Grade Operator


Are you looking for a role that will challenge you?   If you answered yes, then this may be the job for you!

The Grader Operator is responsible for safe operation of grader, bulldozer, back-hoe, excavator, loader, trackless machine, tractor, skid steer and other pieces of equipment as necessary in order to maintain CRL’s road infrastructure and site property.   Snow removal is a main focus during winter season

What will you be doing!  

  • Performs excavating, landscaping, road and trail building and grading of CRL’s road system by using the appropriate machinery such as bulldozers, graders, back-hoe, loader, skid-steer (and attachments) tractors (and attachments) excavators and other pieces of equipment as necessary in order to ensure tasks are carried out to customer specifications and to maintain site infrastructure.
  • Washes, cleans, greases, oils and makes minor repairs and adjustments to the equipment in order to ensure that the equipment is in a safe and efficient working condition.
  • Install various attachments to applicable equipment in order to perform such duties as excavation, snow plowing, post hole auguring,
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices of all work areas, tools and equipment, adhering to provincial, federal and AECL regulations in order to provide a safe and efficient working environment.  Attend monthly safety meetings and immediately report any safety concerns and/or infractions. Apply Event Free Tools and Pre-Job Brief information throughout the execution of assigned work and models this behavior and knowledge to others.
  • Assist in the training, coaching and mentoring of apprentices and co-op students in safe workshop practices and procedures including work planning, assisting and development of skills by demonstrating techniques, describing suitable methods.
  • Monitor, assess and correct work performance, discuss problems and improvements and report progress to supervisor and identify further training needs.

   What we are looking for:  ·

  • Secondary school graduation diploma and three years relevant experience in operating heavy equipment machinery such as an excavator, back-hoe and bulldozer.
  • Knowledge of applicable programs and standards such as:  CEC, CSA and ULC codes.
  • Must have mechanical knowledge of a variety of heavy equipment machines such excavator, back-hoe, loader, and other general heavy equipment in order to perform or advise on maintenance issues
  • Written and verbal communication skills to be able to work in multi-trade groups and communicate with CNL staff across a broad range of disciplines.
  • Must possess a Class G Vehicle License as per the Ministry of Transportation and Communication guidelines.

Security clearance eligibility required: 

Reliability Status with Site Access Security Clearance (SASC), which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom.

Why CNL?  

Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you?  We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

We offer a complete total rewards package:

  • paid time off (vacation, sick,  floater & personal) ;
  • benefits effective day one,  that’s right, no waiting period;
  • tuition support
  • And a pension!

Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?

  • Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
  • Restore and protect the Environment.
  • Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the  Canadian Shield .  Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River, provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep!   In fact,  Deep River  was named the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by  movingwaldo.com  .

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission. CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.