Job Posting #21877

Private Sewage Systems Inspector

Closing Date:Tue., Feb. 19, 2019
Department:Planning and Development Svcs
Location:Headquarters Campbell West
Type:Temporary Full-Time
Duration:1 year
Union:CUPE 1287
Salary:$29.57 - $31.30 per hour
Work Hours:35 hrs / week

Temporary Duration

Approximate Duration: 1 year

About Niagara Region

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.


As part of the Planning & Development Services Team, the Private Sewage Systems Inspector delivers a variety of services related to the safe disposal and treatment of wastewater from private homes and businesses in Niagara Region communities where municipal sanitary sewers are not available. 

The Inspector ensures compliance with Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code when reviewing applications to construct a private sewage system as well as reviewing applications made under the Planning Act or requiring the approval of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. 

The Inspector will respond to complaints relating to malfunctioning private sewage systems, conduct sanitary surveys, where appropriate and liaise with local and regional planning departments, Regional Public Health Department and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.


  • Completion of a 3-year community college program, with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technologist or equivalent Science or Engineering combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Additional courses or training related to Private Sewage Systems, soil mechanics, and groundwater are considered an asset
  • Courses related to Municipal Law Enforcement would be considered an asset.
  • Must be willing to obtain continuing education credits as required


  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in assessing and approving sites for private sewage systems in a municipal government environment
  • Working knowledge of Ontario Building Code, Planning Act and associated applications, and familiarity with approval processes of government. 
  • Working knowledge and experience in construction, drainage, development, and safety are preferred.
  • Working experience and familiarity with various forms, procedures and protocols required to lay charges and bring cases to courts
  • Experience in law enforcement and prosecution techniques are preferred.
  • A working knowledge of all pertinent by-laws as well as certain provincial legislation such as the Provincial Offences Act and the Ontario Building Code Act.
  • Qualified and registered with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs under Ontario Building Code, Part 8 (Sewage Systems) and General Legal/CBO is strongly preferred, or must successfully obtain within 3 months of commencing employment
  • Will be appointed by Regional Council as a By-law enforcement officer to enforce Regional By-laws and Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code
  • Certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) or other relevant certification is an asset


  • Must be proficient in reading and interpreting Ontario Building Code and Ontario Building Code Act
  • Must be able to read and understand detailed technical drawings and engineering reports
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, customer service, public relations, negotiations and above average communication skills (oral and writing) and act as a positive ambassador of Niagara Region when dealing with members of the public on both Regional and private property.
  • Must possess report writing, documentation and record keeping skills.
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and independently.
  • Must be familiar with the Niagara Region operations. 
  • Must be detail oriented keep notes/log book for site visits and inquiries
  • Good conflict resolution abilities
  • Above average computer skills  in software such as Microsoft (Word, Excel and Access) Arcmap (GIS)
  • Must gather evidence and prepare court documents for court attendance as witness for the prosecution.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions when required (court appearances, confrontational people, contractors, etc.)

Special Requirements

  • Must be able to work without direct supervision.
  • Must provide own transportation to travel to various locations as well as the transporting of equipment.
  • It is the employee’s responsibility to possess and maintain a valid and restriction-free driver’s license of appropriate class to carry out the duties of the job.
  • Must be physically fit to perform duties such as walking through rough terrain and lifting tank lids. 
  • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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