Under the general direction of the Field Services Supervisor, the Senior Field Services Worker transports and operates a variety of equipment in the installation, repair, and maintenance of the District’s water distribution and sewer collection systems. This employee will operate, maintain and repair a variety of water distribution components, and will perform other related duties as required. This position is primarily responsible for the transport and operation of heavy equipment, in addition to some light welding, and is required to possess a valid Class A driver’s license. This position serves as the lead worker in the absence of the Field Services Supervisor and may on occasion oversee a small crew of employees, but does not routinely exercise supervisory responsibility over other staff. This role may be subject to irregular work hours, including but not limited to standby duty and working after hours.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following is an overview of the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. This employee may perform other duties as required.
Transports and operates heavy equipment, including backhoes, graders, bulldozers, dump trucks, compressors and ditch diggers; inspects and performs routine maintenance and routine repairs to equipment; and inspects work areas for underground and overhead wires, lines and obstacles.
Installs new or repairs existing water or sewer service mains and service lines; excavates mains with shovels and backhoes; shores excavation sites; sets up traffic control; installs cast-iron and steel pipes; flares and sweats copper pipes; places concrete forms and pours concrete; patches pavement with cement, asphalt, or gravel; and maintains and repairs fire hydrants, valve caps, air vacs and valves.
Uses blueprints, pipe locator, leak detector and other electronic test equipment to locate water mains and leaks.
Operates and performs minor mechanical adjustments and repairs to light trucks, dump trucks, backhoes, forklifts, pneumatic digging and pavement breaking tools, concrete saws, rollers, and vibrating plates, and recommends purchase of new equipment.
Operates arc and acetylene welding equipment, and lays out work for fabrication or cutting from construction drawings or blueprints.
Performs a wide variety of manual labor when needed, and adjusts and repairs tools and equipment.
May assist in the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems and perform preventive maintenance and semiskilled repairs to water distribution equipment. This role may adjust and exercise valves; inspect, adjust, repair and operate pumps, motors, compressors, generators, ventilation fans, and other equipment; and maintain records and log plant activities.
Safe operation and maintenance of construction equipment.
Safe use of various hand and power tools and equipment employed in basic repair and maintenance work.
Principles, methods and tools employed in the installation, repair and maintenance of water mains and meters.
Safe working practices necessary in working with hazardous materials and chemicals, trenches and enclosed areas.
Basic plumbing and hydraulics.
Principles and techniques of welding.
Principles and practices of water treatment and disinfect ion.
Principles and applicable state requirements relative to water treatment plant operations and water distribution systems.
Operate of variety of light and heavy equipment.
Use basic hand tools to perform minor repair and maintenance tasks.
Apply appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Repair, install and maintain water mains, services, and valves.
Complete welding projects to District standards.
Perform basic mathematical computations.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Perform call back work as assigned.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, supervisors, customers, and the public.
Understand water treatment plant operations and equipment.
This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Pension and other retirement options, Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long Term Disability, and more!
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS
Sufficient strength to perform manual labor such as digging, shoveling, and sweeping.
Sufficient eyesight to read standard text and data on computer terminal screens.
Manual dexterity to use hand and power tools.
Ability to reach, bend, stoop, or crouch to perform work.
Ability to lift and carry up to forty (40) pounds of equipment and/or materials on a regular basis and one hundred (100) pounds on an occasional basis.
Ability to perform sustained physical labor involving frequent bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, and turning.
Ability to walk and stand on uneven and slippery surfaces.
Exposure to outdoors, including inclement weather and high noise levels.
Ability to operate mechanical equipment and trucks.
Ability to travel to different sites and locations.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Two (2) years of experience as a Field Services Worker II OR four (4) years of experience in the construction, repair and maintenance of water or sewer systems, or road construction, including a minimum of one (1) year of operating heavy equipment requiring a Class A license.
Valid California Class A driver’s license must be maintained at all times.
Possession of and continued maintenance of a State of California, Department of Health Services Water Treatment Certificate Grade T1 and Water Distribution System Certificate Grade D3.
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is committed to providing customers and all future generations with reliable, safe, and high quality water at an equitable price. The District currently provides service to approximately 7,900 residential, commercial, and institutional connections and is committed to managing the environmental health of aquifers and watersheds, while providing outstanding service to customers.
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