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West Slope Water District - Utility Worker I

Posted: 1/12/2023
Salary: Hourly $25.77 - $34.09 (Monthly $4,466 - $5,909) DOE
Location: Portland, OR

JOB TYPE:                            Full-Time (40 hours per week), Permanent          

CLOSING DATE:                 Open until filled. First review February 15, 2023


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Utility Worker performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual labor tasks in construction, maintenance, landscape, and repair operations of District facilities including installing, maintaining, or repairing water lines and reading water meters.  Assignments involve the safe use of a variety of hand and power tools and the safe operation of construction equipment and maintenance equipment.  This position also performs a variety of tasks such as but not limited to routine maintenance of buildings, equipment, and vehicles. Work may be performed in inclement weather for extended periods of time and hazardous locations such as street areas, ditches, and confined spaces.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Performs the manual tasks related to water service maintenance and repair, water line excavation in roadways and public rights-of-way, water meter reading, and underground water line location work.  Must be able to read work orders, complete forms and write simple reports on work, time, and material used. After hours on-call pager duty is required during one week per month.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a high school diploma or GED and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.  Must possess knowledge of basic types of tools and their appropriate usage, knowledge of standard safety procedures, skills in the use of light maintenance construction equipment, ability to maintain accurate records, ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and ability to work effectively with employees and the public.  Must be able to bend, stoop, crawl and work in restricted areas and be able to lift equipment and materials weighing up to 50 lbs.


PREFERRED / DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Possession of, or ability to obtain within 12 months, an Oregon Health Authority Water Distribution Operator certification and a Commercial Driver’s License; general experience and knowledge in at least two of the following areas: drinking water industry, construction industry for installation and or repair and maintenance of water systems, irrigation systems, street repair, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.


BENEFITS: Employer paid medical, dental, vision, for employee and eligible dependents.  Employer paid life and long-term disability for employee. Participation in PERS.  11 paid holidays.  Compensatory time earned for after hours on-call pager duty. Vacation accrual based on tenure.  Sick time accrual of 10 hours per month up to 480 hours.


HOW TO APPLY:                              

Visit our website to obtain an application at


Complete, sign and submit our Employment Application form and Veterans’ Preference form if applicable via:

·         email to:,

·         US mail to: West Slope Water District – ATTN: Employment, P.O. Box 25140 Portland, Oregon 97298.

·         Hand deliver to the office at: 3105 SW 89th Ave., Portland OR 97225.