Job Description

Coos Bay – North Bend Water Board is looking for the right person to fill an immediate opening for a Utility Worker position. This important position is the first step in a career-path that has potential for further advancement both within the Water Board and the water industry in general. As a Utility Worker you will obtain knowledge of how a water distribution system functions and why it is essential in serving the needs of our communities.

A Utility Worker performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks involving both light and heavy labor in the operation, maintenance, and construction of water works facilities, does related work as required.

Job Responsibilities

1.  Operates and maintains water distribution facilities; conducts repairs to valves, pumps, hydrants, main and service pipes, wells, and associated facilities; performs operation of distribution facilities, including valve turning, hydrant flushing, leak detection, reservoir and pump station inspection, cleaning, and operation.

2.    Installs and constructs water distribution facilities, including service and main lines, hydrants, valves, pump stations, and associated facilities.

3.    Operates a variety of light and medium power equipment, including compressor, tapping machine, power saw, boring machine, backhoe, crane, and other water system construction equipment; performs operator maintenance, such as conducting pre- and post‑operation  checks, maintaining proper fluid levels, changing parts, cleaning, etc.

4.    Performs repair and replacement of piping, pumps, and equipment associated with the utility’s water treatment facilities.

5.    Performs various building/grounds maintenance tasks, including carpentry, electrical, and plumbing duties not requiring a license.

6.    Maintains positive, cooperative, and effective working relationships with Water Board staff, other organizations, and the public.

7.    Follows all federal and Oregon OSHA safety rules and procedures for work areas.


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION – One year experience or combination of experience and education in performing public works equipment operation, laboring duties, or distribution operations and maintenance; graduation from high school or GED program.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND ABILITIES - Knowledge of equipment, materials, and methods used in the construction, maintenance and operation of public works facilities; knowledge of safety methods and measures in the assigned work field; ability to work at strenuous tasks outside in all types of weather; ability to understand and apply oral or written instructions to fairly complex equipment, materials, or construction; ability to obtain and maintain required safety certifications and Oregon commercial driver's license; ability to develop and maintain positive, cooperative, team‑oriented working relationships with supervisors and co-workers; ability to maintain a professional appearance and a positive, courteous, and helpful attitude toward customers and the general public; satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential job functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, bend, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects, tools, or controls.  The position requires mobility.  Many duties are physically demanding, requiring the occasional moving of materials weighing up to 100 pounds.  Movement of materials weighing 25 pounds may consume up to 20 percent of the work period.  Activity and types of duties performed require manual dexterity, coordination, and ability to use personal protective equipment, such as respirator mask, steel‑toed boots, chaps, etc.

Work Environment

The majority of duties take place outside buildings with exposure to all types of weather conditions on a year‑round basis, including exposure to traffic, dirt, oil, grease, fumes, noise, and chemicals.  Entry into confined spaces is required on an infrequent basis.  Position is subject to emergency on‑call response after normal duty hours on a rotational and as-needed basis.  May require working on weekends and holidays.  As employees in this position must to be readily available in a timely manner to address operational and customer service needs, a residency requirement applies to this position which requires a new employee to obtain permanent residency that provides a 40 minute response time to the Water Board Service Center at 2305 Ocean Blvd., Coos Bay, Oregon 97420 prior to the end of the trial period.

Hiring Process


Download application above.

Applications, resumes and additional information should be emailed to

Applications can be faxed to us at 541-269-5370

Blank Applications can be obtained by contacting Karen Parker at 541-267-3128 or

First consideration of applications:  September 23, 2022 - Position is open until filled


Oregon Public Employees Union

Vacation for years of continuous full time work less than 5 years – 90 hours/annually 

Sick leave – 8 hours per month unlimited accrual

Holidays – 12 paid

Health, vision and dental insurance through City County Insurance Services – Blue Cross/VSP/Delta Dental

Minimal monthly employee contributions to insurance premiums 

Retirement plan – 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan

Life insurance - $30,000 term policy company-paid

Long Term Disability - company paid

457 Deferred compensation plan through Nationwide – available to employees

Short Term Disabiity - available to employees

Life Flight and ambulatory insurance - available to employees