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Fire - Communications Officer

job summary

Applicant is required to possess a working knowledge of building maintenance and custodial procedures. Individual is responsible for cleaning all aspects of city buildings, securing facility after work hours, and reporting safety hazards to supervisor. Custodian is subject to other related duties and responsibilities.

equipment/materials

General custodial equipment and supplies such as buffers, vacuum cleaners, brooms, mops, and small tools.

working conditions/physical demands

Individual works indoors in well-lit air-conditioned buildings. Occasionally will work outdoors, depending on maintenance schedule. The job has no significant hazards and the physical demands are moderate.

duties and responsibilities

Responsible for maintaining public facilities on a daily basis. Standard custodial maintenance responsibilities include buffing, vacuuming, sweeping, moping, and cleaning air conditioning unit filters. Light maintenance includes repairs using ladders and changing light bulbs, and must be able to move tables and chairs following special events. Must secure building after working hours and report any safety hazards or damage to the facility. Is responsible for performing miscellaneous building maintenance tasks as directed by supervisor such as minor plumbing and electrical repairs, and emptying individual trash containers into dumpster. Other duties involve considerable bending, lifting, digging, carrying, or walking with little chance for variety, and using force equal to lifting 25-50 pounds.

education/skills required

A high school graduation or equivalent is required, and at least on year building maintenance and custodial work. Other specialized job requirements include the ability to follow instructions, ability to work effectively without direct supervision, ability to use buffer, vacuum, polishers and other related cleaning materials, minimal knowledge of custodial procedures and practices, bilingual (English/Spanish), able to speak, read, and write basic English, working home telephone, and must provide own transportation. Must have Class C TXDL or better with satisfactory driving record. Must be in good physical condition.

Purchasing Director

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

This is a management position responsible for the performance and operation of the City of Pharr's Purchasing Department. Requires keeping abreast of new legislation in respect to federal and state laws, and City ordinances governing municipal government procurement and contracting, market trends and new technology affecting acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment, and services. This position is also responsible for the interpretation and implementation of all laws, executive orders, and city ordinances governing municipal procurement and contracting. Is responsible for preparing complex and technical specifications for purchase projects and construction projects (contract documents). Employee makes decision on a daily basis, ranging from routine to complex. The employee has daily contact with other departments and the private sector, which requires courtesy, tact and diplomacy.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

The Purchasing Director is responsible for enforcing the City of Pharr Purchasing Policies and Procedures as well as ensuring that the City’s activities are within legal requirements and restrictions. The Purchasing Director works closely and on a daily basis with all department heads and ensures their department's needs relating to supplies and any other types of services. Incumbent will acquire all supplies and services for all departments within the City of Pharr and have available goods or services at all times. Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Manager.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED (NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE)

  • Responsible for coordinating and executing all sealed bid projects for Purchases, as well as Construction Projects.
  • Responsible for coordinating the performance and operations of department staff to obtain maximum productivity levels and compliance with City Policies and procedures
  • Acts with full authority in operational matters as well as personnel matters.
  • Responsible in ensuring compliance with all city, state and federal requirements referenced government procurement and contracts. Employee is responsible for reports and/or records of a complex and recurring nature. Assembles information from a diverse field of sources.
  • Responsible for the review and determination of acceptable price quotes and follow-up to complete purchases. Employee maintains contact with vendors to assure compliance with specifications, price and delivery agreements, expedites deliveries when necessary.
  • Responsible for conducting or coordinating employee field interviews on all federally funded construction projects. Employee will review and verify job classifications, wage rates, and conformity with the labor standards set by the department of labor, Employee will initiate all correspondence with respective contractors' reference payroll discrepancies and will maintain proper documentation on same. Employee will ensure proper execution of forms required by funding agencies.
  • Responsible for writing technical specifications for capital outlay procurements.
  • Responsible for providing training, guidance, and assistance to the Purchasing and Contracting staff in matters that pertain to their individual and combined operations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Requires a college degree in Business Administration or related field and thorough working knowledge in the specified field of municipal government procurement and contracting. (Formal education may be off-set by four years' work experience in a municipal Purchasing and Contracting environment for each year of college education). A current Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) Certification or comparable Certificate in Public Procurement is preferred, but not required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing; managing files and records, design forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and their applications. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills - Using mathematics to solve problems. Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking question as appropriate, and not interrupting at in appropriate times. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Talking to others to convey information effectively. Using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities - The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. No significant moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, and handling and pulling. Sedentary positions with the ability to see, read, talk, handle or feel objects and controls. Physical abilities include frequent light lifting up to 10 lbs. and occasionally up to 201bs., walking standing, pushing, reaching and grasping_ The noise level in this environment is usually quiet in an inside office setting.

SPECIAL REQUIRMENTS

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The City of Pharr is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Laborer (3)

job summary:

The Utilities Laborer is responsible for work of average difficulty in a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled tasks in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water and sanitary sewer lines. Incumbent's work also extends to specific work requiring knowledge of water system operations, meter reading, irrigation installation, and plumbing and pipe fitting practices. The Utilities Laborer is under the general supervision of the Distribution Foreman and Assistant Utilities Director.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The Utilities Laborer performs semi-skilled work in the maintenance of the water distribution and sewage collection system. The duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Assist in installing water line extensions, new service lines, hydrants, and valves
  2. Assist in making water taps, set fire hydrants
  3. Repair lines that have been broken by replacing sections or installing repair clamps
  4. Inspect manholes; sewer lines
  5. May also perform a substantial amount of heavy manual work in connection with the repair, maintenance, and construction of water and sewer lines and related appurtenances
  6. Dig trenches and lays sewer pipes and water lines
  7. Sees the necessary materials and equipment to be used in the department are on hand and in good condition
  8. Reports to the working supervisor any problem with the equipment and/or facilities that need attention
  9. Has daily contact with the public
  10. Perform other work as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge

  • Knowledge on the methods, materials, equipment, and techniques used in the extension, repair and maintenance of the water distribution system and sanitary sewer system
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and the necessary safety precautions

Skills

  • Communicate effectively with co-workers
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Considerable skills in the use of hand and power tools related to the plumbing and pipe fitting trade

Abilities

  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented verbally or in written format
  • The ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  • The ability to detect leaks, stoppages, and malfunctions to water mains and sewer lines and being able to determine appropriate methods for making repair
  • The ability to work under climatic weather, noise and vibration
  • The ability to operate a backhoe in limited space, to operate it under adverse conditions
  • The ability to maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, other department city employees and the general public

physical demands:

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, pushing and pulling. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to be on call for 24 hours while on stand- by duty. Must be able to work weekends, holidays or special events when necessary.

education/skills required:

Must have a high school diploma or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma. May be required to obtain a Water Distribution or Collection I license from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Must have one (1) year experience as a utilities laborer or a related field. A comparable amount of training may be substituted for the minimum experience qualification.

