Public Utility Worker Senior – Water

Website City of Gresham

The City of Gresham is pleased to announce two opportunities within the Water Operations Division of Environmental Services for Public Utility Worker Senior.  These are lead roles that are responsible for preparing for and leading Water Operation crews in the construction and maintenance of public works water facilities.


What you will get to do:

  • Lead water operations crews
    • Mentor and train water crews to ensure knowledgeable and safe construction standards are met
    • Schedule daily tasks for work crew
    • Submit all job paperwork including equipment and parts used, dump tickets, equipment purchase receipts, personnel time and ‘as-builts’ as needed
    • Communicate expectations, safety concerns, needed equipment and parts for project completion
  • Lead installation of water system infrastructure
    • Install new infrastructure including water distribution mains to enhance capacity of service availability to residential and commercial users
    • Operate a variety of vehicles, trailers, equipment, and tools to perform duties such as a hydraulic backhoe, excavator, loader, dump truck, Vactor, shovel pick, mower, compressor, and others
    • Maintain and service assigned tools and equipment to include changing oil, air filters, mower blades, and other items as needed
    • Request quotes for the purchase of equipment and materials
    • Maintain existing infrastructure by repair, replacement, inspection or exercising water system infrastructure
    • Order parts and materials to ensure timely delivery for the project
    • Make connections to water mains using specialized tapping equipment
  • Serve as the Water Division after hours contact
    • Participate in the weekly rotation for the Water Operations after hours phone duty
    • Be available for occasional after hours work either routine or emergency related
  • Respond to contractor and public inquiries
    • Field questions from residents regarding residential services, water quality or pressure related issues
    • Field questions from contractors regarding design standards, cross connection device standards, meter sizing or construction standards

Qualities we are looking for:

  • Someone who is flexible and and can adapt to changing, intensive circumstances and/or deadlines
  • An effective problem solver who analyzes a variety of solutions and determines best path forward by making informed decisions
  • A skilled communicator who listens, understands, and responds appropriately, clearly and empathetically to a variety of individuals within the agency and externally
  • A leader that establishes and maintains effective working relationships to direct and oversee others in their job duties
  • A nimble person who can quickly shift focus from one task to another and back again while remaining calm and organized
  • Someone who tends to the details through examination, observation and execution


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

  • Knowledge of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the City of Gresham construction standards
  • Ability to safely operate a variety of water related construction equipment
  • Ability to read and understand engineered drawings
  • Skill to effectively motivate, coordinate, and evaluate other Public Utility Worker performance
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, methods and software applications with an ability to operate office equipment and technology resources
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to include presenting information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively
  • Physical ability to perform job duties with or without accommodation


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Three to six years of progressively related experience
  • Any combination of qualifying education and experience equivalent to three to six years will be considered.

Required licenses and certifications:

  • CPR/AED and First Aid certification required
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Confined Space certification required
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Flagger certification required
  • Oregon or Washington Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A with Air Brakes and Tanker endorsements required
  • Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Water Distribution Operator Level II certification is required within 6 months of hire

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