O&M Serviceworker - Drainage

City of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

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Posted Date 3/15/2023

CLOSES: 4/9/23



The City of Sacramento requires all newly appointed employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Candidates seeking an accommodation from this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker position is an entry-level position within the Department of Utilities'(DOU) Wastewater and Drainage Division. The position will perform heavy, manual labor over extended periods of time in a wide range of construction and maintenance activities on sewer, drainage collection, or waterway systems. The ideal candidate will  work effectively with DOU customers, colleagues, contractors, and the public.

To perform skilled and semi-skilled work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems and assets, including, but not limited to, levees, waterways, detention basins; manholes, drain inlets, and underground pipelines; and drainage facility appurtenances and drainage facility access roads.

This is the entry-level class in the Utilities Operations and Maintenance Services series. Incumbents of this class perform a wide range of construction, maintenance, and repair tasks, which encompass various levels of labor skills. Positions assigned to this class perform with greater independence and discretion as knowledge and abilities are acquired.
 This class is distinguished from the next higher-level classification of Utilities Operations and Maintenance Leadworker in that the latter performs more complex work and provides lead guidance and direction. The Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker is distinguished from the lower class of Utilities Operations & Maintenance Serviceworker Apprentice which is the training level classification in the Utilities Operations and Maintenance series.  Positions may be flexibly staffed and filled from the Utilities Operations and Maintenance Serviceworker Apprentice class.
General Supervision is provided by a Utilities Operations and Maintenance Supervisor.  Technical supervision is provided by Utilities Operations and Maintenance Leadworkers.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Depending on appointment, incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and may be required to perform related duties as needed.

  • Install, remove and repair large and small water, wastewater, and drainage services.
  • Cut, fit, lay, repair, clean, and flush water, sewer, and drainage mains, valves, and hydrants.
  • Spray for weed control, clean, and otherwise maintain canals, drainage ditches, and levees using hand and/or power tools.
  • Operate large trucks and construction equipment such as loaders, backhoes, excavators, vacuum machines, compressors, cranes, hoists, slope mowers, and terra tracs.
  • Operate a truck; perform minor servicing to truck and report mechanical or other problems; keep truck clean, serviceable, and stocked with supplies and materials.
  • Installation, maintenance and repair of meters and meter reading devices; disassemble, clean, inspect, and replace worn parts, reassemble, and test for accuracy and leaks.
  • Assist in the fabrication and repair of water, sewer, and drainage system parts and equipment such as pipefittings, valves, pumps, small engines, and a variety of tools used in water, sewer, and drainage construction and maintenance.
  • Operate a rodding machine and truck, hydraulic equipment, high pressure combination cleaner and closed-circuit camera equipment in preventive maintenance and emergency cleaning of sanitary sewers and storm drains.
  • Locate, excavate, tap, and repair water lines, sewer lines, and storm drain facilities.
  • Install barricades and route traffic in a safe manner.
  • Build, raise, lower, and repair manholes and water meter boxes.
  • Operate a jackhammer; pour and finish concrete.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of pipe cleaning, inspection, and maintenance equipment including video, air and smoke test, vapor rooter and pest control equipment.
  • Maintain an inventory of parts, supplies, and safety equipment used by field construction and maintenance crews.
  • Check and update as-built drawings and maps.
  • Maintain routine records within the Computerized Maintenance Management System.
  • Operate modern office equipment, including personal or laptop computers.
  • Provide information to interested citizens and ensure the safety of the public in performing water, sewer, and drainage maintenance.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to those contacted in the course of work.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification.




Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, and equipment used in the construction, repair, and maintenance of water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems.
  • Regulatory Standards for Water, Wastewater or Drainage as specified through American Water Works Association (AWWA), California Water Environmental Association (CWEA), and American Public Works Association (APWA) based on assignment.
  • Safe and efficient work practices.
  • City geography and the municipal street system.
  • Modern office equipment such as personal or laptop computers.

Ability to:

  • Perform heavy, manual labor over extended periods of time.
  • Perform a wide range of construction and maintenance activities, using standard methods and equipment.
  • Work effectively with Utilities customers, other City employees, contractors, and the general public.
  • Safely and efficiently use hand and power tools.
  • Safely and efficiently operate heavy construction and repair equipment.
  • Respond to emergencies as required.
  • Recognize and deal with hazards encountered in the course of work.
  • Read, interpret, and understand blueprints and construction drawings.
  • Modify as-built maps as necessary.
  • Perform computer operations and specialized business applications.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.




High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.



Two years of work experience in the installation, construction, and/or repair of: water distribution, sewer, drainage collection, or waterway systems.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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