Careers in Water/Wastewater

The following positions have been submitted to KWEA for posting. Please contact the organization for each listing with any questions or follow-up. If you would like to add an open position to our list, please send us an email.

Open Positions




Asset Management Coordinator (Utilities)

City of Gardner

Under the direction of the Utilities Manager, the Asset Management Coordinator is responsible for performing technical and professional level work maintaining and expanding the geographic information systems (GIS) and Asset Management System (AMS) databases, layers, and linkages to various databases for the Utilities Department. This employee has a variety of responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: GIS program planning, management and coordination, AMS infrastructure mapping and database management, administration, and maintenance. A.S. or B.S. in Geography, GIS, Environmental Sciences, or related program. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. Basic cartographic skills and experience with Arc GIS 10.x and ESRI products. Knowledge of water and wastewater utility systems including practices. Experience using and administering an Asset Management System (AMS) like Lucity, Maximo, Cartogragh, City Works, etc.

Salary: $61,548 – $76,926 per year (EXEMPT)

Closing: Open until filled

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Collection Systems Operator

City of Topeka

The City of Topeka's Utility Department is seeking to fill a Collection Systems Operator position. Position duties include but are not limited to operating, maintaining, and making minor repairs on a wide variety of heavy equipment. Respond and assist to utility-related calls such as overflows and blockages. Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on wastewater and stormwater collection systems, flood control assets, and facilities. The City will provide training and assistance on company-paid time to obtain a class A Kansas commercial driver's license (CDL) which is required by the conclusion of six months of employment.

Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent, must possess and maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license and meet City insurability guidelines.

Salary: $17.48–19.48 per hour with a competitive benefits package.

Closing: Open until filled

 

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Engineering Technician II (Utility)

City of Gardner

The Engineering Technician II participates in a wide variety of technical engineering work, including manual and computer-aided drafting, surveying, engineering inspections, data collection and entry; and assist other Utility department staff in the performance of office and field engineering work. High school diploma or G.E.D. and a Certified Engineering Technician designation with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the application of design and construction of public improvements or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, ability, and skill. Preferred previous experience in Auto CAD Civil 3D. KDOT LPA Certification and/or APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII) preferred. Requires the possession of a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Salary: $25.33 – $31.40 per hour

Closing: Open until filled

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Erosion Control Inspector

City of Topeka

The Erosion Control Inspector position monitors and inspects land disturbing activities within the city and enforces the Surface and Ground Water Quality Ordinance and other applicable City, State, and Federal codes and regulations governing erosion and sediment control. Reviews erosion and sediment control plans for upcoming land-disturbing projects, investigates complaints of erosion and sediment loss and other stormwater control issues and conducts on-site and in-house inspections of records and construction sites. The vacancy will be filled at either an Erosion Control Inspector I or II level, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Erosion Control Inspector I: High School Diploma or equivalent and one year of construction inspector or related experience.
  • Erosion Control Inspector II: High School Diploma or equivalent plus two years of college coursework in construction science, civil engineering, geology, or a closely related field. Must have at least three years of related experience in construction inspection, a plus if you have erosion, sediment control and/or stormwater experience.

Both positions must possess and maintain a valid KS driver’s license and meet City insurability guidelines.

Salary: $17.15–21.31 per hour with a competitive benefits package.

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Maintenance Mechanic

City of Topeka

The City of Topeka is seeking a general equipment and facility maintenance mechanic to perform corrective and preventative maintenance tasks on sewage plant facilities, lift station systems, components and equipment.  As needed, will perform general grounds and building maintenance along with assisting with water and wastewater sampling. Experience in general maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment preferred.

Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent and must possess and maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license and meet City insurability guidelines.

