Employment Opportunities

THE CITY OF WEST COLUMBIA

IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE.

The City of West Columbia appreciates your interest in our organization. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time city employees, which includes health and life insurance, annual leave, and sick leave. In addition, the City participates in the SC Retirement System.

Please download and complete the following City application, as it is required for all applicants. You may also submit a resume with your application.

City Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Assistant Superintendent - Water Plant 1

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Job Duties including, but not limited to:

• Assists the Superintendent in planning, directing, coordinating, organizing, and controlling the operation of the water treatment plant assists in ensuring that plants, pump stations, and laboratory are operated and maintained in compliance with regulatory agency guidelines (EPA and DHEC).

• Assists in ensuring adequate production of water for the demand of the service area.

• Assists in directing and overseeing the work of subordinate staff. Performs such supervisory duties as providing direction, assistance and instruction; reviewing work completed to ensure accuracy; making and/or approving salary recommendations as appropriate; administering disciplinary actions; recommending transfers, promotions, and discharges; conducting interviews and selecting competent department personnel to fill vacancies; maintaining leave records and reviews and approving time sheets; acting on employee problems; and maintaining standards; etc.

• Reviews daily operations schedule and lab data for plants; conducts facility site inspections on routine basis; provides advice and/or assistance in resolving plant process problems.

• Prepares and/or approves appropriate reports as required by regulatory agencies and submits in a timely manner; is responsible for ensuring that monthly/quarterly reports to SC DHEC are prepared and submitted as required; prepares other documents and reports including production reports, sample site plans, and general letters of correspondence.

• Oversees and ensures that Operators meet certification requirements for continued education.

• Monitors expenditures ensuring that expenditures are within budget limits; issues requisitions for department purchases.

• Assists with making purchases for the plants including chemicals, equipment, supplies, etc. Establishes bid list for major purchases; receives and awards bids as appropriate.

• Operates and maintains records on the computer.

• Develops standard operating procedures and departmental policies.

• Prepares preventive maintenance schedules and operational schedules. Schedules safety meetings as appropriate.

• Assists with preventive maintenance on equipment and control panels as needed.

• Calibrates feeder equipment and transmitters to ensure that proper amounts of chemicals are added to water.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, environmental management/engineering, or other field and three to five years of experience operating and maintaining water treatment plants, pump stations, and laboratories; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “A”. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license.
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Salary: Salary range $54,568.36 – $76,395.07

How to apply: Application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Meter Reader - Water Billing Department

Position hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:

• Reads meters in order to determine gallons of water used by residences and businesses by utilizing handheld reading devices; travels through residential and commercial areas both on foot and via city vehicle; reads water meters for preparation of customer water bills; conducts follow-up readings due to seemingly high consumptions, leaks in water lines, customer complaints, etc.

• Receives and reviews service applications; sets meters in timely manner as required.

• Replaces and/or repairs meter boxes, cleans inside of meter boxes to dispose of dirt, grass, etc.

• Receives complaints and/or work orders to check against meter leaks, conducts flow tests, pressure checks, etc.

• Utilizes handheld devices in order to enter meter usage readings; utilizes sharpshooter shovel for cleaning meter boxes; uses hand pumps to pump water from meter boxes; uses meter lid pullers and manhole lid pullers.

• Interacts professionally with customers regarding problems with water service and answers questions relative to meter readings; communicates daily with co-workers, supervisor, etc.

• Reviews work orders on a daily basis; determines location of problems and makes repairs; completes work orders in a timely manner.

• Provides off hours emergency coverage as directed.

Qualifications: High school diploma or G.E. D. with the demonstrated ability to read, write, and comprehend at a high school level. Must possess a valid S.C. driver’s license. Must have the physical ability to perform hard manual labor.

Salary: Salary range is $28,512.84 – $39,918.39. Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Code Compliance Inspector I

The City of West Columbia has an opening for a Code Compliance Inspector I in the Code Enforcement Department. This position requires an associate’s degree in business administration, criminal justice, construction management or a related field; one to two years experience in code compliance, municipal government, zoning administration, law enforcement, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of training, education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license. Minimum starting salary is $42,409.19 annually.

Principal elements of the position are:

• Receives/ responds to citizen inquiries, requests for assistance/ complaints related to municipal code and zoning ordinance regulations, businesses license regulations, and nuisance abatement.
• Patrols all areas of the city to monitor overall compliance; maintains an inventory of non-conforming uses; performs field inspections to verify compliance with development standards, nuisance-related ordinances and zoning codes affecting private property.
• Provides notification of non-compliance to property owners; prepares eviduciary documentation for cases where non-compliance results in court appearances; issues summonses to appear before the municipal judge.

Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

Employment application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

The position will remain open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Water Plant Maintenance Mechanic - Water Plant 2

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, generally. Will be required to work on-call duty on a rotational basis.

Job Duties including, but are not limited to:
• Inspects, troubleshoots, and diagnoses potential problems with pumps and motors; performs general repairs on all equipment related to water treatment operations.
• Prepares purchase requisitions for equipment, parts, and supplies for necessary repairs or to perform preventive maintenance service.
• Responsible for scheduling and conducting preventive maintenance on necessary equipment and performing procedures on a weekly, monthly, semi-annually, or yearly basis as needed.
• Ensures repairs and newly installed equipment meet required standards and codes.
• Estimates materials, parts, and time for jobs and requisitions needed equipment, parts, and supplies for necessary repairs.
• Maintains logs of service completed.
• Utilizes various tools and equipment such as drills, saws, mechanic tools, electrician tools, etc.

Qualifications: Vocational/technical school education with training in electrical and mechanical repairs and maintenance, and three to five years of experience in the electrical and or mechanical maintenance field, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Pay info: Starting salary $40,673.49 or higher DOQ with an excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment at westcolumbiasc.gov. Resumes may be submitted with applications.

Deadline: open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Water Plant Operator Trainee

Position hours: rotational 12-hour shift from 7 to 7, which includes working some weekends and holidays.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate the flow of water into the treatment facility and maintains distribution pressure and storage tank levels.
• Monitors the SCADA System and makes adjustments when needed.
• Backwashes filters when necessary and monitors the backwash process to ensure proper cleaning.
• Calibrates and standardizes lab equipment.
• Runs quality checks on the water every two hours.
• Runs daily board and runs Colilert test daily.
• Monitors chemical feed systems and tanks.
• Performs all duties in accordance with EPA, DHEC, and OSHA standards.

Qualifications: High school diploma or GED and/or vocational/technical school education/training in water treatment plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license.

Pay info: Minimum starting salary of $26,121.45 or higher DOQ, with an excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

Deadline: Open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Water Plant Operator “A”

Position hours: rotational 12-hour shift from 7 to 7, which includes working weekends and holidays

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates and controls electric motors and valves to regulate the flow of water treatment facility and operates and maintains SCADA System.
• Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation, and distribution of water.
• Loads specified amounts of chemicals or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified chemicals into treatment section to disinfect and clarify water.
• Tests water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities using a variety of meters.
• Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity and water pressures.
• Prepares various records and reports including flow charts, filter backwash charts, turbidity charts, bacteria records, dosage charts, and calibration charts; maintains such records and reports as directed by SC DHEC.
• Cleans and maintains administrative, chemical, raw water, and high service pump buildings; cleans filter beds using backwash system and periodically cleans filter basins and settlement basins with a pressure washer.

Qualifications: Vocational/technical school education/training in water treatment plant operations and one-year experience in water treatment plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must possess “Water Operator A” certification.

Pay info: Salary Range $44,764.18 – $62,670.87, with an excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

Deadline: Open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Superintendent of Maintenance and Safety - Water Plants

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected

Job Duties including, but are not limited to:

• Assists the Director in purchases for office, janitorial, safety supplies, and equipment and maintains adequate inventory; assists in establishing the bid list for major purchases and receives bids.

• Inspects, troubleshoots, and diagnoses potential problems with pumps and motors; performs general repairs on all equipment related to water treatment operations; assists maintenance technicians in scheduling and conducting preventive maintenance on necessary equipment and performing procedures on a timely basis as needed.

• Prepares requisitions for equipment, parts, and supplies for necessary repairs or to perform preventive maintenance service.

• Utilizes various types of tools and equipment such as drills, saws, mechanic tools, electricians’ tools, etc; estimated materials parts, and time for jobs.

• Provides assistance, guidance, and training to water plant maintenance technicians for repairing or
maintenance of water treatment plant systems and equipment.

• Ensures that repairs and newly installed equipment meet required standards and codes.

• Assists Director with timekeeping process at Water Plant II.

• Schedules training for safety meetings for water plants and maintains records of meetings; ensures that all employees have the necessary training for Process Safety Management.

• Performs a wide variety of duties and assignments as requested by the Director.

• Assists Director with preparing the departmental budget.

• Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications: Vocational/technical school education or training in electrical and mechanical repairs/maintenance plus three to five years of experience in the electrical or mechanical maintenance field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “A”. Must possess a valid SC Driver’s License. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required.

