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  • August 18, 2020

Public Works Operator 


PRIMARY DUTY: Under supervision performs basic labor tasks in support of the installation, repair and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection facilities, streets, grounds keeping, equipment and infrastructure for the City of Palmer.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION:  Heavy work.  Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Must be capable of performing in confined space and/or on uneven low traction surfaces.


THE CONDITIONS THE WORKER WILL BE SUBJECT TO IN THIS POSITION: The work is performed primarily within outside environmental conditions. Applicant is subject to environmental conditions common to this region.  Activities occur primarily outside with temperatures that may be below 32 degrees or above 100 degrees. Duties may require exposure to hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, and exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals. Weekends are in rotation and on call emergency response as needed is mandatory.


This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.  City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the Public Works Director.


Applicant will possess or obtain a Water Operator License and Wastewater Operator License within 12 months of hire or in a time frame determined by the Public Works Director.  A class B CDL will be required within 6 months.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: Performs general labor work and uses basic tools, vehicles and equipment to assist in the maintenance and repair of W/WW facilities, equipment and infrastructure; follows safety precautions in all work performed; reports problems and emergency situations; performs duties within scope of authority and training; duties may vary depending on job assignment and individual skills. Supports the relationship between the City of Palmer and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interaction with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.