Water/Wastewater Technician

Mason County PUD No 1 | Shelton, WA

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Posted Date 9/09/2021

Salary: $26.68 - $37.98 (Hourly Wage)

The Water/Wastewater Technician is responsible for varied manual work and equipment operations to maintain water systems and wastewater systems owned and managed by the District.

This position is non-supervisory.

 Position Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.)

  • Safety First: Participate as a member of the District’s safety culture, including safety meeting attendance and trainings, wearing PPE and actively working in a safe manner.
  • Install new water mains and make service connections to water mains using special tapping equipment and install valves, pipes, and meters.
  • Install new wastewater mains and make service connections to wastewater mains.
  • Repair and/or replace water distribution equipment such as pumps, motors, valves, and meters.
  • Repair wastewater distribution equipment such as grinder pumps, valves, and control panels.
  • Monitor and perform routine inspections of wells and reservoirs; assist in maintaining water quality by taking water samples.
  • Locate water/wastewater lines and valves for utilities and contractors (one-call locates).
  • Install, maintain, and repair chlorine applicators.
  • Maintain treatment systems such as ultraviolet light, aeration, and other treatment systems in use.
  • Assist in warehousing materials and stock trucks with needed materials. Responsible for use, care, and security of tools, vehicles, equipment, and materials utilized.
  • Ensure clean water by flushing hydrants and cleaning reservoirs.
  • Respond to public inquiries and work with the Director of Operations to resolve them.
  • Be responsible for maintaining District records created by this position.
  • Performs any other duties or activities that may be assigned.


Education and/or Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Experience requirements based on classification level:
    • Water/Wastewater Technician Level 1:                 No Experience Required
    • Water/Wastewater Technician Level 2:                 6 months experience
    • Water/Wastewater Technician Level 3:                 12 months experience, plus certification
    • Water/Wastewater Technician Level 4:                36 months experience, plus certification
    • Water/Wastewater Technician Level 5:                48 months experience, plus certifications
  • Must possess, or obtain the following certifications based on hire date:
    • WDM 1 certification within 18 months of hire (Level 3 listed above).
    • Class A CDL within 12 months of hire.
    • These certifications are required and necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. Failure to obtain required certifications within the allotted time period will result in termination of employment.

Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:

  • Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license with a safe driving record.
  • CPR/1st Aid certification (training provided).
  • Flagging/Traffic Control Card (must obtain within 6 months of hire).

Skills & Knowledge:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to communicate fluently in the English language both orally and through writing with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance are required.
  • Must be able to get along with co-workers and promote a positive work environment.
  • Must have good customer service skills and be able to communicate politely and professionally with customers and contractors, exhibiting the District’s core values.
  • Must have a working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS suite of products, Trimble or field collection GPS
  • Must be able to work independently while maintaining a high level of work and productivity.
  • Ability to read and carry out instructions from maps, blueprints, specifications, and sketches.
  • Ability to learn about water and wastewater systems and locations, related maintenance equipment, construction and repair methods and procedures, and pertinent local, state and federal regulations.
  • Ability to become thoroughly familiar with water and wastewater system techniques, tools and equipment required for construction, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices and procedures.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to:

  • Walk, climb stairs, bend, reach, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Operate heavy equipment and tools used in water maintenance and operations; perform heavy manual work under dirty, confined and uncomfortable conditions.
  • Ability to respond to after-hour calls.
  • Ability to climb on trucks, ladders, equipment and facilities.
  • Work is primarily performed outdoors in varying weather conditions with about 25% of work in an office environment.
  • Employee must be aware of physical hazards from mechanical and electrical malfunctions and exposure to toxic fumes and hazardous materials.
  • Physical effort is required to perform heavy manual labor.
  • Lifting, carrying in excess of 75 pounds.
  • Climb ladders, sometimes to the top of reservoirs more than 35’ high.
  • After-hour work will be required to address emergency situations.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Possess verbal and auditory abilities to communicate effectively in person and on radio or telephone.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

 Work is both indoor in an office environment and outdoor on highways and customer properties, uneven surfaces and all types of weather; must navigate hazards and obstacles like brush, debris, holes, fences and open trenches associated with construction sites and rural service areas.

 Nothing in this job description restricts the District's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  Mason County PUD No. 1 believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the company.

This institution is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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