Seasonal Utility Maintenance Helper (WES) - Multiple Openings

$16.39 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • May 24, 2021
Seasonal Utilities Water Wastewater

Job Description


This position will remain open until filledThis recruitment is for multiple seasonal openings and will remain open until all vacancies have been filled. Applications will be reviewed every Monday morning. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time.


Hourly Pay Rate:     $16.397727

A temporary status or seasonal status position does not receive benefits.  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.


Water Environment Services of Clackamas County is currently looking to hire up to six (6)  Seasonal Utility Maintenance Helpers. If selected, you will maintain pump stations, sewer lines, and stormwater systems. Additional duties include performing operational and maintenance tasks associated with four wastewater treatment facilities, including general cleaning and landscaping, pressure washing, spill clean-up, invasive plant removal, sample collection and analysis, transportation of samples, data entry and word processing, inspections, documentation of instrumentation readings, and occasional flagging duties. Work may require operating pickup trucks and ATVs.

These positions are seasonal and will last for 90 days during the months of July, August, and September, but may be extended based on the needs of the work and/or the start date. If you are at least 18 years of age and looking for a great temporary or summer job, we encourage you to apply today!

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Familiarity with using hand tools and other maintenance equipment, such as mowers, pressure washers, and/or weed trimmer
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills that translate into all of the following:
    • Ability to accurately follow precise instructions and take direction
    • Ability to pay attention to detail
    • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
    • Ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally and to maintain composure in difficult, stressful and quickly emerging situations
  • Ability to perform after-hours emergency response on a call-out basis
  • Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment to verify applicants are able to lift up to 50 lbs. and to carry and push pull up to 70 lbs. (Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire
  • Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County's drug testing policy.
  • Must pass a post-offer physical assessment; accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis 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.  Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Customer service experience
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Flagging certification
  • CPR/First Aid certification
  • Experience and or training related to excavation safety or confined space entry
  • Experience driving ATV’s
  • Experience driving full size pickup trucks such as Ford F150 or F250
  • Experience operating hand tools and/or power tools, necessary to maintain and operate equipment

*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:

  • Assists field operations in sewer line cleaning, remote video inspections, infrastructure repairs, flagging, painting, landscaping, and general grounds maintenance.
  • Performs basic plant maintenance activities; washes and cleans treatment plant equipment; assists in maintaining and operating collection system, sampling, and biosolids application equipment including pumps and tanks.
  • Collects process control samples and performs basic laboratory analyses.
  • Operates light motorized equipment such as UTV’s, pressure washers, and grounds maintenance equipment including mowers, trimmers, mechanical weed trimmers, etc.
  • Performs other duties as needed.



Work typically requires the use of high pressure hoses, pressure washers, pumps, hand tools, vacuums, mowers, string trimmers, plate compactors, jack hammers, hand carts, ATV’s and pickup trucks. 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.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.


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 400,000 citizens.



Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) 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 more than 350 miles of pipes.

Each year, we clean more than seven billion gallons of water. In the process, we convert materials that have long been considered “waste” into natural energy and fertilizer. We also help reduce pollution in local rivers, streams, and wetlands caused by stormwater runoff, the number one source of water pollution in Oregon.

We educate and assist community members from all walks of life. It’s our job to ensure that our families and neighbors enjoy the benefits of safe, healthy water for generations to come.

Our service area includes Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Hoodland, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Rivergrove, West Linn and unincorporated Clackamas County.

WES is a county department, a service district and a ratepayer-funded organization.

Learn more about Water Environment Services.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).



Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


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.