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Utility Mechanic Water/Sewer/Stormwater (Open Positions: 3)

Location: Department of Public Works, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Department: Public Works
Division: Water & Sewer
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Hour Per Week: 40
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Pay rate is $22.49-$25.80 an hour based on certification and AFSCME 1386A Working Agreement
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Pay rate is $22.49-$25.80 an hour based on certification and AFSCME 1386A Working Agreement.

Detailed information about the AFSCME 1386A Working Agreement including salary schedule and benefits can be found here: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/hr/employment-contracts 

The City offers a generous compensation and benefits package that includes retirement, paid time off including vacation, holidays, medical & dental insurance, flexible spending account, professional development, career growth, longevity incentives, and more!

 Individuals in this position fulfill one or more of the operational work objectives of maintaining, inspecting, repairing and constructing City buildings and property, water distribution and wastewater collection facilities, storm drain system, and street related facilities or controls requiring the application of specialized skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, masonry, automotive, painting, utility line inspection, and other general trades and performing skilled and semi-skilled work as required. Employees in this position are expected to understand project or task objectives, identify and execute the appropriate tasks, use tools correctly and to successfully complete assigned work with minimal instruction. Work is performed individually, as part of a larger work unit, may involve the supervision of others and requires the use of good judgement. Supervision is varied. Performance is subject to review according to the City's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Performs maintenance and repair work on municipal buildings such as repairing roofs, steps, fences, doors; maintaining and repairing plumbing and heating systems; painting interior and exterior surfaces. Reads instructions, plans and specifications.

2. Performs all types of maintenance and repair work for which the individual is trained.

3. Maintains and repairs damaged or inoperative water meters, hydrants and valves. Flushes and cleans water or sewer mains or piping, swimming pool filter systems, chlorination devices and pumps. Appropriately adjusts regulating equipment.

4. Repairs and maintains a variety of tractors, lawn mowers, rototillers and other small motor or engine driven equipment. May perform minor automotive mechanic work on small and large trucks and other vehicles. Welds, fabricates and performs body work incidental to these functions.

5. Repairs and maintains outdoor and enclosed facilities such as playing fields, playgrounds, ice rinks and picnic areas. Cuts and grooms grassed areas. Spreads, rolls and seeds loam. Shapes and maintains sports or play areas. Floods ice rinks and controls snow and ice. Operates heavy equipment as required.

6. Lays cement sidewalks, floors, brickwork, manholes, catch basins and stone work. Plasters and lays block. Maintains traffic control devices such as pavement striping, signs and replacing light bulbs in signals. Performs street and parking garage repairs.

7. Perform video inspection of sanitary sewer and storm drain lines and maintain data from the inspections.

8. Is subject to call out to respond to emergencies after normal working hours.


Knowledge and Skills -

1. Ability to determine the best way to undertake various tasks and projects, particularly in his/her areas of skill, plan the work and to efficiently and effectively complete assigned work. A good understanding of the interdependence between assigned work or projects and the entire job and the sequence in which work should be performed.

2. Strong skill in one or more trades, the effective use of power driven tools, hand tools, specialized machines and equipment and a good knowledge of the characteristics of materials used i.e., their purpose, suitability for application or use and useful life.

3. Strong commitment to producing excellent, cost effective work.

4. On-going development and training of acquired skills and knowledge in the efficient, safe and effective use of materials, equipment, tools, computerized equipment and time.

5. Strong personal example to provide excellent services to external and internal customers.

6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, co­workers, employees in other divisions or municipal departments and City officials.

7. Ability to communicate effectively with the general public, City staff, and government officials at all levels and maintain an understanding of racial equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Licenses -

New hires must obtain before the end of their probationary period and incumbents must possess a valid commercial driver’s license, class B and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the City.

Must possess a Water Distribution License Grade I and a Sewer Collection License Grade I or the ability to acquire appropriate licensing within eighteen (18) months from the date of original appointment.

Additional certifications and licensing may be required.

Full Job Description

Utility Mechanic - Water Sewer Maint.pdf


The essential functions and duties described herein are normal for this position. They are intended as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension, of the position. Other duties may be required and assigned by the supervisor.

The City of Portsmouth is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The City is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodations, contact our Human Resources Director by phone 603-610-4478.

Application Special Instructions

Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing, and background check.