Water and Sewer Maintenance Worker

JOB TITLE: Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker
SUPERVISOR: Facilities Manager
Status: Non-Exempt
Salary: Grade 6
Wage: $22.34 - $23.73
Posting Closes: 08/25/2019 11:59 PM

The Water & Sewer Maintenance Worker will report to the Facilities Manager and under the general direction of the Facilities Director; the incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance, sampling and upkeep of the Community Water and Sewer Systems in conjunction with the NHBPI Environmental Department, MDEQ and EPA on the Pine Creek Indian Reservation. Must also respond to all water and sewer alarm emergencies, water breaks, sewer line backups etc. This position may incur responsibilities outside of the regular scheduled work week and may encompass evening and weekends. This position requires incumbent to be on standby status.
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the government.
  • Inspects the water system for proper operations and maintains records of the amount of water that is pumped daily.
  • Record the amount of chlorine used and takes chlorine tank reading from gage.
  • Checks meters, gauges, pumps, and control panels to verify correct operation of equipment and records information.
  • Performs sample testing duties for water/wastewater facilities which include: BOD’s, total solids, total suspended solids, fecal coliform, bacti’s, and temperatures, and other sampling as needed.
  • Test for: Phosphates, PH’s, ammonia, nitrates, and chloride residuals.
  • Operates and maintains pumps, control panels, chlorinators, and chemical feed pumps. Inspects lift stations for proper operation of motors and pumps.
  • Monitors and repairs plant equipment including cleaning and servicing and performing annual inspections.
  • Maintains, modifies or repairs instrumentation and control equipment including recorders, flow meter and other water quality monitoring equipment.
  • Maintains, operates, repairs and replaces equipment as necessary.
  • Locates and repairs water and sewer mains.
  • Maintains and repairs fire hydrants, well house structures.
  • Jets sewer lines.
  • Maintains drawings and schematics of electrical and other systems in the treatment plant.
  • Operates and maintains sewage pump stations.
  • Work with outside contractors on new construction or updates to the system.
  • Attends safety meetings and follows safety precautions according to OSHA standards.
  • Logs completed daily maintenance.
  • Monitors performance of electrical systems, circuits or equipment of the well house and lift stations.
  • Cleans lift stations and operates pumps and valves to control and adjust flow and treatment process.
  • Assures that plant operates within required standards set by EPA, MDEQ, OSHA standards.
  • Attends training to maintain certifications and proficiencies in associated tasks and stays current in water requirements and applicable legislation.
  • Responds to all water and sewer alarm emergencies.
  • This position will require the incumbent to operate on a stand by status.
  • Perform daily, monthly and yearly samplings, records info, and reports to proper agencies.
  • Perform a variety of ground and troubleshooting tasks and fabricate parts, using hand tools and specifications.
  • Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment. Uses Microsoft Office computer programs to perform some of these administrative tasks.
  • Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  • Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
  • Works with manual and power tools to perform duties.
  • Must have experience in driving dump trucks, mini excavator, backhoe and trench boxes.
  • Assistance with event set-up and break-down as needed.
  • Performs or schedules routine and preventive maintenance and repairs for designated buildings, facilities and equipment, ensuring technical operations is in proper running order.
  • Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of work crew.
  • Analyzes and resolves work problems, or assists co-workers in solving work problems.
  • Assist in developing associated NHBP guidance, policies, and procedures.
  • Assist in snow removal duties, primarily removing snow from established roadways
  • Works to ensure backups to systems and processes are available and keeps management updated on operations.
  • Performs other assigned duties as requested by management.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.
An applicant’s education, training and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the ability to successfully perform each of the essential functions. The requirements listed below are generally representative of the education, experience, and skills and/or ability required to enable one to successfully perform the essential functions associated with his position:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Two to Three years minimum in a Water & Sewer treatment position.
  • All required licenses and certificates must be in good standings with the MDEQ, EPA.
  • Must produce a copy of license and keep license current with CEC’s.
  • Applicant must report any violations or claims against their license.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check and drug test; must not have been found guilty of, or pled guilty or no contest to, any felony or misdemeanor offense under federal, state or tribal law involving crimes of violence, sexual assault, molestation, prostitution, or other crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children. Ability to understand, gain knowledge and appreciate the differences with the Native American culture and customs
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license with good driving record; GSA certifiable.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 60 lbs. overhead.
  • Able to perform strenuous and repetitive physical labor.
  • Knowledge of Universal Precautions.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and tools involved in the construction or repair of buildings, houses or other structures.
  • Ability to work well independently and with team members and other staff in a team-oriented environment.
  • Able to operate small and medium size mechanical equipment.
  • Ability to learn and follow safety rules.
  • Willingness to learn new skills as required.
  • A willingness to initiate contacts with new people.
  • Ability to comprehend and abide by Tribal, federal and other relevant environmental regulations/codes.
  • Must be able to adjust schedule as needed or required.
  • Have the ability to use discretion and problem solving methods in the course of conflict management.
  • Ability to read and interpret schematics, blue prints and other facilities related documents.
  • Take direction and perform duties without continuous supervision.
  • Dependability, initiative, good judgment and team orientated attitude required.
  • The individual must deal with the general public and co-workers with tact, courtesy, respect, objectivity and maturity.
  • Professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Adheres to the 7 Grandfather Teachings adopted by the Tribal Government.
  • Required to have a minimum of S4 – Water Distribution license.
  • Required to have a minimum of D4 - Limited Treatment license.
  • Required to have a minimum of SC - Waste Water license.
  • CDL-B Driver’s license.
  • Three to five years of experience in Water and sewer treatment position
  • Knowledge of OSHA and HUD safety and building codes.
  • Working knowledge of Electrical repairs and HVAC repairs.
This position may contain information that is security sensitive and thereby subject to additional provisions.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to interact with fellow team members, Tribal Members and contractors, following verbal and written instructions.
Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the NHBP.
Mathematical Skills
Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Understanding of basic Algebraic formulas and computations.
Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Incumbent must be able to work indoors as well as extended hours out of doors in varying weather conditions while performing heavy manual labor. Must be able to work safely with machinery and chemicals.
Exposed to a combination of office and outdoor environments, including extended hours in inclement weather conditions. Regularly exposed to dust, odors, oil, fumes and noise.
Requires mobility, frequent walking, standing, sitting stationary and the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Exerts up to 60 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear; regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. Ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble. Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and long distance. Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades. The noise level in the work environment is usually very quiet.
Must be able to work flexible hours when necessary or as directed. Must be able to travel.
Must be able to adjust schedule as needed or required.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; upholds the NHBP’s values.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports the NHBP's goals and values.
Tribal preference will be applied in accordance with the NHBP Indian Preference in Employment Code which requires that preference in employment be afforded to NHBP members, spouse/parents of NHBP members and Native Americans who meet the minimum qualifications and can successfully perform the essential functions for the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)