Recently the City of Nanaimo Human Resources Department took some time to answer some employment related questions posed by Employment Consultants working in our region. Here are some highlights:
What job openings do you anticipate over the next year and what do people need to do to qualify for such positions?
It is hard to forecast how many/what type of positions we will be recruiting for over the next year. Based on last year, we exceeded 100 competitions which include both internal (majority of postings) and external vacancies. We expect to have at least that many competitions again this year and the range of positions run the spectrum of the city positions and departments. The qualifications vary depending on each position and are based on the job description that is posted at the time of the vacancy. We are having discussions about posting our job descriptions externally so that those who are interested in attaining a position will know what is required in advance of it becoming vacant.
Is it true that municipal government will be experiencing significant attrition due to retirement in the next few years? How can people position themselves to compete for these positions?
Yes, as are all industries, we expect to be facing a significant labour shortage in the future â€” particularly in our skilled positions. We hope to have our job descriptions on-line soon so that prospective employees can proactively work on attaining the qualifications for the positions they desire.
What types of year round jobs do you hire for? (Public works/maintenance, office admin, finance IT, and what else?)
We regularly hire casual custodians, labourers, and clerical staff. We start our selection process for summer labouring positions in early Spring (usually around February) and there are no specific times in the year when we hire custodians â€” it’s on an as needed basis. Our largest need for clerical relief staff is in the summer so we do most of our hiring for clerical positions in the Spring and early Summer.
Any advice for our clients seeking work or making a career decision?
We currently get many applications (from 50-400+) for each posted external position as there’s a lot of interest in the stability that the City of Nanaimo offers as an employer and the location is a big draw for highly experienced and qualified applicants. We’d encourage people to look at working at a municipality as we do expect a large number of vacancies to arise with the upcoming demographic shift and it’s a great place to work. However, to increase their chances of being hired, they need to ensure that they attain the qualifications for the position â€” not only by attaining schooling and certifications, but also relevant experience. To get the most relevant experience, they could look to working with a smaller municipality in a less desirable location and then apply to move here once they have the experience in hand. All of the externally posted municipal vacancies around the province are on www.civicinfo.bc.ca â€” this site is a great source of opportunities with municipal organizations and if interested applicants are willing to move to more remote locations, they would increase their chances of being hired with less experience.
What are the entry level positions within the City of Nanaimo?
We are looking for:
â€¢Â Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent plus successful completion of a Building Service Maintenance (BSW) Course.
â€¢Â A minimum of six (6) months’ related experience.
There are three levels of training for Building Service Worker (BSW). The 3 week course that is offered covers all three levels, however the City only requires Level 1. The BSW course is availableÂ at Vancouver Island University.
We are looking for:
â€¢Â Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent supplemented with a minimum of three (3) months’ related experience.
â€¢Â Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence with Air Brakes ticket (Class 3 or 1 Driver’s Licence with air brakes preferred).
â€¢Â Municipal infrastructure, refuse collection, traffic/construction and/or water/wastewater experience is an asset.
â€¢Â Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Certification is an asset (Operator-In-Training or Water/Wastewater Level 1 or 2).