There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services, Utilities Department. This position is responsible for performing a variety of specialized technical activities related to Safe Drinking Water Act Program to provide safe and reliable water service to customers within each of our systems. Ensures Clean Water Act NPDES waste discharge permit compliance with County’s wastewater systems to protect the environment and the public. This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.
In the event that no qualified candidates can be selected for the Utilities Maintenance Tech II position, Yakima County Public Services will consider filling the position as a Utilities Maintenance Tech I. Salary: $19.26 per hour.
Ensures compliance with federal, state and local requirements in providing reliable and safe drinking water to the public under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local requirements in wastewater treatment under the Clean Water Act. Checks proper operations of multiple County-owned water and wastewater facilities by recording flow meter and amp meter readings, calculating chlorine input into the system to confirm the chlorination equipment is operating properly, adding chlorine to solution tanks as necessary, testing the water in the distribution system for proper chlorine level, and inspecting reservoirs for leakage, vandalism or any exterior irregularities.
Repairs, installs, and relocates waterlines, water services, fire hydrants and related appurtenances. Troubleshoots and repairs automated metering infrastructure and injection pumps. Inventories, purchases and maintains repair and maintenance parts inventory, supplies and materials.
Plans, organizes and coordinates scheduled and emergency repair crew activities, equipment and materials; instructs those involved in proper procedures. Serves on standby duty as needed.
Acts as the County’s Utilities Division’s representative during construction of water and wastewater systems. Inspects construction of water system improvements to ensure that construction is proceeding in accordance with approved plans and specifications. Reads and interprets approved plans and specifications to ensure parts and materials meet State and County specifications. Inspects premises for proper cross-connection protection.
Plans, schedules and performs periodic maintenance on wastewater systems including backwashing filters, jetting filter laterals, and cleaning ultra-violet (UV) lights. Performs laboratory analysis for fecal coliform, dissolved oxygen, total suspended solids, pH and temperature.
Plans, schedules and performs planned and periodic maintenance on water systems including system flushing, checking isolation valves for proper operation, measuring and recording water levels in the wells, greasing bearings and cleaning ventilation system filters.
Responds to utility locate by locating and marking position of utilities. Reads, repairs, replaces and installs water meters. Responds to customer inquiries related to new services, billings, and service issues, and explains policies and ordinances relating to the water wastewater systems. On call work required.
Collects water and wastewater samples for laboratory analysis. Completes daily log of chlorine readings for state agency review. Report of findings of concern to Manager and Supervisor.
Other duties as assigned such as lawn and building maintenance of well sites and pump houses.
Education and Experience: Associate degree or two-year technical certificate in: Environmental Science, chemistry, biochemistry, or other related field; and One (1) year of related experience in water and/or wastewater field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
* MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR UTILITIES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN I *
Include an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology or related field and one year related experience in water field and/or wastewater field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Certifications WDM I or WTPO I are not required at time of appointment. Water Distribution Manager I or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I certification required within 12 months of employment.
Note: This is a Yakima County Independent Local No. 1 Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.
Skills (and abilities):
Equipment Used: Computers, calculators, hand and power tools, automobiles, water and wastewater laboratory and field analysis equipment (e.g. spectrophotomer, color comparators), pipe locating equipment and sounding equipment, passenger /field vehicle, cell phone and applicable job related computer software
Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: excessive noise, exposure to weather, extreme temperatures, moving/mechanical parts, pathogen exposure, vibration, travel, multiple work locations, field work. May be required to work outside of standard business hours and alternate work locations; emergency on-call work and rotational standby duty required. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, kneeling, reclining, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction, ability to work independently, ability to analyze problems and find solutions. Work requires entry to customer’s property for water/wastewater service. Heavy Work: Exerting up to or in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work is performed out in the field.