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At the City of Owen Sound, we hire professional and passionate people who want to help shape our community. We truly believe Owen Sound is where you want to live, work and play!

Current Job Postings and Employment Opportunities:

The City of Owen Sound is seeking motivated professionals for the Corporate Services Facilitator to act as primary response/ customer service representative for all incoming phone calls for the Corporation and take on responsibility for customer first-call resolution for new city services and wherever possible utilize a system. This position will also support and represent the Corporate Services Department in a professional manner assisting staff and public and to provide a wide variety of clerical and technical support to the Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Purchasing and Risk Management, Clerks, and By-law divisions.

Contract Full-Time - 18 months

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking qualified and dedicated applicants for the Human Resources Specialist –Safety, Equity, and Wellness role. The position is responsible for leading the City’s health and safety program, wellness program, and Diversity Equity & Inclusion strategy and deliverables. This includes disability management, developing health & safety policies and procedures, completing and analyzing workplace incident reports and investigations to facilitate corrective actions, taking into account fiscal concerns and legislative requirements. This position is responsible for providing health, safety, wellness, and equity expertise and advice to all levels of management and providing related training to employees and management.

Permanent Full-Time 

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Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services will recruit for a full-time Firefighter Candidate Pool from April 3, 2024, to April 24, 2024. Successful applicants from the candidate pool will join a team of professionals responsible for protecting life, property and the environment from the effects of fire and other hazards.  Firefighters respond to incidents involving fire suppression, hazardous materials, high-angle rescue, medical assistance, water and ice rescue, and auto extrication.

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking experienced and qualified applicants for the role of Engineering Technician/Technologist: Traffic and Capital Construction. This position is responsible for the performance of traffic controls including monitoring and maintaining the City’s traffic signal system and equipment through a contract service provider. Duties also include system design, installation projects and troubleshooting. Other duties include traffic signage compliance. This position supports the City’s capital and construction program by planning, managing and overseeing the design and construction of primarily traffic-related infrastructure (streetlights and traffic signal systems), and may support other capital projects related to roads and sidewalks, water distribution, wastewater collection, stormwater collection and drainage systems. 

Permanent Full Time - 35 hours per week 

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking applicants for the role of Water Distribution Summer Student. This position is responsible to conduct the City’s annual water main flushing program. The student will work independently with a City vehicle to flush the water mains via the City’s hydrant system.  The Summer Student position reports to the Water Distribution Superintendent.

May to September - 40 hours per week

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking motivated individuals to fill a Water Distribution Operator role.  The principal function of the position is to provide safe drinking water by proper operation and maintenance of the water distribution system. The Operator is accountable to the Water Distribution Superintendent and receives daily direction and instructions from the Water Distribution System Lead Hand.

Permanent Full-time - 40 hours per week 

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking applicants for the role of Parks & Open Space Summer Students. Students will assist with operations and maintenance of the Parks and Open Space Division including but not limited to campground registration booth, campground maintenance, lawn and garden care, painting, cleaning, special events support and customer service duties. The successful candidate is responsible for ensuring all areas including our facilities, equipment, and apparatus within the Parks & Open Spaces Division are clean and safe to use, free of litter and debris. The City will facilitate a co-op opportunity for students in a related field of study.

May to September - 40 hours per week 

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The City of Owen Sound is seeking applicants for the role of Seasonal Parks & Open Space Attendants. Under the guidance of the Parks and Cemetery Supervisor, the Seasonal Parks and Open Space Attendant – Maintenance positions are responsible to perform duties related to the maintenance of all parks trails, Cemetery, downtown core, ball diamonds and other maintained open space throughout the City. Typical assignments include: cleaning washrooms and buildings, campground maintenance, providing customer service, turf maintenance, ball diamond preparation and grooming, horticulture support and other general maintenance duties as assigned. This position may work independently and as a team, so a strong work ethic and drive to complete tasks is an asset.

April to October - 40 hours per week 

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The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is seeking a Engagement & Education Assistant – Summer Student to support the development and delivery of key engagement initiatives, including public programming, enhanced visitor services, and the promotion of the OPEN Card free membership program in conjunction with several community cultural partners. This positions is dependent upon funding through the Young Canada Works program. 

May to September - 35 hours per week 

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Our Staff:

City of Owen Sound employees are our greatest asset.

Owen Sound employees are guided by the City's core values:

  • Caring
    • We care about our community.
    • We are a welcoming, inclusive, and age-friendly City.
    • We strive for positive change and are committed to continue working in a collaborative fashion towards the City’s vision of being “Where You Want To Live.”
  • Creativity
    • We are a creative community that embraces innovation to find solutions with the greatest benefit for Owen Sound.
    • We are resourceful and creative in order to thrive, regardless of external pressures.
  • Integrity
    • We demonstrate integrity by being open, transparent and communicative.
    • We believe that continuing to communicate in an honest and informative way will lead to more fruitful two-way conversations.
  • Sustainability
    • We demonstrate sustainability by acting in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible manner.

 We are proud to support our valued staff with the following:

  • Flexible working arrangements for a balanced home/work lifestyle (where appropriate)
  • Continuous learning and training development opportunities
  • Employee social events, wellness days and casual Fridays
  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive benefits package and pension plan

 

In addition to base salary, we offer the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits
    • Includes massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy care
  • Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Vacation entitlement
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Service awards

Please note that these benefits are primarily based on full-time permanent employment.

Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we are committed to providing our staff with training and educational opportunities to help them reach their career goals.

To help you reach your career goals, we provide:

  • Continuous learning
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Performance reviews
  • Functional, skills-based and leadership training

We are committed to providing all employees with a healthy, safe, inclusive, accessible and supportive workplace. We provide this environment through legislative compliance, joint health and safety committees, ongoing training and health and safety programs.

Employees have the opportunity to participate in different wellness initiatives throughout the year and are encouraged to find their work/life balance.

 

The City of Owen Sound is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, throughout its recruitment and selection processes as well as during employment.

In the 2022 Employee Engagement Survey, staff were asked to tell us one thing that makes the City of Owen Sound a great place to work.  Here are a few answers:

  • "The opportunity every day to positively impact the lives of people that live, work or visit the City."
  • "There are many highly dedicated employees who approach their work with respect and care."
  • "Nice community and a great area with plenty of recreational, cultural and social opportunities."

Our organization's greatest strengths identified by current staff are Co-worker Relations & Safety Practices.

Our City:

Owen Sound: where you want to live.

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