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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
Interested in one of the positions below? Apply online now »


Engineering Technician Lead
Job Opening ID 515622
Salary: $23.98-$36.60/hour
Deadline: September 26, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:30 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.

Manages water distribution repair and maintenance contract work. Ensures compliance with contracts and city construction specifications, approving construction submittals, and resolving construction issues. Assigns and schedules work orders, performs valve shuts, notifies customers of water outages, trains other employees. Receives daily work assignments from Senior Engineering Technician. Assists with periodic after hours on-call work.REQUIRES an accredited Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental or Water Resources Engineering and 4 years of project management experience in stormwater quantity and quality including: urban drainage in combined and sanitary sewer systems; flood control and operations; and MS4 permit compliance. 


Environmental Inspector
Job Opening ID 515623
Salary: $19.27-$29.39/hour
Deadline: September 26, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:30 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.

Inspects food service establishments, advises owners and/or operators as to deficiencies, re-inspects as necessary. Inspects sewer systems, manholes, storm drains and appurtenances for adherence to construction, maintenance or operational standards. Reports findings and prepares work orders for needed repairs. Conducts sanitary and storm sewer investigations to locate and stop unusual/prohibited discharges to either sewer system, as well as, conduct investigations of complaints. Inspects or assists with SAC meters/systems and sewer meters.REQUIRES high school graduation and 1 year of applicable experience in a related technical construction, environmental health, hazardous materials or engineering field. Must possess of a valid state issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. If moving from a non-safety-sensitive position, must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City.


Senior Engineering Technician
Job Opening ID 515628
Salary: $27.25-$40.88/hour
Deadline: September 26, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:30 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.

Manages water distribution repair and maintenance contractors. Ensures compliance with contracts and city construction specifications, approving construction submittals and invoices, and resolving construction issues. Assigns and schedules work orders. Performs valve shuts, notifies customers of water outages and trains other employees. Coordinates work with contractors, customers, city staff and other stakeholders. Supervises other inspectors. Requires periodic after hours on-call work. REQUIRES high school graduation and 9 years of related and increasingly responsible experience in engineering drawing, mapping, automated mapping, geographical information systems (GIS) and equipment or computer aided drafting and design (CADD), engineering, land survey, construction inspection and related field; OR an acceptable combination of qualifying education and experience; OR high school graduation and possession of the Level III Certification as Engineering Technician (ET) as issued by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) or a Registered Land Surveyor’s License as issued by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects. Must possess a valid state–issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. If moving from a non-safety-sensitive position, must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City. Preference given for expertise in water distribution systems including valve shuts and system maps, Hansen Work Order Management System experience, and Construction experience.


Senior Equipment Operator
Job Opening ID 515625
Salary: $22.61-$34.48/hour
Deadline: September 26, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Stormwater: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wastewater: 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.

Stormwater: Operates trucks, tractors, and other heavy-duty specialized automotive constructions and cleaning equipment used in the installation, repair, replacement, cleaning, and/or maintenance of stormwater inlets, channels and levees, and other related stormwater structures. Operates combination jet- vacuum cleaning units in cleaning stormwater pipes. Removes heavy debris from stormwater catch basin boxes. Hauls debris to landfill to properly dispose of materials. Participates in snow plowing and snow removal operations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Wastewater: Maintains the operations of sewer cleaning equipment. Provides knowledge of the operations of sewer cleaning equipment. Provides knowledge of the operation of jet rodders, power rodders, and other equipment used in the cleaning of sanitary sewers. Reads sewer atlas maps to locate sewer lines, manholes, and locations. Responds to all emergencies. 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.


Engineer Section Head
Job Opening ID 515601
Salary:$7,268-$10,902/month
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Normal workdays/hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location:Stormwater Division, 4800 E. 63rd St.

Directs, coordinates, and exercises functional authority over graduate engineers and assigned major engineering projects involving the planning, design, development, construction, renovation, maintenance or operation of stormwater facilities including levees and waterways. Requires coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. Coordinates and implements engineering business processes by the following: Plans & assigns specific projects or areas of work to professional and technical subordinates and consultants. Manages the technical and financial aspects of stormwater engineering by: maintaining and reporting on project funding through various sources. Reviews and approves completed plans, specifications, drawings and estimates. Reviews vouchers and supporting field data for partial payments for work completed. Approves payment per contractual requirements. Prepares specifications for materials and products. Performs necessary research for satisfactory substitutes. Investigates material(s) failure(s) and inspects construction work in progress for compliance with plans and specifications. Represents the Department in matters with other governmental agencies, private firms and the general public. Directly supervises up to 10 employees and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 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. If moving from a non-safety-sensitive position, must pass a pre-employment drug screen as prescribed by the City. Preference given for expertise in water distribution systems including valve shuts and system maps, construction experience.  


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 high school graduation and 4 years of experience in water or sewer construction and maintenance work. Must possess a valid State-issued driver’s license in accordance with the City of KCMO policies. Must possess a valid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) issued by the State of Missouri prior to the end of the employee’s probationary period (Appropriate CDL will be determined by the department). If moving from a non-safety-sensitive position, must pass a pre-employment drug screen and post-offer physical examination as prescribed by the City. Must possess at least one of the certifications listed that is applicable to the employee’s work area within 6 months of moving into this job classification: Distribution System Level I (DS-I) License with the State of Missouri; Wastewater Collections System level C certification with the State of Missouri; Backflow certification with the State of Missouri. 


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.