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The work of KC Water is important, because people cannot live without clean water to drink.

It takes more than 800 Kansas Citians with a wide variety of  talents, skills, and backgrounds to turn muddy Missouri River water into fresh, tasty drinking water, deliver it to homes and businesses, and then clean used water and return it to the river.  We manage rainwater where it falls, too.

Watch this video to see some of the work we do.  If you would like to join our team, please apply for one of the open positions listed below.


KC Water
4800 E. 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64133
Phone: 816.513.1903
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Engineering Technician
Job Opening ID 516018
Salary: $22.61-$34.48/hour
Deadline: December 5, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: 1001 Harrison: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1800 Prospect: Tuesday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Engineering Investigations & Inspections, 1001 Harrison and 1800 Prospect Ave.

1001 Harrison: Performs field and office work in all aspects of construction inspection of basic water main and sewer main projects and other construction related projects with contractors. Reviews submittals and shop drawings to ensure that the contractor is installing the proper materials and equipment as required by the contract documents for the project. Receives contractor’s Request for Information (RFI) and works with the Project Manager to address the contractor’s questions. Observes construction work of the contractor to ensure work is performed in accordance with the project plans and specifications. Attends all progress meetings or special meetings related to the project. Reviews contractor’s progress pay estimates for payments. Reviews contractor’s schedule for the project and keeps the Projects Manager and others informed of deviations from the schedule. Works with survey crew(s) to locate all valves, manholes and other important points on the contract documents. Sets up Substantial Completion and Final Completion inspections and generates a punch list of deficient items from both inspections. Prepares a set of Field Marked record drawings for submittal at the conclusion of the project. Conducts water main shuts for plumber’s request. Observes flow tests for private contractors. Creates daily field reports for all projects. 1800 Prospect: Maintains and operates all equipment utilized in the investigations and inspections process of KC Water’s infrastructure Performs slant inspections on new or rehabilitated private service connections on the city sewer main, coordinating with the plumber(s) for inspections. Performs the initial dye test surface defects to determine the cause of defect. Performs dye testing of commercial and residential properties. Responds to dry and wet weather overflows communicating information gathered to the supervisor. Responds to all 311/MyCivic requests. Meets with commercial and residential property owners or management to discuss issues pertaining to the property. Secures surface defects located in the street(s) and in the cities right of way or easements by creating Hansen safety device work orders for KC Water’s Support section. Stays on site and keeps the surface defect protected until proper large safety devices are delivered and set. This will include street plates, plywood and L& B’s. Inspects newly installed or rehabilitated Water department infrastructures to include sewers, connections on the sewers, manhole and lamp holes. Performs confined space entry into manholes and excavations, data entry into Hansen software, writing and submitting work orders in Hansen software, documenting and resolving service requests assigned in Hansen software. Records time for crew and vehicle usage. Utilizes GIS mapping, Assists inspectors with private line locates and other duties as needed to resolve service requests submitted through 311/MyCivic, other water divisions or departments of the city. Communicates with management, co-workers and dispatch via email, text and phone calls. Utilizes GIS mapping and Hansen CMMS. Lifts up to 75 pounds. REQUIRES  high school graduation. Must possess a valid state-issued drivers license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.


Engineering Technician Lead
Job Opening ID 515972
Salary: $23.98-$36.60/hour
Deadline: November 28, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Water Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Stormwater Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering Investigations & Inspections 1001 Harrison St. Stormwater Investigations & Inspections 1800 Prospect Ave.

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.

