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Engineering Technician Intern

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Opening Announcement/Job Description
April 17, 2018

Title: Engineering Technician Intern

Dept./Div: Public Works/Engineering 

Nature of Work: This is a temporary (not to exceed 500 hours), full-time position in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department responsible for performing a broad variety of engineering, surveying, drafting and computer work. This position performs work both outdoors and in an office setting. The Engineering Technician Intern is directly responsible to and is supervised and evaluated by the Public Works Director and/or City Engineer.

Essential Duties:

  1. Perform duties as survey crew member, construction inspector and engineering technician
    Effectively communicate with supervisors, and co-workers in the running of lines and grades, gathering of data and measuring of areas
    Effectively and accurately use Global Positioning System (GPS) and survey equipment including but not limited to: optical levels, tapes, hand levels, hammers, shovels, pick axes and the like
    Perform field work including but not limited to climbing ladders, crossing ditches, climbing embankments, descending into ditches or trenches using proper safety precautions
    Drive stakes with an 8 pound sledge hammer. Carry equipment weighing up to 25 pounds for as much as 5 miles a day
    Work as much as eight hours or more a day out-of-doors in all weather conditions
    Upload information electronically to use in the field with the total station or GPS equipment and download information electronically in the office that was gathered in the field
    Accurately take and record field data and measurements into notebooks using pencil and paper in a legible manner and in standard engineering/surveying format
    Assist with the engineering details of a construction projects and the satisfactory completion of projects
    Accurately record and maintain construction job records for a project (written and computer)
    Perform computations in the office and/or field either manually, with a calculator or by computer, as available
    Effectively and accurately use and apply basic mathematic principles
    Supervise and assist in the gathering of data on City utilities, which includes removing and replacing valve box and manhole lids weighing up to 125 pounds with a pick or pry bar
    Effectively use, maintain and clean field equipment
  2. Perform duties as computer aided draftsperson, engineering drafter, and office assistant
    Effectively and efficiently use personal computer
    Effectively use Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel and Word), and computer aided drafting software (Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D)
    Effectively type and enter data in a computer using a basic keyboard and mouse
    Work as much as four hours or more in front of a computer screen or work at a standard height drafting table or desk
    Discern colored data from a computer screen and colored detailed lines and drawings
    Assist with preparation of maps, sketches, charts and presentations as required
    Make manual and calculator assisted computations in the office or field
    Effectively utilize filing system methods and indexing
    Assist with the preparation of drawings, plans, cost estimates and specifications for various City projects
    Answer telephones and accurately take messages and assist citizens with information and needs
  3. Communicate effectively both orally, in person, over the telephone and by two-way radio, and in writing
  4. Use tact and good judgment and utilize strong and effective interpersonal skills in interacting with co-workers, members of the community, agencies and organizations; work effectively both independently and as a team member
  5. Safely operate motor vehicles as necessary to perform duties

Other Duties: Perform other duties as necessary to accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department of the City of Carbondale.

Work Environment: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors exposing the employee to extreme heat/cold weather and working around moving vehicles. Protective equipment which may be worn includes hard hats, safety vests, safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs, and the like.

Physical Demands: Office work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, bending, lifting of objects under 25 pounds, and requires the ability to sit for extended period of time, to operate personal computers, and to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth, and texture. Work outdoors requires frequent to continuous walking, at times over uneven or rough surface; standing; occasionally lifting and carrying moderately heavy objects between 15-49 pounds and occasionally heavy objects 50 pounds or over.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: Recent Graduate or currently enrolled and perusing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or closely related field; preference will be given to Junior and Senior level students. Proficient use of personal computers and Microsoft Office required; familiarity with AutoCAD Civil 3D Suite preferred. Must regularly be available to work 40 hours per week (8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday) from hire date through August 10, 2018. Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license; must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check.

Temporary, Full-time (limited to 500 hours), Overtime Eligible
Salary Range 2, $12.75/hour
Residency Boundary Requirement (9 mile radius of Carbondale)

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment and resume to the Human Resources Office, 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 by 5:00PM on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Application and full job description may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website at The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

Lifeguards (6)

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Opening Announcement/Job Description
April 13, 2018

Title:      Lifeguards (6) 

Dept./Div.:    Public Works/Lake Management    

Nature of Work:  These are part-time, temporary positions (no benefits) at the City's Poplar Camp Beach on Cedar Lake.  The Lifeguard will supervise swimmers and other area users and is supervised and evaluated by the Head Lifeguard and/or the Cedar Lake Supervisor or his designee.

