The City of Derby strives to be an employer of choice and our desire is to attract and retain honest, hard working and motivated employees who are committed to providing the highest quality of service to the citizens of Derby.  We offer competitive wages, awesome benefits, including affordable health insurance with no deductible and no coinsurance and retirement benefits.  We also offer Alternative Work Schedules to help employees achieve work-life balance. Starting pay: $23.19 per hour. Details related to the position description are below:


30% Utilities Distribution, Collection, and Operation

  • Respond to emergency calls for possible distribution, collection, or operation system problems.
  • Oversee operation of power drawn pumps and related machinery.
  • Ensure daily check of operational gauges is occurring.
  • Operate a motor vehicle on a regular basis.
  • Install and maintain all water services (distribution).
  • Ensure all connects and disconnects of water services are completed (distribution).
  • Oversee water meter reading and record volume used by customers for billing. (distribution).
  • Read meters when necessary (distribution).
  • Sample and analyze water, and/or draw samples to be sent to KDHE to ensure water quality and compliance with applicable drinking water standards. Report results to the appropriate parties (distribution).
  • Investigate customer concerns on water use and advise customers on water conservation practices (distribution).
  • Operate multiple computer applications including a utility billing software, digital form software, SCADA system, and radio read software (distribution).
  • Operate distribution system equipment, back hoe, dump truck, shoring equipment, hydro excavation unit, tapping machines, and locating equipment (distribution).
  • Collect samples of sewage and effluent at various stages of processing (operation).
  • Operate collection system equipment, including jet truck, combo truck, televising equipment, and easement machines (collection).
  • Oversee locating, inspecting, rehabilitating, and raising manholes (collection).
  • Oversee inspecting, cleaning, and televising wastewater collection lines (collection).
  • Must be able to fill in and assist with other areas when needed.

30% Asset Maintenance and Repair

  • Troubleshoot problems and maintain all department equipment and machines in good working condition.
  • Maintain utility facilities in a clean and safe condition.
  • Conduct minor maintenance tasks, including general construction, painting, ground maintenance, and assisting with snow removal as assigned.
  • Assist the fire department with the fire hydrant maintenance program (distribution).
  • Locate and repair water leaks, and maintain water mains, pumping facilities, valves, water storage facilities, and main-to-meter service lines (distribution).
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repair on the wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection systems (operation).
  • Inspect and maintain all pumps and motors (operation).

20% Leadership and Guidance

  • Coordinate work assignments for subordinate personnel.
  • Provide recommendations regarding individual performance expectations of subordinate personnel, monitor and evaluate employee performance through formal and informal performance reviews according to policy.
  • Provide necessary training for division personnel regarding the usage of equipment and proper methods of completing utility tasks.
  • Participate in the development of system maintenance schedules.
  • Ensure safe working conditions and practices are in place for department personnel.

20% Records and Reports  

  • Prepare and maintain proper records, reports, and documents in an organized manner.
  • Operate software system to view and complete work orders and update customer account notes as needed.

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions.  Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs.


Latitude:  Most duties are assigned and then the employee arranges tasks in order to complete duties.  Most problem-solving is accomplished in conjunction with supervisor.  Some decisions not affecting other departments may be made independently.  All purchase requests must be approved by supervisor.  Regular and reliable attendance at work is expected.

Interaction:  Frequent interaction with employees throughout the organization and the general public.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
  • Three years wastewater operations or collection systems experience, required (operation and collection).
  • Three years of water operations or distribution systems experience, required (distribution).
  • Three years supervisory experience, preferred.
  • Two years of heavy equipment operation experience, preferred.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license required, and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.
  • Valid Kansas commercial driver’s license, required within six months of employment.
  • Class III KDHE Wastewater or Water Operator certification, preferred. Must be able to obtain KDHE Class III in Wastewater or Water within one year of hire date.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:         

  • Extensive knowledge of water distribution and operations systems (distribution).
  • Extensive knowledge of wastewater collection and operation systems (operation and collection).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and make minor repairs.
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanics, wastewater/water testing equipment, wastewater/water plant maintenance and operation, and minor electrical repairs.
  • General knowledge of computers with the ability to operate and comprehend utility billing software, digital forms software, SCADA system, and radio read software.
  • Ability to apply intermediate level mathematics.
  • Ability to operate all division equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to read and use blueprints.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assume leadership role on job sites and perform as worksite foreman.

Environmental Conditions/Physical Requirements:  Frequent (75%) exposure to adverse weather conditions, hazardous elements, and dangerous situations.  Frequent (40%) carrying, lifting, moving, or pushing of 50 pounds.  Frequent climbing in and out of manholes and other confined spaces.  Frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and twisting.  Must be able to wear face masks.  Must be available for on-call, overtime, weekends, and holidays.

Pay Range: $21.85 - $29.55, DOQ

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at
Phone: 316-788-1519

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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