Sign Maker

Requisition ID: 38130 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function 
This is a skilled sign making work at the journeyman level involving the application of fundamental trade practices to the design and production of a wide variety of signs.


The position reports to a Superintendent and works closely with a small team and provides work direction to several subordinates performing routine sign making tasks. Other contacts include other City Departments, contractors, and members of the public.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Receives oral and written direction and instructions from Superintendent.
  • Designs and produces signage, graphics, murals, wraps, hoarding, using computer software, printers, cutters and CNC routers.
  • Prepares a variety of substrates in preparation for applying sign related materials.
  • Operates a design programs and printers/cutters to produce lettering, graphics, layouts and designs of some complexity.
  • Uses tools and equipment for hand lettering as required.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area.
  • Acts as a representative of the City, to deal with the public in an effective, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Provides direction to an Operations Worker on installation.
  • Quotes clients for the scope of work: materials, labour hours, work plan, deadline and makes suggestions on alternate designs, materials, layouts as needed.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • Completion of twelfth grade supplemented by technical training related to the work and considerable experience in sign making or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the standard practices, standards, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in a variety of sign making tasks.
  • Thorough knowledge of the standard practices and methods of operating computers and computer hardware as it relates to graphic design techniques and processes.
  • Considerable knowledge of the care and use of hand tools essential to the work.
  • Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices peculiar to the trade.
  • Skill in performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks such as applying a variety of printed and non-printed adhesive vinyl, by hand, to a variety of flat, curved, smooth and textured surfaces.
  • Ability to use a computer, related periphery equipment such as printers, engravers and plotter cutters and current sign and graphics software such as Printer RIP software, Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat and a variety of cutter, plotter and CNC router programming software.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to work with various design file formats, sketches, drawings and blueprints.
  • Ability to layout and design a variety of signs.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently for extended periods of time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to assign and supervise the work of subordinates engaged in painting tasks.
  • Ability to operate and maintain an assortment of tools and equipment typical of the sign making industry e.g. digital printers, cutters and engraving machines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, in writing and verbally, with co-workers, contractors, business owners and members of the public


Driver’s License and Record Checks:

  • A current and valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License or higher and a Satisfactory National Safety Code driving record
    • 5 years accumulation of no more than 9 points, not in excess of 3 points per single year
    • 3 years accumulation of no more than 1 preventable work related driving or equipment operating accident in any single year
    • Employees who do not demonstrate a satisfactory driving record will have their application reviewed in more detail


The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.


Business Unit/Department: Board of Parks & Recreation (1400) 

Affiliation: CUPE 1004 Parks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: April, 2023 

Position End Date: September, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-375: $41.95 per hour


Application Close: March 26, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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