Arlington County, Virginia
$43,368.00 - $81,348.80 Annually
Jun 24, 2022
Jul 29, 2022
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Position Information
Are you interested in a career, not just a job, where you can help construct and maintain Arlington County's vital public infrastructure?

The Department of Environmental Services is seeking Water/Sewer/Streets (WSS) Service Technicians for placement on an eligible list that will be used to fill current and future vacancies in the Water, Sewer & Streets Bureau.

We are interested in motivated, skilled WSS Service Technicians who enjoy working in a team environment and are committed to providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers. Join one of our crews specializing in: water maintenance, water distribution, sewer construction, sewer maintenance, sewer video inspection, street construction, street maintenance, and/or asphalt/concrete maintenance. Crew members work in all types of weather conditions, performing tasks related to the maintenance, replacement, repair, inspection and new installation of various water, sewer, and streets infrastructure.

Specific duties within specified sections include, but are not limited to:

Water Maintenance
  • Water main, hydrant, and valve repair and maintenance; and
  • Service installations and restorations for utility patch repair (Asphalt/Concrete/Seed-Straw).
Water Distribution/Meter Maintenance
  • General water system maintenance;
  • Meter reading, inspection, installation, removal and replacement of residential and commercial water meters; and
  • Valve and fire hydrant inspection.
Sewer Construction/Maintenance
  • Maintenance and replacement of pipes, catch basins, manholes, culverts, channels and other storm and sanitary sewer structures;
  • Asphalt and concrete work; and
  • Sewer flushing and/or jetting, baiting and retrievals, inspections/cleanings.
Sewer Video Inspection
  • Inspection of storm and sanitary sewer mains and structures using CCTV trucks, pole cameras, etc.; and
  • Set up and operation of acoustic sewer inspection system.
Street Construction/Maintenance; Asphalt/Concrete Maintenance
  • Construction, installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, concrete pads, and bike share stations; and
  • Asphalt and concrete work including utility patches and potholes.

Employees in all sections are required to:
  • Use a computer and related software or work order system to enter data for work orders, completion of work, and customer complaint documentation;
  • Perform daily written and verbal team/customer interaction including responding to onsite resident inquiries;
  • Use hand and power tools to complete work;
  • Operate commercial and non-commercial vehicles, based on assignment; and;
  • Respond to emergencies including call-back and mandatory overtime as needed (i.e., snow removal operations, water main breaks, other emergencies).

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

Please complete this application one time to be considered for any openings throughout the recruitment window of May 20, 2022 - August 18, 2022 .

Minimum Requirements:

WSS Service Technician Trainee:
  • High School Diploma/GED.;
  • Ability to learn how to operate non-commercial vehicles, use hand and power tools and read maps; and
  • Must be able to obtain a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Basic Work Zone Certification within one year of hire date.

WSS Service Technician:

  • High School Diploma/GED;
  • One (1) year of experience in public works, construction or another trade vocation that demonstrates the ability to perform semi-skilled manual maintenance and/or construction; and
  • Ability to use hand and power tools to complete work, read maps, and operate commercial and non-commercial vehicles based on assignment.

WSS Senior Service Technician:

  • High School Diploma/GED;
  • Two (2) years of experience in public works, construction or another trade vocation that demonstrates the ability to perform semi-skilled to skilled manual maintenance and/or construction.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools to complete work, read maps, and operate commercial and non-commercial vehicles based on assignment.

In addition to the above minimum requirements and based on assignment, employees must be able to obtain one or more of the following certifications/licenses within one year of hire date:
  • Confined Space Entry and Excavation certification (or equivalent certification from another jurisdiction with the ability to obtain a Virginia certification within one year of hire date);
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Basic Work Zone certification (or equivalent as described above); and/or
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Typically required in Streets, Sewer, and Water Maintenance sections. Some vacancies may not require a CDL.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following depending on the area of assignment:
  • Related experience in construction, utility operations, or in one or more technical areas of water, sewer, or streets operations;
  • Experience or training reading blueprints, plans, and system maps;
  • Experience using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS);
  • Work zone certification to include flagging;
  • Confined space and/or Excavation certification; and/or
  • Possession of a valid class "B" or "A" commercial driver's license.

Special Requirements

  • Employees are required to respond to after-hour calls, emergency situations, and mandatory overtime may be required on short notice. May also require availability for on-call duty on a rotating basis.
  • WSS Service Technicians and Senior Service Technicians require possession of a Class "A" or "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) (some positions may not require a CDL). Other positions for which this recruitment may be used to fill, may require a valid CDL with or without endorsements or other job-related certifications/licenses at time of application or within a specified timeframe normally not to exceed up to one year of hire date.
  • Valid driver's license. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • Prior to the time of appointment, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screening. Successful applicants for positions requiring CDL will be subject a random drug screening during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies.
  • A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Covid-19 Vaccination : Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

Safety/Working Conditions
Employees are required to wear common protective gear or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, and/or hard hats. Requires learning and following all safety rules and regulations pertaining to job functions which includes attending all required safety classes and meetings in order to ensure a safe work environment and to ensure team members are practicing the required safety rules and regulations.

Work is generally performed outdoors and in all types of weather conditions and often near moving traffic. Some work may be performed indoors depending upon the work assignment. The work environment includes exposure to draft, noise, dust, grease, and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, crouching, stooping, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and/or working in confined spaces and lifting light-to-heavy objects and equipment.

Physical Requirements: Exerting up to 100lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.

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