Are you looking to start a career with the City of St. Paul? Our Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) is seeking individuals to join our Supply Systems team. As a Utility Trainee, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform a variety of tasks while receiving training to obtain your Driver's License.
Watch our promotional video to learn more about the Water Department and these positions or come to our open house on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1900 Rice Street in Maplewood! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPpp0D3M10w&t=8s)
Candidates hired now will be joining at an exciting time as they will have the opportunity to promote onto the water distribution team where SPRWS has just launched a new program to remove all lead service lines from their service area over the next 10 years.
This position will perform routine duties under supervision to gain skills in a specified area of maintenance within SPRWS infrastructure and properties and learns to learn to operate, maintain, and repair water system components. Learns to drive and operate vehicles, power tools, hand tools, and other equipment to perform work assignments. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Information Specific to this Position: This position is located at Saint Paul Regional Water Services, 1900 Rice Street in Saint Paul. Utility Trainees works outdoors in all types of weather and are scheduled for weekday daytime shifts Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion The City of Saint Paul’s mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.
Primary Responsibilities: Works for extended periods of time performing manual labor maintenance work on varied terrain, including trimming, planting and seeding, watering, trash cleanup, grass cutting, shoveling, and emptying trash containers. Assists watershed crews in operations including hauling brush and debris, chipping brush, assisting in the installation of fences, and other related duties. Learns about the SPRWS water production and distribution systems and how to perform work related to the operation, maintenance, and repair of system components. Learns to operate equipment including walk behind weed whips, brush cutters, hedgers, blowers, shovels, lawn mowers, wheelbarrows and other tools and equipment as directed. Lifts and carries equipment, tools, and supplies of up to seventy-five (75) pounds. Bends, crawls, climbs, shovels, and stoops for long periods of time, and walks, lifts, pushes, pulls, stoops, and stands on uneven and slippery surfaces. Performs routine equipment maintenance which may include checking oil, tire greasing, changing blades, etc. Learns to make minor repairs and reports abnormalities. Learns to drive vehicles related to operations and maintenance tasks. Takes steps to obtain a MN Class D driver's license, if not already licensed. Operates in difficult, hazardous, and unpredictable work environments such as rain, snow, ice, and high winds. May be exposed to fumes, irritants, and/or gases.
Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Utility Trainee job description.
Must be at least 17 years of age.
Additional Information: Employment in this job classification shall not exceed 2080 regular work hours. SPRWS Utility Trainee employees who pass the trainee program and have obtained a Class D Driver’s License will be eligible to apply for a Water Utility Worker I position. Failure to obtain a Class D driver’s license will result in termination of employment. Extensions due to extenuating circumstances may be considered. If at any point it is determined by the department that the trainee is unable to successfully complete the Utility Trainee duties or meet the requirements of a Water Utility Worker I, the trainee may be terminated.