Water: Performs filed and office work in all aspects of construction inspection of water main and sewer main projects of basic and intermediate size and complexity, and other construction related projects with contractors. Reviews submittals and shop drawings to ensure that the contractor is installing the property materials and equipment as require by the contract documents for the project. Receives contractor’s Request for Information (RFI) and works with the Project Manager to address the contractor’s questions. Observes construction work of the contractor to ensure work is performed in accordance with the project plans and specifications. Attends all progress meetings or special meetings related to the projects. Reviews contractor’s progress pay estimates for payments. Reviews contractor’s schedule for the project and keeps the Projects Manager and others informed of deviations from the schedule. Works with survey crew(s) to locate all valves, manholes and other important points on the work so a record can be made. Keeps a record of all deviations form the contract documents. Sets up Substantial Completion and Final Completion inspections and generates a punch list of deficient items from both inspections. Prepares a set of Field Marked record drawings for submittal at the conclusion of the project.
Stormwater: : Investigates Stormwater and Wastewater concerns and requests, documenting information in Hansen and writing work orders for Stormwater and Wastewater cleaning and repair crews for work needed to ensure that sewers are maintained and in good working condition. Resolves assigned service requests in Hansen and or reassigning service requests to the CCTV investigations section. Works alongside wastewater maintenance investigations and inspections, Engineering Division and other City divisions to resolve problems pertaining to the sewer systems. Manages the storm lot mowing crews. Assists in the preparation of contracts, specifications, land descriptions and other documents. Manages MyCivic cases assigned to storm water investigations, cleaning and repair. Develops and recommends appropriate methods, procedures and applications for the effective use of GIS technology. Submits information to GIS section with updated information and drawings to ensure mapping is accurate. Meets with contractors and property owners to discuss issues and resolve problems pertaining to storm and wastewater sewers.REQUIRES high school graduation and 5 years of related and increasingly responsible experience in engineering drawing, mapping, automated mapping, GIS and equipment, CADD, engineering, land survey, construction inspection and related fields; OR high school graduation and 2 years of experience at the level of Engineering Technician and possession of either the Level II Engineering Technology Certification in any Civil, Electrical or Mechanical discipline as issued by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET); the Land Surveyor in Training as issued by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects; OR the Class B Wastewater Collections System Certification from the Missouri Water Environmental Association; OR an equivalent combination of qualifying education and experience. Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license in accordance with City of KCMO policies. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen as prescribed by the City.


Inventory Accountant (Accountant II)
Job Opening ID 515975
Salary: $24.77-$37.16/hour
Deadline: November 28, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Finance and Administration, 4800 E. 63rd St.

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.

Reviews Hansen Inventory Reports for unusually large transactions and costs. Creates journal entries using the Hansen Reports for issuance and returns. Markup the issuance and returns to cover storeroom salaries. Creates journal entries to move expenses between utilities as needed. Reclasses Accounts Payable vouchers to record receipt of inventory. Oversees year end physical inventory. Performs other duties as assigned.REQUIRES an accredited bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or a related subject area and 2 years of experience in entry-level, professional accounting work; OR an equivalent combination of qualifying education and experience.


Maintenance Worker
Job Opening ID 515977
Salary: $19.27-$29.39/hour
Deadline: November 28, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Tuesday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Stormwater Repair, 1800 Prospect

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.

Installs, repairs, replaces, cleans and/or maintains stormwater inlets, channels, levees, and other related stormwater structures. Perform concrete work. Must be able to form and pour, curbs, sidewalks, and driveways for restoration. Operates power saws and other related equipment. Carefully plans and executes work to avoid damage to underground pipes and cables. Operates a front-end loader up to 1/2 cubic yard in loading sweeper piles, broken pipe, dirt, rocks, and debris. Operates equipment form snow plowing and snow removal.REQUIRES high school graduation OR 6 months of experience in general labor. May be required to possess a valid state-issued driver’s license in accordance with City of KCMO policies. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.


Senior Registered Engineer
Job Opening ID 515966
Salary: $6,489-$9,734/month
Deadline: November 28, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Smart Sewer Division, 4800 E. 63rd

*Telework may be approved after successful completion of 6 month probationary period.
*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.

