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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


Utility Crew Leader
Job Opening ID 516281
Salary: $23.98-$36.60/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Pipeline Division, 2409 E. 18th 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.

Works as a skilled crew member in the installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance of water distribution mains and lines, valves and hydrants. Repairs leaks and breaks in existing pressured mains. Participates in the restoration of work site locations and street surfaces. Responsible for backfill excavations, restores dirt work, seed or sods, sets up erosion control measures and tears down and replaces fences. Replaces landscaping, utilizing proper techniques in minimizing damages to existing utilities. Assists in digging trenches and other excavations. Shores deep excavation. Follows all City policies concerning safety in the workplace. Operates various types of motorized construction and maintenance equipment. Operates jackhammer in cutting and breaking concrete, asphalt, or rock. Removes waste from work site. Drives dump truck for hauling construction material. Operates a front-end loader up to 2-1/2 cubic yards in loading pipe or other materials for construction and maintenance work. REQUIRES  Works as a skilled crew member in the installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance of water distribution mains and lines, valves and hydrants. Repairs leaks and breaks in existing pressured mains. Participates in the restoration of work site locations and street surfaces. Responsible for backfill excavations, restores dirt work, seed or sods, sets up erosion control measures and tears down and replaces fences. Replaces landscaping, utilizing proper techniques in minimizing damages to existing utilities. Assists in digging trenches and other excavations. Shores deep excavation. Follows all City policies concerning safety in the workplace. Operates various types of motorized construction and maintenance equipment. Operates jackhammer in cutting and breaking concrete, asphalt, or rock. Removes waste from work site. Drives dump truck for hauling construction material. Operates a front-end loader up to 2-1/2 cubic yards in loading pipe or other materials for construction and maintenance work. Preference given to applicants with experience in making repairs to a water distribution system.


Chemist
Job Opening ID 516228
Salary: $27.25-$40.88/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Laboratory Division, 2 NE 32nd 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.

Maintains standardized chemical, bacteriological and physical analysis of air, raw and treated water and sewage samples and a variety of related substances and materials. Conducts mass and volume tests on water, sewage and related materials generally following prescribed procedures and techniques as to methodology and general instructions regarding laboratory standards. Detailed instructions are received on new procedures. Although assignments are generally limited in scope and performed according to standardized procedures, employees of this class must exercise independent judgment in making technical decisions. Work is reviewed through review of test results, occasional observation of work performed, and retests performed by technical superiors. Maintains records of work performed in the laboratory and complies with reports and standards. Performs related duties as required. REQUIRES an accredited bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences or related sciences. Must possess a valid state issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen as prescribed by the City.


Senior Equipment Operator
Job Opening ID 516280
Salary: $22.61 – $34.48/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
Location: Pipeline Division, 2409 E. 18th 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.

Operates heavy-duty, complex and specialized automotive construction equipment in the installation, repair, and maintenance of water distribution mains and lines, hydrants, and valves. Operates assigned heavy equipment and other equipment as needed. Performs labor duties related to the installation, repair, replacement and maintenance of water distribution mains, lines, hydrants, and valves. Operates heavy excavator in excavating deep trenches for the installation of water mains. Operates backhoe for excavating deep ditches for the repair, installation, and replacement of water lines and mains. Operates valve turning trucks and participates in valve turning for main shuts to assist contractors, engineers, or a district, or for routine maintenance. REQUIRES 4 years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation of heavy and complex construction and maintenance equipment, including 1 year at the level of Equipment Operator. Must possess a valid state –issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. May be required to possess a valid MO Class A, B, or C CDL prior to the end of the employee’s probationary period as determined by the department. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.


Plant Operator
Job Opening ID 516286
Salary: $22.61-$34.48/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Various shifts
Location: Water Supply & Treatment, 1 NW Briarcliff Rd.

Works in an entry level semi-skilled position in the operation of the Water Treatment Plant and Pumping facilities. Learns fundamental concepts and practices used in water treatment including equipment operation and minor maintenance. Becomes responsible for routine inspections and maintenance for a variety of plant equipment and facilities. As skills develop, will be responsible for some process evaluations and process controls to achieve optimum performance. 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.


Labor Leader
Job Opening ID 516278
Salary: $22.61-$34.48/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Pipeline Division, 2409 E. 18th St.