Must possess a valid, Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen, physical and criminal background required.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Water Treatment Plant Operator (2)

job summary:

The Water Plant Operator is responsible for protecting the public health and the specialized work in the operations and maintenance of the water plant. Incumbent must know the characteristics of water chemical analysis, motors, pumps, and other equipment related to the water treatment, read, understand and follow written job instructions/materials as well as technical manuals; written standard operation procedures.

disclaimer:

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

essential job functions:

skills and abilities:

  1. Operate and check all pumps, chemical stations, reservoirs, water towers, filters, and electrical instrumentation.
  2. Inspect equipment and monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions.
  3. Collect and test water samples using test equipment.
  4. Operates and adjust controls an equipment and clarify water, process to dispose of sludge.
  5. Will assign, perform, assist, repair and maintenance of plant equipment as well as keeping all structures and grounds neat and clean.
  6. Inspect equipment and monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauge readings on specified forms;
  7. Handling chemicals, such ammonia, chlorine, sodium chlorite, aluminum sulfate, copper sulfate to disinfect and deodorize water and other chemicals;
  8. Maintain and ensure all daily logs.
  9. Perform process control lab test such Total and free chlorine, turbidity, pH, alkalinity and others.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.

physical demands:

Employee in this job must use good judgment to work safely and use equipment properly.

  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Pull, push, or drag up to 150 lbs of maintenance equipment.
  • Climb, crawl, kneel, squat, twist, and stoop for extended periods of time while monitoring, recording, or participating in maintenance work.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Work in confined spaces.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in extreme temperatures including hot and cool temperatures, including inclement temperatures.
  • Work under exposure to mechanical, electrical, chemical, and dust hazards.
  • Have the ability to follow proper safety precautions

education/skills required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent.
  2. Texas Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  3. TCEQ Class D Water Operator’s License or the ability to obtain one within one (1) year.
  4. Obtain a TCEQ Surface Water Class C Water Operator’s License within two (2) years.
  5. Must be able to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
  6. Pre-employment drug screen, physical and criminal background required.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

job summary:

The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for operating, monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting the wastewater treatment facility and its processes. Work involves responsibility for the technical aspects of plant operations, compliance with state and federal operating regulations, and the collection systems. Work is performed with considerable independence under the direction of the Wastewater Chief Operator, Wastewater Supervisor, and the Assistant Utilities Director. The Wastewater Treatment Operator performs heavy manual labor and operates light machinery used in cleaning, repairing, and the maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant and lift stations. Employee is subject to review through reports, actions, and results achieved.

disclaimer:

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

essential job functions:

  1. Inspects equipment and monitors operating conditions whether it might be through: pumps, motors, aerators, reactors, belt-presses, media filters, and UV disinfection.
  2. Determines load requirements, detects malfunctions of equipment, and corrects malfunctions through thorough basic knowledge of mechanical equipment function.
  3. Collects and analyzes sewage samples, using analytical test equipment.
  4. Operates and adjusts controls on equipment that clarify water, process raw and treated sewage, and generate power.
  5. Will assign, perform, assist in the repair and maintenance of plant equipment, as well as, keeping all structures and grounds neat and clean.
  6. Employee must be familiar with the safe handling of chemicals such as chlorine (CL₂). He/She will inspect and replace (150 lb. cylinders) when necessary.
  7. Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates that to regulate flow to each of the receiving process plants.
  8. Starts and stops pumps/motors to control flow of raw and processed sewage through screening, aeration, settling, sludge digestion, filtering, dewatering, and disinfection processes.
  9. Maintains log of operations/maintenance, and records meter readings.
  10. Is able to multi-task while operating a Belt-press/Gravity Belt Thickener (GBT).
  11. Performs other duties as assigned with minimal to no supervision from management; possesses the ability to work with independence and to make routine decisions on the operation of the plant processes and equipment during the Chief Operator’s absence.
  12. Able to perform general janitorial work in maintaining the plant’s administration building and related grounds by scrubbing, wet mopping the floors, and the disposal of the trash.
  13. Collects samples and performs lab duties for wastewater facilities which include the analysis of: suspended solids, ammonia, chlorine residual, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. Charts and identifies lab test results for evaluation in the process control of plant.
  14. Any other duties as assigned.

knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances of the chemical processes and transformation that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions involved.
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, and their applications.
  • Knowledge of the content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills:

  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Giving full attention what other people are saying, taking time to understand the point being made, and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Abilities:

  • Ability to perform complex chemical analysis and being able to interpret them.
  • Ability to see details at close range.
  • The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact position.
  • The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules and conclusions.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

physical demands:

Employee in this job must use good judgment to work safely and use equipment properly.

  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Pull, push, or drag up to 150 lbs. of maintenance equipment.
  • Climb, crawl, kneel, squat, twist, and stoop for extended periods of time while monitoring, recording, or participating in maintenance work.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Work in confined spaces.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in extreme temperatures including hot and cool temperatures, including inclement temperatures.
  • Work under exposure to mechanical, electrical, chemical, and dust hazards.
  • Have the ability to follow proper safety precautions

education/skills required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent.
  2. Texas Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  3. TCEQ Class D Wastewater Operator’s License or the ability to obtain one within one (1) year.
  4. Obtain a TCEQ Class C Wastewater Operator’s License within two (2) years.
  5. Must be able to work shifts, weekends and holidays.
  6. Pre-employment drug screen, physical and criminal background required.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor

job summary:

Duties include insuring the wastewater treatment plant operates in accordance with applicable regulations and permit requirements and to ensure safe and efficient operation of machines and equipment, facilitate flow and treatment of wastewater, and monitor effectiveness of treatment. The Wastewater Plant Supervisor will be located on site at the wastewater treatment plant and will supervise the wastewater treatment plant 5-7 days per week, as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He or she will also participate in the planning and development of methods to track and remediate Inflow and Infiltration (I&I), operations of lift stations, and will provide input into discussions leading to the improvement of the collection system.

disclaimer:

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

essential job functions:

The duties described below are indicative of what the Wastewater Plant Supervisor may be asked to perform; other duties may be assigned:

