Icemaker Lead

  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • Supervisory
    • Full Time | 
    • Seasonal
  • 2901 East Hastings Street, Hastings Park Vancouver, Vancouver
  • 1 position available
  • Accessible Employer: Yes
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: Yes
Apply Now

Posted on June 18, 2024

Job Description

Seasonal; Full-time
Term: September 2024- March 2025
Hours: 40 hours per week from Mon-Fri (7:00am-3:30pm)
Wage: $32.20/hour (PG20) plus 10% in lieu of benefits and vacation
Date Posted: April 2nd, 2024

Who we are…
The Pacific National Exhibition is an iconic institution in BC, famous for bringing generations of people together to celebrate and build memories. This 113-year-old, non-profit organization has an annual operating budget of over $70 million dollars and generates revenue through four activity streams: the 15-day annual summer Fair and winter Fair which average more than 700,000 people annually, Playland amusement park which welcomes 400,000 guests annually including Fright Nights, and a busy year-round portfolio of events including concerts, trade shows and film, cultural and community events. In total we bring over 2 million people through the site each year. The fourth activity stream is park care and facility maintenance. The PNE is proud of the work it does at Hastings Park and has a vibrant team that is passionate about events, guest experience and delivering memorable experiences.

At the PNE, we strive to create an environment that reflects our organization’s core values: Enthusiasm, Excellence and Evolution. With a focus on these core values, we are committed to achieving our mission which is to “Deliver Memorable Experiences” for all who interact with the PNE whether it is our guests, our employees or the community.

We are seeking a diligent and hard-working individual that has a passion for the Events and the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). The Icemaker Lead will work in the Facilities & Maintenance Department and under the direction of the Director, Facilities & Maintenance. They will be responsible for maintaining ice surfaces as well as general public buildings on site. The Icemaker Lead will operate tools and equipment related to ice maintenance and custodial duties. Our ideal candidate is experienced, efficient and a true team player.

Why join our Team?
-Exhilarating and fun-loving culture
-Flexible work environment
-Opportunity for free or discounted tickets to shows, events, sports games, and much more
-Staff discounts for Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights, as well as all PNE Food Stands
-Competitive compensation package
-Opportunity to create lasting memories and friends

Responsibilities & Qualifications

What will you do this year?

In your role as an Icemaker Lead, your primary accountabilities will be to:
-Perform custodial duties such as cleaning dressing rooms, showers, washrooms, seating areas, and general public buildings on assigned shifts.
-Operate a forklift, ice resurfacing machines and other equipment associated with custodian duties.
-Ability to change propane on the ice resurfacing machines.
-Operate edger, spudder as well as repair (slush) ice surfaces.
-Clean and maintain ice surfaces for hockey, speed skating, figure skating and specialty events; including make/build, seal and paint ice surface as required.
-Ability to do minor paint touch-ups on facility to maintain world class look.
-Replace and clean board glass when necessary.
-Inspect repair and paint nets, install new netting on goal posts as required.
-Install and remove ice logos.
-Set up for pre-game, post-game and between period events as necessary.
-Install board signs.
-Complete ice thickness check sheets, ice resurfacing machines checks, and logbooks.
-Prepare ice surface for changeover.
-Rink board and gate repairs including advertising teardown and installation.
-Ability to perform blade changes on the ice resurfacing machines.
-Ability to repair seating within the facility.
-Develop training documents and guides for staff.
-Develop check lists and timeframes for cleaning for ice makers.
-In-charge of overseeing and scheduling shifts for staff.
-Report deficiencies to Chief Engineer.
-Maintain a safe and clean work environment.
-Must comply with company and department policies and procedures.
-Perform other related duties as assigned.

What else?
-Must have successful completion of Grade 12.
-Must have a minimum of one (1) year of previous supervisory experience.
-Ice Facility Operator Certificate; or Fifth Class Power Engineering Certificate. Preference will go to candidates with Fifth class power engineering certificate.
-Must be capable of lifting 50 LBS
-Must have a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s license and provide an up-to-date Driver’s Abstract confirming a clean driving record. Must have previous experience with an edger and spudder and sealing ice surfaces.
-Must have previous experience with making/building ice surfaces for various sports events, such as hockey, speed skating and figure skating preferred.
-Ability to operate a forklift and other equipment pertinent to custodial duties is recommended.
-Knowledge of and ability to follow WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
-Ability to enforce rules and regulations of governing the operation of the arena during user group sessions.
-Ability to learn and perform new processes and procedures to maintain operating standards as the arena industry changes.
-Must be capable of working at heights and lifting heavy materials up to WCB restrictions; and physically able to work in awkward positions.
-Knowledge of the hazards and proper safety precautions related to the work performed.
-Must be capable of reading, writing, and speaking English for the purposes of written or oral instructions and documentation of work.
-Must have the ability to work independently under specified time frames and deadlines.
-Must have a flexible schedule with availability for day, evening and weekend shifts as required.
-Experience operating an ice resurfacing machine and taking compressor readings is considered an asset.
-Ability to communicate with patrons courteously and effectively.
-Ability to work without supervision on an assigned shift.
-Will report into the Chief Engineer of the Pacific National Exhibition.
-Candidates must undergo a Criminal Record Check.

Who are you?
-Team player
-Detail oriented


$32.20/hour (PG20) plus 10% in lieu of benefits and vacation

Job Application Process

Where and when to APPLY? Applications can be submitted via the PNE website at and will be accepted until the role is filled. We look forward to hearing from you! The PNE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workforce that reflects the diverse community we proudly serve. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age. If you require any support or accommodation throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please contact the People & Culture Department at

Apply Now