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Vancouver Airport Authority

Airfield Operations Specialist

Vancouver, Canada


As an Airfield Operations Specialist, you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge equipment and uphold stringent safety standards. From overseeing winter operations to conducting meticulous surface inspections and repairs, you will showcase your skills to deliver an unforgettable and seamless experience for all travellers passing through YVR. Come aboard and be part of a team that ensures every takeoff and landing is filled with warmth, efficiency, and utmost care.

  • Full Time
  • Level: Mid
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)

Success Profile

What makes a successful Airfield Operations Specialist?
Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Collaborative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Efficient
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Physical Fitness

World Class Benefits

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the YVR team. As the industry evolves, our talented people, outstanding facilities and prudent financial planning ensure our leadership position.

  • Medical, dental and extended health benefits

  • Short-term sickness, accident insurance, long-term disability and life insurance

  • Emergency travel assistance

  • Comprehensive wellness program

  • An RRSP-matching program

  • Competitive wages

Airfield Operations Specialist

Location Vancouver, Canada Job Code 24-38

YVR is a place of connection, bringing together people, places and cargo while ensuring a safe and efficient experience for everyone. Airfield Maintenance plays an integral part in the continued success and future vision of the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Position overview 

Do you have a keen eye for detail and an ability to work collaboratively in a team? 

We have permanent, full-time opportunities for Airfield Operations Specialists in the Airfield Maintenance Department. Reporting to the Manager, Airfield Maintenance Services, the successful candidate will work on the runways, taxiways and aprons of Canada’s second busiest airport to ensure safe and efficient operations at all times. Working alongside a dedicated team of individuals and with some of the world’s most advanced equipment, the successful candidate will contribute to a variety of airfield projects.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring and conducting surface inspections and repairs of asphalt and concrete on the airport’s runways, taxiways, aprons and airside roads
  • Controlling Foreign Object Debris (FOD) on the airfield through the use of specialized FOD removal equipment and manual techniques
  • Operating heavy equipment on the airfield to maintain grass and signs and providing snow and ice control through the application of specialized de-icing chemicals and/or aggregates and operating heavy snow removal equipment.
  • Maintaining storm water drainage systems, perimeter fences, road safety equipment (barriers and other traffic control devices) and seaplane facilities
  • Assisting with equipment maintenance, special events and projects
  • Supporting irregular operations (aircraft emergencies and incidents)

Key qualifications include:

  • Two years of recent, related experience supplemented by a high school diploma or GED equivalent (some post-secondary education would be an asset); or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Ability to safely operate heavy equipment, power tools and hand tools.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including communication and judgment, are required so that operational issues are addressed in a professional and efficient manner.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and medical exam
  • Class 3 Driver's License with Air Brake endorsement with a clear Driver’s Abstract
  • Ongoing requirement for: maintaining fitness levels and maintaining all security clearances, passes and certifications.

Shift work is required as the department operates on a 24-hour basis.

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external applicants. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position.

As part of our recruitment process, short-listed candidates may be required to participate in an assessment process.

Salary Range : $65,116 to $85,107 per annum, based on 40-hour work week. This is individually tailored to reflect your unique experience, qualifications and internal equity.

At YVR, your work experience goes beyond the paycheck. We support your personal and professional development, well-being, and a thriving work culture with generous vacation days, extensive health benefits, retirement savings matching, wellness programs, community engagement, commuting support, and continuous learning opportunities. Learn more at

Please note that availability may vary based on employment type and is subject to certain eligibility requirements and potential changes by YVR.

Who We Are

YVR is more than just an airport. We connect our beautiful province and all it has to offer to the world. We are all leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, so no matter the department or team you’re a part of, the work you do matters.

At YVR, we are flexible in everything we do. We will work together to find ways to deliver customer excellence that helps us all thrive.

Whatever your background and wherever you’re from, you belong at YVR. If you have any questions about accessibility or require any assistance applying, please reach out at

Vancouver Airport Authority


YVR is more than just an airport. We are leaders and trailblazers for change and innovation, at the forefront doing the right thing and doing it well. We have been voted the Best Airport in North America for 12 consecutive years – an honour that’s attributed to the ongoing contributions from the best teams and partners. Join us at YVR to see what this means for you.

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YVR continually invests in our people to offer what you and your loved ones need so you can just thrive at work and in your community.

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We are committed to maintaining a learning culture – one that empowers and helps you grow your career within YVR. Along the way, we’ll celebrate both the small and big wins and work through every new opportunity together to help you get to where you want to be.

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