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Canal Structure Operator

Appointment Type: Seasonal

Pay: $15.94/hr

Travel Percentage: 80%

Schedule: 40 hrs/week, 7am-3pm (Hours may vary depending on location), Variable Workweek, Mandatory Overtime

Location: All counties in all divisions (Albany, Buffalo, New York, Syracuse)

Minimum Qualifications:


  1. six months of experience in the operation and assembly or the operation and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, automotive, or diesel machinery; or
  2. six months of experience working on a canal(s), of which 50% of your duties must have included working at a canal lock and/or lift bridge; or
  3. a certificate of completion from a BOCES or a post-high school program in electrical maintenance; electrical construction; or mechanical, automotive, diesel repair or technology; or
  4. six college semester credit hours in electrical construction, electrical maintenance, or in hydraulic, mechanical, automotive, diesel repair or technology.

Must be at least 18 years of age and physically capable of performing the duties assigned to the position. Candidates must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in NYS at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.

As a Canal Structure Operator, during an assigned shift, you would maintain and operate canal structures and equipment to permit passage of lock and lift bridge traffic and to regulate water level and flow. In addition, you would be responsible for checking for seepage and navigational hazards and for preventing trespassing and vandalism. You would also perform activities in support of the collection of user fees. This position requires frequent interaction with the general public.

Canal operators cover a 24-hour day, seven days a week. Appointees can expect to be assigned to cover night and weekend shifts and are subject to 24 hour emergency call-outs. During the non-navigation season, appointees will perform preventative maintenance activities, work with a maintenance crew on canal pump-out projects, perform minor repairs to structures and buildings, and other tasks as assigned.

phone: 518.449.6003

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