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Development Utilities Specialist


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CITY OF JASPER                






  1. Department:  Water/Waste-Water and Development      Division:  N/A


  1. FLSA Classification:  Non-Exempt             Pay Range :  DOQ



The purpose of this job is to perform professional level duties associated with construction and maintenance of Water and Sewer Systems or Water Treatment plant operations with minimal supervision.  Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: assisting in planning and coordinating development activities of water distribution and sewer collection operations, coordination of construction projects, monitoring compliance with state and federal regulations, prepare reports and other grant related documents, correspond in writing and orally with engineering and legal professionals on Water and Sewer System or Water Treatment plan projects, and other tasks as assigned.  This position is designated as an emergency position that requires attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions.


  1. Assists Water Waste/Water Director and Development Director with all projects relating to water and sewer infrastructure and operations.
  2. Assures City’s compliance with local, state and federal laws/regulations and advises department employees of policies and procedures.   
  3. Prepares letters, reports, correspondence, forms and other documentation; reviews, processes, and/or forwards as appropriate.
  4. Reviews and interprets blueprints, maps and plans associated with new and existing public water service and grease trap structures for compliance with local and state guidelines, standards, ordinances, etc.
  5. Have working knowledge of AMI systems inclusive to all hardware and software. 
  6. Coordinates construction projects with contractors, utility representatives and state officials.
  7. Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of the City and the operations and functions of public utilities including repair and maintenance of water and sewer mains and lines or water treatment.
  8. Knowledge of mathematics and chemistry.
  9. Knowledge of planning, management and public relations.
  10. Ability to develop and implement long-term goals in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency. 
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Development Director and City Manager.


  1. Job Requirements
  1. Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  1. Knowledge of water treatment and water distribution systems.
  2. Knowledge of building processes and terminology.
  3. Knowledge of contracts and grant processes with local, state and federal government.
  4. Knowledge of permit processing and plan review requirements in the State of Georgia.
  5. Knowledge of land use laws, rules and ordinances.
  6. Knowledge of or related experience and ability to learn GIS system.
  7. Knowledge of relevant federal, state and county laws, city ordinances and department policies and procedures as well as all OSHA regulations.
  8. Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  9. Skill in reading blueprints and construction documents.
  10. Skill in conduction and documenting site, structural, energy, electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections.
  11. Skill in problem solving and multi tasking.
  12. Skill in prioritizing and planning work.
  13. Skill in interpersonal relations.
  14. Skill in oral and written communication.
  15. Skill in Grant Writing
  16. Knowledge in Engineering a project from beginning to end
  17. Knowledge of how city water systems work.


  1. Personal Work Relationships
  1. Contacts are typically with co-workers, lawyers, vendors, contractors, architects, engineers, builders and the general public.
  2. Contacts are typically to exchange information, negotiate matters, resolve problems and provide services.
  3. Contacts are local, state and federal government personnel.
  4. Contacts are also with the City Manager, Council, Mayor, City Attorney, City Clerk to discuss / present information outside of normal work hours.


  1. Physical Effort and Work Environment
  1. The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending. The employee occasionally lifts light objects and distinguishes between shades of color.
  2. The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt and grease.


  1. Guidelines
  1. Guidelines are water distribution and wastewater collection system and the materials used in these systems.  Regulatory requirements for operations of these systems.
  2. Guidelines include relevant building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and energy codes; state and local construction laws; local land use ordinances; and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.
  3. Governmental organization and public administration theories, principles, practices, personnel management and budget administration, including integration of information technology into all departmental functions for improved efficiency.


  1. Complexity and Scope of Work
  1. The work consists of varied technical construction inspection and code enforcement duties. Strict regulations, combined with the unique nature of each case in question, contribute to the complexity of the work.
  2. The purpose of this position is to perform building inspections in the enforcement of building codes. Successful performance ensures compliance with all relevant building codes and ordinances.


  1. Minimum Qualifications
  1. Associates degree in related field and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work.  A bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in related field is preferred. 
  2. A 5 year minimum work or education experience required.
  3. Experience sufficient to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  4. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  5. Possession of or ability to readily obtain the appropriate state certification for the type of inspection(s) conducted. (Required)


  1. Supervisory Controls
  1. The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The manager reviews work through conferences, reports and observation of department activities.

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