Provides administrative and supervisory activities managing and engineering multiple projects related to improvements for projects within KC Water’s sanitary sewer and combined sewer collection system as part of the Smart Sewer Program. Maintains professional engineering activities involving the planning, analysis, design development, construction, renovation, maintenance or operation of utilities, asset management and related projects. Identifies and develops applications and work standards for improvements and efficiencies. Provides technical review, for the Program Consultant Team, Smart Sewer Division Head and Utility Officer in key focus areas, including: Hydraulic Modeling, Inflow/Infiltration Reduction Program, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Regulatory Compliance. Reviews regulatory compliance reports and documentation to meet requirements of the Smart Sewer Program Federal Consent Decree. Provides consultation with internal divisions, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders as required in the analysis, design, review of plans/specification, and inspection of construction work for compliance with prescribed engineering criteria. Receives assignments in conference with a professional supervisor. Exercises good judgment to resolve technical problems, manage projects, and provides data for asset risk assessment criteria. Maintains Quality Assurance and Quality Control of contracts, construction plans, materials, and studies for adherence to Water Services rules and regulations. Writes requests for proposals (RFPs) or qualifications (RFQs) for new projects and prepares emergency response memos. Verifies conformance of the plans and specifications prepared by design professionals and submits Project Status Reports (PSRs). Reviews submittal materials and related asset data. Performs limited design, as well as drafting and computational duties in the office in preparation of studies, final plans and specifications for projects. Proposes changes to the standard specifications. Interprets and applies City ordinances, state and federal regulations, specifications, hydraulic modeling, calculations and related standards to projects. Coordinates with multiple stakeholders and the public. Assists operations staff when issues arise.REQUIRES 2 years progressively responsible experience as a Registered Engineer. Within 6 months of hire date, must be registered as a Professional Engineer with Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects. Preference given to applicants with wastewater and stormwater collection systems project management, infrastructure design, construction oversight related to combined sewer and sanitary sewer overflow control program projects, as well as a minimum of 6 years of combined experience with a minimum of 3 years in a project management role.


Plant Operator
Job Opening ID 516011
Salary: $22.61-$34.48/hour
Deadline: December 19, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: 2nd Shift: Wednesday-Sunday, 3:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m. 3rd Shift: Thursday-Monday, 11:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m.
Location:Wastewater Treatment Division, 7300 Hawthorne Rd.

This is an entry level to semi-skilled position in the operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and pumping facilities. Inspects treatment facilities and pumping stations on designated routes. Operates equipment used in treatment and pumping operations. Collects samples and performs routine tests. Operates line valves for in-plant wastewater systems and performs routine maintenance such as lubrication, preventative maintenance and general clean up. This position is part of a 24/7 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation. Working conditions include working outdoors in all weather conditions, heights and below ground. REQUIRES high school graduation. Six months after date of hire, must obtain D-level operator certification in water/wastewater issued by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Three years after date of hire, must obtain C-level operator certification in water/wastewater issued by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City. Preference given to applicants with MDNR Wastewater Certification.


Graduate Engineer
Job Opening ID 516000
Salary:$5,173 – $7,759/month
Deadline: December 5, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Telework one day per pay period after 6-month probationary period.
Location: Engineering Division, 4800 E. 63rd St.

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.

Assists in various aspects of project management processes from project initiation through project close-out of the project delivery life cycle for multiple projects related to improvements to the potable water distribution, wastewater system and/or stormwater infrastructure. Interprets and applies technical specifications, city ordinances, state and federal regulations, and related standards to projects. Coordinates with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external to the city, and the public. Analyzes reports, maps, drawings, engineering plans, hydrological characteristics, and geologic data to plan and design projects. Prepares or directs preparation and modification of reports, specifications, plans, construction schedules, environmental impact studies, and designs for projects. Directs construction and maintenance activities at project sites throughout Kansas City. Inspects construction sites to monitor progress and ensures conformance to engineering plans, specifications, and construction and safety standards. Assists in preparing bidding documents, memos, and plans for construction projects. Verifies conformance of the plans and specifications prepared by Design Professionals, submit Project Status Reports (PSR’s) on the progress of projects, review submittals for materials used and related data. Responds to complaints and provides general guidance on projects. Performs limited design as well as drafting and computational duties in the office in preparation of final plans and specifications for projects. Performs analysis and prepares reports for the in Operations and Maintenance Division. REQUIRES an ABET accredited Bachelor’s degree in any professionally recognized architectural/engineering discipline as required by the hiring authority. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.  


