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Public Works Certified Water/Sewer Operator I, II, III

City of Box Elder

Job Title: Certified Water/Sewer Operator I, II, III

Closing Date:  Position Open Until Filled

Pay Range:

Operator I: $14.84 to $22.36 per hour, dependent upon experience

Operator II: $16.38 to $24.69 per hour, dependent upon experience    

Operator III: $18.08 to $27.25 per hour, dependent upon experience

New employees typically start at the low end of the pay range.

This is a full-time position located in the Box Elder City Hall; the normal schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; working some evenings and weekends.

These positions report directly to the Public Works Water/Sewer Superintendent. 

PURPOSE OF JOB

This position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the city's water system and related equipment. An incumbent in this position may be designated "Equipment Operator II" or "Equipment Operator III."

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Responds to and repairs water and sewer line breaks, including projects requiring excavation of system components. 
  • Installs and maintains water meters; performs monthly meter reads to record water usage data.
  • Responds to service orders; locates and repairs leaks; inspects water meters.
  • Assists in monitoring and maintaining water storage facilities, pumping stations, sewer collection, and lift stations; perform preventative maintenance.
  • Collects and analyzes water samples.
  • Operates and maintains water valves; performs line locates; performs water and sewer line inspections; updates utility maps using GPS; flushes, maintains, and repairs fire hydrants.
  • Assists with street repairs as needed.
  • Operates a variety of heavy equipment.
  • Responds to after-hour emergencies.
  • Utilizes a variety of hand and power tools. 
  • performs related duties.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:

  • Knowledge of water and wastewater system maintenance and repair principles.
  • Knowledge of department safety policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of utility meter operations and maintenance principles. 
  • Knowledge of area streets and roads.
  • Knowledge of vehicle maintenance principles.
  • Skill in the operation of assigned vehicles, trucks, and equipment.
  • Skill in problem-solving
  • Skill in interpersoal relations.
  • Skill in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

The Water & Sewer Superintendent assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed works for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final result. 

GUIDELINES:

Guidelines include water distribution and meter operation handbooks, AWWA standards, state and federal environmental regulations, and department policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific but may require some interpretation in application.  

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK:

  • The work consists of related water system operation duties. Inclement weather and heavy traffic contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to operate, maintain, and repair the city water system. Successful performance contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of utility services.  

CONTACTS:

  • Contact is typical with co-workers, other city personnel, customers, plumbers, contractors, vendors, and the general public. 
  • Contacts are to typically to exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • The work is a majority performed while intermittently sitting, standing, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects, climb ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The majority of work is performed in a stockroom, warehouse, and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, and machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, and irritating chemicals. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, gloves, goggles, etc. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with high school education. 
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years. 
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of South Dakota for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. 
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain appropriate certification from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources as a Water and/or Wastewater Operator. 
  • Operator I/II must have work experience in the safe and efficient operation and minor servicing of light and medium construction and maintenance equipment. Educational background sufficient to understand work assignments is required as well as formal or informal education or training, which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance. A high school diploma or a GED is preferred.
  • Operator III must have a High school diploma or GED Requires two (2) years of experience at the Equipment Operator II level or have received training and have been certified to operate two pieces of equipment; May require basic computer skills; An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements: PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS: Physical and dexterity refer to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement. Requires medium work that involves walking, standing, stooping, jumping, stretching, or lifting all of the time; exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis; and exceptional skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving very close tolerances or limits of accuracy. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants selected for interviews may be subjected to an appropriate background check. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Submit a completed application, letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to the following address:

City of Box Elder
Human Resources/Personnel Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719

Please note: Applications are available here. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.

MAJOR BENEFITS FOR FULL-TIME REGULAR EMPLOYEES:

New full-time employees receive five (5) days’ vacation; Six (6) days of personal paid time off; nine paid holidays; Employee Health (includes Dental) and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits.

PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee.

NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.


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