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:

WATER PLANT OPERATOR B

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates water treatment plant and pump station in accordance with established rules, regulations, standards and guidelines to supply safe, potable water to the citizens of West Columbia, the Town of Lexington and Lexington County. Tasks include operating and maintaining equipment, taking water samples, performing quality tests on water samples, checking water pressures, preparing reports, etc. Reports to the Water Plant Superintendent or Director of Planning, Engineering and Water Plants.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates and controls electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate flow of raw water treating plant.

Loads specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into treatment section to disinfect and clarify water.

Starts flashmixers to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to bottom of basins.

Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove impurities.

Pumps purified water into water mains and storage tanks.

Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation and the distribution of water.

Cleans filter beds using backwash system.

Tests water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities using colorimeter, turbidimeter and conductivity 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, calibration records, etc. Maintains such records and reports as directed by SC DHEC.

Operates/utilizes a variety of types of equipment including water pumps, chlorine onsite generator (OSG) unit, alum feeder, lime feeder, fluoride feeder, turbidity meter, autoclave, diagnostic instruments, laboratory equipment, mechanic’ tools, etc.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Requires a vocational/technical school education/training in water treatment plant operations and three to five years of experience in water treatment plant operations; or any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “B.”

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of equipment including pumps, flashmixers, turbidity meter, PH meter, autoclave, lime feeder, alum feeder, chlorinator, control board, various types of mechanic’s tools and supplies, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; position requires constant standing, walking, reaching, stooping, crouching, and climbing. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately 50 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 Communications: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and understand a variety of documents, reports and manuals. Requires the ability to prepare various charts, records and reports relative to water testing and other activities. Requires the ability to interact with supervisor, co-workers, other department personnel and the general public, etc., with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as water treatment processes in order 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 oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers; to determine percentages and utilize decimals; to apply algebraic and geometric principles; and to determine time and weight.

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 using various types of equipment.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, etc. Must have high 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 moderate stress when confronted with emergency situations.

Physical Communications: 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: Possesses knowledge of the methods, theories, processes and procedures used in operating the water treatment plant. Has knowledge of the rules, regulations, standards and guidelines governing the operation of water treatment facilities. Has knowledge of state and federal permit requirements for effluent quality including those set forth by the EPA and SC DHEC. Has knowledge of departmental safety rules and procedures and is able to use related protective equipment. Knows procedures used in collecting and testing water samples. Has good knowledge of chemicals used in water treatment and is able to utilize same safely and accurately. Knows of clearwell and tank levels, which must be maintained in order to meet water demands. Understands the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions in the plant, and is able to do so at all times. Has good understanding of procedures used in correcting system failures and is able to learn and apply new ideas, concepts, repair techniques, etc. Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Is willing and able to perform work under various weather conditions. Is able to maintain logs, reports, etc., in a neat and accurate manner. Is able to communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers, members of the public, etc. Knows how to make minor repairs and/or adjustments to equipment. Knows how to read and understand the plant control board. Has the ability to use independent judgment in routine as well as occasional non-routine situations. Has good technical and organizational skills.

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 all city departments and divisions, supervisor, co-workers and members of the public.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Specific Duties and Responsibilities and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations of the city.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable 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 time-off 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 direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems 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 problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and city benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among other employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations and the public so as to maintain good will toward the city and to protect a good city image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the city. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the city. Interacts effectively with higher management, city administrator, professionals and the public. Maintains a cooperative and courteous manner when dealing with the public.

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 expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities as set forth by the immediate supervisor.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

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

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates water treatment plant and pump station in accordance with established rules, regulations, standards and guidelines to supply safe, potable water to the citizens of West Columbia, the Town of Lexington and Lexington County. Tasks include operating and maintaining equipment, taking water samples, performing quality tests on water samples, checking water pressures, preparing reports, etc. Reports to the Water Plant Superintendent.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates and controls electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate flow of raw water treating plant.

Operates and monitors SCADA System.

Loads specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified amounts of chemicals into treatment section to disinfect and clarify water.

Starts flashmixers to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to bottom of basin.

Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove impurities.

Pumps purified water into water mains and storage tanks.

Monitors panel board and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, water elevation and the distribution of water.

Cleans filter beds using backwash system and periodically cleans filter basins and settlement basins with a pressure washer.

Tests water samples to determine acidity, color and impurities using colorimeter, turbidimeter and conductivity 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, calibration records, etc. Maintains such records and reports as directed by SC DHEC.

Operates/utilizes a variety of types of equipment including water pumps, chlorine onsite generator (OSG) unit, alum feeder, lime/caustic feeder, fluoride feeder, turbidity meter, autoclave, diagnostic instruments, laboratory equipment, mechanic’ tools, etc.

