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Equipment Operator

Sydney, NS, Canada Req #11309
Friday, February 16, 2024
Come work with us! Savage has been designated by USA Today as a Top Workplace and also received recognition as a Military Friendly Employer, and a Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation.

Savage is Hiring an Material Handling / Equipment Operator in Sydney, Nova Scotia!!

Are you looking for a company that values you for the work you do? 

Savage’s Vision and Legacy includes a commitment to providing opportunities for people “to do things they never dreamed possible” and guides us in all that we do.

Are you ready to join us and do the right thing, find a better way, and make a difference?

Here are just a few of the benefits you can look to receive working with Savage:       

  • Paid uniforms & PPE (laundering included)
  • $200/year steel toe boot allowance 
  • Excellent Benefits program including medical, dental, vision, and RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) with match into a DPSP (Deferred Profit Sharing Plan)
  • Generous paid time off policy that exceeds statutory norms
  • 10 hour shift schedule x 4 days (due to customer demands, our team must be willing to work additional shifts, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed)


Here’s a preview of what you’ll be doing:

As an Operator/Material Handler you’ll be responsible for safely performing the basic tasks required to offload coal vessels, and load trains and trucks with coal using equipment like front-end loaders.

You’ll also be expected to interact with International and domestic vessels and their crews, operate the coal handling system, operate industrial mobile equipment, and perform general maintenance on equipment and facilities, participate in the mooring of vessels, port security, input and complete work orders and complete required documentation.

This is what we need from you:

  • Experience in the operation of front-end loaders, backhoes, skid steers, excavators, and other heavy equipment preferred.
  • Mechanically inclined, and willingness to undertake equipment and facility maintenance task.
  • Must be able to safely perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the safety of his or her own self, or the safety of others
  • Must be able to work with a team, take direction from supervisors(s), adhere to required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules with minimal supervision
  • MFSO (Marine Facility Security Officer) or PWSR (Person with Security Responsibilities) certification, an asset.

Here are some of the minimum requirements you’ll need to have for this role:



  • High School or GED
  • 2-5 years of experience preferred, but not required
  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Speak, read and write in English at a proficient level

Physical Requirements:   

Must have the ability to perform the essential physical functions of the position:

  • Work in an environment containing coal dust, hazardous noise, confined space, and in hot or cold environments
  • Must be willing to properly wear all required Personal Protect Equipment.
  • Work at heights, climb stairs, and climb ladders
  • Frequent walking, including on uneven ground
  • Lift up to 50 pounds frequently


Please note we conduct criminal background checks on all prospective Team Members.


Additional Information:
Savage maintains a drug free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer that complies with applicable human rights legislative requirements, including the duty to accommodate.
For more information or questions about opportunities at Savage, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team.

Other details

  • Job Family Skilled Player
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Sydney, NS, Canada