Cathlamet, WA, USA


The Town of Cathlamet Public Works Department is seeking applicants for the position of Public Works Superintendent. This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week at the hourly rate of $34.11 - $38.59 (DOE), plus paid family Medical, Vision, Dental and EAP, as well as employee Life and Disability, Voluntary Buy-Up Plans, PERS Retirement/ DCP, and PTO including 12 holidays, and 8 hours of sick leave and vacation earned each month.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have their High School Diploma or GED. Applicants who currently hold a Level 1 or higher WTPO (Water Treatment Plant Operator) certification will receive preferential consideration. Full job description and employment application are available online at the website listed below. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Submit a completed Town Employment Application no later than 12:30 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2024, to Town Hall, 25 Broadway Street, PO Box 68, Cathlamet, WA 98612, online by clicking "apply now" and attaching a completed employment application as an upload, or via email to

The Town of Cathlamet is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Completion of High School or GED. Completion of college level courses or equivalent experience. Experience in heavy equipment operations, pumps, valves, motor maintenance, and water distribution systems are desired. Basic plumbing, electrical, and construction skills required. Utility installation, treatment, and distribution experience desired. Managerial, budgeting, and project development experience desired.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Obtain certifications in water-sewer treatment and distribution, as required (Applicants are currently required to hold a Level 1 or higher WTPO (Water Treatment Plant Operator) certification to qualify); Hold or obtain a First Aid/CPR Card and a State of Washington Flagging and traffic Control Card within 6 months; Hold a valid driver’s license; and obtain any other training or certifications as required.

  • Continuous training of employees which may include hands-on training and performance reviews.
  • Works in extreme weather conditions including ice, snow rain and during hot summer months working outdoors.
  • Includes work in or near traffic.
  • Moderate potential exposure to insect bites or poison ivy.
  • Potential exposure to chemical irritants produced by solvents.
  • Employees are exposed to vibrations, loud noises, offensive smells, dust, dirt, and water.
  • Normal safety precautions are required, and the worker may wear protective clothing and equipment such as rain/snow gear/boots, googles, gloves, hearing protection, etc.
  • Work includes working in confined spaces of manholes, catch basins, and trenches during wet conditions.
  • Work requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven surfaces, and recurring bending, crouching, stooping, and reaching, climbing steps/ladders, and occasional lifting of moderately heavy items.
  • Administrative office duties include typing, calculating, copies, fax, emails, phones, and meetings.

Skills & Abilities

  • Requires physical ability sufficient to perform essential job duties.
  • Governmental experience desired; Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies; Must develop extensive knowledge of Washington State Laws relating to public works.
  • Learn all procedures and operating standards.
  • Must have a desire to learn the Town’s water and sewer systems, including mapping, boundaries, and extensive details relating to installing and connecting utilities, and tracking other utility customer data.
  • Follows and gives oral and written instructions, communicate clearly both orally and writing.
  • Basic mathematical skills add, subtract, multiply & divide.
  • Work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and be on –call as required.
  • Must be able to follow direction and work independently.
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather.
  • Develop and sustain positive working relationships with all Town staff.
  • Maintain a high standard for completeness and ensure efficient use of materials, facilities, and time.

Salary & Schedule

  •  Salary: Pay Class 10A: $34.11 – $38.59
  • PTO: 8 hours of sick leave & vacation per month, plus an additional 8 hours of vacation for each year of service on anniversary, one 8-hour floater holiday per year and 11 paid holidays
  • Retirement: Public Employee Retirement System PERS 2 or 3, plus optional Deferred Compensation Program
  • Health Benefits: Full family benefits paid by Town, including medical, dental, EAP, and employee life and disability with optional “buy-up” plans at full cost of employee.


