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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under supervision (Collection System Worker I) or general supervision (Collection System Worker II) of the Wastewater Maintenance Supervisor, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, operational, and repair tasks involved in the City’s wastewater collection system and lift stations; operates a variety of maintenance and construction equipment including a pressurized hydrocleaner and/or sewer vacuum truck; responds to emergencies; maintains a variety of records; reads and interprets maps, blue prints, plans and specifications; and performs other related duties as required.

Collection System Worker I – This is the entry level class in the Collection System Worker series performing routine and less complex collection duties while learning City policies and procedures. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Collection System Worker II level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. As experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence and responsibility and is expected to be performing at the “II” or journey level within the prescribed time frame. Advancement to the “II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the full range of assigned duties, possession of required certifications, and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, operational, and repair tasks involved in the City’s wastewater collection system and lift stations.
  2. Cleans wastewater collection system, storm drains, flood control facilities and inlets; operates hydrocleaner and/or sewer vacuum truck to flush system; opens clogs in lines; cleans manholes, wet wells, and lift stations; operates electrical snake to unplug mains and laterals.
  3. Operates a variety of sewer cleaners, jet rodders, pressure washers, and TV inspection equipment in the inspection, maintenance and construction of sewer lines and laterals.
  4. Operates GPS equipment in order to locate and survey sewer systems.
  5. Responds to emergency calls as needed; locates problems and operates sewer cleaning equipment to clear stoppages.
  6. Inspects sewage and storm water lift and pump stations; removes debris; disassembles and cleans pumps and performs minor repairs when necessary.
  7. Operates and maintains line inspection and video equipment to survey, open and repair lines; reviews plans and specifications for location of lines; uses equipment to determine concentration of hazardous gases.
  8. Inspects, maintains, and operates a variety of heavy construction and maintenance equipment including a backhoe and other related equipment; performs daily maintenance on trucks and related equipment.
  9. Performs line locating and marking throughout the City for the sewer systems.
  10. Inspects sewer laterals for new construction as necessary.
  11. Conducts traffic control when working in high traffic areas of the City; installs street barricades and cones prior to the performance of maintenance or repair activities; directs and controls traffic around work sites.
  12. As assigned, works with crew raising manholes, repairing sewer manholes, construction and repair of storm conduits, curbs, gutters and drainage facilities; assists in mixing concrete and executing necessary masonry work; installs, repairs and maintains water and sewer mains and lines; assists in constructing new sewer connections as well as repairing drains and sewer facilities.
  13. Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment including explaining collection maintenance procedures; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  14. Prepares and maintains a variety of written records and reports; enters time and materials information into computer system.
  15. Attends training and safety meetings as necessary.
  16. Performs related duties as required.
    The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

    Knowledge of:
    Operational characteristics of the City’s wastewater collection system. Wastewater collection system preventative maintenance techniques and procedures. Tools and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems including jet rodder, televising equipment, and vacuum truck. Traffic control practices and procedures. Basic principles and practices of record keeping. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.

    Ability to:
    Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, operational, and repair tasks involved in the City’s wastewater collection system and lift stations. Use and operate vehicles and equipment, hand tools, and power tools and equipment required for the work in a safe and efficient manner. Ensure safety around work areas in high traffic. Perform heavy manual labor. Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner. Respond to collection system maintenance/repair emergencies. Read maps, blue prints and diagrams. Prepare and maintain records including time and material use records. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

    Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

    Collection System Worker I
    Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

    One year of general maintenance and construction experience.

    License or Certificate:
    Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. CWEA certification as a Grade I Collection System Worker within 18 months of appointment.

    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or around water; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; work at heights; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency and public calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

    Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

    Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

    Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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