  1. Provide continuous and effective operation of the City's wastewater plant(s) by:
    • Insuring scheduled maintenance and repairs are completed in according to operating manuals.
    • Inspecting, diagnosing and repairing pumps, motors, etc.
    • Insuring lift stations are maintained.
    • Collecting samples and performing tests.
    • Analyzing changes to flow and loading rates and making treatment adjustments as necessary.
    • Performing and recommending methods for cost-effective repair and maintenance.
    • Maintaining accurate records and documentation for the city, TCEQ and other agencies.
    • Assisting in the purchase of supplies and equipment.
    • Performing other duties as assigned by Superintendent.
    • Carry out plant operator duties when plant operator is absent.
  2. Demonstrate concern for satisfying customers by:
    • Being respectful and positive when dealing with customers (internal and external).
    • Conducting tours of the wastewater facility to individuals and groups.
  3. Supports the operations of the department by:
    • Effectively applying knowledge to solve a range of problems.
    • Effectively organizing all materials and equipment needed for task(s).
    • Following department policies.
    • Operating the plant(s) and lift stations in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  4. Supervise employees by:
    • Assisting the department in the hiring of personnel.
    • Working with employees to set job achievement and expectations.
    • Working with employees to set job achievement and expectations.
    • Completing employee evaluation instruments and assisting in employee development.
    • Allowing employees latitude to make decisions within their technical experience.
    • Communicating with superintendent regarding performance issues and implements performance improvement measures.
  5. Ensures that all activities are carried out in a safe manner, adhering to all City safety regulations by:
    • Assisting co-workers with the safe handling of equipment.
    • Adhering to all safety rules regarding confined space, trenching, etc.
    • Ensuring that he/she attends all training regarding safe operations to ensure personal safety and the safety of co-workers.
    • Ensuring that the City's equipment is safely operated and all driving laws are obeyed.
    • Assisting in the investigation, completion of paperwork, and employee follow-up in worker's compensation injuries.
  6. Fosters teamwork with coworkers by:
    • Listening and responding constructively to other team members.
    • Expressing disagreement constructively (e.g., emphasizing points of agreement, suggesting alternatives that may be acceptable to the group.
    • Cross-training in other areas of the City, as appropriate.
    • Assisting in training of employees and co-workers.
  7. Ensures that the vision, mission and values of the City are represented when performing the functions of a Wastewater Plant Supervisor by:
    • Weighing the costs, benefits, risks and chances for success in making a decision.
    • Anticipating possible problems and developing contingency plans in advance.
    • Respecting the confidentiality of information or concerns shared by others.
    • Being honest and forthright with people.
    • Carrying his/her fair share of the workload.
    • Taking responsibility for own mistakes, not blaming others.
    • Adhering to the City's clean language policy.
  8. Demonstrates ability to support organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness by:
    • Initiating and implementing new methods, approaches or technologies.
    • Working cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions.
    • Demonstrating openness to new organizational structures, procedures and technology.
  9. Takes responsibility for one's own performance by:
    • With his/her supervisor, setting specific, measurable goals about what is to be done and how.
    • Promptly notifying his/her supervisor about any problems that affect his/her ability to accomplish planned goals.
    • Maintaining all licenses, certifications, etc. as well as continuing to learn new techniques and methodologies related to their field.

skills and abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required at the time of hire or for the continuation of employment.

  • Must be available to work on an "on-call" schedule: 24/7 days a week
  • Ability to cooperate with staff and the public.
  • Ability to take control of situations, dictating subordinate activities in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to plan activities, goals, and objectives of staff members and the department and monitor compliance to same as dictated by department policy.
  • Ability to instruct and train in methods and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare performance evaluations and make recommendations regarding unsatisfactory employees.
  • Ability to respond to complaints and grievances.
  • Ability to create work schedules prioritizes work, schedule time-off, and adjusts schedules due to employee absences.
  • Ability to provide leadership and create initiative.
  • Ability to maintain a professional manner when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to comprehend, retain and apply city and state policies and legislation, i.e. city ordinances, procedure manuals, etc.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment: hand tools, chain saw, mowers, weed-eaters, etc.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the staff, supervisor, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form.
  • Ability to read City policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; MSDS sheets, safety manuals; traffic signs and warning labels.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to calculate basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to calculate simple linear measurement, wiring measurements.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to respond to complaints and grievances posed by the public.
  • Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintains self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Ability to use good judgment and effectively solve problems.

physical demands:

The duties of this job may include physical activities such as climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, bending/twisting, and performing repetitive motions. The duties of this job require lifting off heavy objects weighing approximately 100 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision; depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

work environment:

The work environment may include some or all of the following:
Inside and outside environment. 
Repetitive activities (performance of the same physically demanding activity).
May work in unpleasant situations (dealing with irate or disturbed individuals).
Dirty environment (situations in which workers or their clothing can become dirty, greasy, etc.).
May work in an area of intense or continuous noise.
May come in contact with hazardous materials.

education and skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required at the time of hire or for the continuation of employment.

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent with additional training in wastewater treatment.
  2. Texas Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  3. TCEQ Class B Wastewater Operator’s License or the ability to obtain one within one (1) year.
  4. Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in maintenance, operation, or construction of a wastewater system preferred.
  5. Minimum of one (1) year supervisory experience preferred.
  6. Minimum of one (1) year basic computer skills preferred.

Pre-employment drug screen, physical and criminal background required.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Peace Officer

The City of Pharr is accepting civil service applications for the position of PEACE OFFICER. An entry level written examination will be administered for Peace Officer on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Jose “Pepe” Salinas Memorial Civic Center, 1011 West Kelly, Pharr, Texas 78577. Registration at 9:30am – Exam at 10:00am No Late Registrations!!

To download a copy of the civil service application and minimum requirements for Peace Officer, please visit www.pharr-tx.gov (go to job posting). Should you have any questions, please call (956) 402-4150 ext. 1101 or email [email protected]

Deadline to submit an application is close of business day Friday, October 20, 2017 to the office of the Civil Service Director, 118 South Cage, 2nd Floor, Pharr, Texas. Applications submitted after deadline may be accepted subject to availability of test exams.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or disability in employment. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance are requested to contact the office of the Civil Service Director at (956) 402-4150 ext. 1101. Requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the examination so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Meter Reader (2)

job summary

The Meter Reader is responsible for work of average difficulty in a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled tasks of reading residential and commercial water meters and record consumption, to identify water meter equipment problems; and to perform minor water meter maintenance. The Meter Reader is under the general supervision of the Meter Reader Supervisor.

