Seasonal Public Utility Woker I/II
City of Gresham, OR - Gresham, OR

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The City of Gresham is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to work as seasonal Public Utility Workers (PUW’s) in one of the five Divisions of the Department of Environmental Services. There are multiple positions available and are considered temporary assignments for three to six months in duration. Assignments may start as early as January and as late as August 2013. There are no benefits associated with the positions.
This posting is open and continuous. Applicants will be invited to interview as positions become available.

As a PUW, you will be responsible for performing regular and recurring installation, maintenance, repair and testing activities on the City’s water, stormwater, sewer systems, streets or parks facilities. To accomplish this work, you will be required to operate a variety of hand and power-operated tools and equipment, such as shovels, picks, hand and riding mowers, tapping machine, power hacksaw, drills, welders, jackhammers, compressors and portable concrete saws.

In addition, for some work tasks, you will operate a variety of heavy equipment including backhoes, loaders, dump trucks, pavers, rollers and tractors. Work is performed both independently and as part of a crew; primarily outside in varying and extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time. There may be exposure to loud noises, sewer systems, hot tar and asphalt, gasses, fumes, paint chemicals and pesticides, and some risk of physical hazard from mechanical and electrical equipment.

Knowledge of:
Basic maintenance and repair methods and procedures used in assigned area.
Safety practices and procedures applicable to area of assignment.
Safe and effective operating practices of light equipment used in assigned area.
Traffic systems, signs, and signals.
Electricity and electrically charged equipment and facilities.
Techniques of flagging and traffic control.
Computers and computer applications

Proper pesticide application techniques. Ability to:
Operate light equipment and power tools used in public works maintenance operations.
Work independently or as part of a crew.
Perform heavy manual work under confined and uncomfortable conditions.
Perform routine arithmetic calculations.
Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Communicate effectively and courteously with City employees and the public.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Respond to emergencies on a 24 hour basis.Ability to work in environments requiring the use of a respirator.
Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must be a high school graduate or have passed the GED test of equivalency.
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Must possess a good driving record (based on our driving matrix)
Must have no previous DOT drug testing violations.
Must understand instructions in English, both orally and in writing.
Must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the hire. Must possess the physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Physical effort is needed to perform heavy manual labor. The ability to lift objects and equipment ranging from 25 to 100+ pounds is a requirement. You must be able to bend, lift, dig, squat (often in confined spaces and at times for extended periods) and stand for extended periods. You must also be able to read and follow maps, keep written records, learn basic computer applications and communicate effectively with co-workers and the City’s customers, with whom you will interact frequently, by phone and/or in-person.

PUW II's are selected based on the Division's needs. To qualify you must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) at the time of hire. If the need exists for additional staff to perform driving duties of CDL-necessary vehicles and/or equipment, a PUW I who obtains their CDL during their season may be upgraded to a PUW II with the requisite increase in pay.

You will be disqualified from this process if you possess any of the following driving infractions:
A major traffic offense or accident that results in death or major injury.
Driving under the influence (DUI) offense within the last 5 years.
Have more than 3 moving violations within a 3-year period or more than 2 within a one-year period.
Have more than 2 accidents within a 3-year period.

Selection Process:
To Apply: Click "Apply" at the top of this posting.

A review of application materials, minimum qualifications and experience will determine those applicants to be invited to an interview. This recruitment will be used to fill only seasonal positions needed to complete heavy workloads. Due to the volume of applications we anticipate receiving, we will be communicating with all applicants through email.

DRIVING RECORD: All Public Utility Workers may be required to drive a city vehicle and must demonstrate good driving skills and responsibilities. If contacted for an interview, it is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain a certified-copy of their driving record from the DMV for a minimum of the last five years and bring that record with them on the date of their interview. We will not consider any applicant who does not submit a driving record. If you are a CDL holder, you will need to supply your personal and employment driving records for the last five years.

If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, please provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2729, upon submitting the required documents.

The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law.Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran’s preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Applicants who are extended a contingent job offer must successful complete a drug screen, physical exam, and background check before a start date is established.

Please direct any questions about this posting or selection process to 503-618-2729 or .

For assistance with the online application please contact NEOGOV directly at 1-877-204-4442.