We Are Hiring !


The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is accepting applications from individuals interested in employment as a full time Seasonal Airport Maintenance Worker to Start November 16th, 2017 and end April 7th, 2018. 


Reporting to the Working Foreman, the Airport Maintenance Worker must be a team player who has the ability to work cooperatively with fellow employees in operating and maintaining runways, taxiways, aprons, fields, roads, vehicles, equipment, buildings and structures on airport property.  The successful candidate must be willing to work overtime as required. Shift work is required during the term of employment and includes nights and weekends. The successful candidate may receive cross-training to perform other tasks.


  • Removal of snow, ice and other surface contaminants from taxiways, aprons, runways, public access roads, parking areas, meteorological and telecommunication sites, boundary lights and drainage systems.

  • Performs manual labour, including shoveling, mowing, ground repairs, etc.

  • Operates heavy and light equipment and a variety of hand and power tools required for airport maintenance activities.

  • Assists qualified trade and technical personnel (electrician, plumber, mechanic, etc.) in performing a variety of maintenance and repair functions across a broad spectrum of disciplines including electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation and mechanical to various facilities and equipment.

  • Assist in maintenance, repairs and overhaul of gasoline and diesel powered mobile and stationary equipment.

  • Performance of preventative maintenance duties.

  • Complies with the safety rules, regulations, TP312 standards, directives, policies and procedures, manuals, written orders and instructions relevant to performance of work while adhering to safe work practices at all times.

  • Complies with Airside Vehicle Operators Permit (AVOP) and the Industry Canada Radio Communications Licence (ROC-A).

  • Works in a highly regulated environment with pre-determined policies and guidelines.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The candidate must possess the following qualifications, licences and certifications:

  • Minimum of Grade 12 (or equivalent) education

  • Satisfactory criminal record check and security clearance

  • Must hold a valid Provincial Driver’s License (PDL), and can produce a clean driver’s abstract

  • Must be able to successfully obtain and maintain an Airside Vehicle Operator’s permit (AVOP/D)

  • Training in confined space entry, Fork Lift, ATV, First Aid & CPR, WHIMIS, and Fall Arrest considered an asset.


The candidate must be knowledgeable and/or possess past experience in operations including;

  • Airfield equipment operations.
  • Airport security, airfield operations standards (TP312) and recommended practices.
  • The operation of various types of equipment
  • Familiarization with runway and surface maintenance procedures
  • Testing procedures for surface friction
  • Bird and wildlife control methods
  • Safety and security regulations
  • Materials management and inventory control
  • Road and drainage systems
  • General maintenance associated with Airport infrastructure
  • Environmental considerations
  • Airside operating conditions/regulations
  • Equipment maintenance/repairs
  • Handling hazardous materials/supplies
  • Basic computer skills


  • Ability to work for long periods of time depending on operational requirements.
  • Balance and agility to maintain a steady hand when working from scaffolds, ladders, or mobile work platforms.
  • Auditory acuity to determine proper operation of motorized equipment and identify malfunctions.
  • Olfactory acuity is required to detect odours that indicate hazardous conditions such as gas leaks or detect mechanical defects such as overheating engines.
  • Visual acuity is required to perform duties.
  • The work requires standing, walking, reaching, lifting, stretching and bending when operating on and around the Airport facilities.
  • The work requires operating various vehicles for lengthy periods of time.


  • Maintain strict confidentiality related to airport operations.
  • Demonstrate the following personal attributes:
    • Honest and trustworthy, dependable, respectful, possess cultural awareness and sensitivity, flexibility to adjust to changing situations, and a strong work ethic.


  • Rate $21.06/hour;

  • Six percent (6%) vacation pay on a bi-weekly basis.


Please send resume and cover letter to (including References and copies of Certificates) via e-mail to:



Mail or in person to:

J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport

2nd Floor Administration Office

280 Silver Dart Way, Sydney, Nova Scotia




The Big Fiddle, Sydney, Cape Breton Island ~ Celebrating our Celtic Music & Culture!

The Big Fiddle, Sydney, Cape Breton Island on Canada's East Coast! Fly YQY Sydney!

Cape Breton Island is a beautiful island on the east coast of Canada in the Province of Nova Scotia where the scenery is breathtaking, the Celtic music and culture is alive, the people are friendly and the outdoor adventure is awesome!  Travel World Magazine lists the Top 5 Experiences on Cape Breton IslandIn addition to the top five, there's a long list of areas to explore all over our beautiful island. Love nature and outdoor adventure? There's whale watching, hiking, biking, world class golfing including the Highland Links in Ingonish, swimming, paddle boarding, fishing including salmon fishing on the Margaree River, sailing, kayaking, camping, and touring historical villages including the Highland Village. When you're finished your outdoor adventure, enjoy the Celtic music in one of the pubs or a lobster / seafood dinner, a ceilidh, and a "must do" is to get your photo at the big fiddle in Sydney, NS! Air Canada and WestJet both operate at YQY Sydney so it's easy to get here with direct flights from Toronto or Halifax to start your island tour - we're looking forward to welcoming you! Keep in touch - Like our Facebook page. 

FLY YQY Sydney ~ Your Cape Breton Island Gateway with Air Canada & WestJet ~ Daily Direct Flights Toronto, Halifax

AIR CANADA Year Round Direct Daily Service Sydney - Toronto;  2nd Daily Direct Flight Sydney - Toronto July 18 - September 4, 2017. 
Air Jazz Year Round Daily Service: Sydney - Halifax. Numerous flights per day.
WESTJET Year Round Daily Flights Between Sydney and Halifax. Arrives YQY Sydney 1:30pm; Departs YQY Sydney 2:00pm. 2nd Daily Flight Arrives YQY 10:15pm; Departs YQY 5:50am
WestJet Daily Direct Service Sydney - Toronto seasonal service June 29 - September 4, 2017. 


Aircraft Services - Charters, Business & General Aviation

RUNWAY 06/24 (ILS on RUNWAY 06): 7070' x 200'. RUNWAY 18/36: 6000' x 150'. ARCAL LIGHTING. 
General Aviation Asphalt Apron. Tie Downs - No Charge. Self-Serve Pay at the Pump Aviation 100LL Fuel. Jet Fuel - ASIG 902-564-8101. Ground Handling - Airconsol 902-567-0872.
Canada Border Services at YQY: No charge Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm & no charge on weekends Sat. Sun. 8:00am - 4:00pm  Cost Recovery after hours and holidays. 
Phone CANPASS to make arrangements 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277)
YQY is a CANPASS Airport - Register with CANPASS and land at any time, day or night. 

The 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277) toll-free line is only available in Canada and the United States. If a flight originates outside Canada or the United States, the 1-888 number is not available and the pilot must call the TRC directly (long-distance charges may apply). http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/privateair-eng.html
TRC for All of Canada
Hamilton, ON
Telephone: 905-679-2073
Fax: 905-679-6877
Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Services 


Passengers are reminded to check-in at least 90 minutes before their departure to avoid the risk of being denied boarding.

The airlines are strictly enforcing their check-in cut off time of 45 minutes prior to departure. The terminal is busy with three early morning departures and passengers have to get through security.  The airlines finalize their weight and balance calculations 45 minutes prior to departure and that process takes up to 40 minutes.  Please check-in 90 minutes prior to your departure to avoid the risk of being denied boarding.


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