Disclaimer:

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

essential job functions

The Meter Reader reads, records, and report readings of residential and commercial water meters using a hand-held meter reading computer; interacts with customers and addresses questions and resolves complaints; reports abnormal or suspicious meter conditions or usage patterns; and performs related duties as assigned. The duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Reading and recording consumer water meters in accordance with an assigned schedule and route;
  2. Entering meter readings into a hand-held meter reading computer and ensuring the accuracy of the readings
  3. Examining meters for signs of tampering and reports of inoperative, leaking, malfunctioning, or damaged meters and registers
  4. Turning water services on and off as required; making appointments for readings to be re-checked
  5. Performing routine maintenance and forwarding requests for larger repairs to the Distribution division
  6. Adheres to work schedule as assigned by supervisor
  7. Provide water utility customer services including re-reading meters; install and discontinue water service; replace meter boxes, cleaning route
  8. Operates a variety of tools and equipment including trucks, hand-held computers and hand tools
  9. Has daily contact with the public; assists the serviceman
  10. Performs other job related duties as assigned
  11. Must be customer friendly

knowledge, skills, and abilities

knowledge

  • Knowledge of the operation and appropriate usage of various types of water meters.
  • Knowledge of the operational characteristics of hand-held and radio meter reading equipment.
  • Knowledge of geography of the area and location of meters
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics
  • Knowledge of safe driving principles and practices

skills

  • Dealing with the public in a courteous manner
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Reading and transferring digits accurately

abilities

  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented verbally or in written format
  • The ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  • The ability to operate a hand-held meter reading computer
  • The ability to work under climatic weather, noise and vibration
  • The ability to perform mathematical calculations at a level necessary for successful job performance
  • The ability to maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, other department city employees and the general public
  • The ability to maintain records used in the course of work

physical demands

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, pushing and pulling. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be able to work weekends, holidays or special events when necessary.

Education/skills required

Must have a high school diploma, possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, or vocational school training certificate. Must have one (1) year experience as a meter reader or a related field. A comparable amount of training may be substituted for the minimum experience qualification.Must possess a valid, Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen, physical and criminal background required.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Traffic Operations Supervisor

general statement of duties

To provide site safety leadership, ensure city compliance with safety standards, implement safety directives, improve safety performance, and ensure city safety policies and procedures are aligned with governmental regulations. Sets up and assists all traffic control and work zones for the department. Responsible for the intersection and verification of traffic control plans submitted by all contractors working within city limits to meet minimum requirements set up by TxDot specifications, manual on uniform traffic control devices (MUTCD), and Federal Highway Administration.

characteristics of the class

Position is responsible for performing technical duties in inspecting Public Works construction to ensure compliance with codes and specifications. Responsible for setting up, managing and removing temporary traffic control schemes. Position is responsible for managing and implementing the city’s safety manual.

examples of work performed

  • Identify best practices and lead continuous improvement initiatives to reduce work process risks, raise safety awareness, and improve safe work practices
  • Facilitate a work environment that supports health and safety
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment
  • Perform safety audits and inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance
  • Coordinate employee safety programs to determine their adequacy including review of short and long term strategic safety planning and development
  • Order and maintain facility safety inventory including supplies and equipment
  • Work within city policy as outlined in the Safety Manual
  • Prepares traffic control specifications for all in-street construction projects for city operations which details methods and means of street and pedestrian access to project work sites during all phases
  • Prepares and conducts training classes regarding proper use of flagger’s safety manual for flagger certification and work zone signing within city limits
  • Inspects works sites within city limits at least daily with a view to detecting and immediately correcting deficiencies in traffic control devices and their applications which may occur with the passage of time
  • Oversees other contractors working within city boundaries to ensure protection of the city; monitors road closures to maintain traffic control and ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Oversees any and all regulatory and non-regulatory traffic signs within city boundaries; ensures any and all signs are erected correctly
  • Oversees the installation, maintenance, and operation of all traffic signal intersections in the city

minimum qualifications and requirements

Graduation from High School or equivalent plus five (5) years work experience in Public Works construction, field safety and traffic control planning and inspection or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience which produces the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Work Zone Traffic Control certification required and must hold an electrical certification from Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge of construction methods, materials and traffic control devices used in streets and utilities construction and maintenance projects within public right-of-way
  • Thorough knowledge of the Federal Highway Administration Work Zone Control Manual on uniform traffic control devices and modern traffic control methods as they pertain to construction in the public right-of-way
  • Ability to keep daily reports and provide printouts of all work zone records and inventory reports; ability to write, prepare and edit reports and specifications, and to make presentations to large or small groups
  • Ability to perform as an expert witness when called upon; ability to make decisions in the field with little or no supervision
  • Ability to read and interpret engineered construction plans; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, contractors, other departments and the public; ability to follow written and oral instructions; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

physical requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Works is performed primarily outdoors. Work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, talk, or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen and physical required.

Information Technology Director

general statement of duties

Under administrative direction of the City Manager’s Office, the Innovation and Technology Director develops citywide prioritized information requirements and establishes citywide standards for hardware and software to ensure quality, functionality, connectivity, and compatibility through the use of computer hardware and software to conduct City services. The Innovation Technology Director is ultimately responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of applications systems, establishment and maintenance of a standard charge-out distributing system for information technology services, and maintenance of acceptable service levels for City user departments. The Innovation Technology Director is responsible for maintaining the City’s Web Site and will coordinate with Departments to ensure content is up to date. The Innovation and Technology Director oversees a continuous program of education and research to assure City-wide standards are maintained and the cost-effective utilization of information technology resources. This is a department Director level position.

characteristic of the class

The Innovation and Technology Director is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions citywide. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Deputy City Manager and City Manager.

examples of work performed

  • Establishes goals and objectives for the IT department
  • Establishes policies and procedures for all information technology activities
  • Prepares IT departmental budget and controls expenditures
  • Plans, schedules, and coordinates all IT activities involving IT resources
  • Coordinates special projects and installations of automated solutions for city departments
  • Recommends technology equipment changes, upgrades, and modifications to management
  • Reviews and enhances work procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of IT operations
  • Provides direction for providing quality technical assistance to City employees relating to hardware and software issues
  • Ensures that technology acquisitions comply with the City of Pharr’s IT direction and policies
  • Provides leadership and direction for IT department employees in dealing with a variety of organizational and technology issues
  • Develops and maintains system security, backup, quality assurance, and disaster recovery plans
  • Develops and implements information technology standards, procedures, guidelines, and systems documentation. Maintains applications, systems, and processes to ensure compliance with copyright laws and standards

minimum qualifications and requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology or related field. Requires a minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in the IT field. Requires the incumbent to hold current valid class “C” driver’s license from the Texas Department of Public Safety with a satisfactory driving record. Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge - Requires knowledge or a specialized field in order to be able to interpret and explain highly specialized business methods and techniques, or to organize develop and coordinate activities of a complicated, diversified or highly technical nature. Must have extensive knowledge of municipal operations. Knowledge and expertise in the areas of project management, resource management, applications development and geographic information systems. Knowledge of public administration principles, including the basic principles of organization, management and budget preparation. Knowledge of inter-local agency government purchasing laws and practices. Knowledge of basic laws, ordinances and regulations underlying a public sector organization and applicable county, state and federal legislation affecting public safety and service agencies. Knowledge of large-scale project implementations.

