Water Systems Equipment Operator

City of Cedar Rapids

 HOURLY WAGE: New Hire: $24.31  ·  1 year: $26.91  ·  2 years: $28.51  ·  3 years: $30.01

Come join a team dedicated to serving our community! The City of Cedar Rapids is welcoming applications for a Water Systems Equipment Operator. .   At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds. We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer (k.ulmer@cedar-rapids.org or 319-286-5138).


What’s in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and paid time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Competitive pay
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 457 deferred compensation employer match program (City will match up to 0.05% of your annual income each calendar year—learn more here.)
  • Flexible Spending (Health Care and Dependent Care Accounts- learn more here)
  • An average of 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave 
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – (The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See more info here. )
  • Annual pay increases 
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance 
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View our Bargaining Benefits Summaries 
  • Expansive job growth opportunities
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Private health & wellness coaching partnerships


Cedar Rapids - Why you should live here! 


About the position: 

In this role, you will be a part of the Water Distribution team in the Utilities Department. You will get to play with heavy machinery all day while making a lasting impact for your community!  You will help install, maintain and repair valves, hydrants, water mains, and service lines and service valves as well as street and yard restoration. Come show us your operating skills and hit that APPLY button to continue your passion today!

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Repairs damage caused by construction and maintenance activities;

  • Operates light and heavy equipment in the installation, maintenance, and repair of valves, hydrants, water mains, service lines and related structures;

  • Operates light and heavy equipment to build roads, dikes, and to grade and level ground;

  • Services and maintains light and heavy equipment;

  • Performs competent person duties in trenching and excavation activities;

  • Drives and unloads trucks;

  • Performs emergency and routine work as necessary during time periods outside normal working hours;

  • Follows sound safety practices;

  • Wears and properly uses all safety equipment including personal protective;

  • Unloads pipe and fittings;

  • Provides labor and uses hand tools as required;

  • Uses specialized equipment to locate leaks, pipelines, and other components in the distribution system;

  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;

  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;

  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;

  • Performs related work as required.


Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • One year experience in operating heavy equipment and maintenance or operation of a water distribution system; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:
  • Valid Iowa Commercial Driver's License (Class A) within one year of hire.  

  • Possession of a State of Iowa Grade I Water Distribution Operators License within one year of appointment;

  • Certificate as a “trained competent person” (as applied to trenching/shoring OSHA standards) within one year of appointment

Job ID: 78641

Posted 13 days ago

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