Essential Duties:

  1. Swim and when necessary, possess the ability to physically rescue distressed persons from the water, effectively use rescue equipment and if needed, perform CPR and administer artificial respiration; handle other minor or severe first aid treatment, assess situations, control patrons, and if necessary, summon emergency medical personnel.
  2. Climb onto and climb down from lifeguard stand, if and when necessary, jump from stand to rescue or assist anyone who may encounter difficulties.
  3. Learn all the beach rules and regulations and via conversation or use of megaphone, inform swimmers and area users of the regulations and enforce them.
  4. Recognize and mitigate dangerous or threatening situations, impede prohibited activities and keep area users within marked boundaries.
  5. Meet and deal effectively with general public, always being firm but polite with the enforcement of rules and regulations.
  6. Maintain the area's cleanliness and safety by picking up and removing debris, foreign objects and litter.  Empty waste receptacles regularly, clean the washrooms daily and stock them with toilet tissue and paper towels.
  7. Collect beach user fees, sell passes, make accurate change and complete in writing the daily report forms; be responsible for their accuracy.
  8. Operate the concessions stand by always being courteous and polite to the public; promptly comply with customer requests, collect money and give accurate change; keep concession area clean and sale items stocked and attractively displayed; count all money, complete in writing the daily report forms and be accountable for all sale items, equipment and revenue.
  9. Prepare the beach for opening each morning and its closure in the evenings, including proper storage and display of all equipment and sale items.  This includes but is not limited to:  1) opening and closing of all gates; 2) cleaning restrooms; 3) removing all litter and foreign objects from the area; 4) installing and storing ladder on guard stand; 5) filling, lifting, and placing ice in chests and arranging other sale items in concession stand a return to proper storage; 6) erecting umbrella and returning to storage; 7) picking up in the morning and returning each evening certain items at the lake headquarters.
  10. Be responsible for proper care and use of all beach equipment, supplies and facilities.  Handle radios and megaphones with care, keep dry and free of sand and dirt.  Handle and use the umbrella, radio and lifesaving equipment in such a manner as not to dent, bend, rip or tear. 
  11. Comprehend and follow all oral and written instructions.
  12. Use tact and good judgment; utilize strong and effective interpersonal skills in interacting with supervisors, co-workers, consultants and the public; work effectively both independently and as a team member.

Other Duties: Perform other tasks as assigned for the overall operation of the beach.

Work Environment: Work is performed outdoors usually in warm and hot weather, but occasionally in cold and rain; employees may be exposed to temperature extremes, wet conditions and ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Physical Demands: Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing and climbing a ladder. At times, the use of hands and feet are used to paddle a rescue board around swimming area.  Lifesaving requires the physical agility to run, swim, pull and lift a person to safety. Work also involves perceiving and/or discriminating colors, sounds, depth, and texture.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: Certified by the American Red Cross, the National Pool and Water Park Lifeguard Training Program, the YMCA or another lifeguard certifying organization with an equivalent lifeguard certification program. Applicant must be in good physical condition.  Whistle and appropriate swim wear are required of each lifeguard.

Temporary, Part-time Position/Overtime Eligible/No Benefits

Salary: Range 2   $10.65/hr. - Positions start around May 21 and will run thru Labor Day

Residency Boundary Requirement

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office, 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2018.  Applications may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website  The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

Utility Maintenance Worker (Meter Maintenance)

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Description/Job Opening Announcement
April 13, 2018

Title: Utility Maintenance Worker (Meter Maintenance)

Dept./Div.: Public Works/Water Distribution and Sewer Collection 

Nature of Work: This is a full-time position in Water Distribution and Sewer Collection in the Public Works Department. Work is primarily of a manual nature entailing maintenance, cleaning and repairing of the utility system, reading of water meters and performing the duties assigned to the board runner. Position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sewage collection system and water distribution system, obtaining accurate monthly readings of water meters, maintenance and repair of water meters and lids, connecting and disconnecting water service. The Utility Maintenance Worker reports to and is evaluated by the Superintendent of Water Distribution and Sewer Collection, the Meter Maintenance Division Supervisor, and/or the Water Operations Manager.

Essential Duties: 

