Water/Wastewater General Laborer

Description :




                     GENERAL LABORER                                                Cost Code #41-05

Department:  Joint Utility                                                             Grade No: GS-4

Division:  Water                                                                           Status:  Classified




Assists in the operation and maintenance of the City’s water and wastewater systems.



Works under the general guidance and direction of the Department Director or others as assigned.



  • Responsible for grounds maintenance work including, but not limited to, cleaning grounds, cutting weeds, cutting grass around the facilities and water wells, booster stations, and storage tanks.
  • Responsible for building maintenance work, including but not limited to, sandblasting and painting.
  • Performs heavy lifting tasks necessary at the City’s water treatment facilities.
  • Participates in the cross-training program regarding facility operations and the odor control program.
  • Responsible for sludge removal and disposal, and janitorial work at the facility including sweeping, mopping, and window cleaning.
  • Learns how to use light equipment such as hand tools and pneumatic tools.
  • Ability to learn operation and maintenance of non-stationary equipment at the plant for use in composting yard maintenance such as backhoe, dump truck, and bobcat.
  • At times may be asked to assist with reads and records water meter readings for billing purposes in a timely manner with a minimum amount of errors.
  • Assist with repair of water production/distribution pumps or broken lines as well as assist with the wastewater treatment/collection repairs and maintenance.
  • May be required to work weekends and/or holidays. May also be required to be on-call for seven days a week at a time.

The above listed duties are intended to be general in nature and level of work performed.   The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.




Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • One (1) year experience in related field.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, write, and understand written and oral instruction in English.
  • Ability to work with the equipment, tools, and the materials specified in this classification.
  • Ability to learn the use of equipment and tools involved in the maintenance of water and wastewater systems.
  • Must be familiar with all the safety procedures required in conducting the duties above described, or have the ability to learn and follow same.
  • Must be able to ask questions of the assigned Supervisor.  Listen and follow verbal and/or written directions in English.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with coworkers.



  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License.
  • Ability to obtain composting Certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
  • Must successfully complete the post-offer employment medical examination.




  • Utilizes the equipment/vehicles described in the ESSENTIAL DUTIES section.
  • Utilizes the following hand operated tools: shovel, rake, axe, pick, pitchfork, digging bars, grease gun, sledge hammer, hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, and cutting torch.
  • Petroleum products, tire chains, construction signs, chemicals, paint, water, salt, sand, and canvas.
  • Eye goggles, hardhat, steel toe boots, dust masks, ear plugs, gloves, rubber boots, reflecting vests, cones, and flags are used as safety precautions.



  • All essential duties are performed outdoors with exposure to natural weather conditions and extremes in temperatures.
  • Works closely with other employees.
  • Exposure to various fumes, odors, mists, or dusts.
  • Exposure to intermittent noise and vibration factors.
  • Job hazards or potential job hazards include cuts, bruises, animal  or insect bites or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   stings,      sprains, strains, broken bones, exposure to electrical shock, and operation of Division vehicles or equipment, falling objects.
  • Work is performed on even or uneven terrain, while operating  equipment and performing general labor work. Surfaces may be wet or dry, muddy, paved or dirt roads. Work may be performed on inclines.
  • Essential duties areperformed seven days a week, although emergencies may require working all hours of      the day or night, including weekends and holidays.

The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.


  • Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds occasionally (i.e. up to one-third of work day), from ground to waist level.  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently to constantly (i.e. from one-third up to entire work day), from ground to shoulder level.
  • Ability to sit up to four hours and at one time, and up to seven and one-half hours total per day.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk up to four hours at one time, and up to eight hours total per day.
  • Ability to climb in and out of equipment cabs at least six times daily at an estimated height of six to seven feet.
  • Ability to crouch, kneel and remain in a prone position for up to 30 minutes at one time.
  • Ability to bend at waist and twist/rotate waist if necessary for up to one-third of work day.
  • Ability to work with arms extended and bent for up to four hours at one time, and seven and one-half hours total per day.
  • Ability to push/pull with arms with a force of up to 50 plus pounds, while performing labor work.
  • Ability to use hands and wrists to screw/unscrew bolts and oil caps, etc., as part of maintenance routine.
  • Ability to maintain balance while climbing up and down necessary ladders.
  • Ability to push with legs up to 40 pounds of force to operate foot controls for up to four hours at one time, and seven and one-half hours total per day.
  • Ability to twist/rotate legs in operating foot controls.
  • Ability to use hands and fingers to grasp/manipulate levers and steering wheel in a bilaterally coordinated manner.
  • Ability to coordinate use of hands and eyes in operation of the equipment.



Formal application, rating of education and experience: oral interview and reference check: job related tests may be requested.


This Position Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer and requirements of the job change.


Contact :








The City of Truth or Consequences has an opening for the position of WATER/WASTEWATER GENERAL LABORER at the  WATER/WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT.



See Job Description for full requirements and representative duties.



Grade GS-4 pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus Benefits



Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office, 401 McAdoo, T or C., NM, 87901, tel.#575-894-6673 Ext. 314 fax #575-894-0363 Deadline for applications to be returned to the City’s HR Office is Until filled  E.O.E.



PUBLISH:     April 06, 2018  -   Sentinel

                     April 11, 2018  -   Herald



POSTED:       WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS (04/06/18- until filled)

CITY’S WEBSITE       (04/06/18- until filled)

NMML CLASSIFIED  (04/06/18- until filled)


Deadline for Applying : Open until filled