Entry Level Construction Laborer/Water Serviceman

Parkland Light and Water Co.
P.O. Box 44426, Tacoma, WA
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Parkland Light and Water Company
P.O. Box 44426 Tacoma, WA 98448
Ph 253-531-5666 - 253-531-2684 Fax
Website: www.plw.coop.
Job Title: Entry Level Construction Laborer/Water Serviceman.
Department: Water Department
Wage: $29.39 to $40.88 per hour depending on experience and if
possess a Washington State Water Certification.
Position Closes on: Open until filled

Construction Laborer/Water Serviceman is a union position requiring a Washington State Water
Distribution Manager 1 Certification (WDM 1) within three years and is responsible for
construction, maintenance and operation of Parkland Light and Water Company’s (PL&WCo)
water distribution, and general utility needs such as meter reading, maintaining structures,
landscaping, trimming shrubs and other duties as needed. This position requires moderate
supervision. Responsible for job site safety, onsite work performance and in compliance with
all federal, state, local regulations, company policies and standards. View our service area map
at https://www.plw.coop/member-services/ Must live within a PL&WCo-determined
reasonable commute of the Company’s service area.

Download and complete application: https://www.plw.coop/Forms/JobApplication.pdf
Submit application to:
Email: General Manager, Susan Cutrell at cutrell@plw.coop Assure Subject
Line reads “ Entry Level Construction Laborer/Water Serviceman”.
Mail to: Parkland Light & Water Company, Atten: Susan Cutrell, P.O. Box
44426 Tacoma, WA 98448.

This position reports to and works under the direction of the Water Foreman. This position
performs a wide range of manual and technical labor to support the operation and maintenance
for the water distribution and general property needs.
 Perform skilled work in construction, locating, maintenance and repair of services, water
lines, raise and/or repair valves, hydrants, meters, and other water system facilities.
 Familiar on new regulations and procedures for operating a Class A public water system.
 Flushing water mains, pressure testing, and water quality sample collection on new
 Keep all vehicles clean and making minor corrections to vehicles on a daily basis, as well
as bi-weekly vehicle inspections.
 Must be able to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
 Must possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
 Document corrections to current maps by providing sketches or digital photos with
measurements for the engineering department to make corrections to improve utility
 Review and understand job site plans for while working as “Installation Inspector” for
construction projects.
 Prioritize service orders, locates, or other duties assigned to complete them in an efficient
and timely manner.
 Services and maintains tools and equipment used to repair water system facilities.
 Assesses job sites for hazardous conditions and set up proper barricades, warning signs,
traffic cones, station flaggers or other channeling devices to safely move traffic,
pedestrians and construction equipment around or through the construction zone/work
area for the safety of the crew and the general public.
 Complete required paperwork and forms on a daily basis. (Service orders, work orders,
material sheets, and time sheets)
 Train/share knowledge and skills with crew to build a teamwork environment.
 Maintain inventory. Along with crew, keep vehicles stocked with a minimum inventory
of materials for emergency and daily work.
 Responds to job-site inquiries and communicates with contractors and property owners
regarding work being performed and the impact work may have on their property.
 Provide excellent customer service by responding to customer complaints in a timely and
courteous manner.
 Understand that crew assignments will be adjusted when meter reading department
require assistance to perform disconnects, reading and delivering door hangers.
 Will be assigned to week long after hour emergency call out duty on a rotating basis.
 Other duties as assigned.

Duties are primarily performed in the field with exposure to extreme weather conditions for
extended periods of time, confined spaces, automobile traffic, construction tools and
equipment. Work involves exposure to fumes, loud noise, chemicals, hostile animals, and angry

This job typically requires sitting, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling,
walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, reaching, standing, talking,
hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to climb water towers up to 190 feet high.
Must be able to wear a respirator to work with AC water pipe and dangerous chemicals.
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50
pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Knowledge Of:
 Set-ups, layouts, practices, and procedures used to repair and service waterworks
 Maintenance and repair of water facilities in a wide variety of weather conditions;
 Safety hazards inherent to outdoor construction work;
 General concrete, landscaping, paving, and erosion control;
 Safety rules and regulations;
 Basic mechanics for equipment, machinery, and hand tools used in construction work;
 Confined space entry and trenching and shoring regulations, procedures, and practices;
 Standards and regulations used in the installation of water systems.
 Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely to field crew,
customers, office employees, state, county officials and management staff.
 Team player with ability and desire to accept direction from others.
 Prompt and time sensitive to job completion.

Skills in:
 Operating construction equipment such as generator, jackhammers, and cut-off saws;
 Operating hand tools;
 Operating and maneuvering single and double axel dump trucks and trailers;
 Drawing as-built sketches; use of digital camera and laptop to assist engineering in
documenting electronic as-built information;
 Reading blueprints, as-built sketches, and maps;
 Working with staff with varying skill levels;
 Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees and the
general public;
 Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers,
supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to
receive work direction;
 Prioritizing work assignments and meeting deadlines;

Experience/Education: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides
the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively and efficiently
perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three years’ experience in maintenance and installation of water systems with a construction
company or utility water purveyor.

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Licensing Requirements:
Possess and maintain:
 Valid Washington State Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to PL&WCo
and its insurance carrier.
 Commercial Driver’s Class A License with Airbrake Endorsement.
 Industrial First Aid and CPR Card within six months of employment.
 Certified Flagger Card within six months of employment.
 A Washington State Water Distribution Manager Operator in Training Certification
within 2 years of employment and Water Distribution Manager 1 within 3 years of
 A Washington State Cross Connection Specialist (CCS) Certification is required.

The Construction Laborer starting at $29.39 per hour or D.O.E. Water Serviceman starting at
$37.72 per hour or D.O.E and Water Serviceman after 1st year position starting wage is
$40.88 per hour, plus excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, defined pension,
401K, vacation, sick leave, life insurance, and paid holidays

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and may be changed or
amended at any time to meet the needs of the Company.
The statements contained in these job descriptions reflect general details as necessary to describe
the principal functions of the job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the
scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work
requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other
functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise balance
the workload. PL&WCo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.