Refinery Operator

Position Description

GFL Environmental is focused on reducing, reusing, recycling, recovering, and maximizing value from industrial waste with customers in a broad range of industry sectors. At the North Vancouver Refinery, we specialize specifically in oil recycling.


Reporting to the Operation Supervisor, the Operator is accountable for day-to-day operations of process units and its ancillaries at North Vancouver Oil Refinery.


The work schedule for the first six months will be 7:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. The schedule will then transition to a rotating schedule, 2 days then 2 nights, then 5 days off. Hours of work will be 7:00am to 7:00pm (days) and 7:00pm to 7:00am (nights).


Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure that all units are being operated to GFL standards and in accordance with all government regulations.
  • Operate, monitor and control process levels, temperatures, pressures and flows for applicable utilities, processes and systems in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ensure that the required documentation is legible, accurate and completed on a timely basis.
  • Use technical expertise to assist process operations in the optimization of all units and equipment.
  • Identify and recommend improvements to processes and systems.
  • Perform emergency operation activities as needed.
  • Regularly attend safety meetings, identifies any safety concerns to supervisor, report all incidents and assist in investigations.
  • Perform mechanical and or equipment maintenance as required and/or assigned.
  • Maintain safe and clean equipment and general work area.
  • Train on unfamiliar processes and equipment, within established guidelines and procedures, as required.
  • Acquire and maintain adequate certification as required.
  • Provide guidance, direction and technical expertise to less experienced operators.


Experience, Qualifications & Education

  • A minimum of 5 years petroleum refinery related experience
  • A strong understanding of oil distillation and / or hydrotreating
  • Must be a current holder of BC or Inter-provincial minimum 4th Class Power Engineering certificate.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong team player with the ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Able to work various shifts as shifts can rotate, have extended and overtime hours. Plant operates 24/7.
  • Ability to perform physical and labor intensive tasks.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Must have a current driver’s license.


This is a safety sensitive position. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of required medical, physical, drug and alcohol testing.




We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


GFL Environmental is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to apply. We seek to hire individuals with diverse characteristics, backgrounds and perspectives. We strongly believe that world-class talent makes no distinctions based on gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual identity and orientation, age, religion or disability, but enriches itself through these differences. GFL will provide accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.