Building Maintenance Level 2, Parks and Sports Fields Operator Level 2, Custodial Care, Developing a Policy and Procedure Manual and Lifecycle Risk Management, Supervisory Skills for Facility Operators.
Four years of experience in Parks and Recreation including ice facilities operations with an ammonia refrigeration plant and computer management plant.
Two years of experience in a Supervisory position.
Ice resurfacing certification such as AARFP’s Arena Maintenance Olympia or equivalent training.
Fall Protection, Ground Disturbance, First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, and Propane Handling.
Canadian Playground Safety Institute Inspection certification.