City of Wausau is seeking self-motivated individuals who are eager to learn the skills necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Water Distribution Maintainer position effectively with provided training.

Opening Date:  May 24, 2023

Closing Date:  June 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

To Apply:  Applications must be submitted at the following link:

Salary Information:  $22.37 – $29.52 DOQ. This position is classified as Non-Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Purpose of the Position:  This position is responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of all assets associated with the pumping, treatment, and distribution of potable water.  This position supports the utility in operating efficiently and effectively which maintaining a high level of customer service and staying compliant with our governing agencies (WDNR, EPA, WPSC).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Make taps in water lines with tapping machines, install taps and copper service lines.
  2. Install new, repair, or replace sections of water mains, fire hydrants, service laterals, curb boxes and water main operating valves.
  3. Repair and replace concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters and landscaping after water main or service installation and/or repair.
  4. Thaw frozen hydrants, mains and services using hand tools, electric welder, or water jetting equipment.
  5. Operate large backhoe and other heavy equipment for trenching, filling ditches, and similar work around gas, power, fiber optic lines and other utilities, where fine tolerance is required and where serious hazards to the operator or other employees may exist.
  6. Drive liquid solids truck and operates equipment for the Utility’s Treatment Solids Disposal Program. Coordinate placement of product and land availability with landowners.  Maintain program compliance with WDNR regulations.
  7. Operate large end loader for loading trucks and performing similar work.
  8. Install, remove, or replace water meters. Turn on or off water service as requested.  Perform inspections for leaks and cross-connections.
  9. Install and repair remote meter reading equipment including installation of radio reader and cables. Perform necessary checks to verify proper function of equipment.  Accurately document work performed.
  10. Investigate customer water complaints and take necessary corrective action.
  11. Test meters in the shop and field test larger meters per WPSC requirements. Accurately record and document information.
  12. Repair, clean, and rebuild meters as required.
  13. Read meters as assigned.
  14. Read and interpret maps and navigate GIS system.
  15. Locate water service and main leaks using Acoustic or computerized leak detection devices.
  16. This position may assist the Department of Public Works with duties as necessary and assigned.
  17. Locate underground utility lines in accordance with Diggers Hotline using electronic locating equipment.
  18. Foster a productive and collaborative work environment by coordinating work efforts with other City departments and employees.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Possess knowledge of WDNR Water Well Codes and has the ability to perform field inspections.
  • Obtain knowledge of Cross Connections and Cross Connection Control Devices and have the ability to become certified for inspections and repair.
  • May perform tasks of the Senior Water Distribution Maintainer during his/her absence.
  • Assist with operations and maintenance at the Water Treatment Plant, Wells and Booster Stations.
  • Performs other tasks and projects as assigned by the Water Superintendent or his/her designee.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to obtain the Class B CDL with N endorsement within 12 months of hire, and to be maintained throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in construction and repair, water main construction or repair, trade experience, plumbing, mechanical or electrical experience
  • Possession of a valid Class B Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s license (CDL), including tanker endorsement (N)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Able to read and interpret maps, ability to use a Tablet or PC to navigate GIS Systems.
  • Ability to problem solve, communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn safe and efficient operation of conventional and specialized large and small vehicles and construction equipment typically used in a municipal public works department. Ability to do manual labor such as shoveling.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn and apply the proper methods, tools, materials and equipment used for the repair and maintenance of water distribution systems, street pavements and sewer structures.
  • Availability to be on 24-hour call and respond to emergencies. Must be able to report to job within a reasonable time in such instances.
  • Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally life and/or move up to 100 pounds.

Physical and Working Environment

Employee performs standard activities requiring physical effort. The duties of the job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, walking, lifting (lift and carry objects weighing 60 pounds or less, and push or pull objects weighing up to 100 pounds), fingering, grasping, talking, hearing/listening (perceiving sounds in order to understand signals such as spoken directions, warning alarms, or requests for information), seeing/observing, bending/twisting (of the neck, back, or torso in order to reach, lift, tend machines, move materials, etc.), reaching (extending the hands or arms in any direction in order to push, pull, or grasp an object or control), feeling (using the sense of touch in fingers, hands, or other body parts to sense the position or quality of objects) and climbing (ascending or descending steps, stairs, ladders, scaffolding, or machines). Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, and peripheral vision; depth perception; the ability to adjust focus; and distinguish objects clearly at 20 inches or less with glasses, if needed.

The employee may be exposed to disagreeable elements of high and low outdoor temperatures.  The employee may be exposed to repetitive activities; intense or continuous noise; dirty environment; improper illumination; chemical hazards, and air contamination. The use of personal protection equipment (PPE) may be required, as there is significant exposure to hazards and conditions where there is a possible danger to life, health, or bodily injury, which may include mechanical, electrical, air contamination, and heights. May be required to work in a physically confined worksite with cramped, small, or restricted workplace making it difficult to stand, sit, or walk.

The City of Wausau is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.