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Employer: City of Paola
Job Title: Utility Foreman
Salary: $0 

Job Description:


Under supervision of the water/wastewater superintendent, supervises skilled and semi-skilled workers in a wide variety of construction, repair, and maintenance of the city water and wastewater systems and related facilities; assists in the maintenance and repair of city pool.


  • Determine work priorities and schedules
  • Assign workers and equipment to various water and wastewater system drainage construction, maintenance, and repair projects
  • Assist in preparation of current and long-range system improvements
  • Inspect water supply system, facility and structures
  • Schedule needed maintenance and repair on equipment
  • Conduct visual inspections of working apparatus
  • Operate sewer cleaning and rodding equipment as needed


  • Assist other departments as needed
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the water/wastewater superintendent


Experience:    Minimum four years progressively responsible experience in water systems general construction, maintenance, and repair work.  Experience in a supervisory position.

Education:    High school graduate or GED.

License/Certification:    Valid Kansas Class B CDL driver’s license or abilty to attain wthin 6 months of employement.  Minimum Small Systems Water/Wastewater Operator certification or ability to acquire within 6 months of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:    Knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in construction and maintenance of water supply system. Ability to maintian maps adn reocrds of water and sewer system.  Knowledge of routine maintenance required for trucks, equipment, and hand tools.  Ability to perform required tests of supply water.  Ability to operate a variety of equipment.  Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of others, and to effectively communicate instructions.

Special Requirements:    Knowledge of sewer lift stations is preferred. Please note this is a working supervisory/foreman position. Successful candidate must live or be willing to relocate to within a 30-minute response time of the Paola city limits. A motor vehicle (MVR) check will be made to determine acceptance of past driving record. Must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, pre-employment physical, criminal background check and ahve a good driving record. 


Problem Solving:    Assist in identifying and assessing problems and needs, and logically determine appropriate action needed.


Decision Making:    Assist in making decisions concerning all aspects of water/wastewater system.


Supervision:   Minimal supervision is provided in the completion of daily assignments.


Financial Accountability:   Complete and turn in on a timely basis purchase orders for department expenses.


Personal Relations:    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the public.


Working Conditions:    This position requires the willingness and ability to work around raw sewage, chemicals and dusty environments, exposure to noise of plant machinery and other equipment; mechanical and electrical hazards of operating equipment; fumes and odors of sewage, chemicals, and gases; toxic substances such as chemicals, cleaners, solvents, and gases; all types of weather and temperature conditions. Work and/or walk for long periods of time on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Subject to 24-hour emergency callbacks and standby and requires working varying hours, overtime, weekends, and holidays. Work environment is informal, team-oriented, having both routine and variable tasks with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in both indoors in plant area and outdoors in field and collateral facilities.

Physical Requirements:    Ability to lift up to 75 pounds occasionally.  Ability to stand, walk, bend, grasp, push, pull, and perform similar body movements.  Hand/eye/foot coordination adequate for operating and repairing vehicles and tools; ability to speak and hear in person, by two-way radio, and telephone.  Ability to see for reading technical materials, orders, and operating equipment and tools.

Duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change as the city’s needs and requirements of the job change.  The state of Kansas and city of Paola are at-will employment jurisdictions.  The city is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants/employees with a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation to perform the position’s functions.  Requests should be directed to the Director of Human Resources.

Vacancy Number: PW-06-19

Open Date: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: