Operator in Training / Operator 1

Rockwood Water People's Utility District
19601 NE Halsey, Portland, Oregon
Job Type
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Salary Range:

Operator in Training: $4,491 per month, plus benefits (position is offered at 40 hours per week).

Operator 1*: $4,815-$5,867 per month, plus benefits (position is offered at 40 hours per week).

*Minimum certification requirements apply. See job description for details.  

Application Deadline: Open until filled. First review of applications on July 8th, 2022.



Application materials will be evaluated, and qualified candidates will be interviewed.  You must have verifiable references with current contact information.  If you wish modification of the selection process to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing and submit it along with the required application materials.  All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening, physical exam, background investigation, and verifiable references.  Preference will be given to honorably discharged veterans and disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  To receive veterans’ preference, please complete the veterans’ preference form, including attachment of required materials, and submit with your applications materials.



Complete and Return a signed District application form along with your resume and cover letter to:

Rockwood Water People's Utility District

19601 NE Halsey Street Portland, OR  97230

or email signed and completed documents to:


Applications are available at the District office or visit www.rwpud.org.






REPORTS TO: Superintendent / Assistant Superintendent



The Operator in Training (OIT) and Operator 1 positions are entry level positions within the Operator Series. These roles are trained to perform a variety of manual and semi-skilled tasks in the District’s Operations Department. Work is completed through training along with independent work within a team environment. The work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion for conformance with instructions and specifications.

Operator in Training expectations: Entry level role where training and experience will be provided on the job. Incumbent will learn a variety of skills, techniques, and systems throughout a 12-month period. Incumbent is expected to show and perform essential duties of an Operator 1 to obtain required certifications to be successful and transition to an Operator 1 level role.

Operator 1 expectations:  Incumbents in this role are expected to perform all duties assigned with independence, accuracy, and proficiency. Incumbent will utilize required certifications to perform independently, in a team, and continue to grow and train on additional duties within the Operator Series.


  1. Perform duties of a Meter Reader as required reading a minimum of 50 meters per hour on average.
  2. Field locate District water meters, water lines and other assets.
  3. Perform the duties of Meter Technician as required.
  4. Train on various duties of an Operator 2.
  5. Develop an understanding of system operations and SCADA.
  6. Train on the calibration, testing, repair, and replacement of small and large meters in the shop and in the field on customers’ premises in accordance with the District’s small and large meter testing program and protocols.
  7. Perform miscellaneous water system field work.
  8. Work with office staff, transmit reads, and meet required schedules.
  9. Safely enter confined spaces.
  10. Compile maintenance logs.
  11. Perform maintenance on boxes and meters as assigned.
  12. Communicate effectively with the public and present a positive and professional image.
  13. Participates in cross training as time allows to assist other personnel.  Takes on additional assignments as requested and assists with other positions as needed.
  14. Maintenance of reservoirs, buildings, and grounds.
  15. Traffic control setup and flagging of traffic
  16. Assists in minor repairs to District’s equipment and facilities.
  17. Operates a variety of power tools and other equipment in a safe and responsible manner including, but not limited to, chainsaw, pipe saw, trash pump, jackhammer, hydraulic shoring, pressure testing and chlorinating pump, lawnmower, weed eater, street saw, hydraulic rock splitter, compactor, and welder.
  18. Follows standards as outlined in the District's Policy Manual.
  19. Participates in cross training as time allows to assist other personnel. Takes on additional assignments as requested and assists with other positions as needed.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid driver license.



  • Strong aptitude for numbers and ability to calculate simple math.
  • Ability to do data entry on a hand-held device and manual numeric entry on hard copy.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must have the ability to work in traffic.
  • Knowledge and skills in communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • Solid basic computer skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to maintain meters and meter boxes or the aptitude to learn how.
  • Must have strong mechanical aptitude and the ability to perform numerous tasks associated with the delivery of safe drinking water.



Operator in Training:

  • Must obtain a Class A CDL with tanker endorsement within 6 months of employment with the District.
  • Must acquire Oregon Water Distribution Level I certification or Operator in Training (OIT) prior to advancing to an Operator 1
  • Must obtain Oregon Health Authority, Cross Connection Specialist & Backflow Assembly Tester certifications prior to advancing an Operator 1

Operator 1 (Required upon placement into classification):

  • Must possess Class A CDL with tanker endorsement
  • Must possess Oregon Water Distribution Level I certification
  • Must possess Oregon Health Authority, Cross Connection Specialist & Backflow Assembly Tester certification