Skills – Skill in maintaining effective relationships with political units/agencies, state and count officials/agencies, general public, staff, peers, vendors and customers. Skill in developing, coordination, planning and prioritization of multiple complex projects and activities. Skill in developing or maintaining project methodologies and management tools. Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

Abilities – Identify, analyze and troubleshoot a wide range of complex technical computer- and network-related problems effectively; listen and communicate information to a wide variety of clients and vendors at all levels of skill; deliver customer support both in person and over the phone in a professional manner; support the City’s objectives by training others in use of their computers and application; learn and provide support for the City’s network; learn and apply new technical knowledge quickly; communicate effectively with a diverse client base both verbally and in writing; work independently and as a member of a team; maintain cooperative work relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The noise level in this environment is usually quiet in an inside office setting. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The City of Pharr is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Communications Center Director

general statement of duties

This is an executive position responsible for the management and operation of the City of Pharr's Communication Center Department. This position plans and directs the operations of the center to ensure provision of emergency call receiving and dispatching services to the agencies being served. Requires keeping abreast of new legislation in respect to federal and state laws, and City ordinances governing public safety communications. Is responsible for supervising professional and technical personnel and should have a proven track record of skills necessary to promote and enhance a new, complex communications center. Employee makes decisions on a daily basis, ranging from routine to complex. The employee has contact with other departments and agencies, which requires courtesy, tact and diplomacy.

characteristics of the class

The Communication Center Director is responsible for promoting the mission, vision and strategic plans of the Emergency Communications center and provide the highest quality of service to the agencies and communities being serviced. The Communication Center Director must be able to provide executive leadership that will demonstrate trust with the agencies being served and empower staff to achieve established goals. Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Manager but will have to work closely with the Fire Chief, Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator in relation to emergency communications.

examples of work performed (not all-inclusive)

  • Acts with full authority in operational matters as well as personnel matters
  • Plan and administer 24-hour emergency call receiving and dispatching services for all participating agencies
  • Ensure full compliance with local, state, and federal laws while utilizing best practices to manage personnel operations
  • Work in conjunction with the Fire Chief, Police Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator to develop administrative and operational policies and procedures to best meet the needs of the agencies being served
  • Develop long and short term plans and strategies to ensure reliable emergency communications for multiple customer agencies
  • Review and authorize RFPs, contracts for service, and procurements within the policies established by the City of Pharr
  • Prepare agenda and coordinate official meetings for the Emergency Communications Center
  • Represent the Center at local, regional, national organizations relating to public safety communications, establishing credibility in legislative and regulatory policy and industry alliances
  • Review all inquiries and complaints received at the Center and sign off on dispositions
  • Maintain oversight of the Center’s operations and budget to ensure all functions are running efficiently and effectively
  • Develop and present annual budget recommendations
  • Ensure the Center complies with policies and procedures required by an auditor or other accreditation or certification processes
  • Maintain oversight for new-hire and ongoing training and quality assurance processes through subordinate employees
  • Maintain high level of confidential and sensitive information in a discrete and professional manner
  • Maintain oversight and understand the use of all technical systems and related support in conjunction with the IT Department

minimum requirements

Requires a college degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field. Formal education may be off-set by three years’ work experience in a multi-jurisdictional public safety communications center serving Law Enforcement and/or Fire/Emergency Medical Services with a combined population of 100,000 or greater for each year of college education. Courses in Fire, EMS, and/or Law Enforcement are preferred, but not required. Professional licenses and certifications relevant to public safety communications and credentials will be considered in the overall evaluation of candidates. Possess or eligible to obtain TCLEOSE and Fire Telecommunicator Certification. Possess or eligible to obtain TCIC/NCIS Full Access Certification. Position requires 10 years of progressive public safety experience.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing; managing files and records, design forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and their applications. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills - Using mathematics to solve problems. Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking question as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Talking to others to convey information effectively. Using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities - The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. The ability to make sound decisions even under duress. The ability to handle high stress levels.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. No significant moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, and handling and pulling. Sedentary positions with the ability to see, read, talk, handle or feel objects and controls. Physical abilities include frequent light lifting up to 10 lbs. and occasionally up to 20 lbs., walking standing, pushing, reaching and grasping.

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Must pass a thorough criminal background check due to the sensitivity of the information handled by this position.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Pharr is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Crossfit Instructor (Part-Time)

general statement of duties

The CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer must possess the ability to effectively coordinate and instruct CrossFit classes. The primary duties for the incumbent include:

  1. The CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer must possess the ability to effectively coordinate and instruct CrossFit classes. The primary duties for the incumbent include:
  2. Lead member W.O.D. and all CrossFit camps;
  3. Instruct class sizes of approximately 10 to 30 participants;
  4. Required to administer extreme caution and safety while conducting CrossFit programs;
  5. Responsible for maintaining and enforcing Box cleanliness;
  6. Availability between 4:45 AM – 7:15 AM and 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM five (5) days per week (rotating shifts), and other hours and weekend hours may be needed for weekend and daytime events;
  7. Assist members with start-up;
  8. Have a great general understanding of CrossFit and programming;
  9. Will perform other related duties that is required and assigned.

characteristics of the class

This employee is under the direct supervision of the Parks and Recreation Division Head. General and specific assignments are received and are usually under little direct supervision allowing latitude for use of independent judgment.

examples of work performed (not all-inclusive)

  1. Responsible for establishing a detailed plan which outlines the program’s projected lesson schedule and progress schedule;
  2. Must report to work site a minimum of 10 minutes prior to scheduled class;
  3. Required to communicate clearly, courteously, and tactfully with students, parents, and the general public;
  4. Must inspect program facilities for potential hazards and must report broken equipment to the appropriate supervisor immediately;
  5. Responsible for administering good judgment and must possess the ability to contact the proper supervisors and authorities;
  6. Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them overtime;
  7. Must verify that all participants are officially enrolled and documented in the class roster;
  8. Will perform other related duties that is required and assigned.

minimum qualifications

Required high school diploma or equivalent GED. 18 years of age or older. Level 1 CrossFit Certification (or agreement to obtain certification within agreed upon time frame from hire).

knowledge, skills, and experience

Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions sufficient to be able to establish a safe environment for CrossFit program participants. A highly proficient understanding of the fundamentals of CrossFit principles and practices. Knowledge of inventory techniques sufficient to be able to maintain an adequate level of supplies. Knowledge of lead work principles and practices sufficient to be able to establish priorities, assign and review work and resolve problems.

Abilities – Develop and administer WODs and all CrossFit camps suited to the needs of the community; Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the development and implementation of WODs; supervise and train program participants; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the working environment and with those contacted in the course of work.

