Utility Worker 2

Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks a Utility Worker 2 to perform skilled work in the maintenance of institution grounds, landscapes, athletic fields and/or nursery or greenhouse. This position will also perform semi-skilled work in maintaining or repairing grounds, buildings, facilities and equipment. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Central Services, Fleet & Grounds.

This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by July 19, 2021 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Apply pesticides and herbicides to greenery, plant material and landscape;
  • Perform all types of ground maintenance; prepare soil for planting; plant seeds, bulbs, plants, trees and shrubs; perform all duties related to creation and maintenance of lawns; transplant all types of nursery stock; rake and remove leaves; pull, hoe and control weeds; prune, spray and fertilize trees, shrubs and ground covers;
  • May assist with direction of Department of Corrections work crew;
  • Operate motorized equipment including trucks, forklifts, small tractors, large mowers and other related equipment;
  • Run sprinkler system from computer; may assist with computer set up;
  • May assist heavy equipment operators;
  • Perform semi-skilled maintenance work on buildings, fixtures, grounds, fences, walkways and driveways; install and repair sprinkler system for buildings and sports fields; repair parking lots and sidewalks; clean roofs, gutters and grounds;
  • Clean, maintain and repair tools and equipment; operate power tools and equipment, including gas engine driven equipment for landscaping, snow removal and construction/parking lot maintenance;
  • Load and unload trucks and move furniture, equipment, supplies and materials; assemble new furniture;
  • Change filters in HVAC equipment and assist with data and electrical installations;
  • Perform the duties of a Utility Worker 1; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including support of central services,

    as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Two (2) years of experience performing manual work in maintenance, repair, remodeling, construction of buildings, facilities, utility and sewer systems, equipment and/or grounds;
  • Current Washington State Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator License (Public Operator) or attainable within six (6) months of hire; and
  • Valid U.S. driver's license or ability to obtain one before date of hire.

Skills & Abilities

Attendance/Punctuality : Is consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time;

Computer Skills : Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; operate personal computer with general understanding of application software; ability to learn office and College-specific software;

Oral Communication : Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings;

Quality : Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality; apply feedback to improve performance; monitor own work to ensure quality;

Safety and Security : Observe safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly;

Technical Skills : Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills; share expertise with others; and

Written Communication : Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


This position is a full-time, overtime eligible, represented, classified staff position. The typical work hours for this position are Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, must be available to work a flexible schedule when prior notice is given by the College. This position is available immediately.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

**Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities related to this position (e.g., Communication, MS Office Simulation [Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word], Technical Skills, etc.).


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met and may be encountered by an incumbent when performing the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility, including frequent traveling between buildings on campus and driving employer vehicles off and around campus. Duties involve physical strength, agility and endurance to bend/reach, lift, pull or push objects weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required while operating equipment such as standard office equipment, forklift, pallet jack, hand cart, etc. as well as mobile technology such as smart phones with specialized software and systems for mail and package delivery.


Work environment is primarily performed in a typical warehouse setting that includes some exposure to hazards or physical risks that require following basic safety and driving precautions. Interruptions occur on a regular basis. Moderate exposure to adverse weather conditions and unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust and/or uneven surfaces, while making deliveries throughout campus and to external delivery services.


This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). Internal promotional, transfer and voluntary demotion applicants who have skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position will be considered prior to consideration of other applicants.

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