Filled: Water Laborer I (Aug. 2017)

The City of Goodland is accepting applications for the positions of Water Laborer I.  Applications are available online at and should be submitted to Crystal VanVleet, Human Resources, P.O. Box 59, Goodland KS 67735.  Electronic submittals can be made to  The City offers an excellent benefits package, including fully paid health insurance premiums.  Positions open until filled.  EOE

POSITION SUMMARY                                                                                                                   

Under the supervision of the Goodland City Public Works Superintendent, and Water Utility Manager, the Water Laborer I is a non-exempt position under FLSA.  The goal of this position is to maintain and repair water and sewer mains and install water service to customers.  Employee should possess excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS                                                                                                             

  • Conducts repairs and maintenance of water and sewer mains;
  • Assists in the installations and repairs service lines to customers;
  • Operates heavy machinery including backhoes, loaders, graders, and packers;
  • Operates valve machines and water and sewer tapping equipment;
  • Ensures compliance with state health regulations;
  • Assists in the day to day operations of the water system;
  • Installs sewer service and operates tapping equipment.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS                                                                                                             

  • Trims trees as needed;
  • Operates trucks, and cutting equipment;
  • Assists the Street and Alley Division;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.
  • Assists other departments as deemed necessary or assigned

Experience: This is an entry level position.  Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year of employment.

Education: A high school diploma or GED is required. This position requires a valid Commercial Drivers License (C.D.L.).

Technical Skills:  A basic knowledge of plumbing, mechanical skills, and a working knowledge of mathematics is required.  Employee must be able to operate backhoes, loaders, trucks, sewer cleaning equipment and other equipment with a high level of accuracy and efficiency.  The ability to read and interpret systems maps and written instructions is required.  Employee must be able to communicate effectively.

Employee must maintain certification in basic first aid and CPR.

Problem Solving: Problem solving is a factor in this position.  This employee encounters problems with water main leaks and breaks regularly.

Decision Making: Decision making is a factor in this position.  This employee makes decisions about performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision: This position works with direct supervision from the Goodland City Water Division Manager, and has no supervisory duties.

Financial Accountability: Employee is responsible for divisional equipment, but does not participate in the annual budget process.

Personal Relations: Daily contact with the general public, co-workers, supervisory personnel, and occasional contact with the Chief Administrative Officer, and elected or appointed officials is expected.

Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions exist within this position.  Exposure to heavy machinery, excessive noise, hazardous chemicals, confined areas, some contact with human bodily fluids, heights, and all types of weather conditions is expected.

Physical Requirements:  Manual labor including but not limited to pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, walking, climbing, crawling, and lifting and carrying heavy objects and the ability to operate heavy machinery is required daily.