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 WATER, SEWER, & STREETS MASTER TECHNICIAN - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$52353 - 79955
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Other
Service/Skilled - Other
Service/Skilled - Trades
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2843829 / Latpro-3752355 
Date posted: Aug-28-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$52,353.60 - $79,955.20 Annually


Arlington, VA

Job Type



Department of Environmental Services

Job Number



9/10/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Are you interested in joining an innovative organization that is highly valued by customers and our partners? Are you an experienced trades worker who is passionate about personal growth, providing excellent customer service and enjoy leveraging technology in your daily duties? If you answered "yes", this may be the right opportunity for you!

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) has a vacancy for a Water/Sewer/Streets (WSS) Master Technician in the Water Maintenance (Utility Patch Crew) section of the WSS Bureau. The Utility Patch Crew is responsible for concrete and asphalt restoration after water utility work has been performed. This employee will also assist Water Maintenance with utility work which includes installation and repair of water service, hydrants, and water mains. WSS Master Technicians provide onsite leadership to a team in their respective sections and provide additional support to the WSS Crew Leader and serves as a leader in the absence of the Crew Leader.

Specific duties include:

  • Assisting Water Maintenance crew with creating and distributing customer notifications for service interruption and conducting complete water service installation processes;
  • Performing Miss Utility ticket process;
  • Ensuring trench shoring devices are installed properly;
  • Performing, framing and grading installation of concrete slabs, sidewalks, curb and gutter, aprons and ADA ramps;
  • Performing and coordinating daily crew functions;
  • Coordinating with crew leader on daily work of the crew including adjusting for variable work sites and weather conditions; securing materials and equipment for use on projects; ensuring installations and repairs are completed properly; providing accurate site measurements; directing vehicle operators to and from the job site; and ensuring safe traffic and equipment operations;
  • Using work order / asset management system (Cartegraph) and other computer systems such as Microsoft Office to create and prioritize work flows, complete logs, reports and close-outs of work orders;
  • Assisting with site preparation and clean-up to ensure existing conditions are safe and that work can be completed;
  • Driving and operating light and/or heavy equipment (utility trucks, 6-wheel and 10-wheel dump trucks, backhoes, etc.) to and from work sites, transporting materials and crew members;
  • Assisting crew members in the use of specialized equipment and making minor repairs/adjustments to tools and equipment on an as-needed basis; and
  • Responding to routine questions from citizens and the public or directing questions to Supervisor.

The ideal candidates are dedicated employees with good organizational and communication skills and the ability to respond to emergencies as needed. These positions also require consulting with the supervisor at the start of each day to receive specific team related work instructions and sharing work related feedback at the end of each day.
Selection Criteria

Note : This recruitment may be used to fill comparable vacancies within any WSS section of the Department of Environmental Services.

Minimum : High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent and three years' experience in public works, construction, streets operations or other vocation that demonstrates the ability to perform skilled manual maintenance and/or construction. See Special Requirements below .

Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two years of the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Technical training may substitute for up to one year of the experience requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Performing concrete and asphalt work;
  • Performing as a team leader or lead worker in construction or streets operations;
  • Performing skilled manual maintenance and/or construction in two or more technical areas in water, sewer or street operations;
  • Operating a backhoe or other specialized equipment; and
  • Providing customer service including responding to routine questions from citizens and the public.

Special Requirements

License/Certifications Required:

  • Applicant must possess a valid Class "A" or "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
  • Must possess a valid VDOT Intermediate Work Zone Safety Certification.
  • The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • The applicant must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employers information required by DOT agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information.
  • The successful applicant must pass pre-employment drug screening and will be subject to drug screening at such times during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies.

Working Conditions:

  • Performs activities outdoors.
  • Subject to hazards such as being near moving vehicles and mechanical parts, electrical currents, exposure to high heat, chemicals, and/or biohazardous waste.
  • Subject to one or more of the following conditions: fumes, odors, dusts, dirt, mists, drafts, loud noises, gases or poor ventilation, oils, and other cutting fluids.
  • Spends long periods of time standing, crouching, stooping, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, and/or working in confined spaces and lighting light to heavy objects and equipment.
  • Required to wear common protective gear or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, and/or hard hats.
  • Required to respond to after-hour calls and emergency situations and mandatory overtime may be required on short notice.
  • Requires on-call duty on a weekly rotating basis which includes assisting the Trades Manager with preparing the on-call stand-by list.
  • Requires learning and following all safety rules and regulations pertaining to job functions which includes attending all required safety classes and meetings in order to ensure a safe working environment and to ensure team members are practicing the required safety rules and regulations.

Personal Protective Equipment : Due to the work environment and as a condition of employment, Arlington County employees may be required to wear various personal protective equipment in the performance of their duties.

Physical Requirements : Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Additional Information

Work Hours : 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employee must be available for call back in emergency situations, particularly during snow removal season.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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