  1. Manually repair water main, sewer main, water service, and sewer service. Visually identify and manually select the proper tools, materials, and equipment for the job. Verbally call for utility locations. Read drawing or sketch to determine where to dig. Manually set up necessary safety signs, barricades and cones. Manually locate existing water and sewer utilities using audible and visually readable pipe and metal locations. Use marking paint to spray utility locations. Use a ladder to climb down into or jump into hole. Manually use different shovels to excavate existing utilities or water and sewer lines. Use hand tools or power tools to physically remove and repair lines. Manually lift and carry proper fittings and pipe weighing up to 100 pounds to make repairs. Manually install and operate a trash pump/generator/flood lights. Lift and carry 80 pound concrete mix bags, physically mix the concrete. Verbally communicate safety commands to others in the ditch or hole. Load dump truck with gravel or blacktop using an end loader. Dump gravel and blacktop in hole. Tamp gravel and blacktop with portable or backhoe mounted tamper. Read, repair, install, and inventory water meters in a variety of locations and adverse conditions, including high grass, weeds, brush, etc., and in all types of weather conditions. Repair meter lids by installing new meter lid nut by pounding out and removing old nut and resetting a new nut with a large hammer. Repair meters by removing bolts with a socket wrench, removing parts from the meter, cleaning parts with detergent, replacing any defective parts, and reassembling the meter. In writing, record entries on work order for personnel and equipment hours used to perform repairs and inventory parts used. Physically carry and return all unused material to proper place. Clean up and return all equipment and tools to it's proper condition. Manually write down and record any defects or shortages of equipment and materials. Manually operate a 2-way radio or telephone to communicate verbally with the supervisor.
  2. Physically install new water service, water main, hydrant, valve, sewer service, main or manhole: Manually set up and operate a 150 pound mole machine to push water line under the street. Set sewer pipe at proper slope from main to new service connection at manhole. Set proper meter yoke, pit, meter and frame and lid to proper grade. Physically lift, set up and operate a 100 pound water or sewer tapping machine using the correct adapters and fittings on the proper size main.
  3. Manually take inventory: Obtain and visually read the correct inventory form to identify and count each inventory item. In writing, record number of items on inventory list.
  4. Manually install new meter and tighten nuts or bolts. Turn water back on and check for leaks. Replace and secure lid. In writing, record on work order meter readings and serial numbers, equipment used, materials used, and personnel time. Physically clean and return all items to the proper place.
  5. Operate Sewer Jet: Visually read work order describing task to be performed. Have appropriate drivers license to manually drive sewer jet to the job site. Determine where the stoppage is and determine the flow between two manholes. Position sewer jet at the downstream manhole; secure the area with the necessary safety traffic warning devices. Lift manhole lid from manhole. Start and operate sewer jet engine. Insert hose into main and attach hose rollers. Engage pump and bring engine up to proper rpm's. Run hose through the sewer until at blockage. Continue to clean the entire sewer segment. Clean and return equipment to proper storage place. Record the location of the blockage, personnel and equipment time used and leave customer a copy of our sewer backup policy indicating whether the problem was determined to be in the City's line or the customer's line.
  6. Read meters by driving or riding as a passenger in a City vehicle to the location of the route, secure the vehicle, walk the route and if necessary, return to pick up co-worker at a designated time to return to the water plant locating the address from the view screen on the interrogator. Read the meter by touch read method or by bending or stooping to unlock the meter lid with a meter wrench using a twisting motion. Remove the lid and transfer the numbers from the face of the meter to the interrogator by punching the numbers on the key pad and then returning the lid to its original locked down position.
  7. Collect routine water main break samples.
  8. Safely and effectively operate vehicles and equipment: Physically operate, lift and carry 100 pound air hammer, 100 pound water tapping machine and sewer tapping machine, 150 pound mole or pushing machine, 75 pound trash pump, and 100 pound generator. Manually drive pickup, dump truck, end loader, backhoe and other heavy equipment. Must visually read and record information in writing on maintenance records and manually perform preventative maintenance on valves, hydrants and manholes. Manually flush fire hydrants in the field and record information on records. Verbally operate two way base, mobile and portable radios.
  9. Comprehend and follow oral and/or written instructions.
  10. Be knowledgeable of and practice good safety procedures in performing work.
  11. Work in a variety of locations, adverse conditions, all types of weather conditions and to perform all work in a safe and acceptable manner.
  12. Interact effectively and cooperatively with the public and co-workers using good communications and interpersonal skills. Work effectively both independently and as a team member.
  13. Be regularly available for overtime work and emergency work as needed for Distribution Division operations, emergency needs, and special projects. Overtime work is a necessary and expected part of this position.

Other Duties: Perform other duties related to the water and sewer system.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily outdoors and exposes the employee to fumes, odors, dust, smoke, gases, excessive noise, extreme heat/cold weather, and working around moving vehicles. Work requires the operation of motor vehicles during the course of the work day. Protective equipment such as ear plugs, hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel toe shoes are worn.

Physical Demands: Work requires the regular performance of physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surface, standing for extended periods of time, bending, stooping, crouching, crawling, kneeling, working in restricted and/or confined spaces, climbing, frequent lifting and carrying of moderately heavy objects between 15 and 49 pounds, occasional lifting and carrying of heavy objects 50 pounds or over, and operating hand and power tools and equipment. Work also requires the ability to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth, and texture.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; must possess or obtain and maintain a valid CDL Class B Illinois driver’s license with air-brake and tank endorsements within sixty (60) days of employment. Must pass a pre-interview calculator and math test; must pass pre-employment and ongoing random drug screening tests; a pre-employment background check; and a pre-employment job duty physical evaluation.

Employee must obtain and maintain a Class “D” water operator’s license from with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) within four (4) years of employment; obtaining and maintaining this license is a condition of employment.

Normal Work Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Occasional fill-in for Board Runner duties (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 

Residency Boundary Requirement (Residency within the City’s “9 mile boundary” is required within six months of employment.)

Regular, Full-time Position, Overtime Eligible

Salary: $17.17/hour (after 6 months of satisfactory probationary employment, the employee may be moved to the Plumber’s Union first six month apprentice wage which is currently $18.40/hour; this position has a 4 year apprenticeship period with a graduated salary scale).

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment and resume to the Human Resources Office, 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 by 5:00PM on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  Application and full job description may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website at The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

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