City of Goddard

Public Works Laborer - City of Goddard

Goddard, KS


Pay Rate:    Depending on years of experience and certification

Position Summary

This position reports to the Public Works Director and performs basic and complex tasks in the areas of water system maintenance, sewer collections and wastewater treatment, streets, parks, building maintenance, vehicle/equipment maintenance and other areas as needed.

Employees must meet the minimum requirements, conditions of employment, and be able to perform successfully, all essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations. Overtime may be required to complete the task within a specific time frame or in an emergency. This position is also required to do on-call rotations.

Essential Functions

·         Operate a variety of equipment including trucks, backhoes, tractors, vac-trailers, lawnmowers, air compressors, concrete saws, circular and quickie        saws, jackhammers, electric drills, water pumps, water and wastewater pipes and appurtenances in various weather conditions.

·         Utilize a variety of hand and power tools. Upkeep and maintain utilized equipment

·         Inspect and restore equipment fluid levels including oil, fuel, water, and transmission fluid. Lubricate equipment as needed; report any necessary repairs on equipment; lockout/tagout unsafe equipment

·         Assist with excavation projects. Use a utility locator and probing rods to locate leaks and utility lines.

·         Collect and complete daily schedules; report daily work to appropriate staff member.

·         Maintain a safe working environment. Includes wearing appropriate safe clothing, erecting proper barricades and signage when necessary, and using equipment and materials properly

·         Perform minor building and equipment maintenance including but not limited to rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and painting

·         Perform as-needed custodial duties at City owned buildings including but not limited to PW, WWTP, City Hall, Library, Community Center, and City Pool

·         Assist in the set-up of City events such as National Night Out and Goddard Fall Fest

·         Assist in winter storm preparation and snow removal during snow/ice conditions using sand/salt applications and snow removal with backhoes/tractors/ and dump trucks

·         Assist in the mowing/maintenance of public right-of-way and property as needed

·         Perform minor concrete repair work such as replacing sidewalk after excavations

·         Maintain city shop and grounds

·         Assist in the installation of seasonal decorations and banners

·         The ability to be on-call at all hours of day and night (including holidays), as well as the ability to be placed into an On-Call rotation with other Public Works employees.

 Water Utility

·         Perform water and sewer utility locates as requested through the utilization of the Kansas One-Call system

·         Reads water meters using electronic read system and also manual reads

·         Monitors, repairs, and maintains City water wells, water tower, and adjoining grounds

·         Install new water service and fire hydrants

·         Monitor, maintain, and repair and service leaks or emergency water main leaks as needed

·         Interact with customers when performing water shut-offs and turn-ons.

·         Check City generators to ensure proper operations in case of emergency

·         Perform daily water testing

Sewer Utility

·         Provides inspection for new sewer service installation

·         Unblock, flush, repair, and locate sewer lines

·         Monitor system for sewer backups and check sewer catching systems

·         Inspect and repair sewer manholes as necessary

·         Monitor, repair, and maintain City lift stations

  Position Requirements

Experience: Similar experience preferred.

Education: Graduation from high school or GED required.

Technical Skills: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with other city
employees and supervisors. Must be able to use a variety of heavy equipment including, but not
limited to backhoes, graders, tractors, bobcats, etc. Must acquire a Kansas Class B CDL with
airbrakes within 6 months of employment. Knowledge of safety precautions related to general
maintenance and repair work for water sewer utility systems.

Problem Solving: Frequent problem solving exists in this position. Problems include using heavy
equipment for complex repairs.

Decision Making: Frequent decision making exists in this position.

Supervision: Limited supervision is provided by the public works operation manager.

Personal Relations: Continual contact with other city departments and the general public.

Working Conditions: Heavy manual labor is required; extreme weather conditions and working with
fuels, oils, and maintenance chemicals are factors in this position; frequent exposure to moving
parts and machinery. Personal protective equipment is frequently required.

Physical Requirements: The majority of the work involves heavy physical labor and exertion to
manually move, lift, carry, or push heavy objects, or equipment possibly weighing 100 pounds or
more. Climbing in and out of ditches and manholes, bending, stooping, and/or shoveling as required;
climbing and reaching to trim trees, change light bulbs, etc. Frequently operates
heavy equipment for extended periods of time