Salary: Salary range $54,568.36 – $76,395.07. Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: The application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Police Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified)/Patrol Officer II (Certified)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Must be 21 years of age
• Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must have a valid S.C. driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle under normal and emergency situations, sometimes at high speeds, in fair and inclement weather
• Must not have a disqualifying incident on driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter or leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
• Must be able to physically restrain another individual
• Must be able to physically defend oneself
• Must be able to maintain focus and mental preparedness of shifts of 12-14 hours
• Must be able to load a weapon as well as safely and accurately fire a semi-automatic weapon
• Must be able to successfully pass a medical exam to include vision, hearing, and color blindness to S.C. Criminal Justice Academy standards
• Must be able to see well in a low light environment
• Must be able to pass a drug test
• Must be able to pass a polygraph exam
• Must be able to pass a psychological test to establish suitability for the demands and stresses of law enforcement employment
• Must have a satisfactory credit history
• Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation
• Must be able to successfully pass a physical agility test that includes the ability to run, climb, jump, lift, and drag heavy weight (over 100 lbs.) within standards and times established by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
• Must have good communication skills
• Must have no convictions for crimes of moral turpitude as defined in law
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity, and inclement weather

Pay info:
Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified) – Starting at $42,409.19 with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – Starting at $44,147.56 with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

Incentive Program

Deadline: Position open until filled.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test: Description and video WCFD PAT

FIREFIGHTER (LATERAL)

The City of West Columbia has immediate Lateral Transfer openings for the position of Firefighter I. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a company officer or senior fire station personnel. This position engages directly in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, equipment operation and maintenance, fire station maintenance, community service, and training activities; does related work as required.

Salary Range: $37,199.40 – $52,079.69, DOQ (Position Closes 5pm, December 3, 2021)

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Possess a High School Diploma or GED supplemented by a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a career firefighter or five (5) years as a volunteer firefighter.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Carolina within ninety (90) days of position appointment. Must possess: NFPA 1001 Firefighter II, NFPA 472 Haz-Mat Operations certifications, preferably IFSAC or Pro Board or equivalent. Must possess National Registry EMT certification or higher or obtain NREMT certification within twenty-four (24) months of employment. (Please submit copies of all fire certifications with application via the instructions at the end of the online application.)

FIRE CAPTAIN (LATERAL)

The City of West Columbia Fire Department has an immediate lateral opening(s) for the position of Fire Captain. Under the direction of the Battalion Chief this classification is responsible for performing, directing, and supervising activities of the fire station as a company officer on an assigned shift including fire suppression, emergency medical response, technical rescue, inspection, investigation, training, and all other support functions as assigned.

Salary Range: $49,358.70 – $69,103.22, DOQ (Position Closes 5pm, November 29, 2021)

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Possess a High School Diploma or GED supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years progressive experience as a firefighter with one (1) year of fire service leadership experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Carolina within ninety (90) days of position appointment. Must possess: NFPA 1001 Firefighter II, NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I, NFPA 472 Haz-Mat Operations, NFPA 1002 Pump Operator I and Driver Operator I certifications, preferably IFSAC or Pro Board or equivalent. Must possess National Registry EMT certification or higher or obtain NREMT certification within twenty-four (24) months of employment. (Please submit copies of certifications with application via the instructions at the end of the online application.)

FIRE ENGINEER I (LATERAL)

The City of West Columbia Fire Department has an immediate lateral transfer opening for the position of Fire Engineer. Under general supervision of the company officer (captain), is responsible for safely driving fire apparatus to and from emergencies incidents. Ensures all personnel and apparatus arrive at the emergency scene as quickly and safely as possible, utilizing the routes of choice; that all equipment on assigned apparatus is maintained and functions properly. May perform duties of firefighter as assigned and/or needed in fire suppression or other emergencies. Salary Range: $44,147.56 – $61,808.15, DOQ (Position Closes 5pm, November 29, 2021)

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Possess a High School Diploma or GED supplemented by a minimum of three (3) years progressive experience as a career firefighter with one (1) year of driver/operator experience.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of South Carolina within ninety (90) days of position appointment. Must possess: NFPA 1001 Firefighter II, NFPA 472 Haz-Mat Operations, NFPA 1002 Pump Operator I and Driver Operator I certifications, preferably IFSAC or Pro Board or equivalent. Must possess National Registry EMT certification or higher or obtain NREMT certification within twenty-four (24) months of employment. (Please submit copies of certifications with application via the instructions at the end of the online application.)

City Employee

Fire Department Employee

Police Employee

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has received numerous grants through the US Department of Justice in recent years. Because of these grants, the City is required by the US Office for Civil Rights to maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP). The plan must be updated every two (2) years. In September 2015, the City updated its EEOP through a review of its employment and personnel policies and by conducting an analysis of current employee data.