Highway Maintenance Operator

Job Summary

Location: Fort Smith
Department: Infrastructure
Job ID: 22497
Salary: $79,144 - $94,515
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Aug 19, 2022

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within  25 kilometres of Fort Smith, NT.

Department Information

The Department of Infrastructure (INF) provides high quality services to the public and Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) departments, boards and agencies including the planning, design, construction, acquisition, operation and maintenance of public transportation infrastructure and the buildings, works and equipment required for the GNWT to deliver its programs and services. INF makes essential petroleum products available for sale to the public where these products are not provided by the private sector, and promotes the development and increased use of energy efficient technologies.  INF also regulates electrical and mechanical safety services and licenses individuals and vehicles operating in the territory.

For more information please refer to the Department of Infrastructure website at http://www.inf.gov.nt.ca/

Job Information

In this position, you will operate a variety of equipment, tools and materials to maintain the highway system and enable the safe and reliable operation of the highway in accordance with established Federal and Territorial standards and regulations. You will be required to maintain all asphalt and gravel surfaces, signs, right of way, drainage system and the ancillary infrastructure. Due to the extensive worksite area, you will be given the latitude to choose the appropriate course of action and are expected to make decisions and initiate work without close supervision. The duties of this position provide final results that directly affect the operational safety of the system. Failure to follow approved practises or to make the correct decisions regarding methods and materials to be used can create a significant risk of liability, property loss and personal injury. 

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are essential for the role:

  • knowledge of the generally accepted methods of removing snow, controlling ice and the repair of deficiencies on asphalt and gravel systems,
  • Knowledge of and skill in servicing and minor repair of heavy trucks ad equipment,
  • Leadership skills,
  • Able to work with limited supervision using specialized technical skills and knowledge to make rational and reasonable decisions in the effective use of labour, equipment and materials,
  • Skills in the operation of heavy trucks, heavy and light mobile equipment and power tools,
  • Good communication skills with the ability to operation two-way radio communication systems,
  • Able to acquire a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certificate and First Aid and CPR certificate

Typically the above qualifications would be attained by:

The completion of a grade 10 high school education and 5 years of directly related experience as an equipment operator in a maintenance program (i.e. municipal, highway, airport, etc.); which would include 2 years of experience operating 3 and 5 axle tandem trucks as well as 2 years of experience operating graders and wheeled loaders and 1 year of experience operating crawler tractors and backhoes concurrent with this experience, the incumbent would also have 2 years of expereince performing minor servicing to equipment.  

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 1 Driver's License with air endorsement.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #22497      

Closing Date: Friday, August 19, 2022- 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $38.05 per hour (approximately $79, 144.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $7, 374.00.