CITY OF NEWPORT: Utility Worker 1 - Streets and Storm Sewer - Newport, OR

Employer: City of Newport

Job Description:

The City of Newport is seeking a professional, dedicated, and hard working individual to fill the position of Utility Worker I in the streets division of the Public Works Department.

This position will work under the supervision of the Public Works Operations Superintendent, in the Streets and Storm Sewer Division and will generally performs maintenance, construction and repair of streets, sidewalks, storm drains, and other public infrastructure within the public right-of-way and on public owned facilities and easements.

Placement in the salary range will be based on the knowledge, skills, experience, training, and education of the person hired. The City of Newport offers a robust benefits package. Please see the City's website for specific benefit information.

This is a full-time, non-exempt, represented position. To provide prompt response to our community in emergency situations, the person hired must reside within (30) road miles of Newport City Hall.

A $500 sign-on bonus to be paid at the end of the first full payroll cycle, AND,
A $750 retention bonus paid after working 12 full months for the City of Newport.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be: High School Diploma or GED, AND minimum 1-year experience in related field.

KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of general construction principles in geometric design for streets, pavements, traffic control. Knowledge of requirements for procuring goods. Knowledge of occupational hazard and effective/proper safety standards, practices and procedures related to equipment operation, heavy labor, pesticide application, and the use of hand and power tools and equipment. Familiarity with the operations, materials, methods, techniques, and the Federal and State guidelines used in construction and maintenance of streets and storm sewer systems. Demonstrated knowledge of personal protective equipment (PPE) application, use, and care. Proficiency in identifying and working with and around utility locates (call in, identify markings)

SKILLS: Skill in the use of personal computers, various related software programs, standard office equipment, heavy equipment and power/hand tools. Proficiency in routine vehicle maintenance, service, and refueling. Strong time management, analytical, organization, and prioritization skills. Customer Service orientation and skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communications skills with a variety of audiences; Ability to communicate complex material in a simple, understandable manner; Reasoning, analysis, and problem solving skills combined with excellent judgment and professionalism.

ABILITIES: Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with City management, employees, Council members, other entities, and the general public. Ability to write work reports and maintain records and logs; read and interpret technical manuals, work orders, blueprints, diagrams, and sketches; operate heavy equipment and hand/power tools used in public works operations. Ability to analyze operational situations objectively, effectively respond to public works emergencies, conduct lead work, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individual and groups. Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.

Subject to 24-hour call back for emergencies. Consistent availability and response to after-hours emergency call-back after 6 months of hire. Understanding and proficiency of radio communication protocol


Possession of a valid Oregon driver's license at time of hire.
Possession of a valid Oregon Class A commercial driver's license with N (tanker) endorsement within six months of hire.
Forklift training within six months of hire.
First Aid/CPR within six months of hire.
Work Zone Traffic Control (flagger) training within 6 months of hire.
Confined Space training within 6 months of hire.
Competent person training within 6 months of hire.
Lock-Out- Tag-Out training within 6 months of hire.
Occupational Noise Exposure training at time of hire.
Other certifications as required by position classification.
Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including the ability to frequently lift or move materials up to sixty pounds and occasionally lift or move materials up to 100 pounds. The position requires the ability to operate a motorized vehicle. Manual dexterity and coordination are required about 70% of the work period while operating equipment such as computers, keyboards, telephones, standard office equipment, maintenance equipment, and motorized vehicles. Physical exertion may be required to move heavy objects, crawl through tight spaces, and kneel in confined areas. Physical effort may be required to perform heavy manual labor in confined and cramped spaces and uncomfortable conditions, climb ladders, bend, reach, and stand for long periods of time.
Sensory requirements include; speaking, hearing, vision, color discrimination, touch, smell, and balance.

Work location is primarily outdoors (80+% of the time) and may involve exposure to loud noise, fumes, chemicals, dust, mud, uneven terrain and varying and extreme weather conditions. Employees in this position are exposed to the risk physical harm from hazards found in field environment. Occasional work in high places may be required while using the bucket truck.
Subject to 24-hour call-back for emergencies.

How to Apply

All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system at

Only complete applications will be considered. Please do not fax, mail or e-mail any documentation. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.

The City of Newport is an EEO employer and veteran's preference provider. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under state, federal, or local law.

All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check, reference checking, and in the case of safety sensitive positions, drug and alcohol testing.

The City of Newport follows Oregon law regarding Veterans’ Preference in Public Employment. If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, you must complete the Veteran’s Preference Form and attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215. If you are a disabled veteran, you must also include a copy of your Veteran's Administration benefit summary/award letter with your application.

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Application Method: Apply Online
Base Pay: $3,692 - $4,840 /MO

Posted on May 17, 2023

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