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:

Customer Service Representative in Water Billing Department

Position hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, generally

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Answers phones and responds appropriately by taking messages, directing calls to appropriate persons or departments, and providing information to public.
• Serves as dispatcher for the Water Distribution and Sewer Collection Departments, the Public Works Department, Animal Control, and for various general services.
• Receives and receipts payments for water and/or sewer bills, meter deposits, permit fees, West Columbia Community Center rentals, etc. Processes payments made through the mail and night deposit. Balances cash drawer at end of day.
• Handles/processes water cut-offs, meter checks, water taps, sewer hook-ups, address changes, inspections, etc.
• Sells business licenses, building permits, garbage bags, etc. Records garage sales permits.
• Assists customers with water and/or sewer accounts and with other services as needed.
• Operates a variety of office equipment including computer, calculator, copier, fax machine, postage meter, etc.

Qualifications: High school diploma supplemented by five to eleven months of clerical or customer service experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.

Pay info: Salary range $25,735.42 or higher DOQ. 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: 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, 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.

Civil Engineer – Water/Sewer Department

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for a civil engineer in the Water/Sewer Department. Must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a Professional Engineering designation and five years responsible experience in public works (preferably county or municipal level), civil design, construction, and operations. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must possess and maintain a South Carolina Professional Engineer License.
Principal elements of the position are:
• Performs design and administrative review of commercial development, site, and subdivision development plans; reviews plats, plans, specifications, site development plans and subdivision designs prepared by engineering consultants, developers and other contractors for accuracy, completeness and conformance with various laws, codes and regulations, and engineering standards.
• Responds to requests for information related to the availability of water and sewer service in the city’s service areas.
• Assists in duties related to the compliance of the stormwater program, which is administered by EPA and SCDHEC. Coordinates work with the County of Lexington and other municipalities in the Lexington County Stormwater Consortium.
• Assists in the development of short and long-range plans and projects for the city’s infrastructure; water distribution and collection systems.
• Assists with city capital improvement projects and provides project management to ensure projects are in compliance with time and budget parameters.
• Prepares and/or reviews highway encroachment permits for SCDOT, and reviews work for compliance with various laws, codes and regulations, and engineering standards.
• Provides field observation of projects to ensure general compliance to approved plans and performs periodic oversight of contractors.
• Assists with publication of requests for proposals, approval of bid packages, estimates of quantities, and negotiates with contractors.
• Prepares project reports, prepares invoices for funding sources and oversees closeout of projects; gathers, analyzes, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.
• Meets with other departments to establish required assistance and to coordinate engineering responsibilities; consults and coordinates with other local, state and federal agencies.
• Utilizes drafting and design software, electronic devices and equipment.
• Makes presentations concerning engineering projects or functions.
Starting salary $72,513.91 or DOQ and excellent benefits package including 13 holidays, participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s portion of the health and basic dental insurance premium paid by the city
Employment application is available online at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/West-Columbia-Application_Fillable-2016.pdf 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 S. 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 August 2, 2019.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Equipment Operator III: Parks & Beautification – Horticulture Technician

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

Equipment Operator II, Streets/Sanitation

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates motor equipment in performing duties of picking up and hauling garbage, trash and debris as well as cleaning city streets. Uses judgment in performing routine duties following clearly prescribed standard practices and procedures.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates rear loaders, boom trucks, flatbed trucks, pick up trucks, etc., in order to pick up, haul, and dump trash and debris from city streets to the landfill; utilizes rakes, pitch-forks, shovels, brooms, etc., in cleaning city streets of trash and debris.

Receives daily work orders and ensures that all garbage and debris on assigned route is picked up in a timely manner as required.

Operates limb pruners in order to trim and cut tree limbs and brush as needed; maintains boom units by performing preventive maintenance such as greasing and lubricating at points with grease fittings, etc.; provides assistance in loading trash and debris.

