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:

CODE COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR III

The City of West Columbia has an opening for a Code Compliance Inspector III in the Code Enforcement Department. This position requires an associate’s degree in business administration, criminal justice, construction management, or a related field; five years experience in code compliance, municipal government, zoning administration, law enforcement, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license. Must possess or be able to obtain IPMC certification within 6 months of hire. Salary range $44,764.18 – $62,670.87, annually.

Principal elements of the position are:

• Serves as supervisor for City Code Compliance Inspectors.

• Performs field inspections and re-inspections to verify compliance or non-compliance with development standards, nuisance-related ordinances, and zoning codes affecting private property.

• Provides notification of non-compliance to property owners; prepares evidence for cases where non-compliance results in court appearances; issues summonses to appear before the municipal judge.

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

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 position will remain open until filled.

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

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR III (CDL Driver) - Sanitation Department

The City of West Columbia has an opening for an Equipment Operator III/CDL Driver in the Sanitation Department of Public Works. This position requires a high school diploma or GED and two years of experience in operating motor equipment, sanitation trucks, etc. Must be physically able to perform manual labor and lift and/ or carry weights of approximately one hundred (100) pounds. Must possess a minimum Class B SC Commercial Driver’s License.
Salary is $32,902.73 or higher DOQ with an excellent benefits package including two weeks of vacation, 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.

Principal elements of the position are:

• Operates sanitation equipment in order to pick up trash from city business locations; empties two-yard, four-yard, six-yard, and eight-yard boxes of refuse onto trucks; utilizes shovel, rake, pitchfork, etc., in cleaning trucks and areas of trash; hauls and dumps refuse at transfer station and/or landfill as required.

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

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

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

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

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 position will remain 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.

JOB TITLE: EQUIPMENT OPERATOR III, STREETS/SANITATION

GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, operates motor equipment in collecting refuse from city business locations and hauling to transfer station and/or landfill. Uses judgment in performing semi-routine duties following clearly prescribed standard practices and procedures.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Operates sanitation equipment in order to pick up trash from city business locations; empties two-yard, four-yard, six-yard, and eight-yard boxes of refuse onto trucks; utilizes shovel, rake, pitchfork, etc., in cleaning trucks and areas of trash; hauls and dumps refuse at the transfer station and/or landfill as required.

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

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; ensure that trucks and equipment are in proper and safe working condition.

Ensures that safety precautions are practiced in the performance of duties.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school education and two years of experience in operating motor equipment, sanitation trucks, etc., or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 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 front-end loader, various types of trucks, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to fifty 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 one hundred 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 to speak 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 interact with the general public.

Intelligence: Requires 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: This does not require the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than 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: Possesses thorough knowledge of the operation, maintenance, adaptabilities, limitations, and safety precautions of the equipment to which assignment is made. Has general working knowledge of sanitation department 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 the same. Questions such as 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 goodwill 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 goodwill 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 the expected time of completion of elements of work and establish a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions, and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines, and events.

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.

WATER SEWER LEAD WORKER

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:

• Provides assistance in repairing and/or installing water lines.
• Reviews work orders on a daily basis; determines the location of problems and makes repairs/completes work orders in a timely manner.
• Utilizes sharpshooter shovel for water line repairs; uses hand pumps to pump water line repairs; uses meter lid pullers and manhole lid pullers.

Qualifications: High school diplomas or G.E.D. with the demonstrated ability to read, write and comprehend at a high school level, and two years experience in a related field. Must be physically able to perform hard manual labor required for the position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $26,121.45 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: The application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

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

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I - WATER DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT

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

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates dump trucks and operates and maintains heavy equipment such as high-velocity machine, rodding machine, backhoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jackhammer, 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 the supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate a snow plow and sand spreaders during the 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 the position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,817.40 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 online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

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

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
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FIREFIGHTER I/EMT

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for the position of Firefighter I / EMT. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a company officer or senior fire station personnel. This position engages directly in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, equipment operation and maintenance, fire station maintenance, community service, and training activities; does related work as required. Salary: $36,292.10 or higher DOQ.
Excellent benefits package includes:

• Two weeks of vacation by the end of the first year
• SC Police Officers Retirement System
• SC Deferred Compensation Plan
• Employee’s health & basic dental premiums paid by the City of West Columbia
• Merit raises & Cost-of-Living increases as budgeted

Minimum education and experience: High School Diploma or possess a GED.
Additional requirements: Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of South Carolina within (90) days of employment and pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen. Candidates must successfully pass a written general aptitude test as well as a physical ability test. Firefighter candidates must possess a minimum of NFPA Firefighter I. Preference could be given to candidates who are certified through NFPA Firefighter II and Emergency First Responder. Must possess or obtain National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification within twenty-four months of employment date.
Applications are available at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/employment/. Applications also can be obtained in person at the Customer Service area in 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: Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief. (Please note, the submitted application must have an inked signature)

Deadline: Applications accepted until April 30, 2021.

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) – $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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