Airfield Operations Specialist (Emergency Response Specialist Backfill) - Airside Operations Department

Location: YVR
Job Code: 17-71E
# of openings: 1


YVR is made up of a team of diverse people who are working collaboratively to reach our goal of 25 million passengers by 2020! Safety is at the core of everything we do; we’re innovative, fun, and we invest in our people. We’re a BC Top Employer for 11 years standing, with high engagement scores, an abundance of learning and development opportunities, and a holistic approach to wellness! And we’re looking for someone to join our team. 
We have an opportunity for a permanent, full-time Airfield Operations Specialist in the Airside Operations Department.  Reporting to the Supervisor, Airfield Operations, the successful candidate will work on the runways, taxiways and aprons of Canada’s second busiest airport to ensure safe and efficient operations at all times.  Working alongside a dedicated team of individuals and with some of the world’s most advanced equipment, the successful candidate will contribute to a variety of airfield projects within an exciting and growing industry.  He/she will also be trained as an Airfield Operations & Emergency Response Specialist to support our emergency-response teams as required.
Key responsibilities include: 
  • Monitoring and conducting surface inspections and repairs of asphalt and concrete on the airport’s runways, taxiways, aprons and airside roads 
  • Controlling Foreign Object Debris (FOD) on the airfield through the use of specialized FOD removal equipment and manual techniques 
  • Operating heavy equipment on the airfield to maintain grass and signs, in compliance with wildlife, safety, and security mandates
  • Providing snow and ice control through the application of specialized de-icing chemicals and/or aggregates and operating heavy snow removal equipment
  • Maintaining storm water drainage systems
  • Maintaining perimeter fences, road safety equipment (barriers and other traffic control devices) and seaplane facilities 
  • Assisting with equipment maintenance, special events and projects 
  • Supporting irregular operations (aircraft emergencies and incidents)
Responsibilities as Airfield Operations & Emergency Response Specialist include: 
  • Providing aircraft fire fighting, hazmat and medical first responder services 
  • Dealing tactically with any airside emergency
  • Ensuring that airside operating areas are safely maintained, standards of emergency personnel preparedness are met, and that a safe operating environment is maintained for airport employees, the public and passengers at all times
Key qualifications include:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent; some post-secondary education would be an asset
  • Ability to safely operate heavy equipment, power tools and hand tools
  • Strong work ethic with a high level of initiative and enthusiasm, and an ability to excel in a fast paced environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including communication and judgment, are required so that operational issues are addressed in a professional and efficient manner
  • A team player, capable of working both collaboratively and independently
  • A strong concern for the health and safety of self and others
  • The ability to work safely and effectively under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effective and efficient computer skills in an MS Office operating environment 
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and medical exam 
  • Class 3 Drivers License with Air Brake endorsement
  • Clear Drivers Abstract
  • Ongoing requirement for: maintaining fitness levels and maintaining all security clearances, passes and certifications
  • Must live within GVRD at all times
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a valid passport in order to travel overseas for up to 6 weeks for training purposes
This position is open to Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external candidates. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.
Vancouver Airport Authority welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at YVR.  If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at 604-303-3152 or We welcome the opportunity to discuss accommodation of your disability and ensure fairness in our hiring process.

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