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Public Works Utilityperson - Multiple Position Openings - City of Kirkland ( Job # 18-0031)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $4,141.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,190.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Closes: June 04, 2018 at 9:00 AM. Applications first reviewed on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Utility Person position performs manual labor and operates “light” equipment for maintenance or construction of the City’s water, sewer, streets, and drainage systems. Current position openings will be assigned to work in one of the operations and maintenance divisions of the Public Works Department.

Position Highlights:  

  • Performs work site activities regarding street maintenance, traffic control (signs and signals) and vegetation control; such as temporary and permanent asphalt patching and concrete work.
  • Performs work site activities regarding sewer maintenance including mains, pumping stations, and appurtenances; such as repairing and cleaning mains, troubleshooting pump problems at lift station and safety observer.
  • Performs work site activities regarding water system maintenance of mains, valves, hydrants, meters, PRVs and appurtenances; such as reading meters, repair hydrants, install and services mains.
  • Performs work site, activities regarding storm drain maintenance including mains, catch basins, detention/retention facilities and channelization.
  • Acts as flag person to control traffic while road work is being accomplished.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Ability to operate a variety of hand and power driven tools.
  • Ability to operate “light” equipment, such as five-yard dump truck, backhoe as a loader and concrete mixer among others.
  • Ability to communicate in English orally and in writing.
  • Ability to meet with the public and communicate effectively with citizens.
  • Ability to read blueprints and engineering plans.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have a high school diploma (or GED) and minimum of one year utility construction experience. Good working knowledge of common hand and power tools is required. Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License.  Possess and maintain current Class A Combination Driver’s License with air and tanker endorsements or must obtain within six months (180 days) of date of hire, note: testing and licensing fees at own expense.  Must obtain and maintain certified flagging card within six months of date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A current, valid Class A CDL with air and tanker endorsements 
  • Public Works municipal experience
  • Drinking water distribution system operation and maintenance experience
  • Storm water drainage systems experience
  • Asphalt paving and patching


Hours of Work

Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (30 minute lunch)

Special Note

Hiring rate may vary based on qualifications. Salary range placement is with a full benefit package.

This offering denotes multiple position openings dependent on concurrent internal advancement. 

Current position offerings:

  • Streets and Grounds Division
  • Storm Division 
  • Water/Wastewater Division


Working Conditions & Physical Activities

Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be in good physical condition and be able to climb in and out of trenches, vaults, manholes, excavation, and construction equipment. Must be able to lift and move heavy (50 lbs. plus) and bulky objects.

Selection Process

Position requires a cover letter (letter of interest) for consideration of application.

Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within that letter.

Applicants who are invited to participate in the testing and interviewing processes will be notified by phone or email.

Testing for this position will include both a written test and a hands on skills test.

 Note: While final selection will not occur until after closing, screening may commence prior to the closing date.

This opportunity includes a full benefit package: medical/dental vision for employee and dependents, deferred compensation plan, 2x annual salary life insurance, vacation and sick leave accruals, paid holidays, free on-site parking, on site work-out facility.

Candidates who are selected to interview will be required to complete a Criminal History Release Form.


Union Affiliation

As a condition of employment, must become a member of Teamsters Local 763 within 30 days of employment or meet alternate regulations as set forth in the Agreement between the City and the Teamsters Union.  Following a conditional offer of employment, prospective employees may be tested for the presence of drugs as part of the pre-employment drug screening.


Maintenance Center - PW
915 8th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033