Communicates with supervisor, co-workers, members of the public, etc., in matters relative to garbage collection and disposal.

Performs vehicle inspections on a daily basis; checks lights, brakes, oil, tires, etc.; performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs as needed; reports major repair needs to supervisor; ensures that trucks and equipment are in proper and safe working condition.

Ensures that work crews are transported safely and that safety precautions are practiced in the performance of duties.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Delivers garbage bags to residences, etc., as requested.

Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school education and one year of experience in operating motor equipment, sanitation trucks, etc. Must possess a valid S.C. Commercial Driver’s License. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of types of motor equipment including rear loader, various types of trucks, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to twenty-five pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Physical demands are in excess of sedentary work. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately fifty 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 giving of assignments and instructions to co-workers and assistants. Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to interact with the general public.

Intelligence: Has the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions; to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in or from standardized situations.

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; adding and subtracting totals; multiplying and dividing; and determining 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. Requires the ability to operate motor vehicles.

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

Color Discrimination: Does not require 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 general working knowledge of sanitation vehicles, equipment, etc., used in the collection and transportation of garbage and debris. Possesses considerable knowledge of safety practices and S.C. Highway Department laws and regulations. Has working knowledge of maintenance procedures of vehicles operated. Is able to perform manual labor and duties requiring good physical condition. Is skilled in the operation of trucks and other automotive equipment under all types of weather conditions. Is able to follow and understand simple oral and written instructions. Has the mechanical aptitude to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment. Is able to maintain control of assigned activities through the application of good human relations techniques. Is able to analyze problems that arise on the job and recommend solutions. Is able to use judgment and discretion in carrying out assigned activities. Is able to communicate effectively with co workers, supervisors, members of the public, etc. Is able to operate motor equipment safely and for extended periods of time.

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 interacts with all City departments and divisions, co workers and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under “Specific Duties and Responsibilities.”

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, City policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to City policies and procedures regarding absences 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 done 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 problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice 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 policy 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 all City employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to maintain good will toward the City and to project 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 general 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 elements of work and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all 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. Maintains equipment and machinery operated in safe and proper working condition, making minor repairs as needed and reporting major repairs to supervisor.

Equipment Operator II (Pay Range $28,504 – $39,906)

Public Defender

Municipal Public Defender for the City of West Columbia

The City of West Columbia invites qualified attorneys to apply for a part-time position as the appointed Municipal Public Defender for the city’s municipal court. Under limited supervision, the Municipal Public Defender will provide legal services (including representation at trial) to indigent defendants charged with municipal-level criminal/traffic offenses in the city’s municipal court.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar, and meet all requirements for practice in the Courts of this State. Experience in the practice of criminal law is preferred. Applicants must provide an active certificate of liability.

Send resumes with references to Cindy Webber, Clerk of Court, West Columbia Municipal Court, P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or email to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

The position will remain open until filled.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
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Fire Captain

The City of West Columbia Fire Department has an immediate opening 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: $47,443.13 – $66,421.45, DOQ

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)

Applications are available at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/employment/ under the “Employment Opportunities” page. Applications can also be obtained in person at West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Applications may be submitted via e-mail: wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov or via postal mail: P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171, Attention: M. Solomon, Deputy Fire Chief. (Please Note, Submitted Applications Must Possess an Inked Signature) EOE

Position Closes July 5, 2019, at 5 PM.

Fire Engineer

The City of West Columbia Fire Department has an immediate 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: $42,434.27 – $59,409.49, DOQ

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Possess a High School Diploma or GED supplemented by a minimum of three (3) years progressive experience as a 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)

Applications are available at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/employment/ under the “Employment Opportunities” page. Applications can also be obtained in person at West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Applications may be submitted via e-mail: wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov or via postal mail: P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171, Attention: M. Solomon, Deputy Fire Chief. (Please Note, Submitted Applications Must Possess an Inked Signature) EOE

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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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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