University of Manitoba - Human Resources - UNIFOR - Pool Operator
UNIFOR - Pool Operator

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Pool Operator
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of the University including the construction, renovations, provision of utility services, and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Pool Operator (certified) is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the indoor swimming pool, sauna, washrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms. The Pool Operator is responsible for the maintenance of swimming pool water, which includes the chemical, physical and biological factors. The Pool Operator is responsible for changing burned out light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes, reporting of malfunctioning lighting systems and equipment, and ordering and maintaining sanitary and pool chemical supplies.


  • Maintains the chemical factor of pool water which includes: pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, salt levels and total dissolved solids.
  • Maintains Physical factor of pool water which includes: filtration, circulation, water temperature and vacuuming of swimming pool.
  • Maintains Biological factor of pool water which includes: disinfection, shock treatment and algae control.
  • Maintains all records pertaining to testing for water quality.
  • Performs routine maintenance on chlorination system (lectronator cells).
  • Maintains and ensures a supply of chemicals for water balancing and testing is in stock and maintains an inventory of same.
  • Cleans pool deck, inside of pool and bulk head during annual maintenance shut down.
  • Performs routine and annual maintenance on filtration system.
  • Cleans and maintains classrooms, offices, halls and locker rooms in assigned areas.
  • Cleans and maintains in a sanitary condition the pool deck, bulkhead, footbath and bleachers.
  • Cleans and maintains in a sanitary condition shower rooms, washrooms - including all fixtures.
  • Cleans inside of windows and glass doors and dividers.
  • Replaces burned out light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes.Maintains supply of soap and tissue in washrooms.
  • Informs Physical Plant of malfunctioning lighting and mechanical equipment.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Education to an acceptable level.
  • Pool Operator 1 (one) certificate or an acceptable equivalent.


  • Acceptable related experience in Public Swimming Pool operation
  • Acceptable related experience in caretaking

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and communicate effectively in English with other staff members, students and the public.
  • Ability to analyze and diagnose through raw data and observation conditions which require remedial action.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Willingness to work any day of the week, afternoon or night shifts.

Physical Requirements

  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."