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Supervisor of Ground Water Supply, City of Barrie



City of Barrie

Supervisor of Ground Water Supply


Choose Barrie

The City of Barrie is a vibrant, progressive and growing community with deep connections to our heritage, to nature and to the opportunities surrounding us.

Our community values quality of life; the ability to play year-round with 300 hectares of park space, our beautiful waterfront, our lively downtown core and the nearby hills, wetlands and forests. We also value connections; to our neighbours and the community, to our road and rail network, and to the opportunity Barrie provides to enjoy life.

Everything Barrie has to offer, from the water we drink to the roads we travel on, has one thing in common - municipal workers. Joining a municipality is one of the most rewarding, engaging and exciting careers you could choose. It is a career you can take pride in knowing that every day you make a positive impact on an entire community. We are one team, with one goal and we all work together to continue making our community great.

The Opportunity

The Environmental Services Department is comprised of three Branches, including the Environmental Operations Branch, the Wastewater Operations Branch and the Water Operations Branch. Key responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of the City’s environmental infrastructure and systems including water supply, treatment and distribution systems; wastewater collection, treatment and disposal facilities; solid waste collection, diversion and disposal, and environmental investigation and response.

The Supervisor of Ground Water Supply oversees ground water treatment and supply operations in accordance with Ministry of the Environment (MOE) legislative and regulatory requirements for the Municipal Drinking Water System (MDWS) License awarded the City of Barrie, and specifically for the Class IV Ground Water Distribution and Supply System (GWS) comprised of ground wells, reservoirs, pumping stations, towers and associated infrastructure.  This includes monitoring water-taking rates and storage units for adequacy of pressure and supply as well as source protection and security of facilities, overseeing testing and disinfection of supply to ensure drinking water is safe for consumption, planning and providing leadership to preventative maintenance programs, overseeing rehabilitation and replacement of ground water supply assets, investigating and coordinating emergency repairs to GWS facilities and infrastructure, investigating and remediating supply interruption and water pressure issues, collaborating with Engineering on integration of new GWS infrastructure with existing plant, inspecting/testing and commissioning assets and ensuring deficiencies are resolved prior to assumption or expiration of warranties.  The position supervises ground water treatment and supply staff, oversees records management in a regulatory environment, prepares and administers budgets, develops work processes and protocols, oversees staff/contractor health and safety, conducts research and prepares reports, contributes to the Branch Management Team, acts in the absence of the WOB Manager, and performs on rotation as Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) for the GWS system.

The position works in concert with other WOB Sections to allow the Branch to 1) assure the health and safety of the community re the provision of safe drinking water; 2) ensure compliance with legislative/regulatory requirements for operation of a Municipal Drinking Water System (MDWS), and 3) develop/update operational and administrative practices to mitigate risk and optimize quality and efficiency.


Our Culture and Qualifications of the Job

 Corporate Culture

  • Your workplace values align with our corporate values of Strive, Share and Careand you want to join us in providing exceptional services and programs to build a prosperous, growing and sustainable community

Education (degree/diploma/certifications)

  • Three (3) year College Diploma in Environmental studies, Engineering, or related discipline
  • Professional Engineer with PEO or Certified Engineering Technologist with OACETT
  • Water Distribution and Supply Class IV Certificate from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks


  • Five (5) years of experience performing duties related to the above mentioned major responsibilities within an environmental operations and/or water distribution or treatment work environment
  • Demonstrated experience in a supervisory/leadership position within a unionized environment


  • Working knowledge of the following regulatory requirements:
    • Occupational Health & Safety Act
    • Ontario Drinking Water Regulations
    • Ontario Drinking Water Standards
    • Ontario Well Maintenance Regulation
    • Drinking Water Works Permits
    • Permits to Take Water
    • Safe Drinking Water Act
    • Municipal Drinking Water System License
    • Drinking Water Quality Management Standard
    • American Waterworks Association Standards
    • Disinfection of Drinking Water in Ontario
    • Ontario Water Resources Act
    • Source Water Protection Act
    • Nutrient Management Act
    • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
    • Ontario Electrical Code
    • Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • Thorough knowledge of the following best practices:
    • confined space regulations
    • asset and quality management principles
    • project management principles and practices,
    • procurement principles/practices in a public sector environment,
    • customer service excellence principles
    • collective agreement administration
    • contemporary management principles and best practices
    • budget development, management and procurement practices
    • procedures for disinfection of Drinking Water in Ontario
    • medical documentation requirements for respirator wear
  • Working knowledge of the following:
    • ground water distribution and supply systems and infrastructure including wells, reservoirs, towers, pumping stations, booster stations and other associated infrastructure; and
    • ground water operations and treatment protocols, inspection requirements, pressure testing, treatment, water sampling/testing and analysis, flushing and swabbing processes, preventative maintenance best practices, construction and repair techniques, commissioning/decommissioning processes, MOE regulatory and records/reporting framework for provincially-licensed Municipal Drinking Water Systems (MDWS) including Class IV Ground Water Distribution & Supply System conditions, drinking water quality standards, Operator certificates (licensing) and training requirements, backflow and cross-connection controls, and an understanding of surface water treatment infrastructure, water distribution systems and water metering where each impacts ground water supply. 
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • multi-task and manage a regulated operations portfolio, and to anticipate/trouble-shoot issues/problems quickly and effectively; ability to foster and contribute to a positive, productive, service-excellence work environment; ability to deal courteously and effectively with all contacts, commitment and ability to model corporate values; collaborative approach and good role model for staff.
    • Ability to read system drawings and specifications.
  • Intermediate organizational, process management, work prioritization, project/time management, analytical, trouble-shooting, interpersonal, conflict resolution, team-building skills, and staff leadership/development skills.
  • Intermediate computer literacy utilizing MSOffice Suite, Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) software (CityWorks preferred), Financial Information Systems (FIS) software (JD Edwards, SAP), SCADA systems, programmable logic controllers (PLC) and primary instrumentation systems, remote alarm and communication systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and integrated water modeling and management software, InfoWater software, Accol, Active X, Spend Dynamics, Questica, eRIS, Web Space, High Tide etc. and the internet as a research tool.
  • Availability for Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) rotation; availability to attend on-site and to provide leadership to problematic after-hours emergencies as required

Conditions of Employment

  • Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s Licence in good standing

Other Important Information


Surface Water Treatment Plant, 20 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie, Ontario


The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday with a varying schedule to support business demand with overtime required occasionally


This position is a permanent full-time, non-union position and the pay level is currently under review.


This position includes a comprehensive non-union benefit plan, including but not limited to extended health and dental coverage, life and accident insurance, paid vacation and sick days, short/long term disability plans, OMERS pension plan, discounted rate for City Fitness Memberships and much more.

 The Application Process

Please submit your resume electronically by quoting E-19-16 Supervisor of Ground Water Supply in the subject line (MS Word or pdf format only) to email by Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Don’t meet the credentials as outlined but have years of directly related experience? Please see the City’s Education Equivalency Procedure to determine if you may qualify for equivalency.  Further information is available at

  • Position Equivalency Code: D

Please note that verification of educational credentials will be required at the interview stage of the selection process.

The City of Barrie is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process.

Personal information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) for the purpose of candidate selection.

Disclaimer: The job posting has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of employees to do this job. For full position details, please request a copy of the Job Description by emailing

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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