• Kitsap County
  • Poulsbo, Washington
  • Apr 11, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works
  • Salary: $49,732.80 - $70,262.40 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County Public WorksDepartmentmakes ourcommunities better and safer places to live, work, and play.

The Public Works Department is currently seeking a seasoned Equipment Operator/Mechanic that has experience working with equipment associated with a wastewater treatment plant and sewage pump stations!

Position Overview
Under the direction of the assigned supervisor the incumbent assists in the operation, maintenance, repair and/or replacement of assigned mechanical equipment and interior and exterior upkeep of facilities associated with wastewater treatment plants and sewage pump stations. A main function of this position is hauling and delivering wastewater sludge and biosolids within Washington State.


Required Education and Experience
  • Threeyears of work experience as a maintenance mechanic in a wastewater treatment plant, water treatment plantor related field; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications:
  • Experience safely driving and operating vehicles which require a CDL and operating heavy equipment.
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
  • CDL Driver: Operating County owned vehicles and CDL vehicles. Successful candidate must [have a current or obtain within 12 months of employment] a Washington Class Aendorsement N air brake restriction removed.
Prior to CDL Assignment:
  • CDL drivers must submit a driving abstract and a current medical card.
  • CDL Drivers in accordance with federal regulations and Kitsap County Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures for CDL Drivers, no employee will be allowed to operate CDL vehicles or equipment in this position for Kitsap County until he/she has successfully passed a breath alcohol test and urine drug screening; and enter into a random DOT regulated drug and alcohol testing process.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:
Required Licenses, Certificates, Training, and Other Requirements
Please note:
The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications, and other requirements.
Prior to employment the successful candidate must:
  • Pass a criminal background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Pass a medical/physical evaluation, including audio metric and respirator testing (in accordance with WAC 296-842-150 and WAC 296-817-400).
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Provide references that demonstrate reliability, a good attendance record and a positive work ethic/attitude.
At time of appointment the successful candidate must:
(Evidence of ability to obtain these by appointment may be required at any time in the selection process.)
  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
Within one year of employment, must obtain (and maintain during employment) the following licenses and certifications:
  • Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR certification
  • Washington State Traffic Flagging Certification
  • Possess a valid Washington State Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of related equipment with Endorsement N and air brake restriction removed.
    • Per the agreement with Kitsap County, selected employee and the appropriate bargaining unit, Kitsap County will fund the costs of tuition and certain educational expenses (tuition payments) and advance the costs of CDL Licensing fees. The employee may be required for reimbursement under circumstances outlined in the agreement.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • Proper crane rigging.
  • Standard methods and proper use of tools and materials used in mechanical trades.
  • Water or wastewater treatment process and sewage conveyance systems.
  • Occupational hazards and safety requirements/precautions of mechanical and automotive maintenance.
  • Air tools
  • Hydraulic tools
  • Water or wastewater treatment process and sewage conveyance systems.
  • Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint)
  • Basic computer and/or device network connection procedures
  • Safe working practices and procedures.
Skills and/or Ability to:
  • Carpentry and painting.
  • Installing and repairing sheetrock.
  • Installing and repairing siding.
  • Repair and maintain equipment, vehicles, and tools.
  • Read, understand and follow technical procedures and instructions
  • Operate industrial commercial equipment and vehicles.
  • Troubleshoot and repair a variety of mechanical equipment associated with wastewater treatment, sewage pump stations, and lift stations.
  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy with other employees and the general public.
  • Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Work over 40 hours in a workweek as required.
  • Physically perform the physical activities/essential functions of the position.
  • Report for duty on time and remain at work until the end of their scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared as an "Essential Employee" under the Public Works Inclement Weather/Emergency Response policy.
  • Respond as required when on stand-by duty. (Note: This position is subject to 24 hour standby duty.)

Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
  • Work performed primarily in the field maintaining pump stations in road rights of way, in the maintenance yard arranging material stockpiles and equipment, and in treatment plant environments with exposure to raw sewage, processed wastewater, chemicals and high noise.
  • Position requires traversing rough, undeveloped terrain or construction sites, and standing and balancing for extended periods of time when flagging traffic. Operate heavy equipment (controlled with using both hands and feet simultaneously), various standup mowers and drive a variety of CDL vehicle.
  • Frequent climbing in and out of equipment and vehicles. Sitting for long periods of time when operating vehicles or equipment. Bending, stooping, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), walking, climbing (ladders/stairs), standing, balancing, adequate vision to operate power equipment, and establish traffic control. Handling and grasping items such as; documents, materials, hand tools, debris. Ability to climb up to four flights of stairs multiple times per work day.
  • Adequate vision sufficient to view gauges and traffic and other signals, to operate equipment, inspect roads/sewage/storm drainage lines, etc., and read instructions and plans.
  • Hearing sufficient to respond to audible alarms, sirens, radio and telephone.
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately when conveying or receiving information or instruction. Must possess the physical strength, agility and coordination required to operate heavy equipment such as but not limited to: backhoes, pavers, dozers and graders.
  • Exertion of force of up to 50 lbs. regularly and/or up to 35 pounds frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds continually to lift/carry/push/pull/move objects and to operate a variety of power equipment/tools, hoists, lifts, and vehicles.
  • Working out of doors for extended periods of time under unfavorable inclement weather conditions (i.e. heat, cold, rain, wind, snow). Working around various hazards associated with vehicle traffic, vegetation, around construction equipment and while operating hand and power tools including occasional exposure to associated machinery vibration, chemicals, noxious fumes, pollen, grasses, vapors, and dust. Frequent operation of heavy equipment and large trucks in areas of high traffic and confined spaces.
  • Perform manual labor under uncomfortable or adverse conditions.
  • Properly wear a breathing apparatus when working in confined spaces.
  • Subject to call-out during non-working hours.

Incumbents may be:
  • Exposed to other physical hazards out in the field.


Essential Job Functions :
  • Performs landscaping, grounds and building maintenance on all wastewater treatment plants and sewage pump or lift stations: pressure washing, landscaping projects, mow, control weeds, trim and remove trees and shrubs.
  • Perform facility repair and replacement at all wastewater treatment plants and sewage pump or lift stations on: HVAC systems, doors, locks, sheetrock, building siding, concrete and concrete block structures, gutters and drainage, sheet metal and roofs, fences and gates.
  • Prepare, sand blast, needle gun, rebuild and paint mechanical equipment and buildings.
  • Install and maintain sprinkler systems and biofilters.
  • Utilize Remote Alarm Management Computer Systems to: Identify pump stations alarm condition, Acknowledge pump station alarms, Communicate when personnel are on site at a pump station.
  • Performs operational checks and routine maintenance of: pumps, a variety of valves and gear mechanisms, motors, generators, blowers, boilers, and other equipment associated with wastewater treatment process and pumping systems including odor control, grit/solids removal, aeration, solids thickening and dewatering, gas scrubbers, ultra violet and chlorine disinfection system, and anaerobic digestion.
  • Monitor and record data from meters, gauges, level indicators, and alarms associated with wastewater treatment process and sewage pump/lift station operations for: flow volume and levels, system pressures, fuel, lubrication, hazardous gases, and interruption to operations.
  • Performs routine maintenance on: lawn mowers, weed eaters, generators, pumps and motors, pressure washing and painting equipment, other gasoline, propane, or diesel powered equipment
  • Perform general maintenance on tools and smaller equipment.
  • Pump and maintain septic tanks.
  • Pre-trip trucks for tire pressure, brakes, fluid levels, belts, lights and winterize vehicles.
  • Maintain coating systems on mechanical equipment.
  • Refueling gas, propane, and diesel equipment.
  • Operate a variety of small and large equipment: hydraulic/electric crane truck, dump truck, tandem axle and semi trucks, end dump trailers, front-end loader, fork lift, bucket truck, chipper, trencher, shop trucks, portable generators, portable pumps, lawn mowers, weed eaters and hand/power tools, pressure washing and painting apparatus.
  • Transport and handle hazardous material to various location within the state: diesel fuel, sodium hypochlorite, polymer, wastewater sludge and slurry, and biosolids for land application.
  • Use manual and computer based preventative maintenance programs to: clearly document routine maintenance checks, generate work orders for repairs, help prioritize work and improve efficiencies, help troubleshoot mechanical irregularities.
  • Performing tasks of the lower classifications.
  • Keep work area clean. Promote good safety practices and procedures and public relations practices.
  • After training, may provide limited supervision when placed in a lead position of a shift or crew.
Other Job Duties:
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Public Works employees are considered 'essential employees' and are expected to report to duty on time and remain at work until the end of the scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared.
  • Covered under a collective bargaining agreement with 589 Utilities. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This posting may be used to fill future openings.

Closing Date/Time: 4/27/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Address

Poulsbo, Washington United States View Map