Utility Operator (Sanitary Sewer Collection and Storm Drainage)
The City of Littleton Public Works Department is looking for a hardworking individual to join our team as a Utility Operator. Position may be filled at the I, II, III, or Lead level, depending on qualifications and department needs.
Starting pay for Utility Operator I at or near $22.25 per hour
Starting pay for Utility Operator II at or near $24.25 per hour
Starting pay for Utility Operator III at or near $27.88 per hour
Starting pay for Utility Operator Lead at or near $30.34 per hour
Our Utility Operators are responsible for performing skilled work in the operation of vehicles and equipment to maintain and repair sanitary sewer collection and storm drainage utility systems. The work involves the performance of duties related to all aspects of the repair and maintenance of these systems. The Utility Operator uses a city laptop and iPad to enter job information and asset tracking data as well as perform utility locates. Advancement opportunities within this series are available and require additional years of experience and certifications.
The ideal candidate enjoys hard work and being part of a team. These positions work in teams of two with rotating responsibilities to accomplish daily and ongoing projects. The ideal candidate has good computer skills and is mechanical minded and adept at using a variety of tools, equipment, and vehicles. Every day is different and you will never get bored as there are many ongoing Public Works projects throughout the city that require knowledgeable Utility staff participation. If you are already skilled in utilities work, or you are eager to learn and you desire to gain valuable certifications, this is a great opportunity with the City of Littleton!
The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees. For more information, please see our Benefit Guide. A few highlights include:
- 16 days (128 hours) paid vacation leave annually during the first 5 years of employment, incrementally increasing after 5 years
- 12 days (96 hours) paid sick leave
- 9.5 paid holidays
- PLUS an additional 5 days (40 hours) paid floating holiday leave annually
- Comprehensive health plan with low cost premiums
- Dedicated employee clinic blocks away from Littleton Center that is 100% FREE for enrolled employees and dependents, including FREE prescriptions
- Wellness Incentive Program (employee and spouse can earn up to $300 each annually)
- Zero cost (no premium) dental and vision for employees (low cost for dependents)
- 401a plan with employer contributing 7%
- 457 plan (optional)
- Life Insurance
- Short term and long term disability
- Boot and Uniform Allowance
- Prescriptive Safety Eye Glass Allowance
- Monthly safety awards
- Employee Recognition Awards
- Training and Development
The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at market pay and career development opportunities.
This full-time position is non-exempt per FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.
Work Schedule: This position works 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After probationary and training period, this position will be required to participate in an emergency on-call rotation once every four weeks. Must be available nights and weekends as needed for snow removal.
This posting will remain open until finalists are identified or the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
- Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Performs preventive maintenance on sanitary sewer and storm drainage collection systems.
- Operates a closed-circuit television inspection camera to televise, inspect, evaluate, and repair the condition of sanitary sewer and storm drainage sewer systems.
- Inspects, maintains, and repairs lift station pumping equipment controls as scheduled, required, or assigned.
- Performs snow and ice removal as needed.
- Gathers and enters data for the asset management tracking system.
- Performs operator's maintenance and repair on assigned vehicles and equipment as scheduled, required, or assigned.
- Performs mechanical tasks involving hydraulic pumps and small motors and repairs the camera support track device equipment.
- Participates in emergency on-call rotation for emergencies as well as performing 811 emergency locates with two-hour response time, online and/or physically locating utilities as needed.
- May be responsible for instruction, guidance, and oversight of temporary/seasonal employees in accordance with established work standards and procedures.
- Performs other similar duties and projects as assigned.
- May serve as an Emergency Worker.
- Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications for Utility Operator I:
- High school diploma or equivalent; and
- Six (6) months of experience in general construction, roadwork, utilities, wastewater operations, or a similar field; and the ability to obtain the following within the listed timeframe (the City of Littleton coordinates and pays for training and certifications):
- Wastewater Collection Operator Certification Class 1 required within probationary period, typically first six (6) months of employment; and
- National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) and Manhole Assessment and Certification Program (MACP) required within twelve (12) months of employment; and
- Traffic Control Flagger Certification required within three (3) months of employment; and
- Valid Class "B"’ Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with air brake and tanker certifications required upon hire or within six (6) months of employment.
- Must be able to maintain above certifications and license during employment.
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, motor vehicle records check, drug screen and physical.
Minimum Qualifications for Utility Operator II:
- Same as Utility Operator I; and
- Two (2) years of related experience that included twelve (12) months of experience as a certified Utility Operator I (Wastewater Collection Operator Class 1); and
- Wastewater Collection Operator Certification Class 2 and ability to maintain this level certification during employment.
Minimum Qualifications for Utility Operator III:
- Same as Utility Operator II; and
- Three (3) years of related experience that included twelve (12) months of experience as a certified Utility Operator II (Wastewater Collection Operator Class 2); and
- Wastewater Collection Operator Certification Class 3 and ability to maintain this level certification during employment.
Minimum Qualifications for Utility Operator Lead:
- Same as Utility Operator III; and
- Four (4) years of related experience that included twelve (12) months of experience as a certified Utility Operator III (Wastewater Collection Operator Class 3); and
- Wastewater Collection Operator Certification Class 4 and ability to maintain this level certification during employment; and
- Must fulfill "Certified Operator in Responsible Charge" duties as defined by Colorado Regulation 100; and
- Must be able to perform the following lead level responsibilities:
- Plan, schedule, prioritize, and monitor work of assigned staff
- Train staff, provide feedback, and make recommendations for performance and training needs
- Collaborate with peers in other divisions and departments as needed to complete cross-disciplinary projects
The following experience is desirable but not required:
- Sanitary sewer or storm drainage maintenance experience
- Road work or utility experience working during peak traffic periods
- Strong mechanical skills and experience with vehicle and equipment maintenance or repair
- Snow removal experience
- Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- The required knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this section each include a requirement that the employee in this position be able to apply the knowledge, skills, or abilities to safely and effectively perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position following the regulations and ordinances of the City of Littleton and the State of Colorado’s Regulation 100.
- Requires knowledge of the principles of hydraulics and mechanics in the operation and maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment. Requires basic electrical and engineering knowledge.
- Requires knowledge of the principles and practices of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance. Requires basic mechanical aptitude and knowledge of the principles and practices of hand and power tool operation.
- Requires basic knowledge of electrical principles and their application to motors, pumps, and controls.
- Requires the ability to effectively communicate with upset citizens.
- Ability to use and apply technology, using a computer and designated software to perform daily responsibilities.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
- Requires ability to lift, carry, push or pull objects weighing up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.
- Ability to work outdoors while exposed to adverse weather conditions; exposure to fumes, odors and dusts; exposure to mists and humidity from sewers; exposure to sewer gases, poor ventilation, and sewage; exposure to equipment movement, vibration, and exhaust; vehicle and equipment noise estimated at 92 decibels of unprotected noise exposure (the use of hearing protection devices to reduce noise exposure to permissible OSHA levels is mandatory); exposure to mechanical hazards; exposure to electrical hazards; exposure to radiant energy and burn hazards; and occasional exposure to toxic and caustic chemicals and explosive gases (Personal Protection Equipment is mandatory while performing hazards duties).