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Maintenance & Operations positions - multiple openings - City of Kirkland ( Job # 18-0144)

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Minimum Salary: $21.15 per hour
Maximum Salary: $30.54 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Human Resources
Closes: January 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Applications first reviewed on: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Are you considering a new or career opportunity in Public Works infrastructure maintenance and operations?  Do you have the drive to be a part of building and serving a community that is experiencing significant growth and development?  Consider joining the utilities or transportation divisions at the City of Kirkland.

The City of Kirkland (population approximately 85,000) is located on the northeastern shoreline of Lake Washington just 30 minutes east of Downtown Seattle.  Regionally recognized as a City with a “small town” feel, a sense of history, and a strong appreciation for quality of life, Kirkland is a booming community.  Home to tech companies such as Google and Inrix, along with Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland is within the acclaimed Lake Washington School District.  Investment in public infrastructure has been a high priority for the community, and thus stable funding has been established for the transportation and utility systems as well as for the tools, equipment, and vehicles for the City’s workforce.

In addition to competitive starting salaries and annual pay raises, City of Kirkland employees receive generous medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, 11 paid holidays, two weeks of paid vacation per year to start, overtime/comp time opportunities, paid sick leave, employer provided work clothing & laundry service, free parking, a boot allowance, and an annual ORCA transit card. 

Kirkland is currently hiring for Laborer and Utility Worker positions.

Position Levels

Entry Levels:

Laborer -- No experience in construction or similarly related field needed; usually a starting position provided with opportunities to work in a variety of divisions (water, storm/surface water, sanitary sewer, streets, public grounds, transportation).  Duties are closely supervised and are designed to provide on the job training with an emphasis on safety including an introduction to various tasks, hand tools, small equipment, and municipal operations and maintenance.

Utility Worker -- Usually one to three years of prior construction or related experience.  This position will work in groups of two to four workers overseen by a Senior Maintenance in any number of divisions.  A Washington State Combination Driver’s License (Class-A CDL) will be required within the first six months of employment, and the City will provide outside training and pay associated costs for qualified employees to obtain their CDL.  Position will operate most City owned equipment.

Advancement Levels:

Senior Maintenance – Four or more years of directly related construction experience required. This position is responsible for directing groups of other staff on various jobs which may include other Senior Maintenance, Utility Workers, or Laborers.  CDL is required for this position as well as the skills and abilities to safely operate all City owned equipment.

Lead Person – Minimum of five years of municipal/public works maintenance and operations experience required. This position assists in the daily scheduling and direction of divisional crews while also being able to safely operate all of the City’s equipment. CDL is required for this position.  Primarily responsible for overall divisional work, equipment and material scheduling, and employee time sheets.  

Minimum Qualifications


  • Must have a high school diploma (or GED)
  • Must have and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License 
  • Must obtain and maintain certified flagging card within six months of date of hire (training provided)

Utility Worker:

  • All Laborer minimum qualifications, and
  • One or more years of construction related experience
  • Good working knowledge of common hand and power tools is required
  • Possess or obtain Class-A CDL with air and tanker endorsements within six months of hire; City will provide and pay for CDL training class; employee will provide for testing and licensing fees.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Public Works municipal experience
  • Asphalt paving experience
  • Drainage systems experience
  • Water and/or wastewater system experience
  • A current, valid Class A CDL with air and tanker endorsements 
Hours of Work
  • Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (30 minute lunch)
  • After hours and/or overtime as needed
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
  • Applicants must complete on-line application.
  • Submit a cover letter (or letter of interest) with application.
  • Please identify how you meet or exceed the minimum qualifications within your cover letter.
  • Applicants who are invited to participate in the testing and interviewing processes will be notified by phone.
  • 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 the advertisement closing date, screening may commence prior.

  • Applicants will be advanced to the interview process based on results of testing.
  • Starting salary rate and position offers may vary based on candidate qualifications.
  • All positions will receive full benefit package independent of starting salary.

Finalist(s) will be required to complete a  Criminal History Release waiver.

Special Note

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  While final selection will not occur until after closing, screening may commence prior to the closing date.

City of Kirkland employees receive generous medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, 11 paid holidays, two weeks of paid vacation per year to start, overtime/comp time opportunities, paid sick leave, employer provided work clothing & laundry service, free parking, a boot allowance, and an annual ORCA transit card. 

Following a conditional offer of employment, prospective employees may be tested for the presence of drugs as part of the pre-employment drug screening.

Union Affiliation

These positions are represented by the Teamsters Local 763, membership options will be available to you upon employment.


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