ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Supervises and trains locators to perform responsible field and technical work locating underground water, sewer and stormwater utilities owned by the City. Uses the best information available and location equipment provided to perform work following the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and any other applicable laws and/or policies.
Efficiently and effectively uses City provided tools and equipment to locate water distribution systems, sanitary and storm sewer collection systems infrastructure, to minimize accidental damage or disruption of service due to construction excavation activities. Makes field sketch map corrections/updates and renders them to the supervisor for mapping and other documentation purposes. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of codes, plans, specification standards, and regulatory requirements. Reviews and interprets water and sewer maps and plans to assist City crews and/or contractors with required utility repairs or new construction work. Performs other utility repairs, maintenance, and construction support work as directed. Operates a City vehicle to travel to various locations throughout the City’s utility service area to perform work. Ensures assigned Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and other pipe locating equipment is routinely maintained, cared for and used properly. Prepares various clear and concise written reports and forms including daily timesheets, work completed documents, etc. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive listing of essential job functions; the performance of other essential functions may be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Considerable knowledge of water and sewer system construction methods and practices. Knowledge of codes, standards and regulatory requirements pertaining to water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Ability to gain knowledge of the existing City water, sewer, and stormwater system. Ability to read and interpret utility maps. Knowledge of basic computer software, use, and applications. Knowledge of the general layout of the City’s utility systems, including; water, wastewater, and stormwater. Ability to read and interpret plans, drawings, and utility maps. Skill and ability to properly maintain, care for and use GPR and other pipe locating equipment. Ability to prepare and maintain work-related records and reports. Ability to communicate and work effectively with fellow employees, contractors, and the general public. Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to maintain a high volume of work output with minimal supervision. Ability to manually access utility appurtenances such as valve boxes, water meters, and wastewater manhole lids. Physical strength and agility to sufficiently perform strenuous laboring tasks under varying environmental conditions. Ability to work in heavy and hazardous traffic conditions utilizing safety devices. Ability to communicate vital information via telephone or two-way radio. Ability to maintain safe operation of a motor vehicle and safety-related equipment. Must be available for work outside of regular work hours to respond to emergency situations involving the construction, maintenance, and repair of water and sewer lines.
MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma. Five years of experience in the construction and/or operation and maintenance of water and sewer systems. Must possess a valid Class III Water Distribution license and a
minimum certification of Asbestos Abatement Worker or obtain both certifications within six months from the date of employment. An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have a valid State of Florida Class B CDL with air breaks and tanker endorsement as this position is required to be on-call for emergencies. And a good driving record as determined by the City of Winter Haven. Absence of non-prescribed controlled substances in the applicant’s system as verified by a laboratory approved by the City of Winter Haven.
NOTE: A City of Winter Haven Application Must be Completed and Submitted to Human Resources.
PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Must have the physical strength and agility to sufficiently perform strenuous laboring tasks under varying environmental conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.