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:

Meter Reader

The city of West Columbia has an immediate opening for a meter reader.  This full-time position is responsible for gathering readings on water usage by city water customers.

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 health insurance premium paid by the city.

Position hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Job Duties:

  • Reads meters in order to determine gallons of water used by residences and businesses by utilizing a handheld device; travels through residential and commercial areas both on foot and via city vehicle.
  • Receives complaints and work orders to check meter leaks; conducts flow tests and pressure checks.
  • Utilizes a sharpshooter shovel for cleaning meter boxes; use hand pumps to pump water from meter boxes; uses meter lid pullers and manhole lid pullers.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or G.E. D. with the demonstrated ability to read, write, and comprehend at a high school level.
  • Posses a valid SC driver’s license.
  • Have physical ability to perform hard manual labor

Pay info: Starting salary $25,825.58 DOQ with budgeted merit and cost-of-living increases. 

How to apply: Employment application 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 Ms. Mardi Valentino, 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.

West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Civil Engineer in the Administration Department

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for a civil engineer. 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.

Principal elements of the position are:
• Designs capital improvement projects for the city and provides project management to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters.
• Assists in the development of short long-range plans and projects for the city’s infrastructure; water and sewer systems.
• Provides professional engineering services and consultation to city departments in recommending infrastructure improvements.
• Publishes requests for proposals, approves bid packages, approves estimates of quantities, monitors bid processes and negotiates with contractors.
• Performs design and administrative review of commercial development, site and subdivision development plans; reviews and approves plans and specifications prepared by engineering consultants for compliance with codes and regulations.

Starting salary $70,000 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 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 Ms. Mardi Valentino, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

The position will remain open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

FULL DESCRIPTION

Water Plant Operator ``B``

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 to regulate flow of raw water treating plant.
• 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 filter beds using backwash system.

Qualifications: 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, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must possess “Operator B” certification.

Pay info: Minimum starting salary of $36,840.12 or higher DOQ, with 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 may be mailed to Mardi Valentino, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Deadline: Open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
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Fire Lieutenant

Fire Lieutenant

The City of West Columbia Fire Department has an immediate opening for the position of Fire Lieutenant. The Fire Lieutenant serves as second in command of assigned shift as a company officer in accordance with WCFD and City of West Columbia policies, implementing and directing the plans and activities of the station Shift Commander on an assigned shift or commanding firefighting operations until relieved by a superior officer. Performs administrative, testing and instructional duties and performs living quarters and fire stations inspections; does related work as required. Salary Range: $45,133.42 – $60,388.72 DOQ.

 

Excellent benefits package including:

  • Paid City Holidays
  • State Retirement System
  • Employees’ Health & Dental Premiums Covered by the City of West Columbia
  • Merit & Cost of Living Raises

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from high school or college, supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years experience as a municipal firefighter with two (2) years of fire service leadership experience. An associate or bachelor degree may be considered in lieu of two (2) years 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 1041 Fire Instructor I, NFPA 472 Haz-Mat Operations, NFPA 1002 Pump Operations I certifications, preferably IFSAC or Pro Board. Certification equivalency or reciprocity maybe granted by the SC Fire Academy for training obtained outside the state of South Carolina that meets the applicable NFPA standard. In addition, advance technical rescue and haz-mat training / certifications are preferred, but not required. Must possess one of the following: Emergency Medical Responder, National Registry EMT, or National Registry Paramedic certification or equivalent. (Please submit copies of certifications with application)

 

Applications are available at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/ under the “Employment” tab. 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: msolomon@westcolumbiasc.gov  or via postal mail: P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171, Attention: Marquis Solomon, Deputy Fire Chief. Position Open Until Filled. (Please Note, Submitted Applications Must Possess an Inked Signature) EOE

Police Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

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 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 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: Salary range $27,397.73 DOQ with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

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 Police Chief Dennis Tyndall, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-2780.

Deadline: Position open until filled.

West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Police Officer

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: $33,032.79 – $46,246.38 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

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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