Water Distribution Working Foreman

Canby Utility, a public water and electric utility located 30 minutes south of Portland and serving a population of approximately 17,200 with 5,000 meters, is recruiting for a working foreman to lead its distribution crew following a retirement.  This individual will perform work and oversee the work of crew members in the area of maintenance, construction, operation, inspection, and repairs of our water distribution system.  This position is physically demanding.

Purpose of Position:

To assist the Operations Manager in planning and coordinating the activities involved in our water distribution department to provide safe drinking water to customers that meets or exceeds the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and state regulations, and to ensure adequate water supply to meet all fire protection requirements.

The employee occupying this position is responsible for serving as a working foreman over water distribution workers responsible for the proper installation, operation, maintenance and repair of all water distribution and transmission lines. This position is classified as a full-time, non-exempt, safety sensitive position with limited supervisory responsibilities.


Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services, components and activities of a public water distribution system.
  • Methods and techniques used in water distribution system maintenance, on-site work inspections, construction and repair work.
  • Principles and practices of mathematics and report preparation.
  • Modern office equipment including computers, SCADA, supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications and computerized mapping system.
  • Operational characteristics of distribution materials and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training with emphasis on leadership and communication.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to water distribution.


  • Minimum of five years of previous experience in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of water distribution and transmission systems and facilities, including at least two years of lead water utility worker or supervisory experience.
  • High school diploma or GED is required.
  • Post high school education or training with course work in water distribution/treatment, construction technology, engineering, supervisor, or related field is desirable and may substitute for up to one year of the required experience.
  • Must possess a State of Oregon Water Distribution Operator Certification equal to the level of classification of Canby Utility’s water distribution system as determined by the State of Oregon (currently Level 3).
  • Have a valid Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, or be able to obtain one within the first six months of employment.
  • A CDL permit is required within the first six weeks of employment.
  • Have a Backflow/Cross-Connection Specialist certification or obtain within six months of employment.

Special Requirements


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, squat or kneel, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools, or controls and operate motorized equipment and vehicles. The position requires the ability to lift up to 70 pounds and carry up to 50 pounds for some distance regularly during a workday. This is a safety sensitive position that requires a pre-employment drug screen and physical to ensure one’s ability to meet the physical requirements of the work performed.


Usual working conditions include office and field environments, travel in utility provided vehicles or equipment from site to site; exposure to inclement weather conditions, noise, dust, and gases.

Ability to:

  • Identify, communicate and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
  • Lead, plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of water distribution crew.
  • Oversee, direct and train subordinates.
  • Evaluate project progress, analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and project consequences of proposed actions and make adjustments to meet goals/deadlines.
  • Respond within 30 minutes to emergency call out incidents before or after normal working hours, on weekends and/or holidays.


Canby Utility offers an excellent benefit package, including 6% employee portion paid into Oregon PERS/Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP), 93% medical, dental and vision premiums paid for employee and family, employer contributions into a VEBA account, life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and 401k and 457 deferred compensation plans. This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union (IBEW Local 125).

Note: If you need an accommodation under the American's with Disabilities Act during the application and/or interview process, please contact Barbara Benson at 503-266-1156 Ext 323. Additional information including the employee handbook and collective bargaining agreements can be found on the website - See "Misc" and click on Employee Resources.

Canby Utility provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235; OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.

Qualifying and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting a completed Veteran's Preference Form (see below), as well as submitting a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension to your application. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

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For more information or to obtain an application by mail, email or fax, call 503-266-1156. Canby Utility is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Job Details

Job ID
Current Openings
$28.33 TO $35.22/HR DOQ
March 19, 2018
May 21, 2018