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Equipment Operator

Company Overview

Backwoods Energy Services is 100% Indigenous-owned and provides construction services to the oil, gas, and utility industries in north-western Alberta. We are the one of the largest Indigenous community owned companies in Alberta and focus on building lasting client relationships with a commitment to safety excellence and quality service. Our business consists of five operating divisions: Civil Works and Clearing, Environmental Services, Pipeline and Integrity Maintenance, Matting Supply and Installation and Security Services. Our mission is to drive economic opportunity by empowering Indigenous people and communities.

Role Summary

Working at various sites across North West Alberta, we are seeking experienced back hoe and dozer operators for lease builds, lease clean-ups, reclamation and remediation work. Various shift schedules available. Rates dependent on experience and site and start at $34/hr.

Taking direction from and reporting to the Shift Lead, this position involves activities related to operating the equipment listed below on civil earthworks worksite. This will entail being responsible for running and maintaining the equipment for daily operations. Operators will also be expected to perform on-site, labour-based activities when not operating equipment. Versatility, flexibility and a positive attitude are required in this position. The position entails travelling to different job sites sometimes for extended periods of time. It also requires each team member to work well with others in a safe and efficient manner and understands the importance of quality and good communication.


Back Hoe

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience
  • Cut to finish grade
  • Load Brush / forestry operations
  • Load various types of trucks
  • Getting in and out of machine
  • Daily inspection
  • Cleaning of equipment, as required


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience
  • Cut to finish grade
  • Knock down brush
  • Stump removal / forestry operations
  • GPS experience an asset
  • Getting in and out of machine
  • Daily inspection
  • Cleaning of equipment, as required


  • Able to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team
  • Positive and safety conscious attitude
  • Service equipment and perform routine maintenance
  • Assistance in loading/unloading equipment at different work locations
  • Capable of working in a safety focused team environment
  • Reliable and have a strong work ethic
  • Current Class 5 Drivers License with a clean driving record
  • Able to work overtime and weekends – shift work and travel required
  • Able to work well individually or as a team & follow instruction effectively
  • Experienced and competent and able to pass a competency assessment

training & certification

  • Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to provide a clean driver’s abstract (required) 
  • Standard First Aid (required) 
  • CSTS 2020 (required) 
  • Ground Disturbance Level II (required) 
  • H2S Alive (an asset)

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume directly to our website:

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.


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