Assigns, leads, and participates in the work of an assigned crew. Determines needs and requisitions, tools, materials, and equipment for repair and maintenance work. Directs safety activities among employees and assigned crew and conducts safety training programs and meetings with a crew. Receives request for emergency and unscheduled work and makes arrangements for prompt performance of work. Instructs employees in new methods of work and in procedural changes. Maintains necessary reports such as completing time sheets, activity reports, accident, injury, and equipment condition reports. Helps to resolve employee complaints. Receives and resolves complaints from the general public regarding specific situations pertaining to area of assignment. REQUIRES 3 years’ experience of a progressively responsible nature in construction or maintenance work, including 1 year at the level of the City’s Maintenance Worker. Must possess a valid MO Class A, B, Or C CDL prior to the end of probationary period as determined by the department. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City. Preference given to candidates with a high school diploma or high school equivalency.


Equipment Operator
Job Opening ID 516276
Salary: $20.10-$30.64/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Pipeline Division, 2409 E. 18th St.

Enters excavations 4-15 feet 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 main 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 jackhammer 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. 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 515520
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 Mechanic
Job Opening ID 516277
Salary: $22.62-$34.48/hour
Deadline: February 21, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Farm: Understands basic farming operations. Provides knowledgeable of land applying biosolids and fertilizer, preventive maintenance on farm tractors, and can diagnose and repair farm equipment/small engines. Repairs and replaces farm related pumps and valves. Operates farm equipment, bobcat, loader, forklift, and bulldozer. Utilizes various tools and equipment for snow removal at farm, residential, and public streets. Troubleshoots basic electrical issues, understands the importance of proper safety habits and knowledge of “lock out, tag out”, and PPE.
Wastewater:Inspects, maintains, repairs, and troubleshoots equipment within the Wastewater Division. Operates various pumps, heating, and air conditioning systems, and emergency power and transfer systems. Operates multi-stage water system, multi-zone two pipe steam system, and vacuum condensate system. Operates waste heat snow melt system. Repairs doors and locking mechanisms, plumbing, and drainage systems. Performs snow removal. Utilizes various tools and equipment for snow removal at various facilities. Troubleshoots basic electrical issues. Uses knowledge of computers and possesses the ability to read blueprints. Understands the importance of proper safety habits and knowledge of “lock out, tag out”, and PPE.
HVAC:Installs and troubleshoots for heating and cooling systems. Installs individual parts (pumps, pipes, fans, etc.). Maintains air and water treatments in HVAC systems. Performs preventive maintenance, operates various pumps, repairs plumbing, and drainage systems. Troubleshoots basic electrical issues. Has knowledge of computers and possesses the ability to read blueprints. Understands the importance of proper safety habits and knowledge of “lock out, tag out”, and PPE.
REQUIRES high school graduation and 4 years of experience in a variety of mechanical crafts; 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. 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.  


Engineering Technician Lead
Job Opening ID 516229
Salary: $23.98-$36.60/hour
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Normal workdays/hours: Engineering Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Normal workdays/hours: Stormwater Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

*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.

Engineering: Performs basic to advanced engineering/architectural applications in the production of project plans under the guidance of Design Engineer. Prepares drawings, details, and maps for a variety of projects: Water lines, Sewer lines, Water treatment plants, Wastewater treatment plants, and Pump stations. Prepares plan and profile drawings. Works closely with other CAD technicians and Project Engineers on the team. Reviews record drawings and incorporates into plans. Incorporates City standards and specifications into plans. Works with Autodesk Revit software to update and maintain 3D models of City Facilities. Maintains accurate records of drawings. Assignments are received in the form of general instructions and sketches from technical superiors and are performed with a considerable degree of independence and judgement. Work is reviewed by technical superiors upon completion to assure conformance with instructions, and accuracy. Performs other work as assigned. 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 the 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. Manages the storm lot mowing crews. Assists in the preparation of contracts, specifications, land descriptions and other documents. Manages MyCivic cases assigned to stormwater investigations, cleaning, and repair. Develops and recommend appropriate methods, procedures, and applications for the effective us of GIS technology. Submits information to the 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.Engineering: Preference given to candidates with AutoCAD experience.  


Equipment Operator
Job Opening ID 514875
Salary: $20.10-$30.64/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.
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.   


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.