Utility Worker 1- Wastewater Collections

City of Newport | Newport, OR

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Posted Date 1/05/2022


Under the supervision of the Wastewater Supervisor, the Utility Worker position in the Wastewater Collection Division primarily ensures the safe collection of wastewater through maintenance, construction and repair of wastewater collection pipes, cleanouts, lift stations, sewer services, and other infrastructure within the public right-of-way and on public owned facilities and easements. The Wastewater Collection 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:


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; and
  • Minimum I-year experience in related field.
  • Oregon Wastewater Collections Level I certification within 18 months of hire.


KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of field installation of underground utilities. Construction, 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/power tools and equipment. Familiarity with the operations, materials, methods, techniques, and the Federal and State guidelines used in wastewater collections and treatment. Demonstrated knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) application, use, and care. Knowledge of area (locations, addresses).

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to use the following equipment: Includes safety precautions, proper operation, user required care and maintenance.

  • Jackhammer
  • Air Compressor
  • Cut-off Saw
  • Pumps
  • Pressure Washer
  • Concrete Saw (walk-behind)
  • Compactors
  • Chain Saw
  • Front-end Loader Dump Truck — basic
  • Sewer Jetter Truck
  • Hoist truck


SKILLS: Skill in the use of personal computers, various related software programs, standard office equipment, heavy equipment, including backhoe and hand/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. Strong time management, analytical, organization, and prioritization skills. Customer Service orientation and skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong oral and written 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 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. Consistent availability and response to afterhours emergency call-back.



  • Possession of a valid Oregon driver's license at time of hire
  • Possession of a valid Oregon Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with an N (tanker) endorsement within six months of hire
  • Forklift training within six months of hire
  • Backhoe operator certification within 6 months of hire
  • First Aid/CPR within six months of hire
  • Work Zone Traffic Control (flagger) training within 6 months of hire
  • Confined Space training within 6 months of hire
  • Competent person training within 6 months of hire
  • Lock-Out- Tag-Out training within 6 months of hire
  • Occupational Noise Exposure training at time of hire
  • Other certifications as required by position classification



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 150 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 or 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.


WORKING CONDITIONS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work location is primarily outdoors (85+ 0/0 of the time) and may involve exposure to loud noise, dust, mud, uneven terrain and varying and extreme weather conditions. Employees in this position are exposed to the risk of physical harm from hazards found in the field environment such as heavy equipment, tools, loud noise, and extreme weather. Subject to 24-hour call back for emergencies.



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.


The City of Newport follows Oregon law regarding Veterans' Preference in Public Employment. If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veteran's Preference Form and attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215. If you are a disabled veteran, you must also include a copy of your Veteran's Administration benefit summary/award letter with your application.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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