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Foreperson - Public Works

Job Number: J0619-0732
Position Title: Foreperson - Public Works
Department: Public Works
Appointment Status: Full-Time Permanent
Employee Group: Management
Job Category: Management - Public Works
Compensation: $77,587.00 - $115,127.00/Year

Vibrant City, Vibrant Career

St. John's is a vibrant city with a strong connection to the past and a positive outlook on the future. As one of the oldest cities in North America we have a unique history, but we are also a growing city with the needs and opportunities of a modern urban population. The City of St. John’s is committed to recruiting world-class talent and expertise to join our City staff, more than 1200 strong, who provide a vast array of services to the residents of St. John's and the metropolitan area. If you are an innovative thinker with a positive attitude and a commitment to quality, we want you to help us make St. John’s a city where people want to live, work and play.

The Opportunity

The City of St. John’s is presently accepting applications for multiple Foreperson vacancies within the Public Works Department. Positions may be permanent or temporary and may be offered within a variety of Divisions including Roads, Fleet, Water and Wastewater, Waste and Recycling, etc . For more information about these Divisions please click here.

Interviews for these positions will be ongoing. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply promptly to ensure consideration for preferred positions.


Forepersons work as part of a team and are responsible for crews of city staff. These positions report to the Operations Supervisor within the respective division.

• Supervise, direct, and deploy staff and equipment.
• Schedule work and work force for maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness.
• Be familiar with the infrastructure and equipment assigned to the Foreperson.
• Plan, schedule and coordinate tasks to be carried out by City personnel that are assigned on a day to day basis. Coordinate activities with other City or contractual personnel as situations require.
• Where applicable, ensure that the required permits and traffic control plans are in place to allow for work to be completed safely. Ensure public notification of works as per Division policy.
• Communicate and cooperate with all personnel as situations require, including other City personnel, contractors, members of the public, and public utilities.
• Ensure that equipment and materials are readily available to provide services.
• Be familiar with and implement the Collective Agreement where it applies.
• Conduct inspections, investigations, prepare reports and recommend correction action as required.
• Provide written and verbal reports as required.
• Maintain computerized database(s) and complaints systems information.
• Responsible for work site safety, conduct toolbox talks and be well versed with supervisory responsibilities under the OH&S regulations and procedures.
• Respond to the emergency call-outs at any time of the day or night, as per the procedure set by the City or Division.
• Willing to work extended shifts as required and take on jobs to balance the team workload
• Other duties as required

The successful applicant will be required to participate in all training programs applicable to this position and other related work. The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


• Applicants must have a High School Diploma supplemented with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology (or related field) and be eligible to be registered as a Professional Technologist in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
• Applicants must possess a minimum of five years supervisory experience in a public works or related field.
• Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills; computer experience in word processing and spreadsheet development and maintenance; and the ability to deal with people in a tactful and diplomatic manner.
• Ability to prioritize work, multi task, and meet required demands and deadlines; an ability to trouble shoot and work in a fast-paced environment.
• Applicant must have a clear understanding and awareness of the Work Place Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) Legislation; Highway Traffic Act; Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations; and Human Rights Legislation.
• Applicants must possess a valid class 5 Driver's License and be willing to obtain a class 3 Driver’s License with air brake endorsement within a short period of time.

Division-Specific Experience Includes:
Knowledge of heavy equipment operation and experience in snow and ice control;
Knowledge of, or experience in Heavy Equipment or Truck and Transport repair;
Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water and sewer mechanical systems; Certified Water Distribution Systems Operator and Sewer Collections Systems Operator.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.

Working Conditions

Extended periods of shift work and extensive overtime.

Some Foreperson positions require outdoor work and could involve responding to severe weather conditions such as flooding, winter events, and windstorms. Travel throughout the City may be required to visit work sites and developments while working near high traffic zones and often in adverse conditions.

Hours of Work

Shift work as required.

Foreperson positions are set at either Grade 4 ($77,587 - $100,111) or Grade 5 ($89,224 – $115,127) of the Management Pay Plan.

Interviews will be ongoing. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply promptly to ensure consideration for preferred positions.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The City of St. John's does not accept applications in person, by email, fax or mail. Applications will be received up to 12:00 Midnight (Newfoundland Standard Time) on closing date.

This City of St. John's is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the
employment of a qualified workforce which reflects the community's diversity.