Job Req ID:  1077
Department:  Environmental Systems (Waste Management)

Supervisor, Environmental Systems (Waste Management

Our Story: 

Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 630,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation.

This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success. Our employees take pride in making a difference in people's lives through the work that we do. We are looking for people like you to help make it happen.

The Role

Supervises and operates environmental control systems. Plans, designs, and implements infrastructure replacement and expansion projects. Coordinates control system and infrastructure needs with landfilling and other waste management operations. Provides technical expertise within the Division/Department.


Supervises environmental systems technicians. Assigns and monitors the work of staff assigned to infrastructure projects, including inspectors, surveyors, technicians, facilities management staff, and students. Develops, assigns, and directs contracts with consultants and contractors for infrastructure design and construction work.

Supervises/manages projects for the operation of environmental control systems for groundwater extraction, landfill gas, leachate, and surface water management. Supervises/performs data collection and records maintenance to develop strategies and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. 

Supervises and monitors asset management and preventive maintenance activities for infrastructure and control systems. Develops related policies and strategies. Prepares detailed site operating and development plans and reports, and ensures operations comply with approved design and operation plans and regulations.

Provides input to and coordinates with operations staff regarding landfilling/waste management activities to ensure effectiveness of environmental control systems.

Supervises/manages infrastructure replacements and expansion projects. Develops, administers and supervises preliminary and final designs. Develops and meets design schedules, organizes surveys and investigations. Performs feasibility and technical analyses and prepares project cost estimates.

Prepares and reviews technical specifications, contract drawings, and terms of reference for tender. Reviews and negotiates work plans and budgets with consultants and contractors.

Acts as contract administrator for Division-led projects. Reviews and approves technical shop drawings and other contractor submissions. Visits construction sites to assess quality of work and progress. Ensures testing and inspections are completed. Coordinates with utilities and other agencies. Obtains approvals for construction work. Prepares and approves payments to consultants and contractors.

Interprets construction documents, authorizes design changes/extra work, and negotiates extra work, claims, and disputes with consultants and contractors. Provides direction to contractors, construction inspectors, surveyors, environmental technicians, and others. Accepts completed work on behalf of the Region.

Chairs/participates on project teams for infrastructure projects.

Prepares budget estimates for operating and 10-year capital forecasts. Monitors actual versus forecast expenditures. Arranges and oversees purchase orders and payments. Identifies material purchases and equipment rental requirements. Ensures the efficient use of rentals/purchased materials.

Ensures environmental control system infrastructure (e.g., landfill flare, leachate collection, groundwater extraction systems), a weather station, a Regional truck, SCADA and network hardware and software, environmental monitoring equipment, and survey equipment are operated correctly and maintained in proper working condition. Troubleshoots operational and technical issues in relation to environmental control systems (e.g., PLC control logic, SCADA, mechanical systems).

Resolves issues related to operations, contracts, land use, payments and budget with Design & Construction, Legal, Finance, IT, and Procurement staff. Requests and arranges infrastructure and control systems repairs and maintenance work with Facilities staff. Occasionally makes presentations to Planning & Works Committee and Council.

Provides information and negotiates requirements with equipment suppliers, government agencies, area municipalities, consultants, contractors, utility companies, conservation authorities and developers. Liaises with Provincial Ministries and the public during projects or for day-to-day issues.

Backs up the supervisor of waste operations as required.

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Multi-disciplinary knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of waste management facilities and environmental control systems, engineering methods and project administration, municipal waste management infrastructure, and asset management, normally acquired through a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, or equivalent field, plus progressively responsible related experience in a municipal waste management environment.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists at the Technologist level. 
  • Ability to obtain Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Industrial Maintenance Technician certification (post-hire).  
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, collective agreements, and related legislation (e.g., health and safety, Ontario Water Resources Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Waste Free Ontario Act, TSSA, electrical safety code, contract law).
  • Analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills to operate environmental control systems; perform design calculations; monitor and maintain project information; meet project deadlines; work independently; explore project or operational alternatives individually or as part of a project team.
  • Leadership, human relations, communication and negotiation skills to supervise, train, develop, motivate and support staff; instruct and guide contractors, consultants, and staff, coordinate operational and project requirements, write project correspondence, present at public information centres and formal public and Council meetings, conduct tours of waste management facilities, and participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability to read and interpret policy and procedures, technical design specifications, contracts technical reports and memos, and legal documents. Ability to write correspondence, reports, contracts, agreements, standard operating procedures and reports to staff, consultants, contractors, and Council.  
  • Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office, computer aided design, SCADA, PLC programming, and project and asset management software, including via remote access platforms. 
  • Knowledge of the application and use of conventional and total station survey equipment, global positioning systems and air/gas monitoring/calibration equipment. 
  • Ability to travel within and outside Waterloo Region.
  • Must have a valid Class G driver’s licence (or G2 with 3 years of driving experience) and acceptable driving record to operate Regional vehicles.
  • Ability to participate in an official standby/on-call rotation to respond to legislated or time sensitive demands beyond regularly scheduled work hours.
  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.

The Region of Waterloo is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process.  At the Region, we respect, encourage and celebrate our diversity.  The Region of Waterloo is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process.  If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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