Job Opening Announcement


Date: April 07, 2021
Due Date: April 27, 2021
Salary: $3,507 – $4,353 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Utility Worker.  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  City applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., April 27, 2021.  Applications postmarked on or by April 27, 2021 will be accepted.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Performs a variety of semiskilled technical and mechanical work in the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations, and related systems including work related to biosolids management with emphasis on preventative maintenance and routine repair tasks.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the day-to-day guidance of the Lead Maintenance Mechanic and general supervision of the Collections and Maintenance Supervisor and/or Wastewater Superintendent. The Utility Worker may receive direction from the Maintenance Mechanic or the Maintenance Specialist.


TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  The duties listed are intended only as illustrative examples of the various types of work that may be performed by individuals in this classification.  Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents and do not include all specific essential functions and responsibilities the incumbent may be expected to perform.

  1. Performs extensive and routine preventative maintenance from oil changes and greasing to inspection and replacement of belts, seals, chains, sprockets, valves, and various other parts to prevent sudden failure of all critical equipment including the rolling stock.
  2. Evaluates pump performance and operational data to determine if, when and what work must be done to all pumps. Performs the appropriate repair work including rebuild pumps, replace packing, seals, impellers, bearings shafts, and all related parts.
  3. Uses computer applications on a limited basis to prepare simple reports, keep daily records, and submit equipment maintenance requests.  Maintains accurate and detailed maintenance records for all equipment and activities performed as directed and required.
  4. Designs and fabricates parts, components, and equipment for numerous minor projects including installation and modification of equipment and structures.  Work may include the use of welding equipment, cutting equipment, hand held power tools, bench tools, diagnostic tools, and mechanics tools. Work will require a basic understanding of a variety of materials such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, plastics, masonry, and wood.
  5. Operates heavy equipment to move materials, perform equipment installation and removal, access equipment for repair, and perform biosolids land application. Heavy equipment will include, but is not limited to, forklifts, front end loaders, scissor lifts, and other hoisting equipment, boom trucks, and over the road commercial trucks.
  6. Uses computerized control system to perform limited monitoring and control of plant processes, equipment, and instrument activities for the water reclamation facility, biosolids management, and overflow sites.
  7. Operates, repairs, and maintains specialized equipment and instruments used in the sampling, analysis, and processing of wastewater, including but not limited to lab equipment, samplers, pumps, and other conveyance equipment. Inspect, monitor, and adjust plant process equipment and instruments; performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs; may assist with major repairs, modifications, and installation and start-up of a variety of process equipment including biosolids land application.
  8. Responds to emergency calls during business hours and after hours. Must be able to respond to calls within 30 minutes. If situation warrants it, must be able to respond on site within 60 minutes.
  9. Responds to plant alarms, pump station alarms, and/or any related failure to collection system operated and maintained by the city.
  10. Be responsible to be on call after normal working hours, weekends, and holidays per the schedule assigned by their supervisor.
  11. Responds to alarms and potential issues; evaluates situations to make initial assessment of potential problems. Conveys information about the alarm or situation to the appropriate supervisor or certified operator in a clear and concise manner.
  12. Collects and tests samples of wastewater, groundwater, industrial discharge water, and biosolids; may include collection and testing of materials containing hazardous constituents. Evaluates operational data and information and effect necessary process control changes using a variety of manual and automation control systems.
  13. Operates the city's biosolids field application truck, biosolids loader, auger, and other related equipment to perform loading and field application of biosolids in a safe manner in compliance with all regulations.
  14. Must maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with city staff, other organizations, and the general public.
  15. Represents the City of Coos Bay by responding to the public, citizens, its employees, and others in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner while continuously maintaining a positive customer service demeanor. Regard everyone, internal and external, as a customer and deliver the best service possible in a respectful and patient manner.
  16. Communicates well both verbally and in writing and works effectively with both internal staff and external contacts including consultants, regulators, and others.
  17. Serves as a member of various city committees as assigned.
  18. Assists other staff in the performance of their duties as assigned.
  19. Maintains regular job attendance and adherence to working hours.
  20. Operates a motor vehicle safely and legally.



KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: It is anticipated that the Utility Worker has the minimum requirements under this section and “Experience and Training”. 

Special Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Ability to wear hazard appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Possess or have the ability to acquire within 6 months of employment an Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, with Air Brakes, Tank Truck, Manual Transmission, and Fifth Wheel endorsements.  CDL must not show a Code E and O restriction.

Ability to become trained and certified in First Aid and CPR, Confined Space Entry, Public Agency Work Zone Traffic Control Class and obtain Flagger Certification, Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Electrical Safety, Energy Control, Fork Lift Operation, and Fall Protection.

This position is considered "Inclement Weather Standby" and depending upon conditions, may be designated as a "First Responder" which is considered essential personnel. Should this designation occur in the event city offices close due to inclement weather, etc., incumbent will be required to report to work for their scheduled shift, as well as any overtime or extra hours required. This position is subject to a rotating "on-call" schedule after training has been completed.

Basic knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, and procedures related to the operation and maintenance of a conventional wastewater treatment facility and biosolids management system and procedures and regulations pertaining to workplace safety, confined space work, and working in hazardous and potentially hazardous locations. General knowledge of how to evaluate and troubleshoot mechanical components to determine existing operating condition; standard practices, materials, and modern methods used in the safe repair and maintenance of wastewater equipment; repairing pumps and all treatment facility equipment; OSHA industrial required safety procedures. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of a complex secondary wastewater treatment facility and related systems, including personal and control computers. Ability to perform basic process control calculations; work safely; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, and the public; and understand and carry out written and oral instructions. Work from ladders, boom trucks, or other raised platform devices, and in confined spaces. Communicate well orally and in writing, particularly in the technical language appropriate to instrumentation and control systems; wear a respirator and use other personal protective equipment; physically perform strenuous work under varying environmental conditions; be available and respond to emergency call-backs as required; and work independently with initiative and high standards of quality and productivity while following established safety procedures.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  An employee in this position must have the ability to read and interpret regulations; to multi-task and complete work in a timely and accurate manner; to work independently; to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and other they come in contact with. 

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: In the performance of job duties, the employee will use a personal computer and various software programs; motor vehicle; forklift, scissor lift and man-lift, front end loader, boom truck, over-the-road commercial trucks; calculator; digital camera and/or video recorder; portable radio; phone; copy and fax machines; and other related tools and equipment. The employee will use a variety of hand, power and shop tools including welders, cut-off saws, grinders, diagnostic tools and demolition tools.

Physical Demands

Incumbent performs work of an active nature requiring sufficient cardiovascular condition to carry out the job duties on a sustained basis. Requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time, walk up to 400 yards, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to heavy weights of up to 75 pounds on a regular basis. Requires the ability to push, pull, and guide materials over 75 pounds. Requires the ability to climb (e.g., ladders), stoop, kneel, and crouch on a regular basis. Requires sufficient hand-eye coordination, hand and finger dexterity including ability to grasp, and operate demanding equipment. Requires auditory ability to hear machinery sounds and alarms. Requires near and far visual acuity to read printed materials, video readings, and observe stationary and moving objects. Requires speaking ability to carry on ordinary conversations. Requires the ability to work in extreme temperature conditions and on varying work hours.

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT: In the performance of the job duties, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to extreme cold, wet and/or humid conditions, and to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. Very frequently, 80% of the workday is spent working in sewage, and sewage holding facilities, tight restricted spaces with electrical and mechanical systems, loud noise levels, associated process chemicals such as chlorine and polymers, fumes and gases, and varying weather conditions.  This position may be required to work evenings and weekends; the noise level in the work environment is usually loud; may be exposed to biological and chemical hazards, dirt, oil, grease, grass, pollen, noise and electrical or mechanical hazards.  Entry into confined spaces may be required; and the use of personal protective equipment appropriate to the hazard will be required.

GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family. 

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 p.m. April 27, 2021 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application. 

Application Acceptance Period: ................................April 8th – April 27th

Review of Applications: ............................................April 28th   

Interviews with Selected Candidates: .......................April 29th – May 7th  

Follow-up Interviews (as needed): ............................May 10th – May 14th

Projected Start Date: .................................................To be determined