Title Operator I
Department Public Works                                                                     Last Revised: January 2019


This position requires an individual capable of excelling at a variety of skilled duties related to the
construction, installation, maintenance and repair of the city’s water, sewer, storm drain systems, parks,
trails and street right of ways. This person works closely with city staff, outside vendors and community
members. This position affords an opportunity to develop new skills while serving the residents of Gold


Works under general supervision of the Lead Operator. Reports to the City Manager. May receive close
supervision from an Operator II or an Operator III on a project by project basis. Effective communication
skills are essential.




Performs installation, replacement and/or repair of water and sewer lines, water and sewer service
connections, fire hydrants and water meters; reads and installs water meters. Cleans and maintains
storage tanks, reservoirs; connects and disconnects service as directed. Performs hot and cold mix
asphalt patching, gravel street maintenance, street sweeping, debris collection, etc. Searches out shut
off valves, water line leaks, and sewer blockages; build meter boxes, extensions to raise or lower existing
valve boxes as required. Cleans and repairs storm drain pipes, boxes and open ditches. Performs
maintenance on irrigation systems. Maintains pump house; repairs water/booster pumps, sewage
pumps; removes and disassembles pumps, cleans and replaces defective parts; grease bearing, adjusts
packing and re installs in pump housing. Operates and maintains high pressure heavy line-cleaning
equipment. Maintain City buildings and grounds. Performs other duties as assigned.
Operates various types of equipment such as dump trucks, backhoe, rollers, trenching equipment,
compactors, sewer rodding machine, jackhammer, cement mixer, mowers, power trimmers, and hand
and power tools. Cleans, maintains and makes minor repairs on tools and equipment, to assure proper
working order. Transports and deposits various construction materials such as sand, gravel, dirt, asphalt,
pipe, etc.
Performs field and shop repairs on water meters; removes meters, disassembles, cleans and/or replaces
defective parts, reassembles and tests to assure proper working order.

Performs general maintenance in the up keep of facilities and equipment, paint water tanks, pump
buildings, floors, etc., assures clean and functional work areas.
Works closely with Lead Operator to assure the proper operation of Municipal water plant; verifies
proper water storage levels and adherence to all state and federal water standards.


1. Education and experience:

    A. Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s license
         Must be able to lift 50-70 pounds
         Must be willing to work on-call duty and 24 hour standby and holidays.

    B. Graduation from high school, AND

    C. Two (2) years general work experience performing above related duties, OR

    D. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

   Some Knowledge of operating basic manual and power tools. Basic Knowledge of Materials and tools
   necessary for pipe line, sewer, storm sewer, street maintenance, construction and repair activities. The
   occupational hazards and safety precautions of trench work, roadway construction, pipeline work and
   hazards common to heavy equipment operation.

   Ability to operate equipment of various kinds under varying conditions, make minor repairs on assigned
   vehicles, perform heavy physical labor, develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-
   workers, elected officials, local agencies and the general public, communicate effectively both verbally
   and in writing, work from blue prints, tolerate weather extremes in the work environment, perform
   basic mathematical computations in reading and using various meters, gauges and related devices.

3. Special Requirements:

   A. Must become certified by The Oregon State Operators Certification Program for Water Treatment
       and Distribution I within 12 months from the date of hire.

4. Work Environment:

   Tasks require a variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, such as walking,
   standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Talking, hearing, and seeing essential to performing required
   job functions. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details,
   verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking. Daily local travel required in normal
   course of job performance.

How to Apply:

   Please send your cover letter and Resume to:
   Rob Lowe at
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   or submit a hard copy to:
   Rob Lowe
   P.O. BOX 308 Gold Hill, OR 97525