City of Astoria
  • 13-Jan-2023 to 07-Feb-2023 (PST)
  • Public Works
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • Utility Worker I: 21.28-25.86; Utility Worker II: 23.58-28.66; Depending on experience
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health Insurance (95% City-paid) including Medical, Vision, Dental; City/Employee paid PERS Retirement, City-paid Basic Life, LTD and AD&D; Vacation, Personal and Sick Leave Accruals; Holiday Pay; Stability Pay


The Public Works Department is the largest department within the City of Astoria. Major areas of responsibility include: Water Treatment and Distribution: Waste water Collection and Treatment; Street Maintenance; Engineering Services; Sanitation; Fleet Maintenance for all City Vehicles; Forestry Management; City Facility Maintenance; Railroad Maintenance; and Mapping with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


Utility Workers perform a variety of semiskilled and skilled tasks in the construction, maintenance and repair of public works facilities. An employee in this position is responsible for working as a member of a crew on street, water and sewer projects and may work independently on selected jobs. May provide supervision to temporary employees. The position will be hired as a Utility Worker I or II depending on the candidate's qualifications. A copy of both job descriptions are attached below under "Full Job Description".

Note: We have an upcoming opening and will be reviewing applications as they are received. We encourage you to apply right away as we may close the recruitment early to begin the interview process.


  • Cleans, maintains and repairs City streets, sidewalks and rights-of ways involving pavement patching, concrete forming/finishing, grading, brush cutting/mowing, sanding and plowing to achieve and maintain safe and quality surfaces and appearance.
  • Follows direction in lying out and painting pavement markings including curbs and parking spaces.
  • Installs, repairs and replaces street and regulatory signs as well as barricades.
  • May operate light and heavy construction equipment including dump trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, forklifts, street sweepers, vactors, tractor mowers and various power tools in safe and appropriate manner.
  • Installs, maintains and replaces water meters, fire hydrants, service lines, mains and other appurtenances.
  • Reads and updates water meter records.
  • May add predetermined quantities of purifying chemicals to City reservoirs, takes water samples and records readings/test results per instructions.
  • Lays, cleans, inspects and repairs sewer lines and laterals, drainage culverts, catch basins and inlets.
  • Performs routine maintenance on City buildings and equipment.
  • May be required to be on-call


  • Some knowledge of general construction practices/procedures and safety precautions; basic hydraulic principles such as flow, pressure and gallons per minute; electrical principles/technology;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Perform heavy manual labor in sometimes adverse weather conditions;
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other employees;
  • Maintain polite and courteous manner with citizens;
  • Ability to learn all facets of water, sewer and streets;
  • Ability to communicate verbally on phone and radio system.


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.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid commercial driver's license and minimum Class A with tank and air brakes endorsement within six months of hire; safe driving record.
  • Possession of Water Distribution I or Wastewater Collection certification within one year is required.
  • This position requires considerable knowledge of one or more of the following; (1) street system, road construction and maintenance practices, (2) water distribution system construction and maintenance practices, (3) sewer collection system, construction and maintenance practices.
  • Experience with hand tools, power tools, and the operation of light and heavy construction equipment is required.
  • Post-job offer a criminal background check and drug screen will be required.
  • City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than 8 weeks after background check completed (medical or religious exceptions may apply).


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


The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 90 pounds. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; unsanitary conditions and confined spaces; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather). The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

This position is represented by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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