SUMMARY: The Public Works Superintendent plans, directs, and coordinates Cathlamet’s public works and utility programs and performs regular and recurring installation, repair & maintenance work in sewer and water utilities, streets, parks, a public pool, and various other Town facilities. Performs general administrative duties, project management, creates and submits reports in a timely manner. Works under the direction of the mayor, supervising all public works staff which include several Utility Maintenance Workers, Lifeguard Manager, Lifeguards and any seasonal hires, interns, and volunteers. Responsible for managing and scheduling of all public works staff to provide adequate and efficient coverage for the operation of all Town utilities, systems, and facilities. Schedule: TBD by Town.

  • Train all crew members in all operations within a reasonable timeline
  • Responsible for improving work processes, must supervise and delegate to public works staff, including a detailed written plan per week; develop written procedures for all activities assigned.
  • Development of plans, estimates and contract documents for public works projects, ensure all supplies have been ordered and are available for the staff to perform the task.
  • Administer public works construction contacts and cooperation with the Town’s engineer and other consultants; make recommendations on public works equipment; research for necessary grant funding.
  • Assist in the creation or amendment of ordinance and resolutions as necessary to improve Public Works operations.
  • Purchases all necessary supplies, parts, and equipment; and completes projects, repairs, and maintenance accurately, timely, and within budget; Develop and maintain work logs, maintenance logs, project logs, performance logs and ensure that maintenance and repairs are being performed regularly and in a timely manner.
  • Seek input from citizen advisory committees (parks, pool), address utility customers and Town residents.
  • Ensure all location call outs, reporting requirements, and request for information deadlines are met; perform extensive research and compilation of all required reports in a timely manner.
  • Perform project management and development which may require using specific software to update itemized project steps documenting obstacles, contingencies, and status; coordination with other entities and personnel.
  • Oversee short term and long-range capital improvement program planning that includes funding strategies. Research different vendors to ensure cost efficiency.
  • Supervise the operations of the Sewer and Water Utilities, Streets, Town Pool and Parks; oversees maintenance for all Town facilities/grounds including sweeping, painting, carpentry, furniture moving and plumbing.
  • Locate, mark and/or repair breaks in water and sewer mains, review maps for valve locations; set up traffic control devices and excavate holes; replace valves and mains as needed; perform meter reading duties, shut off and turn on water services to customers as assigned.
  • Perform street maintenance including installing signs, cleaning culverts and ditches, trimming trees, patching streets, laying asphalt, and picking up litter.
  • Assist with the maintenance and operations of wastewater plant, sewer lift stations, drinking water and water distribution, reservoirs, fire hydrants valves, pressure reducing valves, water meters, and alarm systems.
  • Assist with the maintenance and operations of the drinking water treatment plant, including obtaining turbidity, PH, and chlorine readings; record results; add and mix chemicals, and fluoride as required and monthly testing.
  • Maintain and repair reservoirs; inspect reservoirs for leaks; perform ground keeping functions around reservoirs.
  • Proficiently operate most equipment, including backhoe, dump truck, chlorinators, pumps etc. which are required to perform tasks assigned; assist with the maintenance of the Public Works Department vehicles and equipment.
  • Perform many types of unskilled work including but not limited to driving, digging, moving, sweeping, traffic flagging, painting, repairing, carrying, (up to 80#) ladder-climbing etc. which are required to perform tasks assigned to the department; use a variety of hand and power operated tools and equipment, such as shovels, picks, rakes, crowbars, mowers, trimmers, electric drills, wrenches, compressors, jackhammer, and various types of saws necessary to accomplish primary work activities.
  • Respond to all staff, official, and public inquiries in a courteous manner. Provide information within the scope of knowledge within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Prepare and administer annual department budgets.
  • Prepare and submit monthly staff reports.
  • Attends all regular council meetings (and sometimes special); serves as a technical advisor to the Town Council, Mayor, and Town Departments on project proposals and other public works activities.
  • Perform all work safely, following all safety rules and procedures established for work area.
  • Operate computers and enter data, producing work orders, purchase orders, schedules, and timesheets.
  • Perform any other duties and projects as assigned or directed.