Utility Crew Leader
Job Opening ID 515503
Salary: $23.98-$36.60/hour
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Normal workdays/hours: Monday – Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Stormwater Preventative Maintenance Division, 1800 Prospect

Leads a moderate sized work crew in the maintenance of water or sewer systems and appurtenances. Performs maintenance of levee systems as well as various creeks and channels. Participates in and assignment of a wide variety of duties and responsibilities including strenuous physical demands while working in excavations frequently under adverse weather conditions. Receives instructions orally and in written form from higher level supervisors and are expected to exercise broad independent judgment while implementing work within defined standards and to react responsibly in meeting extraordinary circumstances. Work is inspected while in progress, upon completion and through reports and conferences. Prepares working plans and sketches including directions, methods to be used, required materials and necessary equipment. Coordinates with specialized services’ crews. Participates and directs digging and shoring of excavations ensuring full safety of workers in excavations. Ensures that all crew members are following safety guidelines i.e. confined spaces, excavation safety and traffic control safety; lock out tag out. Participates and directs backfilling and tamping operations. Receives requests for emergency and other unscheduled work and arranges for work completion. REQUIRES an accredited Bachelor’s degree in an environmentally related field such as environmental science, and related physical and life sciences, environmental engineering, and related engineering specializations, environmental law and related legal specializations; environmental studies and related management, environmental planning and related urban planning specializations, environmental education, environmental policy, sustainability, and 2 years of experience as an environmental, natural resources, climate change, or sustainability professional; OR an equivalent combination of qualifying education and experience. Must possess a valid State-issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. May be required to pass a preemployment drug screen.  


Equipment Operator
Job Opening ID 513236
Salary: $15.79-$23.16/hour
Deadline: Open Until Filled

Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. or 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday-Monday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

WATER DISTRIBUTION REPAIR : Enters excavation 4-15 deep or deeper to install, repair, and replace water mains, water lines, and other water service structures,. Participates in the installation of water mains, valves, and hydrants. Repairs leaks and breaks in existing pressured mains. Locates and manipulates valves and keys to regulate the water system. Operates tapping machines to make water line taps. Lays pipe by hand or using a backhoe, hoist, or crane. Hand digs excavations to locate underground utilities and repair water services. Uses hand tools and hydraulic saws to cut pipe. Uses jackhammers to uncover shutoff valves and isolate breaks and performs valve and hydrant shutoffs. Disassembles and reassembles hydrants for replacement, repair, or overhaul. Operates valve turning trucks. Participates in the restoration of work site locations including backfilling excavations, dirt work restorations, seeding or sodding, setup of erosion control measures, tear down and replacement of fences or landscaping. Utilizes proper techniques to minimize damage to existing utilities.

WASTEWATER REPAIR: Installs, repairs, replaces, cleans and/or maintains wastewater mains and lines. Transports materials to designated work sites. Drives a truck with a flatbed trailer for hauling construction equipment, drives construction equipment on and off lo-boy units. Operates a backhoe in trenching, filling, or other minor excavations. Plans and executes work to avoid damage to underground pipes and cables. Makes field repairs to equipment and as necessary, assist machinist and mechanics on major repairs. Services assigned equipment with fuel, oil, water and grease. Operates equipment for snow plowing and snow removal.

