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:

Building Inspector II

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for a Building Inspector I in the city’s Inspections Department. Primary responsibility is residential construction inspection to verify compliance with currently adopted codes.
High school graduate with vocational/technical training in civil or structural engineering with five years experience as a certified ICC Residential Combination Inspector or any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Commercial Building Inspector Certification preferred. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license. The minimum starting salary is $45,883.28 or higher DOQ.
The 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 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.

Posted 07/20/2021
Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources

Animal Control Officer

The city of West Columbia has an immediate opening for an animal control officer. This full-time position is responsible for enforcing the city’s animal control ordinances.

The city offers a competitive salary and 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 portion of the health insurance premium paid by the city.

Position hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some work on weekends.

Job Duties:

• Responds to calls throughout the city regarding stray, abandoned, and/or wild animals; traps animals; releases wild animals in appropriate settings; and transports animals to the appropriate shelter for containment until claimed, adopted or euthanized, if necessary.

• Investigates reports and/or complaints regarding aggressive animals, suspected animal cruelty, and /or animals disturbing the public; conducts site inspections; and works to resolve animal-related disputes between citizens and animal owners.

• Pursues suspected animal abuse/neglect cases; collects evidence’ prepares warning notices and or/citations; prepares documentation, evidence, and subpoenas for court cases; and testifies in court for cases of animal abuse/neglect.

Qualifications:

• High school diploma supplemented by vocational training and two to four months of experience in animal control or a related position requiring the handling and care of animals, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that would support the ability to handle the job duties.

• Certification as an animal control officer or successful completion of chemical capture and other animal handling courses is preferred. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license.

Pay info: Starting salary $35,461.03 or higher DOQ.

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 Captain Marion Boyce, West Columbia Police Department, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-2780 or emailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

Deadline: 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.

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.

Building Inspector II - Inspection Department

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for a Building Inspector II in the city’s Inspections Department. Primary responsibility is residential construction inspection to verify compliance with currently adopted codes.
High school graduate with vocational/technical training in civil or structural engineering with five years experience as a certified ICC Residential Combination Inspector or any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Commercial Building Inspector Certification preferred. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license. The minimum starting salary is $44,764.18 or higher DOQ.
Employment application 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 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.

JOB TITLE: BUILDING INSPECTOR II

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, performs routine to complex inspections of residential and commercial building construction and renovations for compliance with applicable building (structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical), zoning, and related codes and ordinances. Reports to the Building Official.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Inspects all building construction during and after construction; ensures all components meet provisions of building, grading, and safety ordinances and approved plans, specifications, and standards.

Inspects structures for any violations of flood damage prevention ordinances; notifies contractor or homeowner as necessary; records results of all inspections and schedules and executes follow-up plans accordingly.

Conducts mobile home inspections recording results and notifying the owner of any violations.

Assists in enforcing flood zone ordinances ensuring water drainage systems conform to specifications.

Attends any department, civic or other meetings and/or training seminars as required.

Conducts field inspections of permitted developments to ensure compliance with all adopted codes and ordinances of the City including ICC building, plumbing, mechanical, gas, and swimming pool, and national electrical.

Reviews construction and installation of mechanical systems, plumbing systems, swimming pools, and gas installations for compliance with approved plans.

Conducts field inspections for code compliance of residential, multi-family, and/or commercial structures including building, electrical, framing, footing/slabs, HVAC, plumbing, insulation, and gas as required or requested, and as assigned.

Prepares inspection reports; prepares and issues notices of correction and stop-work orders as necessary.

Receives and responds to public inquiries, concerns, and complaints regarding assigned cases and general department procedures.

Gathers information for and prepares various reports as required by the City and/or other agencies; maintains accurate case documentation.

Operates and maintains City-owned vehicle conducting on-site inspections; prepares and maintains mileage and fuel usage report for department records.

