Public Works Field Supervisor

(Water Distribution Field Supervisor)
Recruitment #13-0626-01

Opening Date:1/22/2013 12:00:00 PM
Closing Date:2/22/2013 11:58:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:$4,442.53 - $5,690.53/month + benefits
Employment Type: Full Time Career
Department:Public Works
Bargaining Unit:Unrepresented Management

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This is responsible first-level supervisory work in the daily management of the installation, maintenance, and repair of public works facilities, systems, and related operations.

Work involves responsibility for planning, directing, coordinating, and participating in the work of a number of semi-skilled, skilled, and/or technical personnel, working as crews or individually, water distribution systems asset inventory, database management, mapping, maintenance and operations. Work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed through progress reports and results obtained. This is a full supervisory classification.

This classification is distinguished from the Superintendent and Public Works Services Supervisor classifications byabsence of overall authority and administration of long-term objectives for a division within Public Works, and the focus on a section of service(s) and its daily management. This classification is distinguished from the Project Leader classification by the full supervisory authority over subordinates, budget authority, and less direct involvement in planning long-term services.


The listed job functions are illustrative of the classification level and not intended to list all duties typically assigned to this classification. Employees may do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties.

Plans, organizes, schedules, inspects, and participates in the work of subordinates. Resolves operational or condition problems as they occur, determining methods to complete projects within standards and safety considerations. Facilitates the acquisition of materials, tools, and equipment as need arises. Notifies other City Departments and agencies of difficulties found in performing assignments.

Prepares a variety of reports in water asset inventory and utility asset conditions, Maintains and updates water asset inventory utilizing Hansen database. Prepares transition of assets into GIS. Validates water system maps, and as built design plans. Performs research and makes recommendations for water system improvements and development projects. Researches water asset maintenance history. Actively participates in water system improvements and development planning. Responsible for water system valves and hydrants survey and maintenance programs.

Informs citizens of the status of maintenance activities, schedules, and the impact of maintenance projects on neighborhood activities. Responds to citizen inquiries concerning service problems, identifies whether the City is the source of the problem, and advises citizens of recourse to resolve the concerns. Provides technical expertise concerning area of assignment as needed.

Determines equipment and material needs and assures their availability by monthly scheduling and planning. Maintains crew and operating records; prepares a variety of reports. Researches maintenance history. Works directly with the public, citizen groups, other agencies, or City Departments in providing maintenance services and responding to inquiries. Coordinates work activities with other City Departments and contractors. Work often involves the design and implementation of special projects assigned which may include volunteers, correctional personnel, and other special program employees.

Evaluates work performance, determines training needs, and implements necessary training programs. Approves leave, appraises performance, sets work standards, interviews and hires employees, and disciplines employees. Responds to grievances with labor unions. Evaluates new equipment, procedures, and policies as they impact work assignment areas. Communicates changes in programs, procedures, or focus with subordinates. Assures safe working conditions, including public safety and proper handling of equipment in work areas. Utilizes technical knowledge to solve maintenance, repair, or construction problems.

Anticipates maintenance needs, estimates personnel and supplies required to complete maintenance projects, submits preliminary budget for service section(s) assigned, monitors daily and monthly expenses for section; and approves large purchases of supplies by subordinates. Designs and implements contracts for a variety of services and repairs, monitors contractors for compliance, and determines when work is performed to City contract standards.

Performs other related work as required.


Experience of a progressively responsible nature in the maintenance, repair, or installation of work involving water system maintenance, operations and improvements; completion of high school and completion oftwo-year Associate's college degree in engineering, business management, maintenance management, and some supervisory training; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the class.

Possession of a valid State of Oregon Water Distribution Grade II or higher certification.


Considerable knowledge of the methods, equipment, materials, tools, and practices used in completing work of program area.

Considerable knowledge of supervisory techniques and ability to effectively utilize that knowledge.

Considerable knowledge of Hansen Information database management and GIS application programs.

Knowledge of design and construction standards, water industry standards, and applicable rules and regulations.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions related to work such as OSHA construction, excavation, and confined space rules and regulations.

Knowledge of maintenance management, building maintenance, and construction techniques and standards.

Skill in the use of modern office equipment, including personal computers and related software systems, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database systems.

Considerable ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including composing preliminary budgets, purchase justifications, contracts for services, andreports.

Considerable ability to estimate time, material, and equipment needed to complete work assignments.

Considerable ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to learn and utilize City mapping standards and requirements.

Ability to draw; andread and interpret plans, specifications, and technical materials.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public.

Possession of a valid Oregon Class C driver's license or the ability to move between field locations on a daily basis efficiently, and attend meetings at other locations.

Some positions may require possession of a valid Oregon Class B or Chauffeur's license and the ability to meet City driving standards.

Some positions may require possession of a valid Oregon Pesticide Applicator's License in Right of Way and Ornamental Herbicides, Insecticides, and Fungicides; a valid Water Distribution Certification, Cross Connection Certification, Low voltage or maintenance electrical licenses, or other occupational related licenses or certifications mandated by State or Federal agencies.


Work involves both field and office work. Office work involves system maps and document review, analysis, research,work scheduling, preparing purchasing documents, dealing with constantly changing priorities and interruptions, considerable telephone contact, and the ability to compile information from a variety of sources and draw conclusions. Field work involves active physical participation in construction projects, andtraveling over areas to determine conditions and appropriate methods to meet maintenance or operational needs. Assists citizen groups in public improvement and maintenance projects by providing tools, supplies, and operating equipment as needed, or answering questions related to project schedule andobjectives, orresolving complaints.


Candidate's whose work experience and answers to the questions most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to interviews. Application materials will evaluate candidate's management and leadership experience, water distribution experience, system operation experience, planning and project review, budgeting, and Information Management System and report writing experience.


TO APPLY: Please complete the on-line Application and submit electronically by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request. TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.

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