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February 19 to February 25, 2009


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Next Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be held on March 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.



Job Opportunity
Deputy Fire Chief


Working under the general supervision of the Fire Chief, the City of Yorkton Fire Protective Services invites applications for the position of Deputy Fire Chief – Prevention and Public Education. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out Fire Inspections/Code Enforcement within the municipal boundaries as related to the National Building and Fire Codes, and the Municipal Bylaws.
  • Research, interpret, and provide information as it relates to the National Building and Fire Codes.
  • Provide public education and relations on behalf of the Department to the general public.
  • Carry out fire investigations and compile documentation and reports for the Fire Department and the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
  • Assist with the development and recommendations for the annual Fire Prevention Budget along with the overall Fire Department Operating and Capital Budgets.
  • Develop for approval, guidelines and procedures for Fire Prevention, Inspections, and Public Education as well as all other Department guidelines and procedures.
  • Schedule meetings and attendance for Public Education activities.
  • Liaise closely with D/C Training and Operations regarding the deployment of fire fighting crews at/to various times and/or locations.
  • Act as Duty On-Call Chief Officer for a seven (7) day period on a rotating basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 12 diploma.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Class 5 Provincial driver’s license with an air brake endorsement.
  • 10 years Fire Fighting experience, including 5 years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must possess or obtain the following qualifications:

    NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Certification Level II
    NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level II
    NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector & Plan Examiner Level II
    NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Level III
    NFPA 1035 Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Level I and/or
           NFPA 1041 Fire Services Instructor Level I
    Incident Command System 300

  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Most possess and maintain RCMP security clearance.
  • A complete and comprehensive knowledge of Fire Department activities, including fire prevention, public safety education, emergency measures experience, fire and emergency response with the ability to lead and direct emergency incidents is required.  Preference will be given to candidates with a Business Administration Degree/Certificate and/or Certificate in Fire Service Management.

The City offers an attractive salary and benefits package.  Interested applicants may forward their resume, complete with three references, by 4:30pm February 27th, 2009 to:

City of Yorkton        
Human Resources Department
Box 400, 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, SK   S3N 2W3
Fax:  (306)786-6880

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Job Opportunity
Auxiliary Fire Fighter

The City of Yorkton Fire Department invites applications for the position of

Auxiliary Fire Fighter

The City of Yorkton Fire Department is looking for highly motivated persons, male or female, over the age of 18, residing in city limits to become part of our Auxiliary Fire Fighting force.  Operating as a composite department, Auxiliary Fire Fighters provide support services to the Full-Time Department.  If you are interested in a new challenge and in expanding your life skills, these positions provide for a stimulating team building opportunity. 

Under direct supervision, Auxiliary Fire Fighters assist in response, mitigation, and return to service of Fire Department apparatus and the facility.  Response to emergency incidents can include: fires; dangerous goods; rescue work; and other duties as assigned.  Personal and public safety is of paramount importance therefore successful candidates will be required to participate in regular and ongoing training and will receive protective clothing, a radio, and will be placed on an on-call rotation.


Applicants must be 18 years of age, in good physical and mental health and must successfully complete a physical fitness test.  RCMP security clearance and a valid Saskatchewan license and abstract are also required.  Preference will be given to those possessing current C.P.R., First Aid, and N.F.P.A. or related training / certification.


On-call hours include Monday through Friday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., 24 hours on weekends and statutory holidays.  Wednesday evenings are designated for training from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  (These are not Full-time paid firefighting positions.)

If you have any questions please contact the Yorkton Fire Department at 786-1795 or submit a detailed resume to:

City of Yorkton
Director of Human Resources
Box 400, 37 Third Avenue North
Yorkton, SK, S3N 2W3
Fax: (306) 786-6880

The City of Yorkton wishes to thank all prospective applicants; however only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted.