Cleans and maintains administrative, chemical, raw water and high service pump buildings.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Requires a 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 and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position. Must possess certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator “A”.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of equipment including pumps, flashmixers, turbidity meter, PH meter, autoclave, lime feeder, alum feeder, chlorinator, control board, various types of mechanic’s tools and supplies, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 25 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work; position requires constant standing, walking, reaching, stooping, crouching, and climbing. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately 50 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 Communications: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read and understand a variety of documents, reports and manuals. Requires the ability to prepare various charts, records and reports relative to water testing and other activities. Requires the ability to interact with supervisor, co-workers, other department personnel and the general public, etc., with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as water treatment processes in order 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 oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers; to determine percentages and utilize decimals; to apply algebraic principles; and to determine time and weight.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.
Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, 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 moderate stress when confronted with emergency situations.

Physical Communications: 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: Possesses knowledge of the methods, theories, processes and procedures used in operating the water treatment plant. Has knowledge of the rules, regulations, standards and guidelines governing the operation of water treatment facilities. Has knowledge of state and federal permit requirements for effluent quality including those set forth by the EPA and SC DHEC. Has knowledge of departmental safety rules and procedures and is able to use related protective equipment. Knows procedures used in collecting and testing water samples. Has good knowledge of chemicals used in water treatment and is able to utilize same safely and accurately. Knows of clearwell and tank levels, which must be maintained in order to meet water demands. Understands the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions in the plant, and is able to do so at all times. Has good understanding of procedures used in correcting system failures and is able to learn and apply new ideas, concepts, repair techniques, etc. Is able to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Is willing and able to perform work under various weather conditions. Is able to maintain logs, reports, etc., in a neat and accurate manner. Is able to communicate effectively with supervisor, co-workers, members of the public, etc. Knows how to make minor repairs and/or adjustments to equipment. Knows how to read and understand the plant control board. Has the ability to use independent judgment in routine as well as occasional non-routine situations. Has good technical and organizational skills.

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 all city departments and divisions, supervisor, co-workers and members of the public.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Specific Duties and Responsibilities and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations of the city.

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Remains accountable 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 time-off 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 direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems 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 problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

Relationships with Others: Contributes to maintaining high morale among other employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with other employees, supervisors, and managers. Maintains a cooperative and courteous manner when dealing with the public.

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 expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities as set forth by the immediate supervisor.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies. Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

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.

Horticulture Technician/Equipment Operator III/Parks & Beautification

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB
As a member of the Parks and Beautification team, incumbents in this position perform a variety of semi-skilled, skilled and technical work in landscape design, care, and maintenance of the City’s landscaped and forested areas including maintenance, disease and insect control, and plant identification of flowers, trees, and shrubs common to the Midlands of SC area. Requires a general knowledge of parks and right of way design and construction including irrigation, soil preparation, sodding, and seeding. The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, external entities, and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The incumbent in the Horticulture Technician role is assigned specific assignments, job duties, scope, authority, responsibility, roles and requirements as determined by the City, department, division, and pursuant to laws, regulation and practices. Incumbents in this position must be able to successfully perform, be responsible for, and/or assist in the fulfillment of many job functions and duties, with or without reasonable accommodation.
The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive:
1. Perform a variety of miscellaneous forestry/horticulture duties including planting, maintaining, watering, inspecting, weeding, pruning and removing annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, small trees and other plants within the town’s parks, open space, public right-of-way and other properties under the control of the town. Prepare and maintain all annual and non-woody perennial beds and assist with shrub bed care; assist in or be responsible for bed design.
2. Apply pesticides and fertilizers as directed; operate water truck, tractors, pumps, small engines, gasoline powered equipment and other specialized horticulture equipment.
3. Conduct pest and disease inspections; perform recordkeeping relative to plant maintenance work; assist in planning and purchasing of plant related supplies, materials and other specialized Parks and Beautification equipment.
4. Assists in the activities of the assigned team members by providing instruction and daily direction; completing and tracking related paperwork of assigned team members; may assist in the recruitment, evaluation, and/or training of team members.
5. Assist park maintenance as needed.
6. Operates equipment used in the department such as pickup truck, tractor, rototiller, sod cutter, pruners, riding mower, hand mower, trimmer, sprayer, chainsaw, herbicide/pesticide applicators, tree spade, hand and power tools, etc.
7. Maintains a safe working environment to include safety checks of equipment and minor maintenance activities on vehicles and equipment; working in traffic and congested areas, working in ditches and confined spaces and all work environments.
8. Assists in the cleaning and organization of shop area.
9. Performs data entry and prepares necessary records and reports including maintenance logs, work orders, safety inspections.
10. Assist with related special events to include ordering materials and setting up equipment.
11. Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Performs research as directed, such as discovering new technology or tools, research, etc.
• Assists other City departments, as necessary.
• Performs other related duties as required
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Knowledge – Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices involved in landscape design, horticulture, and floriculture. Working knowledge of landscape plants for the midlands of South Carolina region and urban tree species identification including the ability to visually perform insect/disease diagnoses. Working knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in urban landscaping and parks maintenance. Need to have general knowledge of park construction including some general irrigation knowledge for project inspection. Working knowledge of safety practices and procedures.

