Thurston Public Utility District

1230 Ruddell Road SE
Lacey , WA
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Meter Reader I

Thurston Public Utility District
Lacey, WA Full-time
Posted on December 21, 2018

Position Title: Meter Reader I
Reports to: Director of Field Operations
Supervisory Duties: Not Applicable
Pay Range: $2,740 – $3,500 per month ($15.81 to $20.19 per hour)
Closing Date: Open until filled

General Duties/Requirements:
The Meter Reader I works under the general direction of the Director of Field Operations. This
position serves as the primary meter reader for Thurston Public Utility District (PUD). The
position also performs a broad range of manual labor to support the PUD. Duties may include, but
are not limited to:

The ideal candidate profile includes:
• Ability to communicate information clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences, including but not limited to, customers, field and office employees, and management.
• Team player with ability and desire to accept direction from others.
• Ability to be organized and complete paperwork in a timely manner.
• Prompt and time sensitive.
• Ability to multitask and follow directions.
• Safety conscious and committed to safe work practices.
• Ability to provide high level of customer service at all times.
• Accurately read water meters in a timely manner ability and efficiently operate the PUD’s meter reading equipment.
• Accurate mathematical calculations and analysis.

Essential Job Functions:
• Ability to manually accurately read water meters using the PUD’s meter reading tools and software within assigned time constraints for the meter reading schedule.
• Perform ground maintenance operating weed whackers, lawn mowers and hand tools to maintain Thurston PUD’s water systems grounds.
• Perform building maintenance to include normal maintenance of structures like, but not limited too, roofing, hanging doors, pressure washing, and painting.
• Provide manual labor to support field staff including, but not limited to, digging and installing water meters and water lines.
• Read, replace, insulate, and maintain all PUD meters and meter boxes.
• Perform water sampling when required.
• Operate light-duty trucks in picking up and delivering materials or supplies, and collecting and removing debris as assigned.
• Proficiently operate all assigned equipment and vehicles to perform operations within the capacity of the machine to accomplish required work.
• Work in accordance with safety practices and procedures.
• Shut off water for non-payment of bills.
• Respond properly to customer complaints and be able to resolve conflict.
• Distribute chemicals to systems.
• Perform basic checks of water systems.
• Maintain paperwork.
• Ability to work on computerized systems using Microsoft Suite programs.
• Perform safe work practices.
• Keep vehicle clean and properly maintained.
• Perform overtime and on-call duties as needed.
• Must have the ability to work in small spaces for extended periods of time.
• Must have the ability to drive up to 200 miles or more a day and frequently enter and exit a vehicle and walk, up to a mile, on uneven, steep, or marshy terrain.
• Must be able to work dexterously using multiple hand and power tools, and equipment, for extended periods of time.
• On-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Must be able to work standing, sitting or lying down for extended periods of time in all
types of weather and temperatures.
• Must have the ability to walk up to 15 miles a day and bend, stoop and manipulate tools and equipment with dexterity.
• Other duties as required.
• Be a team player with ability and desire to accept direction from others.
• Perform extensive driving safely on the interstate and other highways, and in rural areas.
• Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

Work Environment:

Work is primarily performed outdoors and may include exposure to
inclement weather conditions and environmental/seasonal allergens.
Level of Authority: Expected to perform routine assignments independently.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
• Accuracy in reading meters and using PUD equipment.
• Prompt and time sensitive.
• Safety conscious and committed to safe work practices.
• First Aide Card is desired, but not required.

Minimum Qualifications
• High School Diploma or GED.
• Current and valid Washington driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to the PUD’s insurance carrier.
• Required to lift in excess of 75 lbs.
• Chosen candidate will be required to provide at least one year’s proof of a safe driving record from state.