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  • Public Utility Worker II - Stormwater

    City of Gresham - City Hall
    Job Description

    The City of Gresham is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic individual to fill a full-time Public Utility Worker (PUW II) vacancy in the Watershed Division of the Department of Environmental Services.

    The ideal candidate will possess the necessary technical skills, be self-motivated, take initiative when appropriate, have a solid work ethic and problem solving skills, and maintain a positive attitude.  This person must have the ability to follow directions, maintain attention to detail, work well with co-workers and other public works crews, and  communicate professionally and courteously to the public. Furthermore, these candidates will assess situations quickly and make sound decisions which may change work tasks or priorities, and requires the ability to use computers and associated applications to perform work functions.

    Responses to the supplemental questions and a letter of interest discussing related or transferable skills, experience and interest in the position are required.  Failure to submit a complete application including all materials mentioned above will disqualify candidates from consideration. 




    The Public Utility Worker II's work out of the Operations Building with the Department of Environmental Services supporting the Watershed team. The Watershed team at Operations can be described as a collaborative, teamwork oriented, and hard-working team, consisting of roughly 10 employees, led by a Superintendent, a Public Works Field Operations Supervisor and two Senior Public Utility Workers.
    This position is responsible for cleaning, repairing, maintaining and installing stormwater pipe lines, catch basins, manholes and restoring ponds, swales, and ditches to enhance water quality and conveyances.

    The functions performed by a Public Utility Worker II position in the Watershed division include, but are not limited to;

    • Maintaining City Rain Gardens and ponds, mowing, spraying, weeding and trimming trees;
    • Performs sump raising repair and modification; test sumps to determine in-place capacity;
    • Inspects new and existing stormwater lines using CCTV equipment and maintains records of inspection for new construction lines;
    • Respond to spills, illegal dumping and other activities affecting health of streams;
    • Inventory stormwater structures and updates GPS maps as necessary.
    • This position may be required to carry an on-call emergency VacCon support pager 2 to 3 weeks each year.
    • After hire, the selected candidate may be required to obtain a Pesticide Applicators License and other applicable licenses.

    Working Conditions
    Physical effort is required to perform heavy manual labor in confined and cramped spaces and uncomfortable conditions, climb ladders, bend, reach, push / pull a variety of items, and stand for long periods of time. Regular lifting of objects and equipment ranging in weight from 25 to 85 lbs. is required. You must also be able to read and follow maps, keep written records, learn basic computer applications and communicate effectively with co-workers and the City's customers, with whom you will interact frequently, by phone and/or in-person.




    Knowledge of:
    • Basic maintenance and repair methods as well as procedures used in assigned area.
    • Safety practices and procedures applicable to the team.
    • Safe and effective operating practices of light equipment used in assigned area.
    • Techniques of flagging and traffic control.
    • Computers and computer applications.
    Ability to:
    • Operate heavy equipment and power tools used in public works maintenance operations.
    • Work independently or as part of a crew.
    • Perform heavy manual work under confined and uncomfortable conditions, including adverse weather conditions.
    • Perform routine arithmetic calculations.
    • Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public.
    • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
    • Respond to emergencies on a 24 hour basis as needed.
    • Work in environments requiring the use of a respirator.
    • Obtain State Public Pesticide applicator's license for pond/swale maintenance.
    • Physically perform the functions of the position.
    Minimum Qualifications:
    A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities to perform in this position;
    • Must be a high school graduate or have passed the GED test of equivalency.
    • Must possess a valid driver's license.
    • Must possess a good driving record (based on our driving matrix described below)
    • Must have no previous DOT drug testing violations.
    • Must understand instructions in English, both orally and in writing.
    • Must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the hire.
    • Must have Class "A" Commercial Drivers License (CDL) within 6 months of hire.
    • Must possess the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
    You will be disqualified from this process if you possess any of the following driving infractions:
    • A major traffic offense or accident that results in death or major injury.
    • Driving under the influence (DUI) offense within the last 5 years.
    • Have more than 3 moving violations within a 3-year period or more than 2 within a one-year period.
    • Have more than 2 accidents within a 3-year period.


    Selection Process

    REQUIRED:  Responses to the supplemental questions and a letter of interest discussing related or transferable skills, experience and interest in the position are required.  Failure to submit a complete application including all materials mentioned above will disqualify candidates from consideration. 

    To Apply: Click the "Apply" button at the top of this job posting

    A review of application materials, minimum qualifications and experience will determine those applicants to be invited to an oral board interview. 

    Due to the volume of applications we anticipate receiving, we will be communicating with all applicants through email. 

    DRIVING RECORD: If contacted for an interview, you are responsible to obtain a certified-copy of your driving record from the DMV for a minimum of the last five years and bring that record with you on the date of their interview. If you are a CDL holder, you will need to supply your personal and employment driving records for the last five years.

    If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, please provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2549, upon submitting the required documents.

    The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

    If you need assistance with the online application, please contact NEOGOV directly at 1-855-524-5627.

    Please direct questions about this position to 503-618-2549 or HR@GreshamOregon.gov

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, driving record review, physical and drug screen.

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