City of Astoria
  • 02-Sep-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Public Works
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 73,599-89,460 Annually
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, PERS, FSA, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


The City of Astoria Public Works Operations is divided into six divisions. The Shop and Yard Division is responsible for the overall administration of operations, daily reports, meter records, purchasing and receiving of all parts and equipment for fleet maintenance and infrastructure for approximately 400 pieces of City owned equipment and vehicles in addition to operation and maintenance of the fueling facility for City equipment. The Sewer Division operates and maintains the collection and treatment facilities of sanitary sewer. There are over 68 miles of pipe, more than 1,600 manholes, 2 major pump stations, 3 lift stations and several smaller pump stations that convey combined sewer to the Wastewater Treatment Facility. At the Wastewater Treatment Facility, the sewage is then aerated, chlorinated, dechlorinated and discharged to the Columbia River in accordance to State regulations. The Water Division operates and maintains a 3,700 acre watershed, slow sand filter treatment facility, 12 mile transmission water line, 2 covered reservoirs, 4002 water meters, 443 fire hydrants and over 80 miles of water line from 1" to 18" in addition to managing the backflow program for over 600 backflow devices. The Streets Division handles street sweeping, pothole patching, roadside mowing, crosswalk and directional arrow delineation, street sign maintenance, snow plow/sanding and de-icing of streets. The Sanitation Division monitors the former landfill site. The Storm Water Division operates and maintains all catch basins, inlets and facilities that convey and store storm water.


This position is responsible for planning, scheduling, assigning and supervising the internal operations of public works maintenance, utilities and equipment services to assure compliance with division goals and standards.



  • Converts general Public Works goals and objectives into specific work programs.
  • Lays out, establishes priorities and schedules internal activities for personnel managing water source, water treatment, wastewater treatment, shop & yard and stores operations of Public Works.
  • Prepares division budget for inclusion in the overall Public Works budget and monitors costs; maintains project and work order costing information on capital outlay, personnel, equipment and materials. Receives budget input from Public Works Field Operations Manager.
  • Prepares technical specifications for equipment and materials and ensures appropriate supplies for work programs.
  • Investigates and responds to inquiries and complaints from the public in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Serves on city wide safety committee or delegates such; implements specific safety programs, training and practices within Public Works and monitors enforcement of such.
  • Provides leadership to the internal operations team to aid staff in accomplishing the goals of the department.
  • Ensures orientation and training of new employees, establishes work and vacation schedules.
  • Prepares or reviews performance evaluations on all assigned personnel, and follows up on performance concerns.
  • Effectively recommends hiring, promotion, discipline, termination and other personnel actions affecting employees supervised.
  • Establishes and maintains behavior and appearance standards for employees in order to present a positive image to customers.
  • Represents the division in City and inter-jurisdictional meetings.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers/public, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Respectfully takes direction from the supervisor.
  • Follows all safety rules and procedures established for various work areas.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and guidelines as described in the City of Astoria Personnel Manual and other documentation related to this position.


  • Thorough knowledge of State and Federal regulations, laws and requirements for the operation of potable water systems, wastewater systems and wastewater treatment systems; of the methods, material and equipment used in the construction, operation and maintenance of streets, water, stormwater and wastewater collection systems. Considerable knowledge of hydraulics, mechanics and electricity and public works safety procedures; and the principles of supervision and personnel practices.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws codes, and regulations pertaining to municipal governments (i.e., OSHA, FHWA, ODOT, EPA, DEQ, OHA, FEMA, etc.)


  • Language - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Mathematics - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Computer - Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software.
  • Reasoning Ability - Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Directly supervises Wastewater Treatment Supervisor, Water Quality Supervisor, Water Source Operator, Equipment Maintenance Supervisor, Stores Supervisor and Administrative Assistant. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Works closely with the Public Works Field Operations Manager to accomplish the goals of the department.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Five years of progressively responsible public works/construction experience including supervisory responsibilities; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above described duties.
  • Possession of a Water Treatment l, or Water Distribution II and a Wastewater Treatment I or Wastewater Collection II certification within three years of hire.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License; safe driving record.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver's license at CDL level and minimum Class A with air brakes hazmat and tanker endorsements; safe driving record.
  • City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021 (medical or religious exceptions may apply).



  • Ability to be the backup Direct Responsible Charge (DRC) of the Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Collections, Water Distribution and Water Treatment systems. DRC as defined by Oregon Administrative Rules means an individual designated by the City of Astoria to make decisions regarding the daily operational activities of a public water system, water treatment facility or distribution system that will directly impact the quality or quantity of drinking water.
  • Possession of Wastewater Treatment II, Wastewater Collections IV, Water Distribution II, and Water Treatment l.
  • Possession of an Oregon Cross Connection Specialist Certification
  • Public Pesticide Applicator License



  • Subject to 24-hour call out, 7 days a week in emergencies by radio, phone and/or in-person.
  • Must be able to use a respirator as determined by a professionally licensed health care professional (PLHCP) while performing various work tasks;
  • Must live within 30 lawful driving minutes of City limits.
  • Must have reliable phone service.


Work is divided between office and field but is primarily performed in an office setting. It does require working in all types of weather conditions. The position requires walking on uneven terrain and crawling in confined areas. Work is subject to multiple, changing priorities and periodic emergency situations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel; talk or hear; and sit. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials up to 50 pounds.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of the background check process.

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