Job Title:  Utility Operator / Public Works Laborer

Department: Department of Public Works and Utilities

Reports To: Director of Public Works and Utilities

Status: Full Time / Hourly

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Public Works Director, the Utility Operator / Public Works Laborer performs skilled and semi-skilled maintenance and repair work.  Primary job functions include assisting with the maintenance and operation of the water and wastewater utilities. Other job duties for this position will include a variety of tasks such as operating and maintaining various pieces of equipment, streets, sidewalks, cemetery, parks, municipal buildings, storm water collection system and the sanitary sewer collection system, and other miscellaneous duties that may be required for this position.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Performs maintenance and repair tasks in municipal buildings and facilities to include inspecting fire extinguishers, emergency lights, and exit lights; park structures and playground equipment.
  • Ability to read blue prints and schematics and perform maintenance on pumps, motors, valves, plumbing, chemical feed systems, electrical controls, generators, vehicles and other related equipment.
  • Operates and maintains dump truck, snow plow, tractor, street sweeper, air compressor, mowers, utility trucks, brush chipper, paint striper, welders and power tools.
  • Performs infrastructure maintenance and repairs to include, but not limited to the water distribution system and pump houses, wastewater treatment plant, lift stations and collection system, street and sidewalk repair, sign repair, and catch basin and manhole repair.
  • Ability to use a variety of tools and equipment such as multi-meters, various welders, chain saw, concrete saw, steamer, calipers, table saw, circular saw, sand blaster and power sprayer, etc…
  • Performs landscaping tasks to include mowing grass, sweeping, raking, and trimming trees, shrubs, and weeds.
  • Assist the water and wastewater operators as needed or directed.
  • Monitors the SCADA system for the water, wastewater, and collection system and troubleshoot problems that may arise.
  • Prepare routine records on work and equipment, and complete data entry on SCADA computer.
  • Perform all work functions in an efficient manner while maintaining the highest quality service possible, and while following the proper procedures for workplace safety.
  • Perform any other related duties that are not listed here that may be required for this position, or as assigned by the Director of Public Works and Utilities and/or the Public Works & Utilities Foreman.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, and have a valid Wisconsin CDL or the ability to obtain one within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Must pass a post-employment offer drug screen and physical.
  • Subject to random drug testing as part of the Brown County drug testing program.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must successfully complete a twelve (12) month probationary period.
  • Snowplowing required on a rotating schedule.
  • Required to be part of the weekly on call rotation and work scheduled overtime on weekends and holidays. (2.5 hrs./day, 4-week rotation)
  • Required to respond to after hour emergencies that include, but not limited to water main breaks, service leaks, water well and lift station alarms, or snow plowing.
  • Ability to perform basic math functions.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner at all times while conducting Village business.
  • Required to carry Village provided cell phone while on duty and while on call rotation.
  • Perform quarterly water readings at all customer locations.

Experience, Education, and Training Required:

  • A High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Possession of a WDNR water system certification subclass G-groundwater and D-distribution, or the ability to obtain certifications within a reasonable timeframe. Schooling paid for by the village.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge with using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Minimum Physical Abilities Required Performing Essential Job Functions:

  • Work in outdoor settings and in varied weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift loads up to eighty pounds.
  • Ability to climb ladders, water towers, and enter confined spaces.
  • Ability to operate office equipment such as computer, fax, telephone, and copy machine.
  • Work will require the ability to sit, stand, or walk for up to eight hours.
  • Ability to operate and use hand tools, motorized vehicles and equipment.

Function of Job Description:

This job description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position.  The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the duties of employees under supervision.  The Village of Wrightstown retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.


 New employees must either live in the Village or live within a twenty (20) minute response time by the end of twelve (12) months following the completion of a twelve (12) month probationary period (total 24 months).

Department of Public Works & Utilities
352 High St.
Wrightstown, WI 54180

Phone – 920-532-0434
Fax – 920-532-0433