Salary: $17.48–$19.48 per hour with a competitive benefits package

Closing: Open until filled

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Maintenance Worker – Line (Utility)

City of Gardner

Performs semi-skilled work in a wide variety of water and sewer maintenance and construction tasks. Requires high school diploma or GED with a minimum of one (1) year experience in semi-skilled maintenance or construction, and/or operation of equipment, similar to that of the assignment or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, ability, and skill.  Requires the possession of a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and a good driving record. Hours: M-F; 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salary: $20.00 – $23.58 per hour

Closing: Open until filled

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Meter Technician I

City of Gardner

Under the supervision of the Business Services Manager, the Meter Technician will perform semi-skilled manual and semi-technical work involving the maintenance, testing, and reading of water and electric meters used by residential and commercial customers, which requires physical labor and the use of hand tools and small power tools, and equipment. Perform utility work orders and utility disconnects, and other customer service duties as assigned. Requires high school diploma or GED and possession of a valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Hours: M-F; 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., with evenings as required.

Salary/Pay Rate: $20.00/hr – $23.58 per hour

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Plant Operator – Wastewater (Utility)

City of Gardner

The Plant Operator (Wastewater) performs skilled and specialized work in the operation and maintenance of the City of Gardner’s wastewater plants, lift stations, and other related structures and equipment. High school diploma or GED is required. A fully skilled individual will hold a Class II or III Wastewater Plant Operator certification from the State of Kansas with a minimum of one (1) year experience in operation and maintenance of a Class III wastewater treatment plant and lift stations. A minimum of a Class II Plant Operator certification is preferred, or the ability to obtain a Class II within one (1) year of employment or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, ability, and skill. Requires the possession of a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Hours: M-F; 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salary: $20.00 – $27.12 per hour

Closing: Open until filled

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Utilities Technician

City of Osawatomie

The City of Osawatomie, KS is seeking motivated applicants for the position of utilities technician.

  • Installs, maintains, and repairs water lines, valves, meters, fire hydrants, distribution equipment, and other water system infrastructures.
  • Installs, maintains, and repairs wastewater collection system and equipment.
  • Operates and services equipment used in repair, installation, and maintenance of water
    system infrastructures including compressors, jackhammers backhoes, trenchers, mini ex,
    trucks, and any other assigned light and heavy equipment.
  • Installs water mains, makes water line taps, installs water services, valves, and other water
    devices.
  • Excavate trenches and install shoring as required by OSHA.
  • Identify service and main leaks, operates locators.
  • Clean and monitor lift stations and related equipment.
  • Performs minor concrete work.
  • Notify underground service alert of requirement for locating.
  • Operates wastewater line cleaning equipment
  • All other duties as assigned

Applications may be obtained online, or in person at Osawatomie City Hall 439 Main St, Osawatomie KS 66064. Salary dependent on qualifications. The City of Osawatomie is an EOE.

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Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator

City of Topeka

The Facility Operator performs a variety of tasks in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant facility. Operates pumps, valves, mechanical mixers, flow monitoring devices, chemical feed systems and takes accurate readings on equipment and records data. Performs general preventative maintenance of equipment; lubricates, adjusts and inspects various facility equipment.  Performs sampling of water, wastewater, and sludge and performs general groundskeeping and housekeeping tasks.

Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent. Related experience preferred. Must possess and maintain a valid Class C Kansas driver’s license and meet City insurability guidelines.

Salary: $17.48–$19.48 per hour with a competitive benefits package

Closing: Open until filled

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Water Distribution Utility System Worker

City of Topeka

The City of Topeka's Water Division is seeking entry-level general labor applicants. Duties include general maintenance, repair, and replacement of water mains and pipelines. Work entails significant physical labor and working in inclement weather conditions. Includes opportunity for advancement and steady, stable, year-round employment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent. Experience not required; prefer experience in general labor, construction, building, or facility maintenance and repair.  A valid Class B Kansas Commercial Driver's license is required within six (6) months of hire. Forklift certification and First Aid/CPS/AED Certification is required within one (1) year of hire. All necessary training is paid for and is conducted on company-paid time. Must possess and maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license and meet City insurability guidelines.

Salary: $17.12 per hour with a competitive benefits package.

Closing: Open until filled

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