Full Time - Water Operator/Laborer

The City of Corry is seeking candidates to hire a FT - Water Operator Laborer for Public Works Department.

Starting hourly rate is $15.64 (per CBA Wage Scale).  Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm, OT eligible.

Benefits:  Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Pension Plan, Paid Time Off, Holidays.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed employment application form along with resume to Lisa Jordan at ljordan@corrypa.gov or 100 S Center St, Corry PA 16407.  Employment applications are available at www.corrypa.gov or in person at City Hall.


Job Description and Requirements:  Water Operator/Laborer

Wage Classification:  Hourly

Compensation Scale: Per CBA

Bargaining Unit:  AFSCME

Daily Reporting Location: PW Garage


Applies knowledge of water pumping, treatment and distribution systems, equipment and facilities to operate equipment and performs regular, recurring, and non-routine tasks for maintenance, repair.

This is a skilled labor position involving all aspects of the Public Works Department. The employee shall be trained and utilized in streets, property, and utility maintenance.  Assigned tasks shall include but not limited to: Operation of light to heavy equipment and trucks as a regular part of assigned duties. Employees in this class are expected to participate in all phases of skilled and/or unskilled labor as assigned and will involve strenuous physical activity. Persons in this classification exercise independent judgment within the scope of specific assignments as deemed appropriate by the City Manager and/or Water Lead Operator. This position reports to the Water Lead Operator and/or Operator in Charge.   



Required minimum education or training: High School Diploma or GED.  This classification requires the individual to hold and retain a Class B CDL with no equipment restriction within 6 months of entering the role.  Additionally, said employee must successfully complete all testing required for licensing to independently operate all aspects of the City Water and distribution system per the State of Pennsylvania and collective bargaining agreement within 24 months of being assigned to the role.

All safety and compliance training as assigned by the City shall be mandatory.

Preferred education or training: Post-Secondary Education including any formal training via recognized trade schools, military service, universities, colleges, academies, seminaries, vocational schools, or institutes of technology, or previous employers.

Role specific skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic construction methods, materials and terminology.
  • Knowledge of basic safety precautions and practices necessary in working with hand tools, power tools, light and heavy equipment and small and large trucks.
  • Knowledge of safety principals related to traffic control, trenching and shoring, and the safety procedures for operating equipment and power tools.
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, methods, and materials used in a variety of public works and utilities construction, maintenance and repair activities.
  • Knowledge of traffic regulations and the practices followed in the care and safe operation of light to heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely with and around mechanized equipment.
  • Knowledge of and the skill to operate light to heavy equipment under all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to exercise a certain amount of independent judgment in day to day operations.
  • Ability to exercise judgment when job assignments must be modified in order to be completed.
  • Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to comprehend the occupational hazards involving such work.
  • Ability to be available for unscheduled and scheduled off hour work.
  • Ability to be contacted by phone while off duty.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and act in a courteous and diplomatic manner with members of the public.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arm. The employee is frequently required to walk; talk or hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; smell, climb steps both indoor and outdoor; and climb ladders. The employee must be able to perform all the above physical activities in all types of weather conditions during all the seasons of the year. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Works in confined spaces and depths of 12 feet or more under a wide range of weather conditions.
  • Works at varying heights and can perform duties at heights of 35 feet or more under a wide range of weather conditions.


Additional duties consistent with the position, may be assigned by the City.

  • Operates City light and heavy equipment units, such as loaders, backhoes, graders, excavators, skid-steers, small and large dump trucks and pickups with plows and cinder/salt spreaders, street sweeper, concrete saws (portable and walk behind) , implements and attachments, power tools, mowers, farm tractors to perform any operation within the capacity of the equipment and as necessary to accomplish the job required.
  • Under general supervision, maintains facilities such as lift stations, generators, manholes, sewer lines etc.
  • Raises and lowers manhole frames.
  • Maintains the inventory of required parts and equipment
  • Responds to customer complaints
  • Perform other tasks related to the operation and maintenance of the waste water treatment plant, lab and related equipment.
  • Perform other tasks related to the operation and maintenance of the drinking water treatment plant and related equipment.
  • Performs minor maintenance to equipment such as, but not limited to, adding fluids and fuel, fluid and filter changes and lubrications.
  • May perform maintenance, and repairs on pumps, lift stations, generators, manholes, sewer lines and associated system components. 
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance and minor field repairs such as lubrication, checking fluid levels and replacing belts and other components as required. 
  • Participate in the construction, maintenance, and repair of public works facilities and grounds.
  • Repair road surfaces; apply and level patching materials.
  • Clean, repair and install new storm sewers and catch basins.
  • Repair water line breaks and assist water department in the repair and preventative maintenance of pumps, blowers, valves, hydrants and instruments.
  • May turn water service on and off.
  • Clear tree limbs along roads and pick up debris after storms.
  • Operate equipment for snow and ice removal including spreading cinders.
  • Maintain an awareness of proper safety procedures and guidelines and apply these in performing daily activities and tasks. 
  • Perform other tasks related to the operation and maintenance of equipment, maintenance buildings, services, and City owned properties.
  • Performs minor maintenance to equipment such as, but not limited to, adding fluids and fuel, fluid and filter changes and lubrications.
  •  Reports any improper or deficient operating conditions of assigned equipment to the immediate supervisor.
  • Performs routine work as a laborer when not engaged in the operation of equipment or other skilled labor positions.
  • Responds to man-made and/or natural disasters, within the City municipal boundaries, as directed by a direct supervisor or the City Manager.
  • Additional duties consistent with the position, as may be assigned by the City.
  • The City will make reasonable accommodations to assist in the performance of duties when necessary to comply with the law.
  • Adheres to all policies, procedures and standards of the City of Corry and pertinent federal, state, local laws relating to position functions.

Position utilizes the following as part of the essential duties and responsibilities:

(Heavy,Light, and General Equipment)

  • CDL Trucks- plowing and spreading salt and/or cinders operations
  • CDL Trucks- Hauling a trailer and equipment
  • Grader- all operations
  • Back Hoe- all operations
  • Excavator- all operations
  • Street Sweeper- all operations
  • Leaf Grinder
  • Loader- all operations
  • Skid Steer- sweeping, milling head, stump grinder, operations
  • CDL Category Dump Trucks while hauling material
  • Pickup trucks /Non-CDL dump trucks –all operations including snow removal
  • Farm tractors and implements
  • Skid Steer – bucket, fork and snow removal operations
  • Compact Loader- bucket, fork, and snow removal operations
  • Vibratory Roller
  • Sewer Jetter
  • Sewer Camera
  • Bucket Truck
  • Power tools (gas, air, hydraulic, electric, battery)
  • Air Compressors
  • Pressure washers
  • Pickup Trucks- non-plowing operations
  • Lawn mowing and landscape equipment
  • Chipper
  • Trash pumps
  • Generators
  • Trailers

The equipment listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Additional duties consistent with the position may be assigned by the City.  The omission of specific statements of operations and/or equipment does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. City personnel and other contractors or individuals will be authorized to utilize equipment per City Management discretion