Utility Worker 1- Water Distribution

City of Newport | Newport, OR

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Posted Date 3/19/2021

SALARY:             $3,567.00 - $4,676.00 Monthly

DEPARTMENT:   Public Works

DIVISION:          Operations

OPENING DATE:  03/18/21

CLOSING DATE:  04/02/21 05:00 PM


Under the supervision of the Public Works Operations Superintendent, the Utility Worker position in the Water Distribution Division primarily ensures delivery of safe and clean drinking water through maintenance, construction and repair of water distribution pipes, hydrants, booster stations, metering devices, and other infrastructure within the public right-of-way and on public owned facilities and easements. The Water Distribution Division is part of the Public Works Department.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Utility Worker I

High School Diploma or GED, and

Minimum I-year experience in construction or related field, and

Oregon Water Distribution I certification within 18 months of hire.

KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of field installation of underground utilities; construction; and maintenance and repair of heavy equipment. Knowledge of occupational hazard and effective/proper safety standards, practices and procedures related to equipment operation, heavy labor, and the use of hand and power tools and equipment. Familiarity with the operations, materials, methods, techniques, as well as the Federal and State guidelines used in water distribution.

Proficiency jn routine vehicle maintenance, service, and refueling. Demonstrated knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) application, use, and care. Proficiency in identifying and working with and around utility locates (call in, identify markings). Understanding and proficiency of radio communication protocol. Backhoe operator certification.

Knowledge of area (locations, addresses). Demonstrated knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) application, use, and care. Knowledge of area (locations, addresses).

SKILLS: Skill in the use of personal computers, various related software programs, standard office equipment, heavy equipment, including backhoe, and hand and power tools. Proficiency in routine vehicle maintenance, service, and refueling. Proficiency in identifying and working with and around utility locates (call in, identify markings). Understanding and proficiency of radio communication protocol. Customer Service orientation and skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong oral communications skills with a variety of audiences. Ability to communicate complex material in a simple, understandable manner. Strong reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving skills combined with excellent judgment and professionalism.

ABILITIES: Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with City management, employees, Council members, other entities, and the general public. Ability to write work reports and maintain records and logs; read and interpret technical manuals, work orders, blueprints, diagrams, and sketches; Ability to work independently and effectively and cooperatively within a team structure. Ability to follow written and verbal direction. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals and groups. Ability to operate heavy equipment and hand/power tools used in public works operations. Physical ability to perform the essential job functions. Ability to operate a computer and familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of software. Consistent availability and response to after-hours emergency call-back after 6 months of hire.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility, including the ability to frequently lift or move materials up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift or move materials up to 100 pounds. The position requires the ability to operate a motorized vehicle. Manual dexterity and coordination are required about 90% of the work period while operating equipment such as computers, keyboards, telephones, standard office equipment, maintenance equipment, and motorized vehicles. Physical exertion may be required to move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, and kneel in confined areas. Physical effort may be required to perform heavy manual labor in confined and cramped spaces and uncomfortable conditions such as climb ladders, bend, reach, and stand for long periods of time.

Sensory requirements include; speaking, hearing, vision, color discrimination, touch, smell, and balance.



JOB CLOSES APRIL 2, 2021. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofnewport

Only complete applications will be considered and application review will continue until position is filled. Please do not fax, mail or e-mail any documentation. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.

The City of Newport is an EEO and veteran's preference employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under state, federal or local law.

All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, reference checking, and in the case of safety sensitive positions, drug and alcohol testing.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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