Recreation Aide (Part-Time)

general statement of duties

The Recreation Aide must possess the ability to effectively coordinate and instruct recreation programs. The primary duties for the incumbent include:

  • Responsible for developing creative and innovative methods of instruction in an effort to enhance the interest of the participants;
  • Supervise seasonal programs and activities which include the aquatic program;
  • Required to administer extreme caution and safety while assisting in recreation programs;
  • Responsible for inspecting program facilities for potential hazards and must report broken equipment to the appropriate supervisor immediately;
  • Required to complete necessary forms and reports such as incident reports;
  • Answer telephone and respond to questions regarding athletic/recreation programs and registration information;
  • Will perform other related duties that is required and assigned.

characteristics of the class

Individual will work mostly indoors in a well-lit, air-conditioned, recreation facility as well as outdoors to oversee programs. This employee is under the direct supervision of the Recreation Supervisor and Athletic Supervisor. General and specific assignments are received and are usually under little direct supervision allowing latitude for use of independent judgment.

examples of work performed (non all-inclusive)

  • Effectively coordinate recreation programs which span approximately eight (8) weeks;
  • Responsible for establishing a detailed plan which outlines the program’s projected lesson schedule and progress schedule;
  • Must clock in and report to work site a minimum of 10 minutes prior to scheduled time;
  • Required to communicate clearly, courteously, and tactfully with students, parents, and the general public;
  • Must inspect program facilities for potential hazards and must report broken equipment to the appropriate supervisor immediately;
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them overtime;
  • Responsible for administering good judgment and must possess the ability to contact the proper supervisors and authorities;
  • Must also complete standard departmental incidents reports;
  • Will perform other related duties that is required and assigned.

minimum qualifications

Required high school diploma or equivalent GED. 18 years of age or older. Valid Texas Driver’s License. One (1) year or less of experience in recreation and athletic fields.

knowledge, skills, and experience

Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions sufficient to be able to establish a safe environment for recreation and athletic program participants. Knowledge of basic fundamentals and techniques of athletics, fitness, cultural/social activities and/or arts and crafts sufficient to be able to perform a variety of duties related to the work assignment. Knowledge of inventory techniques sufficient to be able to maintain an adequate level of supplies. Knowledge of mathematics sufficient to be able to perform a variety of calculations. Knowledge of the techniques, principles and regulations of recreation, day care, and sports programs. Knowledge of lead work principles and practices sufficient to be able to establish priorities, assign and review work and resolve problems.

Abilities – Develop and administer recreation and athletic programs suited to the needs of the community; Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the development and implementation of recreation programs; Analyze, interpret, and explain section policies and procedures; supervise and train program participants; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the working environment and with those contacted in the course of work.

Environmental Coordinator

general statement of duties

The Environmental Officer is responsible for the administrative work directing and coordinating the activities of the Pharr Recycle Center and the Storm water Management Plan for the City of Pharr. The following are incumbents duties:

  • Highlighting the importance of recycling to the local community
  • Encouraging and initiating new recycling schemes
  • Monitoring and expanding existing schemes
  • Managing budgets, contracts, grants, assessing tenders, preparing funding bids
  • Advising and assisting local community groups
  • Promoting and developing initiatives to encourage the support and cooperation of the public through advertising, publicity campaigns, and schools
  • Giving talks in schools or to the community groups on environmental issues
  • Keeping up to date with current recycling best practice and legislation
  • Staying current with all Texas Commission of Environmental Quality permits as it pertains to recycling and storm water

minimum qualifications and requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and/or Science. 2-4 years experience and skills required; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Bilingual preferred. Comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

characteristics of the class

Environmental Officers are involved in making people from the community aware of environmental issues, promoting conservation and sustainability, and enhancing the public's enjoyment of the environment through teaching and interpreting the natural world. Evaluating the effectiveness of programs and writing reports to our organization and/or funding bodies.

examples of work performed

  • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs
  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violations; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary
  • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies
  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance as it pertains to recycling and storm water runoff
  • Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected
  • Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws as it pertains to storm water contamination
  • Staying proactive on grant funding and current with existing grants

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge – Knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in public works operation. Knowledge of the equipment, tools, and supplies required to accomplish all operations. Knowledge of civil engineering as applied to the administration of diversified public works activities, laws and regulations pertaining to departmental activities, and administrative techniques with regards to public works. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word Perfect, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills – Considerable skills in the application of technical engineering procedures. Using logic reasoning to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities – Ability to direct and coordinate maintenance operations. Ability to review the work of professional and sub-professional engineering design technicians. Ability to write specifications for equipment and to prepare and read maps and blueprints. Ability to supervise a large number of employees through divisional supervisors. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to exercise good judgment and perform a wide range of supervisory responsibilities. The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Ability to communicate effectively in speaking and in writing. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Ability to prepare technical and administrative reports.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. The noise level in this environment is usually quiet in an inside office setting. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver’s license and an acceptable driving record is required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equipment Operator (3)

general

Skilled work in the operation of intermediate size maintenance equipment. Work is performed under general supervision of the Streets and Drainage Supervisor.

example of essential duties

(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of laborious work performed. The omission of a specific duty does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Operate a utility trailer transport
  • Supervising the loading and unloading of heavy equipment
  • Operate light equipment/machines: shredder, mower, weed eater, forklift, slope mower, bailer, chainsaw, blower, water pumps, compactors, light towers, generators, etc.
  • Handle material and equipment in connection with construction operations
  • Perform routine maintenance work on all equipment
  • Perform related work as required
  • Perform other duties as assigned

minimum qualifications and other requirements

High School graduation or an acceptable equivalence diploma and vocational training are required. Two (2) years experience in the operation of at least one piece of equipment listed. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge of the occupational hazards and of safety precautions in operating equipment. Knowledge of the laws and ordinances regulating the operation of vehicles Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions. Ability to make minor Repairs and adjustments and to service automotive equipment. Sufficient physical strength To perform heavy labor work. Knowledge of the effective operation of medium equipment. Knowledge of traffic and highway safety rules and regulations and of effective precautionary measures necessary to avoid accidents. Knowledge of the hazards involved in the use of medium equipment and of the safety precautions to be taken.

Skills – Skills in the process of general traffic control maintenance. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Talking to others to convey information effectively. Teaching others how to do something. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems. Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas through spoken words and sentences. Ability to understand and carry out general instructions relating to construction and maintenance Operations. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Skill in the operation of medium construction equipment. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other Employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by The ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capabilities to Effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, Personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas Driver’s License required and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen and physical required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.JobDesc. /EquipOp 6/09/05.

Traffic Safety Technician

The Traffic Safety Technician is responsible for the general traffic control maintenance for the city. The following are incumbent's duties:

  • Maintenance of traffic signals and troubleshooting malfunctions;
  • Conduct systematic and schedule inspections on traffic control devices;
  • Repair, clean, and replace traffic control signs;
  • Stripes pavement markings;
  • Performs minor repairs and maintenance on electronic traffic signal devices such as replacing bulbs, lubrication; sets the points and timing of control boxes, assists in the installation of traffic signal devices
  • Performs minor electrical work
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

characteristics of the class

The Traffic Safety Technician is responsible for the skilled work of installing traffic signs, maintaining electronic traffic signal devices and striping traffic marking. Incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Traffic Safety Supervisor.

