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Water Distribution Crew Leader

at City of Las Cruces

Pay: $18.85 to $28.28/hour
$18.85 - $28.28
Posted: 9/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2451984

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Nature of Work

Serves as lead, trains, and oversees the work of a work crew engaged in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system. 

Position may involve shift work; work on holidays, weekends, nights and overtime; may be on standby. Work may involve stressful emergency situations. Precise limits, tolerances and standards must be met. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies. Release of Information Form (49 CFR Part 40) required.

Position functions outdoors in all types of weather and traffic conditions with exposure to noise, dust, dirt, open manholes, trench cave-ins, toxic chemicals, gases and moving vehicles and equipment.  Safety equipment includes safety shoes, vests, ear plugs, hard hats, SCBA apparatus and gloves. Very heavy physical work requiring the handling of items in excess of fifty (50) pounds; balancing, bending, stooping, climbing, crouching, kneeling;  reaching above shoulder height; squatting and pushing/pulling up to fifty (50) pounds; working in confined spaces; using a two-way radio; ability to hear warning sounds and conversations.

Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.


Full-time; regular; non-exempt; union-represented position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides performance feedback, trains, and instructs employees to meet established goals and objectives; participates in staff evaluations with designated supervisor to provide impartial feedback regarding performance; assures that staff maintain safety standards and adhere to policies and procedures for efficient and safe operations.
  • Schedules, assigns and oversees daily activities of work crew; inspects completed work is in compliance with standards and safety requirements, provides on-the-job training to new employees, instructs crew on proper work procedures; serves as technical support to other workers; provides input into performance evaluation of crew members; maintains work records and log books; serves as the acting supervisor as necessary.
  • Oversees work crews; provides training; assigns and reviews work; maintains time reports; provides input into performance evaluations of crew members.
  • Participates in the installation, service and repair of water distribution service and main lines; blue stakes water lines; digs meter vaults; conducts pipe locations; checks stub outs.
  • Builds sewer manholes; raises sewer manholes buried under pavement; replaces sidewalks.
  • Completes written reports and work orders; interacts with the public regarding water system maintenance activities.
  • Operates heavy equipment, including a backhoe and sewer truck, and standard construction tools on work projects.
  • Ensures that traffic, public and crew members are safe and are following safety regulations and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to a high school diploma PLUS four (4) years of experience in water distribution systems operations is required.  A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.

Valid Class A commercial driver's license required.  New Mexico Level III Water Certification required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), OSHA and EPA regulations; principles and practices of effective employee supervision.
Ability to:  lead, assign and oversee the work of a crew; operate various motorized light equipment and vehicles; read, understand and interpret engineering drawings, sketches, specifications and regulations regarding natural gas distribution; perform accurate record keeping; establish effective working relationships; operate a computer for data entry and GIS map access; work with high pressure water lines; perform technical reading and writing; maintain concentration; work in confined spaces; respond effectively to emergency situations.
Skills in: Equipment and tool operations; utilizing hand and power tools.