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Rockwood Water People's Utility District - Water Worker in Training/Water Worker 1

Posted: 10/25/2022
Location: Portland, OR



Water Worker in Training: $4,491 per month ($25.90hr), plus benefits (position is offered at 40 hours per week). Water Worker 1*: $4,815-$5,867 per month ($27.77hr- $33.84hr), plus benefits (position is offered at 40 hours per week). *Minimum certification requirements apply, additional .25hr certification pay. See job description for details.

Application deadline:

Open until filled. First review of applications on November 4th, 2022.



The Water Worker in Training (OIT) and Water Worker 1 positions are entry level positions within the Distribution Series. These roles are trained to perform a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks in the District’s Distribution Department. Work is completed through training along with independent work within a team environment. The work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion for conformance with instructions and specifications. Water Worker in Training expectations: Entry level trainee role where training and experience will be provided on the job. Incumbent will learn a variety of skills, techniques, and systems throughout a 12-month period. Incumbent is expected to show and perform essential duties of a Water Worker 1 to obtain required certifications to be successful and transition to a Water Worker 1 level role. Requirements not met within 24 months will result in termination. Water Worker 1 expectations: Incumbents in this role are expected to perform all duties assigned with minimal instruction or guidance, completing tasks with accuracy, and proficiency. Incumbent will utilize required certifications to perform independently, in a team, and continue to grow and train on additional duties within the Distribution Series.



The duties and responsibilities apply to the construction, installation, maintenance, repair and servicing of the water distribution mains, service lines, valves, fire hydrants, residential, commercial, and industrial water meters, and related district facilities, structures, and appurtenances.

  1. Assists in the installation of new water services, including domestic, irrigation and fire prevention, to houses, buildings, and businesses; assists in the installation of new water mains, fire hydrants and extends water mains to new developments; pressure test and disinfects water mains or other appurtenances to ensure water safety.
  2. Assists in repairs of leaks and breaks on water mains and services; repairs valves, air valves, meter devices, backflow devices, hydrants, and regulators; Assists in minor repairs to District’s equipment and facilities.
  3. Assists in maintenance of reservoirs, buildings and grounds, minor repairs to District’s equipment and facilities.
  4. Assists in and is trained on large and small meter replacement, fire hydrant rebuilding and maintenance, pipe cutting, tapping mains, miscellaneous duties around the shop and yard.
  5. Assists and is trained to dig holes and trenches, shore excavations, backfill trenches and holes with hand tools and equipment for pipe repairs and installation.
  6. Performs a variety of manual labor tasks including digging with shovels, spreading gravel, sweeping streets, spreading asphalt, raking asphalt.
  7. Performs a variety of cleaning, landscape maintenance, planting, clearing, mowing and other ground keeping tasks.
  8. Responsible for service vehicle, materials and equipment stocked on vehicle.
  9. Operates a variety of power tools and other equipment in a safe and responsible manner including, but not limited to, chainsaw, pipe saw, trash pump, jackhammer, hydraulic shoring, pressure testing and chlorinating pump, lawnmower, weed eater, street saw, hydraulic rock splitter, compactor, and welder.
  10. Operates dump truck, pickup trucks, passenger vehicle, large and small construction equipment with associated trailers.
  11. Responsible for pre-trip inspections on all vehicles.
  12. Responsible for traffic control setup and perform flagging functions.
  13. Must understand and be able to safely enter confined spaces.
  14. Follows standards as outlined in the District's Policy Manual.
  15. Must be available for rotating, emergency, and on-call duties (as required), including occasional evening and weekend work.
  16. Participates in cross training as time allows to assist other crew members. Takes on additional assignments as requested and assists with other positions as needed.
  17. Performs related duties as assigned.
  18. May be trained on various duties of a Water Worker 2



  • Water Worker in training
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid driver license. Water Worker 1
  • Must possess Class A CDL with tanker endorsement
  • Must possess Oregon Water Distribution Level I certification
  • Must possess Oregon Health Authority, Cross Connection Specialist certification



  • Ability to obtain a commercial driver license within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to obtain an Operator in Training (OIT) or Water Distribution I certification within 12 months of hire.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work for long periods of time while standing, squatting, and kneeling.
  • Must have the ability to work in traffic.
  • Learn and use safe working practices.
  • Ability to occasionally lift 70 lbs., carry 60 lbs. and drag heavy materials for short distances.
  • Knowledge and skills in communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • Possess basic computer skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform simple math calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.



Water Worker in Training:

  • Must obtain a Class A CDL with tanker endorsement within 6 months of employment, District provided training and testing.
  • Must acquire Oregon Water Distribution Level I certification prior to advancing to a Water Worker 1
  • Must obtain Oregon Health Authority, Cross Connection Specialist certification prior to advancing a Water Worker 1 Water Worker 1 (Required upon placement into classification):
  • Must possess Class A CDL with tanker endorsement
  • Must possess Oregon Water Distribution Level I certification
  • Must possess Oregon Health Authority, Cross Connection Specialist certification


Employees in this classification are expected to arrive at work on time, dress appropriately, hold work related information as confidential, work cooperatively with other employees and maintain positive and helpful working relationships with the public and all customers. Must be available for rotating, emergency, and on-call duties including evening and weekend work. Daily tasks requiring significant physical exertion for lifting, climbing, digging, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and working in adverse weather conditions while applying safe working practices.



Must be able to climb, sit, crawl, bend, kneel, push, pull, stoop, and work in elevated positions. Must be able and willing to work in all types of extreme weather conditions. Must be able to lift 70 pounds, stand for long periods of time, work for long periods in a confined space. SUPERVISION RECEIVED Works under the supervision of the District Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. Report daily to a Lead person for direction and instructions. SUPERVISION EXERCISED Supervision of other employees is not a normal responsibility of positions in this class.


How to apply:

Complete and Return a signed District application form along with your resume and cover letter to: Rockwood Water People's Utility District 19601 NE Halsey Street Portland, OR 97230-7430 or email signed and completed documents to:

Applications are available at the District office or visit