  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources;
  • Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems;
  • Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used;
  • Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems; Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person;
  • Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics;
  • Perform other work as assigned.

minimum qualifications and requirements

High School graduation or an acceptable equivalency diploma and vocational training are required. Two (2) years experience in general traffic control maintenance. Must obtain a certificate of Work Zone Traffic Control within one (1) year of employment. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge - Knowledge of the Texas Municipal Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions. Knowledge of electrical systems. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of street marking machines and equipment. Knowledge of circuit boards, processor chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills - Skills in the process of general traffic control maintenance. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Talking to others to convey information effectively. Teaching others how to do something. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems. Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas through spoken words and sentences.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen and physical required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Custodian

job summary

Applicant is required to possess a working knowledge of building maintenance and custodial procedures. Individual is responsible for cleaning all aspects of city buildings, securing facility after work hours, and reporting safety hazards to supervisor. Custodian is subject to other related duties and responsibilities.

equipment/materials

General custodial equipment and supplies such as buffers, vacuum cleaners, brooms, mops, and small tools.

working conditions/physical demands

Individual works indoors in well-lit air-conditioned buildings. Occasionally will work outdoors, depending on maintenance schedule. The job has no significant hazards and the physical demands are moderate.

duties and responsibilites

Responsible for maintaining public facilities on a daily basis. Standard custodial maintenance responsibilities include buffing, vacuuming, sweeping, moping, and cleaning air conditioning unit filters. Light maintenance includes repairs using ladders and changing light bulbs, and must be able to move tables and chairs following special events. Must secure building after working hours and report any safety hazards or damage to the facility. Is responsible for performing miscellaneous building maintenance tasks as directed by supervisor such as minor plumbing and electrical repairs, and emptying individual trash containers into dumpster. Other duties involve considerable bending, lifting, digging, carrying, or walking with little chance for variety, and using force equal to lifting 25-50 pounds.

education/skills required

A high school graduation or equivalent is required, and at least on year building maintenance and custodial work. Other specialized job requirements include the ability to follow instructions, ability to work effectively without direct supervision, ability to use buffer, vacuum, polishers and other related cleaning materials, minimal knowledge of custodial procedures and practices, bilingual (English/Spanish), able to speak, read, and write basic English, working home telephone, and must provide own transportation. Must have Class C TXDL or better with satisfactory driving record. Must be in good physical condition.

Groundskeeper (2)

general statement of duties

The laborer is responsible for the maintenance and landscaping of the City's public lawns, parks, and facilities. Incumbent's duties are as follows:

  • Gather and empty trash in of public parks and facilities;
  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing and removing thatch, and trimming and edging around flower beds, walks, and walls;
  • Maintains and marks softball, baseball, and soccer fields;
  • Mow and edge lawns, using power mowers and edgers;
  • Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers and foliage;
  • Gather and remove litter;
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring;
  • Haul or spread topsoil, and spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place;
  • Attach wires from planted trees to support stakes;
  • Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, and trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

characteristics of the class

The Groundskeepers is responsible for maintaining all City's public lawns, parks and facilities and incumbent's tasks are performed under relatively close supervision. Incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Building Maintenance Supervisor.

examples of work performed(not all-inclusive)

  • Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials;
  • Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles);
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects;
  • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work; Performs other duties as assigned.

minimum qualifications and requirements

Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalence diploma. One (1) year experience in park maintenance and operation procedures. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities - Ability to understand and follow simple oral and written instructions. Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to cleaning equipment. Sufficient physical strength and agility to perform a variety of moderate heavy custodial tasks in the care and limited maintenance of building, landscaping, and equipment. The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Incumbent will work outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather conditions. The job has medium hazards associated with working with equipment and the physical demands are high. Individual must be able to operate 15 to 30 horse power garden tractors.

special requirements

Possession of a valid, appropriate Texas (Class C) driver's license and an acceptable driving record. Pre-employment drug screen and physical required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Municipal Court Clerk

general statement of duties

The Municipal Court Clerk is responsible for the clerical work of the Pharr Municipal Court. Incumbent's primary duties are as follows:

  • Manage and maintain executive's schedule;
  • Prepares invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, databases, and/or presentation software;
  • Reads and analyze incoming memos, submissions, and reports, in order to determine their significance and plan their distribution;
  • Maintain budget and update expenditures;
  • Prepare and submit payroll;
  • Issue and maintain purchase order number file;
  • Operates office equipment such as fax machines, copiers, and phones, and use computers for spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and other applications;
  • Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and e-mail;
  • Files and retrieve corporate documents, records, and reports;
  • Greets visitors and determine whether they should be given access to specific individuals;
  • Answers telephones and give information to callers, take messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals;
  • Prepares responses to correspondence containing routine inquiries;
  • Performs general office duties such as ordering supplies, maintaining records management systems, and performing basic bookkeeping work;
  • Make travel arrangements for executives.

characteristics of the class

The secretary performs varied responsible clerical or secretarial work, which includes administrative responsibility. This employee is under the direct supervision of the department head. General and specific assignments are received and are usually under little direct supervision allowing latitude for use of independent judgment.

examples of work performed( not all-inclusive)

  • Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork;
  • Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write, set up functions, enter data, or process information;
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources;
  • Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person;
  • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work;
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them overtime;
  • Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form;
  • Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events;
  • Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

minimum qualifications

Required high school diploma or equivalent GED. Three years of secretarial clerical and typing experience or related work; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Bilingual preferred.

knowledge, skills, and experience

Knowledge - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Knowledge in the use of the following computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works, Excel, Word Perfect, and Power Point.

Skills - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making. Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities - The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and in speaking so others will understand. The ability to understand the speech of another person. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax. No significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, and handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Library Reference Assistant (Part-Time)

general statement of duties

Assist in delivering reference service to patrons using appropriate reference materials and resources, oversees reference desk operations; performs ILL transactions as needed. Also assists patrons with Internet searches and computer programs. This is a part-time position working 19 hours per week. The work schedule includes evenings and weekends.

