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Author: Flo Follero Pugh

Principal, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment
Chief Administrative Officer, Village of McBride

Chief Administrative Officer, Village of McBride

The Village of McBride is a small, friendly rural community with a population of approximately 600, nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the North Cariboo Mountains, within the historical Robson Valley. This spectacular scenic community offers pristine year-round recreation opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. We are strategically located on Highway 16, just short trips away from Prince George, Jasper and Kamloops.

As the new Chief Administrative Officer, you will provide advice and support to the Mayor and Council in developing and implementing policies and strategies that address the needs of the Village of McBride.

You will maintain the efficient and effective management of the Village of McBride and will positively impact the management and success of the Village’s Strategic Plan. You will provide leadership to the municipal staff and identify opportunities for improvement of staff and services within the available budget. You will also fulfill the duties of Corporate Officer for the Village.

Knowledge / Training:

  • A post-secondary degree in a related discipline and/or a certificate in local government administration.
  • Valid BC Driver’s license.
  • Familiar with legal processes and responsibilities affecting the execution of duties.
  • Significant knowledge of the Community Charter, Local Government Act, FOIPPA legislation and other applicable Provincial and Federal statutes and regulations.
  • Proficient computer skills such as: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Muniware.

Experience / Qualities:

  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in a municipal government environment at the Chief Administrative Officer or Senior Management level or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Proven organization and managerial ability in a municipal setting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a commitment to teamwork and customer service.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Flexible and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public.
  • Strong work ethic; ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • An annual wage between $100,000 – $120,000, depending on your skills and qualifications
  • A relocation allowance to help you move to your new hometown
  • An affordable housing market and a lower cost of living compared to other municipalities in BC 
  • Zero commute-time, with all local amenities within walkable distance
  • An active arts and culture scene, with festivals, community events, live theatre, and musical performances offered year-round

If you are ready to take on this rewarding leadership role, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained by request from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the full benefits.
Flo Follero-Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment

Senior Water Quality Lead, North Salt Spring Waterworks District

Senior Water Quality Lead, North Salt Spring Waterworks District

North Salt Spring Waterworks District is seeking a Senior Water Quality Lead. The annual salary range for this position is between $90,000 – $103,000, depending upon the candidate’s skills and qualifications.
Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Senior Water Quality Lead plays a key role in ensuring and facilitating high quality and safe water production and distribution in the NSSWD and other districts as assigned. This position works within the Operations department and is responsible for a variety of functions including Quality Control, Documentation, and support to both the Operations Manager and the Operations teams.

  • Supervises the water quality and quantity monitoring programs.
  • Responsible for entering, data in water quality database.
  • Reviews, and verifies data in water quality database.
  • Monitors lake levels and climate data and updates spreadsheets and charts.
  • Monitors bacteriological blooms in Lakes for toxin production and makes sampling recommendations.
  • Conducts dam inspections, records relevant data, and prepares related reports.
  • Prepares monthly and annual water quality reports.
  • Prepares annual water audit.
  • Provide guidance on flushing, decontamination, and sampling measures to address watermain break events.
  • Provide guidance and input into the annual flushing program.
  • Facilitates the creation of studies and reports as required.
  • Provides support, guidance and direction to operations staff as required.

Qualifications and Education:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, Water Engineering Technology or equivalent and minimum six (6) years of directly related experience as a water quality specialist in a municipal waterworks environment.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and satisfactory criminal record check.


  • Registration with the Applied Science Technologist and Technicians of British Columbia.
  • Additional training in Water Quality, Water Treatment, Environmental Technology or in a relevant science such as biology or environmental science.

