[Full-time] Wastewater Collections Worker at City of Las Cruces, NM

Location: New Mexico

$13.40 – $20.10 an hour
Nature of Work

Inspects, maintains, repairs and operates the City’s wastewater system. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Position requires stand-by duties to respond to emergency needs. Position functions outdoors with exposure to all types of weather and traffic conditions, noise, fumes, gases, chemicals, dust, dirt, moving equipment and vehicles, open manholes, confined spaces, and areas with poor ventilation. Heavy physical work requiring the lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of items weighing in excess of ninety (90) pounds; balancing, bending, stooping, climbing, crouching, kneeling, crawling, reaching above shoulder height and squatting. Sufficient clarity of speech, hearing, or other communication capabilities, vision or other powers of observation, manual dexterity, and personal mobility and physical reflexes sufficient to effectively and efficiently perform essential job functions.
Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies. Release of Information Form (49 CFR Part 40) required.

Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
Full-Time; Regular; Non-Exempt; Union-Represented

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Installs, services, cleans and repairs wastewater lines using a high pressure truck and/or other equipment; completes work orders.
  • Sets up truck safety devices; opens manholes; inserts high pressure hose and vacuum debris tubes.
  • Operates a television camera within wastewater lines to identify obstructions for removal; operates a pipe locator.
  • Constructs, installs and maintains sewer main lines and manholes using shoring, heavy equipment, concrete, brick, piping and standard construction tools.
  • Monitors odor control sites; responds to complaints of odor control; ensures chemicals are being fed in accordance with calculated dosages.
  • Participates in plant process control; maintains daily logs; monitors equipment operations.
  • Repairs and maintains plant equipment; checks and calibrates plant flow meters; performs plant building and facility maintenance.
  • Monitors lift station operations; performs routine maintenance.
  • Installs new service for homes and businesses.
  • Repairs sidewalks; performs general maintenance of equipment.
  • Responds to service complaints; informs the customer of necessary actions.

Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to a high school diploma PLUS two (2) years of experience as a laborer, maintenance worker, or construction worker. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Valid driver’s license is required. Valid Class A commercial driver’s license with tanker and air brake endorsement must be obtained within one year of employment; Level II Wastewater Certification is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

General knowledge of: principles, practices, techniques, and procedures involved in effective service, maintenance, repair, and construction of wastewater plants and lines; safe and effective use of related supplies, materials, tools and equipment; principles, techniques and practices of effective and respectful customer service; occupational and environmental regulations, safety and health hazards, and safety practices; principles of record keeping and records management; business and personal computers standard business software applications; City organization, operations, policies and procedures to effectively perform the required functions and duties of the position.
Ability to: perform a variety of duties and responsibilities timely and with accuracy to meet deadlines and to ensure achievement of goals and objectives; adhere to all applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the function of the position and department; use appropriate safety equipment and follow safety procedures; safely operate associated hand and power tools, equipment and motor vehicles; navigate across even and uneven surfaces; follow established procedures, guidelines, oral and written instructions; read, understand, and comply with a variety of specifications, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing related activities, and functions; ability to work in confined spaces, use and wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment, and pass annual confined space physical; use sound judgment in decision-making with routine operations; communicate appropriately and effectively orally and in writing; operate a two-way communication device to communicate with crews and supervisors; compile applicable information, maintain accurate records, and review documents and extract relevant information; establish and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with employees and the public; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines to successfully meet established goals and objectives.
Skills in: efficient and effective use of related equipment, tools, and techniques required to successfully perform the functions of the position; maintaining complete and accurate records; performing required reading, writing and mathematical calculations; using independent judgment and personal initiative; operating a personal computer with installed generic and specialized software; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

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