Sanitary and Stormwater Technician

$22.29 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 26, 2022
Full time Water Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Sanitary and Stormwater Technician

Job ID: 106470

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:


• 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.


This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.



Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

This is a full time (40 hours per week) County position represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

Competitive compensation package:

Starting Pay: $22.29 (Hourly) / $46,368.59 (Annual)

(Please see "OTHER SECTION" regarding requirements to progress through the salary grade.)

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Vacation Accrual: 12 hours per month

Sick Leave Accrual: 8 hours per month

Holidays: 10 paid holidays & 1 personal day per year

Employer paid 6% Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement contribution

• The County currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.

• Additional Retirement Savings Options that allow you to save additional retirement funds through the option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

• A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision and prescription drug coverage

• A Choice of Dental Plans

• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Longevity pay

• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)


Are you passionate about water quality and want to do your part to ensure Clackamas County communities and businesses can live, work and play in a healthy environment?

Are you enthusiastic and positive with a "can-do" attitude?

Are you a self-starter with a strong work ethic?

Are you a team player who can work collaboratively with department staff and external customers?

Do you have a personal commitment to putting ethics into action by holding yourself to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and objectivity?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, please read on! We are seeking a motivated individual with a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work and strong interpersonal skills to join our team as a Sanitary and Stormwater Technician. If you are selected for this position, you will assist with inspecting, repairing, operating and maintaining storm drainage lines, catch basins, sewer lines, pump stations, remote package treatment facilities, stormwater systems and related equipment, machinery and instruments. In this role, you will be a member of a work team that oversees the wastewater collection system. You will also have an opportunity to assist in the planning, design and construction of the surface water management system. This is a unique opportunity as we are planning to fill multiple vacant positions as a result of this recruitment process.

Clackamas Water Environment Services is a publicly-owned utility providing wastewater and surface water services. WES operates a large portfolio of assets, including water resource recovery facilities, collection systems, pumping stations, treatment plants and surface water management facilities. We are committed to being an exemplary organization with best practices in producing clean water and protecting public health and water quality for the residents within our communities. To that end, we are searching for an individual who is motivated to be a positive and collaborative contributor, demonstrating strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills that will allow us to improve, develop and enhance our operations.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• At least six (6) months of experience in construction, plumbing, excavation, or similar experience related to sanitary, storm water, wastewater utilities or construction (Note: An Associate's Degree in Wastewater and Environment Technology or similar disciplines may substitute for 6 months of the required work experience).

• Experience providing excellent customer service and answering customer questions and/or complaints

• Experience applying safety precautions and performing all tasks within the established safety protocols

• Strong interpersonal skills that translate into all of the following:

• Strong verbal and written communication skills

• Ability to work well independently, as well as having a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships both internally and externally

• 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

• Attention to detail

• Strong problem solving skills

• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

• 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.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Knowledge of basic water sampling techniques

• Experience operating machinery and/or equipment used in the operation, maintenance and/or repair of wastewater collection, stormwater. or other related facilities, systems and components

• Possession of a Class B CDL with no restrictions in order to drive a manual transmission vehicle

• Backflow Preventer Certification

• Possession of the State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 1

• Operations and Maintenance of Waste Water Collections System 1 & 2

• Traffic Flagging Certification from ODOT

• CPR/First Aid Certification

• Excavation Safety Awareness Competent Person Certification

• Knowledge of confined space entry

*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:

• Participates in land surveys of existing and proposed drainage and sanitary sewer structures and water quality facilities; surface water system maintenance and repair activities; inspects and cleans storm drains, catch basins, sewer lines, sewer pumps, water quality facilities and related structures; tests for infiltration and ex-filtration; performs standard and emergency repairs to correct line stoppages and breaks.

• Inspects, maintains and repairs sewer/stormwater lines and access holes; maintains stormwater detention ponds; examines sewer and stormwater infrastructure for defects, debris, condition of materials, as-built map verification, smoke and dye tests, infiltration and inflow; mechanically removes debris, protruding taps and blockages; adjust access holes to specifications; applies chemical grout or excavates and replaces damaged pipe; performs main line tap ins, utility locates and vector control; inspects and documents as-built on new construction.

• Assists in the development and implementation of projects to improve water quality in the drainage system, such as the construction of water quality facilities and planting vegetation in wetlands; corrects cross connections; collects and analyzes data on existing surface water systems; monitors water quality to maintain compliance; reengineers surface water ponds, decommissions outdated or faulty drywells; uses laser levels and related engineering/construction equipment to install new storm pipes and catch basins; recruits and coordinates volunteers and/or community groups for water quality projects.

• Compiles and updates construction standards and standard detail drawings of sanitary/stormwater pipes, ponds and control structures; verifies completion and accuracy of plat maps for new subdivisions, annexations, easements and assessment districts by completing site assessments/inspections; participates in the global position satellite mapping of existing storm water structures, pipes and ponds.

• Reviews and assembles contract specifications and construction plans for sewer pump stations, stormwater ponds and decant facilities, and crew shop; provides input on sewer/storm water design; computes bid quantities and cost estimates; inspects storm drainage, sewer and water quality facilities during and after construction.

• Responds to citizen questions and complaints on surface/waste water issues, services and construction projects; researches water quality and flooding problems; conducts site visits and coordinates response; conducts facility tours and public information meetings; answers technical questions and explains wastewater collections/storm water and processing system.

• Serves as project or team leader on various assignments; plans, schedules, assigns and oversees work to other team members; monitors and coordinates the work of contracted services; trains and leads the work of lower level technicians and new and temporary employees; provides group safety training; demonstrates safe working practices in the field.

• Operates, maintains, inspects and repairs wastewater and stormwater equipment, machinery, and instruments; rebuilds pumps and associated equipment; investigates and corrects system failures and malfunctions; fabricates or repairs metal parts; test, monitors, calibrates and replaces electronic components; cleans wet wells and force mains; generates auxiliary power and performs emergency bypass pumping or hauling with tanker trucks; operates cctv equipment and specialized software to perform condition inspections of sewer and storm pipes.

• Installs, calibrates and maintains flow monitoring and sampling equipment; collects, records and reports on data for billing, investigative and research purposes; collects and performs field tests on wastewater and storm water samples.

• Operates, maintains, inspects and repairs remote package treatment facilities; collects and performs field tests on wastewater and stormwater samples; records data and prepares operating reports; records daily activities, analyzes and monitors data management system to assure accurate record and cost of daily work tasks.


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 is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off) or Tuesday through Friday (Mondays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.


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 (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.


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 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.


Progression through this classification's broad salary range includes meeting specific criteria:

Within six (6) months of hire, possession of valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a tank endorsement and no restrictions in order to drive manual transmission.

Within twelve (12) months of hire, possession of the State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 1; California State University - Operations and Maintenance of Waste Water Collections System 1 & 2; Competent Person Certification.

Advancement to mid range requires satisfactory job performance; proficiency with CMMS and all other commonly used office computer systems; State of Oregon Water Collections System 2 Certification DEQ; Starting an accredited surface water education program that issues CEUs.

Advancement to max range in the salary range requires satisfactory job performance; State of Oregon Wastewater Collection Certification Level 3 as well as four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from an accredited surface water education program (plant identification classes; watershed health, etc) (ex: Portland State University/California State University).

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