Position Available

Utility Worker – Lead

Kenmore, WA

Salary/Pay Rate

$6,803.00 - $9,112.00 per month

Depending upon qualifications

Job Type

Regular Full-Time

Job Posted

2 months ago


Open until Filled


Position – Open until filled.

Job Description

Works under general supervision to lead a work crew in carrying out various programs to maintain and operate all components of the District’s water distribution and sewage collection systems. An incumbent is expected to have advanced journeyman level of operating, diagnostic, and leadership skills for all aspects of position class summary and is proficient in the use of resources to maximize efficiency. Responds to non-routine inquiries and system emergencies. Assists with planning and prioritization. Responsible for job site safety; provides technical advice; and coordinates to work effectively with others to achieve planned objectives.

Essential Duties

Performs/constructs/maintains/repairs the following:

  • Electrical control systems (telemetry)
  • Meters: reading, installations, and customer inquiry response
  • Fire hydrants
  • Water and sewer pump stations
  • Control valves
  • Cross-connection control
  • FOG program
  • Inflow and infiltration program (smoke and dye testing)
  • Water quality program – sampling and flushing
  • Water service and water main installations
  • Manhole and valve program
  • Water and sewer mainline cleaning
  • Video pipeline inspections
  • Determines the required equipment, materials and the work crew with the necessary skills based on the work order. Assembles the same and assesses the conditions of work sites for proper layout/approach of safe & efficient work.
  • Organizes and directs the on-site activities of work crews; trains and assigns specific tasks to crew members.
  • Performs maintenance; replaces major and minor installations as a member of the work crew; operates jetting and vacuuming truck, dump truck, loader, trailers, backhoes, power and hand tools and other construction equipment.
  • Oversees the layout of barricades, warning signs and other public safety devices; checks for hazardous conditions; observes/instructs workers on safety practices and determines if contractors are meeting state safety standards.
  • Inspects the work of assigned staff for adherence to standards and instructions; plans/executes corrective actions as needed; makes recommendations to supervisors on personnel actions (performance appraisals, etc.)
  • Works with developers/contractors to coordinate installations of water/sewer facilities; responds to on-site inquiries and confers with property owners and contractors regarding work.
  • Reports suspected or noticeable safety problems to the superiors; requests oiling/greasing, and other routine maintenance and repairs as needed; recommends the purchase of equipment.
  • Prepares incident/accident reports, and work orders, logs daily work activities.
  • Works effectively with customers to obtain favorable outcomes.
  • Practices safety in traffic control and work practices.
  • As-built preparation.
  • Emergency response and repairs.
  • Responds to unusual customer service calls.
  • Stand-by and/or other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • In-depth understanding of all aspects of the position class summary.
  • Proficient in planning for equipment, material and personnel needs.
  • Ability to coach, train and supervise a work crew.
  • Understanding of appropriate safety rules and safe working methods.
  • Communication (fluent English, clear writing and interpersonal) skills as applied to working with co-workers, supervisor, the general public, etc.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Any equivalent combination of education and two years direct industry related experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be four years of experience as a Utility Worker-Senior and/or proven skill level and a minimum of 20 hours leadership training.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of leadership training during first year of employment.

Licensing Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License;
  • Washington State Commercial Driver’s License – Class A with Tanker endorsement
  • WDM-II – Water Distribution Manager – Washington State
  • WWC-II – Waste Water Collections Certification – Non-State
  • Cross-connection Control Specialist Certification – to be obtained within one year in this position
  • Complete FEMA ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 training within one year in this position.

Other Requirements:

Reliable and regular attendance, and the ability to work harmoniously with other employees. Candidates residing within a 30 mile radius of the District head quarters are preferred.

Working Conditions: 

Most work is performed outdoors exposed to traffic hazards and may be at high elevations or deep in underground vaults. Nights and odd hours in response to emergencies is required. This position typically requires fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, bending, crawling, lifting, pushing and pulling and repetitive motions. Lifting in excess of 90 pounds of weight to move and operate necessary tools and equipment.


Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm


  • 457 Deferred Compensation
  • 457 Employer Match Deferred Compensation
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • State Pension Plan (PERS)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

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