Maintenance Worker 1 - Wastewater Division
City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Performs a wide variety of entry-level building maintenance and ground maintenance including: mowing both rough and finished lawn; horticulture, weed control, and tree pruning; construction, small and medium-sized equipment operation, and may train on some heavy construction equipment; tank cleaning and industrial painting as related to the regional wastewater treatment facilities; works at various Wastewater Division locations independently and within a team setting. This position requires working in confined spaces and coming in contact with raw sewage on a frequent basis.
Work Schedule:
40 hours/week; Monday - Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm, however , hours may vary by season and are subject to change . You must maintain an active telephone number and be available and accessible for emergency call-outs as required.

Employees in these entry-level Maintenance Worker 1 positions are assigned to a specific public works maintenance crew and are required to participate in a two-year training program. During this 2-year period, employees will be given a variety of tasks to complete as outlined in the training program for the Wastewater Division Facilities Maintenance Work Section. After two years and once all basic proficiency levels in each skill area have been successfully completed, an employee’s position will be eligible to flex to the semi-skilled/skilled Maintenance Worker 2 level.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Operates light and medium-sized construction equipment such as small tractor loaders, 10-yard dump trucks, Backhoe, aerial lifts, concrete saw, portable pumps, and other equipment as assigned.
Performs rough mowing using tractor and flail; finished mowing using large riding finish mowers.

Performs minor building maintenance duties such as: minor plumbing, wall, and door repair; painting of industrial equipment, rooms, and floors.

Performs minor concrete repair and may assist with large-scale concrete projects which include forming, pouring, and finishing.

Performs horticulture duties that include maintenance and planting of bedding areas, flowers, shrubs, bulbs, roses, and trees.

Performs plant selection, design, and pruning of shrubs and trees.

Performs irrigation repair to facilities irrigation systems.

Performs weed and pest control using various types of herbicides and pesticides.

Completes various reports documenting herbicide and pesticide use.

Works in and around raw sewage and performs work in various types of confined spaces.

Performs various tank cleaning throughout the wastewater facilities that includes grit chambers, primary and secondary clarifiers, and contact chambers.

Performs a variety of entry level, and frequent heavy, manual maintenance activities throughout the Wastewater Division.

Performs minor carpentry and other related tasks.

Performs general maintenance of construction equipment, hand, and power tools; identifies needed repairs and preventive maintenance of vehicles and large equipment.

Maintains daily work records as required.

May train a diverse range of coworkers and seasonal employees in use, care, and safety procedures of equipment.

Performs work outside in varying and extreme weather conditions while exposed to a variety of hazards; regularly lifts objects and equipment.

May require shift and/or weekend work.

Supports and respects diversity in the workplace.

Performs other related work as assigned.


Knowledge of:
Types and uses of tools and equipment used in maintenance repair, construction, and landscaping.

Horticulture applications and maintenance.
Irrigation repair and maintenance.

Turf care and maintenance.

Building maintenance.

Confined space entry safety procedures.

Safe work practices, and ability to identify hazards, especially related to working with sewage.

Environmentally responsible methods and practices of hazardous waste disposal.

Preventive maintenance practices.

Ability to:
Perform construction and maintenance duties requiring repairs to buildings, structures and landscape.

Maintain various types of native and non-native plants and shrubs.

Operate various types of landscape and mowing equipment.

Maintain an active telephone number in order to be available for, and respond to, emergency call-backs as necessary.

Wear approved respirators for protection from exposure to a variety of hazardous substances.

Provide and wear personal protective equipment as required, including foot wear meeting OSHA and City requirements.

Follow verbal and written instructions and keep accurate work records.

Operate assigned equipment and specialized hand and power tools.

Perform strenuous physical work outdoors in varying weather conditions and frequently in confined spaces and uncomfortable conditions, including heavy lifting and direct contact with raw sewage.

Perform manual construction and maintenance duties requiring specific skills in assigned area.
Learn new tasks and equipment operations as required.

Work independently and as part of a crew.

Respond with sensitivity and with awareness to people of various cultural backgrounds, languages, and needs.

Identify safety hazards.

Assign, direct, train, and review a diverse range of work leading seasonal employees.
Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public; establish effective working relationships.

Use computers for reports, documentation, and communications.


Minimum Requirements
One year of experience in public works maintenance, construction, or repair work.

License or Certificate
A valid Oregon driver’s license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Ability to obtain an Oregon Class A Commercial Driver's License within one year of hire date.

Flagger certification or the ability to obtain within six months of hire.

Public Pesticide Applicators License or the ability to obtain within six months of hire date.

Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions:
Mostly outdoors in field environment with exposure to all typical weather conditions, including travel from site to site. Exposure to sharp objects, burns from hot materials, pinch points, moving objects/vehicles in right of way, dust/noise/vibration, working at heights, biological hazards from sewers, grease/smoke/ material fumes/gasses, cramped quarters, inclement weather conditions, slippery surfaces, electrical shock, toxic/caustic chemicals and animal/insect bites. Uses city vehicles, forklift, hoist/aerial lifts, ladders, variety of hand/power tools, jackhammer, measuring and testing equipment, variety of specialized trucks/equipment associated with the construction and maintenance trades. Safety equipment used includes hard hat, safety glasses/goggles, steel-toed safety shoes, hearing protection, gloves, dust mask, respirator, SCBA as required, rubber boots, seat belts and other PPE as required. Assignments include working in confined spaces with exposure to raw sewage.
Selection Process
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.


The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.
The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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