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Employer: City of Derby
Job Title: Utilities Operator I
Salary: $15.40 Hourly

Job Description:

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40% Utility Distribution, Collection and Operation 

  • Respond to emergency calls for possible water distribution system problems or wastewater collection system problems.
  • Operate power drawn pumps and related machinery.
  • Conduct daily checks of operational gauges.
  • Operate motor vehicle on a regular basis.
  • Cross train and fill in as needed to assist in water, wastewater or stormwater operations.
  • Install and maintain all water services. (distribution)
  • Provide connection and disconnection of water services. (distribution)
  • Read water meters and record volume used by customers for billing. (distribution)
  • Sample and analyze water, and/or draw samples to be sent to State for quality and compliance with applicable drinking water standards.  Report results to the appropriate parties. (distribution)
  • Investigate and address customer concerns on water use and advise customers on water conservation practices. (distribution)
  • Operate multiple computer applications including utility billing software, digital forms software, SCADA system, and radio read software. (distribution)
  • Operate distribution system equipment, including a motor vehicle, backhoe, hydro excavation unit, dump truck, shoring equipment, and tapping machines. (distribution)
  • Locate, inspect, rehabilitate, and assist in raising manholes. (collection)
  • Inspect, clean, and televise wastewater collection lines. (collection)
  • Operate collection system equipment, including jet truck, combo truck, televising equipment, and easement machines (collection).
  • Collect samples of sewage and effluent at various stages of processing (operation).

40% Asset Maintenance and Repair

  • Troubleshoot problems and maintain all department equipment and machines in good working condition.
  • Maintain utility facilities in a clean and safe condition.
  • Conduct minor maintenance tasks, including general construction, painting, grounds maintenance, and assisting with snow removal as required.
  • Collaborate with other divisions to maintain the stormwater sewer system.
  • Assist the fire department with the fire hydrant maintenance program. (distribution)
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repair on the water facilities and distribution systems. (distribution)
  • Locate and repair water leaks and maintain water mains, pumping facilities, valves, water storage facilities, and main-to-meter service lines. (distribution)
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repairs on wastewater collection systems. (collection)
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repairs on the wastewater treatment plant. (operation)
  • Inspect and maintain all pumps and motors. (operation)

20% Records and Reports 

  • Prepare and maintain proper records, reports, and documents related to the division in an organized manner.

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions.  Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs.


Latitude: Duties are assigned by supervisor. Most problem-solving is accomplished in conjunction with supervisor.  Some decisions not affecting other departments may be made independently.  All purchase requests must be approved by supervisor.  Regular and reliable attendance at work is expected.

Interaction:  Frequent interaction with employees throughout the organization and the general public.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
  • One year wastewater treatment/collection systems experience, preferred. (collection and operation)
  • One year water treatment/distribution systems experience, preferred. (distribution)
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.
  • Valid Kansas commercial driver’s license, required within 90 days of employment.
  • Class I KDHE Wastewater or Water Operator certification, required within eighteen months of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • General knowledge of mechanics, wastewater/water testing equipment, wastewater/water plant maintenance and operation, and minor electrical work.
  • General knowledge of computers with the ability to operate and comprehend utility billing software, digital forms software, SCADA system, and radio read software.
  • Ability to apply intermediate level mathematics skills.
  • Ability to operate all division equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to read and use blueprints.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:  Frequent (75%) exposure to adverse weather conditions, hazardous elements, and dangerous situations.  Frequent (40%) carrying, lifting, moving, or pushing of 90 pounds.  Occasional climbing in and out of manholes and other confined spaces.  Frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, reaching forward and overhead, and twisting. Fine hand coordination, simple hand grasping, and ability to operate controls required. Must be able to wear face masks.  Must be available for on-call, overtime, weekends and holidays. Must reside within a 30 minute lawful drive time of City limits.

Vacancy Number: 01142019A

Open Date: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: