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Job Opportunity - Water Operator Trainee


Water Distribution Operator Trainee

SALARY RANGE:    Hourly $21.00 - $22.00 (Annual:  $43,680 - $45,760) Depending on Experience

POSITION:                Full-time (40 hours per week)

CLOSING DATE:      Open until filled

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Individuals in this classification perform a variety of field work in water operations and maintenance, landscape, and other tasks such as: installing meters, repairing curb stops, flushing fire hydrants, exercising valves, performing water testing, and completing various distribution projects. This position is also responsible for performing routine maintenance of District facilities, equipment, and vehicles. Work is performed in inclement weather and hazardous locations such as street areas, ditches, and confined spaces. At times, work will include handling chemicals such as Sodium Hypochlorite solutions. This position works directly with the public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSMust have high school diploma or GED and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license. Preference will be given to candidates with an Associate Degree in Water Technology and/or 3-6 months of water system experience. Must possess knowledge of basic types of tools and standard safety procedures. Must be able to skillfully communicate via public speaking and written documents, emails, and letters. Must be able to operate Microsoft standard business software and learn to operate CUSI utility billing system. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods, bend, stoop, crawl, and work in restricted areas, and lift equipment/materials weighing up to 50 lbs.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSMust be able to obtain an Oregon Health Authority Water Distribution Operator Certification Level 1 within one year of employment and Cross Connection Control Tester Certification within six months of employment. Preference will be given to candidates with 3-6 months experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience in the construction industry and/or repair and maintenance of water systems or irrigation systems.  Preference will be given for experience working in municipal or Government agencies.


·         Paid 12 federal holidays, 12 vacation days annually for years 1-3, 8 hours of sick leave monthly, and 2 wellness days annually

·         Employer paid 100% medical, vision, & dental for employee and eligible dependents as well as 3 supplemental health plans from Aflac after 60 days

·         Employer paid pension of 12% of gross pay to deferred compensation retirement plan after 6 months

·         The utility worker shares on-call duties with other water operators for an additional monetary incentive of $200 weekly for on-call duty

·         Paid Certification and Training 

TO APPLYComplete Employment Application form and send to or mail/hand deliver to Rivergrove Water District, 17661 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Resumes may be attached to the completed application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application.