Job Opportunity
Student Technical Assistant

Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association

The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association (AWSA) has partnered with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA) and the City of Yorkton to determine the impact of the City’s storm water and snowmelt runoff on the Assiniboine River Watershed.  This two year study will determine the associated risk to waters receiving runoff from small prairie urban communities and specifically focuses on assessing pollutants in Yorkton’s water runoff.  Funding for this position has been provided by Environment Canada’s ecoACTION program.  Refer to for additional information.

This position shall assist in the monitoring, data testing, reporting, analysis and sample collection of water, storm water and wastewater (mainly in the City of Yorkton).


  • Involved in industrial/commercial/residential monitoring and laboratory analysis – water collection, testing (of pH, temperature, etc.), analysis, and component performance monitoring.
  • Help provide an awareness, training and experience in municipal environmental protection.
  • Spreadsheet creation and data entry, with working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and word processing; AutoCAD skills are an asset; as well as other operational programs.
  • Light carpentry duties, painting and other duties as assigned.
  • Will work with staff from AWSA, SWA and on a daily basis with some City of Yorkton staff.
  • Must comply with the OH&S Act and Regulations, and all Safety Policies and Standard Operating Procedures; use every reasonable precaution to avoid workplace incidents.


  • Successful completion of Secondary School and returning to or completed Post-Secondary education.
  • Preference will be given to those individuals interested in or pursuing Secondary Education in Environmental or Biological Sciences, or Engineering, Civil, Water.
  • Ability to undertake heavy strenuous physical labour, work with minimal supervision and work collectively with co-workers.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Mechanical and computer knowledge
  • First Aid and WHIMIS training an asset
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 Saskatchewan Provincial driver’s license
  • Possess and maintain RCMP Security Clearance

This four month position will commence May 1st with an opportunity to return next summer.  Hours of work:  Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Shifts including evenings and weekends may be required, with banking of overtime hours a possibility.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2009.  Please submit a detailed resume complete with three references and a cover letter to:

The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association (AWSA)
P.O. Box 400
Yorkton, SK
S3N 2W3
Fax: (306) 786-6880

For more information about AWSA visit

We wish to thank all prospective applicants; however only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted.



Ongoing Programs
at the Yorkton Public Library

Wednesday afternoons
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Meeting room
With the Duplicate Bridge Club

Thursday afternoons
1:30 – 3:30 pm.
Local History Room

Thursday afternoons
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Meeting Room

Wednesday or Thursday mornings
10:30 – 11:15 am
Programming Room
For 3 – 5 year olds

Thursday mornings
10:30 – 11:00 am.
Meeting room
For parents and toddlers (under 36 mos.)

All programs are free of charge. Everyone is welcome.
To register or for more information, please contact the Library at 783-3523.



Public Skating

Sunday Nights
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission:  $2.25 per person or $5.50 per family
<paid at the Securtek Information Kiosk>
For more information call 786-1740.


Public Skating:
Sunday Nights
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pre-School & Seniors Skate:
Wednesday Afternoons
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All programs at Kinsmen Arena are FREE of CHARGE.
For more information call Leisure Services at 786-1750.


Drop-In Basketball

Monday Nights from 8:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Gloria Hayden Community Centre Gym
Cost is $3.00 per person

For more information, call 786-1776.



Youth Swim Night

Gallagher Centre Water Park
Youth Swim Night

Friday, February 27, 2009
10:00 p.m. to Midnight
Ages 12 & up

Cost is $2.00/person
Door prizes, pizza, games & more

For more information, call 786-1740.



Co-Ed Adult Recreation Soccer

Wednesday Nights
Gallagher Centre Flexihall
9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Cost is $3.00 per person

For more information call the
Gallagher Centre Information Kiosk at 786-1740.



Beginner Cross Country Ski Clinic

Saturday, February 21st
NOON to 4:00 p.m.
Deer Park Municipal Golf Course

Cost is $20.00/person and includes:

  • On snow instruction
  • Basic waxing techniques
  • Proper clothing & equipment discussion

Instructor: Kaare Askildt
To register call 786-1740

Sponsored by:
Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club
Yorkton In Motion
City of Yorkton Leisure Services