Assistant Utility Operator

AdCode:  1246
Date:  Jul 20, 2024
State:  OR
City:  Redmond
Business Unit:  Pacific Coast Utilities
Category:  Field Operations
Job Type: 

Driven, knowledgeable, and passionate about our work, our Oregon Water Utilities team is in the business of delivering a product everyone uses and depends on. We provide water and wastewater services to over 8,400 customers in 6 Oregon communities in Deschutes and Klamath Counties. It all starts with our people – proud members of their communities, dedicated to delivering safe, reliable, and cost-effective water utility services. Join us and be a part of a team that values sustainability, innovation, and the wellbeing of our communities. 

What We Offer

  • Starting Pay Range:  $20 - $30/hour
  • 401k Company Match:  100% of the first 6% of your eligible compensation contributed to the Plan  
  • Paid Time Off:  Starting at 3 weeks annually  
  • Additional Benefit Plans include Medical, Dental, Vision, Company-Paid Life Insurance and more  
  • Training, Professional Certifications, and Education Allowance  

What You'll Do

Our Utility Operators manage the operation and maintenance of our water treatment and distribution systems to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable water services.

This position will be willing and able to perform the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Potable Water System Operation and Maintenance
    • Operate and maintain potable water facilities, including reservoirs, pumps, and valves.
    • Perform water meter installations, readings, and customer service tasks (leaks, pressure issues).
    • Ensure compliance with quality standards through sampling, testing, and reporting.
    • Test backflow prevention devices and manage the Cross Control Program.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenance
    • Operate and maintain wastewater treatment equipment (screens, pumps, generators, etc.).
    • Perform routine checks and general maintenance at the treatment plant.
    • Monitor water quality in effluent holding ponds and operate recycled water pump stations.
  • Wastewater Collection System Operation and Maintenance
    • Maintain wastewater collection systems, respond to service calls, and repair pipelines.
    • Provide customer service for sewer issues.
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety
    • Attend safety classes, use PPE, and adhere to safety and environmental regulations.
  • On-Call Hours
    • Be available for on-call duty 24/7, responding promptly to job locations as needed.
  • General Duties
    • Conduct daily inspections, collect operational data, and perform routine facility maintenance.
    • Maintain SCADA systems and coordinate new customer connections to water and wastewater systems.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What You'll Bring

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of water systems and waste water collection 
  • Knowledge of water system hydraulics and wastewater treatment plant operation
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to use thinking and reasoning to effectively identify and solve water and waste water problems
  • Moderate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 suite including Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills


Education and Certifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required
  • Trade school (electrical, plumbing, etc.) preferred
  • Backflow Tester Certification - within 1 year of hire
  • DEQ Treatment Operator 1 - within 3 years of hire
  • OR - D1 (Water Distribution Grade 1)


Work Experience

  • 1+ years of experience performing construction activities or working for a utility is preferred


Work Environment

  • Works outdoors and at plant facilities
  • May be subject to adverse weather and environmental conditions, including temperature extremes, humidity and precipitation; noise and vibration from heavy equipment
  • Exposure to physical hazards from equipment with moving parts, high voltage electrical equipment, hazardous chemicals, bacteria in wastewater

We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state, or local law. 

We are an E-Verify participating employer.   

Nearest Major Market: Bend