Skills – Skill in planning and developing new landscaped areas and upgrading existing landscaped areas. Analyzing and solving technical problems pertaining to area of assignment; the routine operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment and tools used in parks maintenance division; the operation of equipment required by the position including pickup truck (in all weather conditions), tractor, rototiller, pruner, riding mower, hand mower, trimmer, sprayer, chain saw, herbicide/pesticide applicators, tree spade, hand and power tools, etc. Skills in computers and a variety of hand tools and light to medium equipment used in assignments.

Abilities – Ability to handle confidential information; work from broad direction with limited supervision; read and interpret specifications pertaining to construction activities in specialty area within the assigned division; effectively organize and supervise the work of assigned personnel; perform manual labor, including heavy lifting and digging, for extended periods of time under all weather conditions; safely operate and train others in the use of mechanical hand tools and various light and heavy equipment; employ and enforce safety practices and procedures; work well with culturally diverse people; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public; work well with varied and demanding people; communicate clearly in English, verbally and in writing; organize activities in order to complete tasks in accordance with priorities, address multiple demands, or meet deadlines; organize tasks and working environment to maximize efficiency; focus attention on tasks which may be complex, routine, or repetitive without losing concentration or becoming distracted by external activities; adapt to interruptions, equipment failures, unusual demands, or changing priorities; read, understand, and apply technical manuals, complex analytical methods, and research reports; and understand and follow written and oral instructions and procedures. Ability to plan, plant and maintain all aspects of planting areas. Ability to be flexible with work schedule; high level of respect for others. Ability to recognize plants damaged and/or infected with common pest problems.

EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• Two year progressive experience in horticulture or nursery production with commercial landscape maintenance
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES
• A valid Driver’s License
• Pesticide Applicator license preferred
PAY RANGE
$35,755.76 – 50,058.57

Equipment Operator I

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:
• Operates dump trucks and operates and maintains heavy equipment such as high-velocity machine, rodding machine, back hoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jack hammer, air compressor, shovel, hammer, saw, etc.
• Cleans sewer lines and catch basins; washes streets as needed; unclogs sewer lines; and breaks up roots and various other objects which may clog sewer lines.
• Operates small gasoline motors in order to operate water pumps used in flushing sewer lines and hose reels; utilizes rods in order to clean sewer lines.
• Transports personnel, equipment and tools to job sites.
• Prepares and transmits required job completion/status reports in order to keep supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate snow plow and sand spreaders during winter season as needed.

Qualifications: High school diplomas and six to eleven months of work experience in equipment operation of construction, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license with no recent major violations. Must be able to receive certification in waste control management. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required for position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,406.31 or higher depending upon experience. 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.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
Description
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Firefighter/Paramedic

Category: Firefighter/Paramedic

Position hours: 24-hour rotating shifts – 24 hours on and 48 hours off

Job Duties:

• Engages in providing efficient and immediate advanced life support (ALS) care to the critically ill or injured at the scene of the incident until the patient is transferred to the care of EMS or hospital personnel.

• Engages in fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention, community service, and training activities.

• Engages in equipment operation and maintenance, and fire station maintenance.

Qualifications:

• High school or GED. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license within 90 days of employment. Must pass a criminal background check, a pre-employment drug screen, a written general aptitude test, and a physical ability test.

• Must have, or be able to obtain, specialized training covering interior firefighting up to NFPA Firefighter II, incident command, hazardous materials operations, auto extrication, and swift water rescue, or a certification accepted by the S.C. Fire Academy and or the Fire Chief as an equivalent for these certifications.

• Must have National Registry Paramedic Certification (NREMT-P), State of South Carolina Paramedic Certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS).

Pay info: Starting salary $50,000 for candidates with less than 2 ½ years paramedic experience; starting salary $53,000 for candidates with more than 2 ½ years paramedic experience, with excellent benefits package including paid holidays and participation in SC Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), 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/employment or obtained in person at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to the attention of Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, or e-mailed to wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov. Please note: submitted application must have an inked signature.
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.

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) – $39,964.09 – $55,950.21 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – $41,602.23 – $58,244.60 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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Police Employee

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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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