The Village of Sussex (population 11,000) is hiring a full-time Public Works Employee to primarily assist the wastewater utility. The Village operates a grade 4 regional treatment facility serving residents in the Village of Sussex, Village of Lannon, Lisbon Sanitary District #1, Richmond School, and a portion of the Village of Menomonee Falls. Wastewater utility work includes plant maintenance, lab work, lift station maintenance, collection system maintenance, and response to sewer backups and more.
The Public Works Department is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including street maintenance, stormwater utility, water utility, wastewater utility, and special project. All Public Works Employees are expected to be cross-trained in all the identified areas; however, the majority of time for this position will be spent working for the wastewater utility.
Water Utility: Successful operation of the Village’s water utility, which includes seven wells, two water towers, one standpipe, and approximately 57 miles of water main. Water utility work includes valve turning, chemical addition, hydrant flushing, cross connection surveys, meter installation and more.
Street Maintenance: Maintaining the Village’s streets. Work includes pothole repair, plowing, concrete repair and installation, lawn damage repair, hanging banners, equipment maintenance, leaf, limb and Christmas tree collection and more.
Stormwater Utility: Maintaining the Village’s stormwater system. Work includes mowing stormwater pond facilities, cleaning catch basins, and more.
Special Projects and Other Duties:
Operation of a municipal yard waste collection site
Equipment maintenance, which may include welding
Capital projects in the Village’s park system, such as installing new playgrounds
Building maintenance at well houses, the wastewater treatment plant, and the Public Works Garage.
Public Works employees work as a team to complete all assigned tasks under the guidance of two Public Works Foremen, Assistant Director of Public Works, and Director of Public Works.
On-Call: Weekend work will occur on a rotation basis. Public Works employees work every 9th weekend after training is finalized. Weekend work includes wastewater treatment plant lab work and well checks. The position will also be on-call after the completion of deer hunting season to March 1st for snow removal as all members of the Public Works team assist with snow removal.
Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License as well as a Class A CDL and tanker endorsement or be able to obtain within 6 months of hire. Experience in wastewater plant operations, lab work, and maintenance is preferred. Preference will also go to candidates with DNR subclasses A1, B, C, P, D, and L certification and knowledge of lift station and collection systems. Electrical knowledge is also strongly encouraged.
Wage: The starting pay is $25.00 or higher DOQ for candidates with the preferred qualifications listed above or $22.40 or higher DOQ for candidates who only meet the minimum qualifications listed. All positions are eligible for a merit based raise annually. The average raise for the past several years has been 3%. The Village offers a competitive insurance package (health and dental) and participates in the retirement program through Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).
Apply: Employment applications and cover letter should be submitted online no later than May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Apply at www.villagesussex.org/hiring.
Why Work for the Village of Sussex?
Benefits: The Village offers a very competitive benefits package. A few benefits unique to the Village include our insurance opt-out program and an employer match to a 457 deferred compensation retirement program. If an employee chooses not to accept the Village’s health and/or dental insurance, they will receive 20% of the Village’s total premium and HSA contribution for opting out of this coverage. This amounts to $4,461 annually if you are opting out of family coverage. The pro-rated amount is added to the employee’s bi-weekly paycheck. The 457 deferred compensation match is up to $600 annual and is typically used as a supplemental retirement savings program for the employee. The Village of Sussex is one of the few employers in the region to offer these benefits.
Professional Development: The Village is invested in the professional development of our employees. The Village pays for all interested Public Works employees to complete the Public Works Leadership Academy. The skills learned at this training are helpful in day-to-day operations and provide the employee the skills needed to move into leadership roles.
Growing: The Village of Sussex is a growing community, and with that growth comes resources and the opportunity to work on exciting and unique projects. Additionally, The Village Board has set a policy to replace equipment on a set cycle using funding that is put aside each year for this purpose.