Public Works Operator | City of Council
Class Summary/Primary Function
The principal function of an employee in this class is to operate equipment and perform skilled maintenance and service work on City utility service lines and systems, streets and public areas and facilities. A Public Works Operator may be assigned to specific areas such as water, sewer, streets, or be given specific maintenance assignments. This position is a fully skilled journey level job where the employee can operate numerous pieces of equipment, perform work with minimal supervision and maintain the required certifications or skills for the assigned job. Work is performed under the direction of the Public Works Supervisor. The principal duties of this class are performed in a shop and outdoor environment that may involve inclement weather and potential personal hazards.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Duties will vary depending on assignment and therefore the following list is illustrative only)
- Installing, maintaining, inspecting, sampling and performing repair work on water distribution and sewer collection systems, including water mains, service connections, meters, meter boxes. valves, culverts and other systems;
- Cleaning, flushing and cleaning valves and lines;
- Monitoring and repairing wells and pumps, booster pumps, checking tank levels and facilities; performing backfilling projects;
- Shutting off water when necessary; reading water meters when requested;
- Operating light and heavy equipment to assist in patching streets and roads and performing various road construction projects;
- Locating and marking utility lines, including water and sewer, prior to excavation;
- Monitoring and logging of plant and system operations; finding, troubleshooting and repairing facility problems; maintaining necessary records;
- Operating a variety of vehicles and heavy equipment, including but not limited to, tractor mowers, dump trucks, front end loaders and attachments, sweepers, backhoes, snow removal vehicles, graders, and related equipment;
- Operating a variety of hand tools and power equipment including but not limited to jackhammers, electrical testing equipment, metal detector, welder, hand held meter data collection device as needed;
- Grading and watering roads; repairing and replacing street signs;
- Removing snow from streets, sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas; removing debris and other safety hazards from streets, curbs, storm drains, alleys and adjacent public areas;
- Placing work zone traffic control devices and performing flagging duties;
- Reforming routine maintenance on vehicles and equipment and maintaining service and maintenance records;
- Responding to emergency situations such as system breaks or blockages, including locating affected areas, traffic control, erection of safety barricades and notification of affected users;
- Performing installation and repair work including digging and backfilling trenches, installing and repairing pipelines, including cutting, tapping, threading and making joint connections on copper, plastic and other pipe material;
- Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, subordinates, the general public, and other individuals or groups encountered through this position.
- Performing all duties with regard for personal safety and that of other employees and the public.
- Providing information and answers inquiries from the public;
- Providing assistance and expertise to other City departments, agencies, and staff.
- Performing all work duties and activities in accordance with City and Department policies, procedures and safety practices.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Methods, materials, equipment, tools and standard practices for the installation, operation, inspection, maintenance and repair of assigned area which may include one or more of the following: water distribution, water collection, wastewater collection, street construction, or other systems;
- Federal (OSHA) and state regulations and City policies regarding safety training and safe work practices;
- Methods, materials, procedures, and standard practices of snow removal, sanding, and de-icing;
- Heavy and construction equipment operation and maintenance;
- Equipment and tool operation and maintenance practices;
- Customer service principles and procedures;
- Federal, state, local, and other applicable traffic and safety laws, regulations, ordinances, and codes.
- Independently operate and maintain water, wastewater, and street construction systems;
- Operate a variety of light and heavy equipment, including but not limited to, dump trucks, bobcats, loaders, pavers, rollers, snow plowing and sanding, and related equipment as assigned;
- Adhere to City, State and federal safety requirements and regulations.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with supervisor, co-workers, city officials, city employees, and the public.
- Read and interpret system maps and diagrams and technical and operational manuals;
- Read and interpret meters and testing equipment;
- Exercise sound judgment and generate workable solutions in problem situations.
- Produce and maintain accurate and legible reports and documents.
- Communicate effectively in orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the public under sometimes stressful conditions.
- Analyze and appropriately solve problems and resolve conflicts.
- Maintain a professional demeanor at all times;
- Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
- Operate standard office equipment and a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
- Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
- Use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
Minimum Acceptable Experience and Training
- High school diploma or GED equivalency is required; and
- Two (2) years water or wastewater treatment systems experience and Idaho Class I Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License preferred; or
- Applicants that are not certified will be considered; however, license requirements must be achieved within 2 years of employment start date to retain employment.
- Demonstrated skill in operating a variety of light and heavy equipment; or
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this job.
- Idaho driver’s license with Class B CDL;
- Additional certifications may be required depending on assignment.
Essential Physical Abilities
An employee in this class should have sufficient physical and mental capability, with or without reasonable accommodation to:
- Listen and respond to voice instructions; to communicate effectively in person, on the telephone and in a field environment; to discern and give verbal instructions;
- View and review a wide variety of written and electronic materials, to operate computer and related office equipment; to observe and analyze water, wastewater, and streets systems and operations; and to operate power and hand tools, and heavy or light equipment;
- Perform essential job functions in shop or field setting that may require lifting/moving 50 lbs., bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, stretching and other physical exertions including performing tasks involving hand/wrist/arm movements, all in inclement weather conditions and with exposure to personal hazards.
Salary and Benefits – The salary range for this position is $13.00 – $19.00 per hour. Salary will be determined at time of a conditional offer and will be based on applicant’s education, qualifications, and prior and/or related experience. The City provides an excellent benefits package, including the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI); vacation, holiday and sick leave; health, dental, vision, and life insurance.
The City of Council is a drug and alcohol free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.