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Temporary Utility Worker 2

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs, Skilled Trades

Position Title Temporary Utility Worker 2
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Facilities Management Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Utility Worker, you will perform maintenance duties of University grounds in a comprehensive outdoor maintenance program.  This will include, but not be limited to, constructing, maintaining, modifying, and repairing grounds facilities such as roads, parking lots and surfaces, landscapes, athletic fields, walkways, irrigation systems, utility systems, and large brick hardscapes.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Performing semi-skilled maintenance and construction work on buildings, fixtures, equipment, trees, grounds, irrigation systems, walks and driveways
  • Operating other power tools and equipment and motorized equipment in the performance of job duties
  • Maintaining storm water system
  • Setting up for events on athletic fields
  • Other duties as needed
    • During periods of inclement weather involving snow, operate a variety of vehicles (sanding truck with snow blade, tractor, gator) in order to clear streets, parking lots, and sidewalks
    • Apply sand and de-icer during periods of inclement weather
    • Remove trash and other waste on campus

This position is considered essential personnel, which means you must report to work when called on to do so.  

This is a temporary position, not to exceed 1050 hours.

Required Qualifications
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Two years of work experience involving:
    • Grounds maintenance
    • Outdoor utility construction, maintenance, or repair
    • Light carpentry; and
    • Landscape construction, maintenance, or repair
  • Demonstrated experience or ability to perform work in a commercial and/or institutional setting
  • Ability to maintain and use hand and power tools safely as required for the trade
  • Valid driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work in order to drive a state-owned vehicle for travel to work locations
  • Physically perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Additional outdoor construction experience
  • Demonstrated construction equipment operation including backhoes, excavators, and trailers
  • Demonstrated experience operation with Vactor trucks
  • CDL Class A driver's license
  • Knowledge of: applicable Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regulations, and local building and plumbing codes
  • Knowledge of: Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) rules and regulations, standard job safety rules, proper use of a face respirator 
Salary $15.97/hour
Bargaining Unit This position is covered by a Washington Federation of State Employees bargaining union.  New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement at 350 hours of employment.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act").  It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.  You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services.  The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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