Communicates daily with an assortment of professional persons involved in related activities including contractors, other building inspectors, electrical inspectors, homeowners, government officials, etc.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school graduate with vocational/technical training in civil or structural engineering with five years experience as a certified ICC Residential Combination Inspector or any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Commercial Building Inspector Certification preferred. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle and various measuring instruments, two-way radio, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to twenty pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work. Work involves frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, climbing, and balancing. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately twenty pounds.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from the supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of documents and reports. Requires the ability to prepare mileage reports, gas reports, inspection reports, etc., using the proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Requires the ability to communicate with co-workers, contractors, homeowners, office staff, and the general public exhibiting poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form. Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, explain procedures, to follow and give verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical and/or professional languages including construction trades, structural engineering, architecture, etc.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; determine percentages and decimals; determine time and weight; and utilize basic algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric equations and systems.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in utilizing tools and measuring devices. Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Knowledge of Job: Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, and policies of the Planning Department as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Building Inspector. Has knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. Has comprehensive knowledge of building (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical) codes, zoning ordinances, and related codes and ordinances. Has good knowledge of basic building construction principles and materials. Is able to read and interpret blueprints and construction details for code compliance. Is able to conduct thorough residential and commercial building inspections, note deficiencies, and determine proper corrective courses of action. Is able to perform fieldwork in uncomfortable physical conditions, including exposure to excessive heat/cold, odors, electrical currents, construction hazards, toxic agents, etc., and entering confined spaces and climbing to various heights. Is able to communicate professionally with other county departments, property/business owners, engineering/development and construction / real estate professionals, etc., in order to accomplish goals and complete projects. Has knowledge of how to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals, and members of the public through contact and cooperation. Is able to work under stressful conditions related to balancing multiple projects within the constraints of time available. Is able to react professionally at all times, dealing with sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy. Is able to offer assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required. Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision. Is able to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. Is able to prepare required reports and records with accuracy and in a timely manner. Has thorough knowledge of the terminology used within the department. Has thorough knowledge of proper English usage and basic mathematics. Has knowledge of modern office practices and technology. Has knowledge of and skill in the use of computers for records management. Has knowledge of how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high-quality communication and interaction with internal and external entities with whom the position interacts.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce a quantity of work that consistently meets established standards and expectations.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, policy, standards, and prescribed procedures. Maintains accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant, and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues, situations, and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of the same. Questions such as instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors, and co-workers for mutual benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships inter-and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions, and complaints in order to establish and maintain goodwill. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates the expected time of completion of work elements and establish a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions, and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.
Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards. Ensures such standards are not violated.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

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.

Water Plant Laboratories Manager

Position hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Manages overall functions and the daily operation of the laboratory at both water treatment plants.

• Directs and oversees all procedures performed in the laboratory according to the Standard Operating Procedure Manual (SOP Manual). Performs such supervisory duties as instructing, planning, and reviewing the work of assistants; coordinating activities; maintaining standards; acting on employee problems, and assisting with the selection of new employees.

• Ensures that the Water Treatment Plant laboratories are certified according to DHEC and EPA guidelines.

• Ensures that all lab tests are performed accurately to comply with all DHEC and EPA requirements including sample collection and analysis as required.

• Oversees DHEC tri-annual lab certification.

• Serves as Safety Coordinator for the laboratories. Ensures that all procedures are performed safely by all personnel. Conducts meetings and relates new information as appropriate.

• Performs all regulatory testing and reviews daily control board results.

• Ensures that all instruments are properly calibrated and ensures that standards are prepared properly.

• Supervises operators in lab procedures and trains new operators in pertinent laboratory procedures.

• Conducts proficiency testing for blind samples in order to maintain lab certification.

• Conducts microbiological testing of water, checks the acidity of water, checks the turbidity of water, and performs other related testing duties. Assists subordinates in performing all pertinent lab tests in the water treatment plant as required for testing water.

• Manages documentation of operator competency to ensure accuracy in lab tests.

• Manages the maintenances of all laboratory records such as calibration, daily board records, microbiological reports, etc. Prepares required reports for DHEC and the EPA.

• Maintains an adequate inventory of chemicals and laboratory supplies. Purchases supplies as needed.

• Reviews all laboratory data and makes changes, adjustments, and/or recommendations as appropriate to ensure quality control.

• Operates and utilizes various types of equipment and machinery in the performance of daily activities including autoclave, turbidity meter, spectrometer, microscope, incubator, calculator, typewriter, computer, balance, small hand tools, etc.

Qualifications: Bachelors’ degree in biology or chemistry, and six to nine years of biological lab experience in a water treatment plant; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Pay info: Salary Range $46,460.13 – $65,046.26, 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 (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.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

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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) – $41,374.82 – $57,925.25 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – $43,070.79 – $60,300.63 salary range 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.

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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.

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