Backhoe Excavator Operator

Posted Date 5 days ago(9/22/2022 4:12 PM)
Competition Number
Number of Positions
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Engineering & Public Works
Close Date

Job Description

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Competition #22/142A

Internal/External Posting  

Closing date: September 29, 2022


Backhoe Excavator Operator (Continuous)  

Engineering & Public Works Department



Operate a backhoe and excavator on various roadway, underground utility and related construction projects.



Operate a backhoe and excavator with related attachments such as a hoe pack and hoe ram to excavate, load, grade, move and compact earth and materials; lift and move items such as pipe or road plates into position and erect shoring plates and cages; remove and replace backhoe or excavator attachments as required. Participate in building demolition as requested.


Perform pre- and post- trip inspections by checking items such as fluid levels, belts, hoses and lights; check and adjust air brake system; clean interior and exterior and related attachments of equipment and grease when required; report repairs needed and damage to supervisor and mechanic shop; check first aid and safety equipment; fill out daily equipment log and time sheets.


Review engineering plans, BC 1, and underground checks to confirm that the location of underground utilities and services have been marked out or flagged prior to commencing work.


Perform related duties where qualified.



Work is assigned by supervisor and reviewed while in progress.

Issues such as equipment repairs and procedural problems are referred to supervisor.



Physical Effort:

Confined to the cab of vehicle. (frequent)

Work in awkward positions while digging deep excavations. (often)

Eye, hand, foot coordination while operating multiple controls. (frequent)

Lift and move heavy equipment and materials. (rare)

Mental Effort:

Long periods of intense concentration while excavating near underground utilities and services. (frequent)

Visual/Auditory Effort:


Work Environment:

Work outside in all weather conditions. (frequent)

Exposure to dust, jarring and equipment noise. (continuous)



Organize and prioritize work.

Understand and carry out job related instructions.

Operate backhoe, excavator and related attachments.

Read and understand underground checks, Engineering plans, BC 1 and Safety Hazard ID.

Complete forms accurately.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.

Work and operate equipment safely.



Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

High school graduation.

Formal training in the operation of a backhoe. (8 weeks)

Formal training in the operation of an excavator. (8 weeks)

Current and valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s Licence


4 years of related experience

or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.


Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hour work week

$33.79 per hour, Pay Grade 9 

Job Code #547

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position


To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Applicants who are not current City of Victoria employees will be asked to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 during the recruitment process. External applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated based on a protected legal ground as defined in the BC Human Rights Code may request an accommodation.


At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.


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