The Location:
Located in the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is a vibrant, active rural community and a great place to live. Surrounded by the Salish Sea, the area offers a year-round mild climate with a broad selection of pursuits for the outdoor enthusiast. Amenities and services include excellent elementary and secondary schools, a hospital, library, renowned arts and culinary options, and health and wellness retreats. Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley are both just a short ferry ride away.
The Employer:
The mission of the NSSWD is “to provide potable water within the NSSWD boundaries in an efficient and sustainable manner.” This encompasses residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional users or approximately 5,500 people within the District boundaries. The NSSWD also operates six other regional district and improvement district water systems under contract.
How to Apply:
If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding role, send your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment.  A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained from the Consultant, which includes a full description of the job responsibilities and benefits. Please feel welcome to request the package by email, and following that to discuss the position with the undersigned:
Flo Follero-Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment

Recovery Manager, Village of Lytton – Contract (2)

Recovery Manager, Village of Lytton – Contract (2)

  • Reporting to and taking direction from the Village of Lytton CAO;
  • Providing clear direction and leadership for the Lytton Community Recovery Staff, demonstrating an understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and experience working within an organized chain of command;
  • Demonstrating an understanding of Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) and their role within Community Recovery;
  • Advancing recovery by raising any recovery-related issues requiring resolution, or resourcing to and implementing subsequent direction from the CAO;
  • Providing recommendations on additional operational structures or other capacity- building needs based on the assessment of recovery operations, policies, and practices.

The returns: You are the right person for this challenge if you value a unique opportunity to help support an entire community’s sustainable future as it rebuilds from the foundation up. You will have the flexibility to work from anywhere, provided that you can attend periodic meetings in person.
What you bring:

  • Relevant education and experience demonstrating sound judgement and decision- making ability in a municipal setting or comparable environment;
  • Strong skills in project management, communication, and organization. Additional skills in finance would be considered an asset.
  • A proven ability to build positive working relationships in a remote setting; and
  • Full working knowledge of all Microsoft Office products, electronic meeting management software, and Sharepoint.

The next step: If you’re ready to take on this unique professional challenge, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment. Please make note of your compensation expectations within your cover letter. A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained by request from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the positions’ benefits.
Flo Follero-Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment

Director of Planning, District of Kitimat

Director of Planning, District of Kitimat

The District of Kitimat is recruiting for a Director of Planning.  Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director will oversee the planning department of three planners and one planning clerk and play an integral role on the District’s senior management team.

Where is the job?
Located in Northwest BC, Kitimat is a master-planned greenbelt community and home to just over 8,000 residents. Kitimat provides a stable tax base and is experiencing growth from increased levels of industrial, residential, and commercial development. To learn more about your new home, visit
What will you do?

  • Provide technical and professional advice on land use and planning related matters to Council, the Chief Administrative Officer and other Municipal Departments, Council Committees and Commissions, developers, industrial project proponents and the public.
  • Prepare, recommend and implement both short- and long- term planning strategies and plans. 
  • Recommend administrative and Council action regarding development applications for such matters as zoning amendment, temporary land use, and development permits; and ensure application processing occurs in accordance with provincial statutes and the Kitimat Municipal Code.
  • Provide leadership and daily supervision to municipal employees and provide direction on workflow and priorities to staff.

What will you get in return?

  • A competitive starting salary range of $119,496 – $132,773 dependent on experience, with additional increases based on years of service and annual considerations from Council
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Professional development opportunities to grow your skills and further your career
  • Complimentary use of the District’s fantastic recreation facilities
  • Relocation assistance if you are moving to the area
  • A rental subsidy for the first year of your employment

What do you bring with you?

  • A university degree, preferably a post graduate degree in planning or a closely related field
  • Relevant work experience including supervisory experience in a municipal setting
  • Knowledge of local government practices in community planning
  • A proven ability to manage complex planning projects
  • Current membership or membership eligibility with the Planning Institute of British Columbia

Why should you choose Kitimat?
At the District of Kitimat, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve, establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, we will work with you on arranging an accommodation where possible that is suitable for your abilities.
What do you do now?
If you are ready to join a progressive employer in a growing region, forward your resume and cover letter to Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment.  A Supplementary Information Package can be obtained from the Consultant, which includes a complete job description and details of the comprehensive benefits plan. This position will remain open until filled, with the first review of applications taking place on Wed. Dec. 14:
Flo Pugh, Tall Cedars Search & Recruitment