STORMWATER PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE: Installs, repairs, replaces, cleans, and/or maintains stormwater inlets, channels and levees, and other related stormwater structures. Operates rodding and bucket machines in cleaning stormwater inlets. Operates flusher truck cleaning and flushing streets and thoroughfares. Drives trucks for loading brush and in general cleanup of areas such as levees and creeks where dead trees and brush are removed. Operates medium grade tractors in the mowing of grass, and chainsaws in the cutting of tree branches and limbs around and near levee systems. Drives a truck with a flatbed trailer for hauling construction equipment; drives construction equipment on and off lo-boy units. Operates a backhoe in trenching, filling or other minor excavations. Operates a front-end up to 1/2 cubic yard in loading sweeper piles, broken pipe, dirt, rocks, and debris. Participates in emergency flood response duties which may include sand bagging and filling log-gaps in levees, as well as any other activities that aid in the prevention of flood wall and levees breaches. Operates equipment for snow plowing and snow removal.

WASTEWATER PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE : Operates rodding and bucket machine in cleaning and sanitary sewers. Installs, repairs, and maintains wastewater main and lines. Transports materials to designated work sites. Operates flusher truck for cleaning and flushing streets thoroughfares. Drives truck with flatbed trailer for hauling construction equipment and drives construction equipment on and off lo-boy units. Participates in snow plowing and snow removal operations.

PIPELINE: Operates equipment to deliver safety devices and other needs to Water repair crews. Performs work independently as well as with a team. Uses water department software on a computer or tablet.

REQUIRES 6 months of experience in the operation of trucks and other specialized automotive equipment. Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license in accordance with City of KCMO policies. May be required to possess a valid Missouri Class A, B or C CDL prior to the end of probationary period. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.


Maintenance Repairer
Job Opening ID 513632
Salary: $20.10-$30.64/hour
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Normal workdays/hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wastewater Treatment Division, 7900 Hawthorne Road

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.
Telework may be approved after successful completion of 6 month probationary period.

Performs of a variety of maintenance jobs including pump repair and installations, inspections, and assist maintenance mechanics in the installation of valves, blowers and pumps, and all other necessary equipment. Performs basin and clarifier maintenance and inspections. Maintains basic tool knowledge. Follows instructions from supervisor, mechanics, and other crew members. REQUIRES completion of a trade school or a shop training program; OR 6 months of experience in general maintenance and repair work. Must possess a valid State-issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. May be required to obtain a valid MO Class A, B, or C CDL prior to the end of the probationary period as determined by the department. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.  


Maintenance Worker
Job Opening ID 514582
Salary: $15.79-$23.16/hour
Deadline: Open Until Filled
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, Monday-Thursday or Friday-Monday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Make repairs to Wastewater sewer mains and lateral connections. Repairs manholes and breaks in existing gravity sewers and lateral connections. Participates in construction of shoring devices to be utilized in excavations. Participates in traffic control setup in work zones. REQUIRES high school graduation; OR 6 months of general labor experience. May be required to possess a valid state-issued driver’s license in accordance with City of KCMO policies. May be required to possess a valid MO Class A, B or C CDL prior to the end of the probationary period as determined by the department. Must possess a valid Class A CDL issued by the State of Missouri prior to the end of the employee’s probationary period. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.  


URGENT!!! CRITICAL RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

IF THE SAME POSITION TITLE IS POSTED FOR A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT, PLEASE SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE OTHER DEPARTMENT.

  • The evaluation of applications is based on the information submitted by the application deadline. To have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at educational institutions, date degree(s) conferred, etc. Further, you should provide detailed descriptions of relevant work experience/dates, including months/years of employment. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the selection process. Resumes may be filed to determine eligibility, but an official City application must be completed prior to appointment.
  • For positions requiring college education as part of the minimum requirement and/or an equivalency, the minimum education requirement is high school graduation.
  • The requirement of “high school graduation” includes receipt of a state-issued GED certificate.
  • For positions that allow for equivalency, qualifying professional, responsible experience must be obtained AFTER receipt of the accredited degree.
  • Unless otherwise stated, the requirement of “an accredited” degree includes only those degrees obtained from colleges or universities listed with the U.S. Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • All positions require successful completion of a pre-employment criminal history/background check and is subject to employer approval.
  • Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo., within nine months.
  • The City of Kansas City, Mo., is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

POLICY OF NON DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY

The City of Kansas City, Mo., does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the Talent Acquisition Division at (816) 513-1903.