The Reference Assistant is responsible for the following duties:

  • Assist patrons in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference.
  • Answer routine reference inquiries, and refer patrons needing further assistance to librarians;
  • Schedules meeting rooms, study rooms, and training center;
  • Assist patrons by answering simple directional and informational type questions;
  • Assist patrons by answering complex reference question;
  • Maintains current issue periodical collection;
  • Schedules use of reference research computers;
  • Assists in the selection of reference materials;
  • Maintains reference statistics on the reference log sheet;
  • Trains, supervises, work-study students and volunteers assigned to Reference dept.;
  • Prepares orders for and displays public information forms and publications, including IRS forms, financial aid forms, etc.;
  • Opens and closes the reference area, assumes responsibility for the operation of the reference area on day and evening shifts as scheduled. Keeps daily statistical reports, as required;
  • Train other staff, volunteers and/or student assistants, and schedule and supervise their work;
  • Take actions to halt disruption of library activities by problem patrons.

characteristics of the class

Operates under the general direction of the Reference Supervisor. Has the authority to make decisions regarding the delivery of reference services within the limits set by the Reference Supervisor. Knowledge and clear thinking are specifically required for reference duties. Constant supervision is not necessary for most tasks. However, when help is required, employees in this class may consult the Reference Supervisor for assistance. The Reference Assistant supervises part-time employees and work-study students when the Reference Supervisor is not present.

examples of the work performed (non all-inclusive)

  • Uses print reference sources to find information requested by patron;
  • Uses electronic sources such as the internet and database to find information;
  • Assists patrons to locate books by using the computer catalog;
  • Collects material and maintains the local historical file;
  • Assists with ILL requests and transits as scheduled or requested;
  • Assumes responsibility for the Reference Area and occupants in the event of the absence of the Reference Supervisor.
  • Maintains current issue periodical collection by logging in, placing cover, shelving on current issue shelves, and filing on back issue shelves as needed;
  • Assists patron in using the copy machine;
  • Answers phone;
  • Processes inter-library loan requests;
  • Shelves new magazines and newspapers;
  • Records library statistics;
  • Keeps library quiet; supervises part-time students on occasion;

minimum qualifications and requirements

High school diploma or equivalent is required. On the job training.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge- Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Knowledge in the use of the following computer software: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works, Excel, Word Perfect and Power Point.

Skills – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Actively looking for ways to help patrons. Teaching others how to do something. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Abilities – The ability to read and understand the information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to operate a copy machine, book charger, microfiche reader and reader printer, as well as audio-visual material if assigned. The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment such as, but not limited to a, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. No significant walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, crawling, handling, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Code Compliance Inspector

general statements of duties

Under direct supervision of the Code Compliance Coordinator, the Code Compliance Inspector is responsible for:

  • Performs inspections of property, complaints and alleged code violations;
  • Prepares and maintains correspondence, reports and records regarding property code violations;
  • Coordinates investigates among affected departments;
  • Maintains daily records of inspections and other related activities;
  • Resolve matters relating to zoning violations;
  • Some physical work required, e.g.; picking up signs, tires and other rubbish;
  • Represents the city’s code compliance effort to the public;
  • Observe departmental attendance regulations;
  • Resolve matters relating to zoning violations;
  • Answers telephone, messages and gives information to callers, takes messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals;
  • Provides information to public and other departments on basic aspects of various codes;
  • Maintains educative progress towards attaining Code Compliance Officer status;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

characteristics of the class

  • Be able to work under direct supervision;
  • Accountable to the Development Services Director or designee;
  • Performs miscellaneous inspections, concerning property use and maintenance;
  • Conducts investigations of complaints and alleged violations of city ordinances including zoning, subdivisions, sign and related codes;
  • Must have clear interpretation of the City’s Code of Ordinances;
  • Daily contact with the public frequently involving sensitive matters demanding tact and diplomacy;
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Deal with the public and establish and maintain effective working relationships with municipal officials and fellow employees.

examples of the work performed(not all-inclusive)

Under direct supervision of the Code Compliance Coordinator, the Code Compliance Inspector is responsible for:

  • Obtains permission from owners and tenant to enter dwellings;
  • Inspects premises for overall cleanliness, adequate disposal of garbage and rubbish;
  • Prepares forms and letters advising property owners and tenants of possible violations and time allowed for correcting deficiencies;
  • Explains requirements of housing standard ordinance to property owners, building contractors, and other interested parties;
  • Storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form;
  • Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paper work;
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Using computers, enter data, or process information.
  • Providing information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, and/or in person.
  • Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge;
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards;
  • Prepare interpretive reports on recommendation;
  • Perform other work as assigned that includes but is not limited to: assisting with and attend community/special functions coordinated throughout the City, and undertake assignments/projects assigned by the department head.

minimum qualifications and requirements

High School diploma required or possession of an acceptable equivalence diploma, vocational training or equivalent with courses in and/or knowledge of planning, electricity, plumbing and building construction preferred, and one (1) year experience in the field or any equivalent combination of training and experience as a planning technician, code enforcement officer, or building inspector. Must acquire Code Enforcement Certification within one year of employment. Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge -- Thorough knowledge of applicable state and city codes, policies, ordinances, and inspection procedures. Have a legal awareness of issues affecting codes administration; possess a proven ability to function effectively in a stressful environment. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language. Knowledge of computer software and its use: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Word, and Microsoft Power Point.

Skills - Using logical reasoning to identifying the strengths and weaknesses and find alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities - Ability to analyze situations accurately and to plan and adopt an effective course of action. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with private and public agencies, organizations, and individuals. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to exercise good judgment. The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. The ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Ability to prepare technical and administrative reports.

physical requirements

Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, handle, or feel objects and controls. Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine. Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, reaching, crawling, handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in employment with the Great American City of Pharr

Our goal is to provide fair and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals; and to recruit and enhance current and future employee careers with the City of Pharr. We promote pride and high morale among City of Pharr employees by fostering good working relationships.

The City of Pharr is proud to offer a comprehensive and attractive benefit plan composed of the following:

  • Medical Plan Eligible employees of the City of Pharr are enrolled in a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical plan administered by United Healthcare (UHC) on the first of the month following their hire date at no cost to the employee. Employees are responsible for paying deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.
  • Healthiest You Eligible employees and their dependents are enrolled in teledoc services available 24hrs a day/7 days a week at no cost to employee. Physician network can diagnose, treate, and prescribe with no consult fees, anytime and anywhere.

Employees may voluntarily purchase coverage for their spouse and dependent at a competitive group rate.

  • Life Insurance & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D) A basic Life and AD&D insurance of $25,000 is provided by the employer at no cost to all eligible employees as part of life insurance program. Your AD&D insurance would pay benefits if you were to die or be dismembered in an accident in the amounts listed above.

Employees may also voluntarily purchase life insurance coverage on their spouse and dependents.

  • Retirement Benefits Eligible City of Pharr employees are automatically enrolled in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). TMRS funds consist of an employee and employer deposits. Currently, the City of Pharr submits employees’ deposits at a rate of 7% of gross compensation and the city deposits a match at a rate of 2-1. Employees are fully vested after five years of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) The City of Pharr provides employees and their eligible household members a confidential, no cost program that can help reduce stress, get healthier and improve overall quality of life.
  • Voluntary & Supplemental Benefits The City of Pharr makes available a variety of additional supplemental products paid 100% by employee to fill in the gaps caused by increasing deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

Deferred Compensation Plans The City of Pharr provides employees the opportunity to participate in optional 457b Deferred Compensation Plans to supplement your retirement.

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