City of Astoria
  • 08-Sep-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Public Works
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 24.73-30.06
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, PERS Retirement, 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 a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant, lagoon and wastewater collection facilities. An employee in this position is responsible for the routine monitoring of sewage treatment facilities and the taking, recording and analysis of samples and readings. This employee also monitors and maintains the wastewater pump stations and related facilities.


  • Collects samples of wastewater for analysis.
  • Maintains records of wastewater flow and treatment plant and pump station operation and maintenance activities.
  • Inspects and reviews wastewater treatment plant operations, including equipment operation, wastewater processing, and state of wastewater upon plant entry and after treatment.
  • Determines action to be taken to ensure that effluent released meets legal requirements governing purity.
  • Prepares reports on operations to meet City, state and federal requirements.
  • Performs miscellaneous repairs to pumps and other plant equipment.
  • Enters data into computerized database.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance of the treatment plant operation with applicable regulations and permit requirements.
  • Monitors landfill leachate and storm water, combined sewer outfalls, and other projects delegated to the wastewater personnel and ensures compliance with regulations.
  • Assists in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical, electrical and electronic facilities that compose the wastewater treatment plant and pumping stations.
  • Maintains the physical security and cleanliness of treatment plant facilities and grounds
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers/public and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • 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.


  • Some knowledge of maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Some knowledge of all basic aspects of wastewater treatment and collection systems operations and maintenance including mathematics, chemistry, biology, word processing and database/spreadsheet entry; safety precautions related to wastewater treatment chemicals and hazards, and confined space entry.


  • Understand and carry out oral and written instruction
  • Keep accurate records of treatment plant operations; work without direct supervision to complete a task
  • Recognize and communicate problems in the operations of the wastewater facilities;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other employees and a polite and courteous manner with citizens;
  • Acquire knowledge through schools and trade journals on the various aspects of wastewater treatment and collection;
  • Maintain mandatory wastewater treatment and wastewater collection system certifications.
  • Use of laboratory equipment, grounds keeping equipment, hand and power tools, computer and electronic equipment.


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.

  1. Must have at least one year of experience in the following areas: wastewater laboratory, operating and maintaining pump stations, and maintaining a wastewater treatment plant.
  2. College level coursework in biology and chemistry desirable or any equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above described duties.
  3. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid commercial driver's license and minimum Class B with air brakes endorsement required within six months of hire; safe driving record.
  4. Possession of certifications of Oregon Wastewater Treatment Level I and Oregon Collection Systems Level II with ability to obtain Level II and Level III respectively within one (1) year of hire.
  5. Possession of or ability to obtain a Oregon Department of Agriculture Public Pesticide Applicator with Right of Way license within one (1) year of hire.
  6. Possession of or ability to obtain a CPR and First Aid cards.
  7. City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021 (medical or religious exceptions may apply).



  • 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.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions and indoors under conditions that require attention to hazardous situations and substances. The employee must be able to occasionally perform heavy physical labor, lift up to 70 pounds, walk on uneven surfaces, work in confined spaces, climb ladders, be able to inspect and perform work in positions such as standing, bending, squatting, and sitting; able to utilize the senses of sight, hearing, and touch to recognize and to accurately evaluate equipment and process conditions. In the performance of job duties, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; walk; use hands to hold, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; bend; twist; reach with hands and arms. Must be able to sit and work with a computer for extended periods of time.


  • Eligible for overtime pay
  • $300 per week for on-call assignment
  • $300 annual protective clothing allowance (such as rain gear, gloves, hip or knee boots, overalls, and all OSHA required
  • Aquatic Center Pass
  • Stability Pay
  • Assistance with eligible moving expenses (taxable benefit)

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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

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