Water/Wastewater Operator II

Description :



Class Title:  WATER/WASTEWATER OPERATOR II                     Cost Code #41-03

Department:  Joint Utility                                                             Grade No: GS-7

Division:  Water Services                                                              Status:  Classified

                                                                                                                       GENERAL PURPOSE: 

Skilled Operation of equipment and has working knowledge with water services procedures dealing with the construction, maintenance, operation of the City’s water production/distribution and wastewater/treatment systems.



Under supervision of the assigned Supervisor and/or Crew Foreman.



May exercise supervision over employees in a lower classification.



  • Operates light mobile equipment including, but not limited to backhoes, ditchers, and dump trucks required to exclusive activity to meet the need of the specific job and performance.
  • Skilled abilities in the operational use of compressors and small generators to supply air and electric power for air powered and electric tools.
  • Performs skilled knowledge in the operation of pneumatic tools, including jack hammers and hand tools necessary for the construction and repair of water distribution and wastewater systems.
  • Checks equipment daily to maintain efficient and safe operational status, including inspection and testing of tire conditions, air pressure, brakes, mechanical and engine fluids, brake lights, head lights, and such other systems and equipment as required.
  • Ensures adherence to all traffic safety regulations and procedures at all times
  • Ability to read work orders, blueprints, and line drawings.
  • Ability to construct and repair water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot water production and wastewater treatment systems.
  • Follows all safety rules, regulations, and policies established within the City and the Water Services Division.
  • Keeps the appearance of the shop and grounds in and orderly manner by general housekeeping.
  • Assist with reads and records water meter readings for billing purposes in a timely manner with a minimum amount of errors.
  • May be required to perform standby and weekend duties.


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.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in operating a backhoe; prior experience operating compressor and dump truck.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in operation of a New Mexico water production/distribution and/or wastewater treatment/collection system or equivalent.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to maintain a pleasant working relationship with fellow      employees and the general public.
  • Knowledge of Division and City Rules and Regulations.
  • Skill in operating listed tools and equipment.
  • Skill in the application of basic First Aid, including CPR.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate in both oral and written English.
  • Must possess good hearing and sight (aided or unaided).



  • Valid New Mexico Drivers’ License; Class “B” CDL.
  • Must possess New Mexico Water II and Wastewater II certifications.
  • Must be certified Backflow prevention, or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug test and the post-offer employment medical examination, due to the heavy lifting requirement.



  • Utilizes the equipment/tools/vehicles described in Essential Duties      section in addition to Division vehicles, portable or mobile radio,      various hand tools, pneumatic tools, and appropriate personal protective      equipment.
  • Materials and products handled:       All materials dealing with the construction and maintenance of      water distribution and wastewater collection lines and/or equipment; all      chemicals dealing with maintenance of Division vehicles and equipment, and      the general housekeeping of Division buildings and grounds; including      aerosol insecticides.

This is general not all inclusive.


  • 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 are      normally performed during weekdays, 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 the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions when notified of said disability.

  • Duties may involve      lifting of heavy objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Duties involve walking      or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet, or      dry surfaces           
  • Duties involve      climbing, crawling, sitting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, bending;      ability to assume prone positions, to rotate and to balance.
  • Duties require use of      hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls,      grasp, manipulate, reach with hands and arms, overall and finger dexterity.
  • Duties require ability      to talk and hear (aided or unaided).
  • Specific vision      abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision,      color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust      focus, bilateral coordination, and eye and hand coordination.



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 as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Contact :





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


See Job Description for full requirements and representative duties.



Grade GS-7 pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus Benefits




Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office, 505 Sims Street, 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:     September 15, 2017  -  Sentinel

                      September 20, 20117 - Herald



POSTED:       WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS (09/15/17 – Until filled)

                      CITY’S WEBSITE       (09/15/17 – Until filled)




Deadline for Applying : Open until filled