Water Environment Services Assistant (Temporary)

$21.00 - $27.00 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 03, 2024
Full time Water

Job Description

Water Environment Services Assistant (Temporary)

Job ID: 107511

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, July 22, 2024.


Hourly Pay Range: $21.333323 - $27.375933

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

A temporary status or seasonal status position receives EAP benefits only. Employees will accrue one (1) hour of sick leave for every thirty (30) hours worked with a maximum accrual of eighty (80) hours per year.


We are seeking motivated individuals with a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work and strong interpersonal skills to join our team as Temporary Water Environment Services (WES) Assistants. If you are selected for this position, you will play a critical role, supporting WES's Field Operations Team with cleaning sewer and stormwater structures, inspecting assets, and performing vegetation maintenance at stormwater facilities. These positions are on a temporary basis and expected to end six months following the date of hire.

Building a resilient clean water future where all people benefit and rivers thrive is our job. We do this by providing wastewater services, stormwater management, and environmental education. Our agency is committed to building a highly skilled collaborative team that values protecting public health, environmental stewardship, responsive customer service and teamwork. We're on the search for experienced individuals who place a high value on the one water we all share.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Experience using and operating small hand tools and equipment, including hand tools, mowers, saws, and blowers

• Basic knowledge of custodial practices, grounds keeping techniques, mechanical maintenance, or sampling techniques

• Working knowledge of safety rules and practices for working in an industrial environment

• Ability to perform physical labor sometimes during adverse weather conditions

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• CPR/First Aid certification

• Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Flagging certification

• Possession of Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

• Experience operating hand tools and/or power tools, necessary to maintain and operate equipment

• Experience and/or training related to excavation safety or confined space entry

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Must pass a post-offer physical assessment; accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual bases in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. http://dochub.clackamas.us/documents/drupal/828106a0-265a-47cc-a3a6-0a2c8b028673.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Sewer main line cleaning. Assists S&S Techs to setup traffic control in the roadway. Removes manhole covers to accommodate cleaning. Assists the Technician running the high pressure cleaning equipment. Performs cleaning and maintenance of tools and equipment.

• Sewer and storm main line CCTV inspections. Assists S&S Techs to setup traffic control in the roadway. Removes manhole covers to accommodate inspections. Inserts and removes camera equipment from manholes. Performs cleaning and maintenance of tools and equipment.

• Stormwater catch basin cleaning. Assists S&S Techs to setup traffic control in the roadway. Removes covers and grates to accommodate cleaning. Assists the Technician running the combo truck to setup and insert and remove vacuum snorkels into structures. Assists the Technician with structure inspections and recording measurements. Performs cleaning and maintenance of tools and equipment.

• Vegetated facility maintenance. Assists S&S Techs with inspections of vegetated facilities. Performs trimming and removal of vegetation. Operates mowers, saws, blowers and string trimmers to maintain facilities.


Working knowledge of: Methods, tools, and practices of the mechanical and maintenance trades and equipment; basic arithmetic; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; safety rules and practices for working in an industrial environment; basic custodial practices; basic groundskeeping techniques and basic mechanical maintenance.

Skill to: Work in high or confined spaces; read and understand technical equipment manuals; understand oral and written instructions; perform physical labor in all weather conditions; learn and use safe working practices; learn and follow instructions; learn and apply safe and effective use of hand and power tools; work effectively as a team or independently; apply learned techniques, processes and procedures; perform measurements and arithmetic computations; keep accurate records and provide simple oral reports; operate computer equipment and software; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff.


Duties require physical labor, including walking, reaching, squatting, kneeling, bending, balancing, climbing, shoveling, fine motor control, and ability to lift up to 50 pounds, carry, and push/pull up to 70 pounds. Duties also involve exposure to bacteria, viruses and toxins in wastewater, chemicals, exhaust fumes and dust, loud noises, and vibration. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations, such as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas and on elevated platforms.

Incumbents may perform after-hours emergency response on a callout basis.


These positions are included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off):

• Regular hours of work will be 6:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with candidates selected for these positions at the time an offer of employment is extended.

• These positions are designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.

• These positions are on a temporary basis and expected to end six months following the date of hire.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.





Clackamas Water Environment Services produces clean water and protects water quality for more than 190,000 people living and working in Clackamas County. We operate and maintain five resource recovery facilities, 23 pumping stations and hundreds of miles of pipes.

Each year, we clean more than seven billion gallons of water which we recover and turn into natural energy and fertilizer. We also help reduce pollution in local rivers, streams, and wetlands caused by surface and stormwater runoff, the number one source of water pollution in Oregon.



Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or mailto:jobs@co.clackamas.or.us?subject=Application%20Materials%20Question. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).





Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


Kelly Schaefer, Recruiter


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