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POSITION: Administrative Assistant – Sewer/Stormwater/Transfer

LOCATION: DPW Administration – Lomar Park  

HOURS OF WORK:    8:00 A.M.   4:00 P.M. Monday   Friday 

SALARY RANGE:     $21.68 (Step 1) - $29.21 (Step 12) 

TO APPLY: please fill out the online employment form

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to assist in coordinating all functions of the Department of Public Works, Wastewater/Stormwater/Transfer Station Divisions including professional secretarial, administrative, and accounting work product and services. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control. 

Supervision:

Supervision received: Works under the direction of the Water and Sewer Superintendent. Receives instructions and suggestions for areas of assigned responsibility and special projects. Refers only unusual cases to the Superintendent. The position is subject to review and evaluation according to the Town’s personnel plan.

Supervision Given: None.

Job Environment:

Work is performed in an office environment with the majority of the work in a moderately noisy work environment, with constant interruptions. Work environment may involve exposure to wastewater/wastewater sludge, fumes, odors, and/or airborne particles.

Essential Functions:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logistical assignment to the position.)

•    Performs varied and responsible duties requiring a thorough knowledge of all Division functions and operations within the Department and the exercise of judgment and initiative in completing tasks, particularly in situations not clearly defined by precedent or established procedures.

•    Assists customers and general public by resolving questions regarding sewer connections, user fees, betterments and miscellaneous situations relating to the divisions under their control. Interactions with the public require courtesy and patience.

•    Interacts with Division Heads, other Town and DPW employees, vendors, contractors, and government officials by furnishing a variety of routine information and assistance and resolving minor problems and complaints.

•    Regularly operates office equipment, including but not limited to telephones, fax machines, computers, printers of all types, copiers, and other standard office machines.

•    Has access to department/customer confidential information that requires the application of appropriate judgment, discretion, and professional office protocols.

•    Dispatches calls and relays information regarding alarms, inspections, Dig Safe mark outs, and service requests to division personnel; answers the telephone, directs callers to other DPW Divisions as required. 

•    Processes all accounts payable invoices including assigning accounting codes and maintaining records of division expenditures, receipts and abatements. Prepares and tracks septage receipts and billing. 

•    Calculate and prepare payroll for the divisions; maintain personnel records relating to sick leave, over time, retirement, holiday leave, vacations, personal time, etc…

•    Assists the Superintendent and Chief Operator in submitting regulatory reports to the State and Federal Agencies.

•   Maintains and updates important division records requiring the careful recording, classification and compilation of information; posts and records information; updates data; checks sorts, records and files various materials. This may also include payroll and personnel records.

•    Coordinates and schedules annual mailing for Transfer Station sticker renewals.

•    Prepares minutes for Board of Public Works meetings as needed.

•    Opens and processes mail and distributes as necessary. 

•    Orders and maintains office supplies and materials for the divisions under their control, (Wastewater, Transfer and Stormwater)

•    Coordinates, prepares and issues sewer billings and monthly contractual invoices with the Town of Groton as part of the inter-municipal agreement.

•    Assists, as required, with water and sewer bills from meter readings, noting irregularities during a review of bills. 

•    Other duties as assigned.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education, Training, and Experience:

High School Diploma, Associates Degree in Accounting or Business desirable; Three years’ experience in clerical, secretarial and accounting field with municipal experience. Associates Degree may be substituted for two years of experience.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skills:

Knowledge and Skills: Thorough knowledge of general office procedures, practices and terminology. Complete knowledge of the use of office and data processing equipment; Basic knowledge of bookkeeping techniques. General knowledge of local government and its operations is helpful. Familiarity with pertinent federal, state and local laws relating to the Division operation is preferred. Proficient in the use of MS Office and its components; Working knowledge of the UMS billing system, Harpers Payroll systems and ADMINS accounting systems.

Ability: Ability to organize time, work independently and accomplish tasks despite frequent interruptions. Maintain detailed statistics, records, and clerical records. Maintain confidential records and documents. Compose and type correspondence and proofread reports. Communicate effectively and tactfully with public, co-workers, other employees, departments, officials and other agencies. 

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

TO APPLY: please fill out the online employment form


WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR

TO APPLY: please fill out the online employment form

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control. Responsibilities include:

•    Perform operational and maintenance tasks associated with all plant equipment.

•    Record data from plant and pump stations.

•    Perform daily, weekly and monthly QA/QC and compliance sampling and analysis at wastewater facility and river discharge as required by NPDES permit.

•    Perform operational and maintenance tasks at all Pepperell and Groton pump stations.

•    Operates equipment associated with plant operation, including pumps, blowers, dewatering equipment, etc. 

•    Maintain equipment as needed due to breakdowns or operational changes

•    Maintain plant and pump station grounds as required including, but not limited to lawn mowing, weed whacking and snow removal.

•    Assists as required in operational and maintenance tasks on Pepperell and Groton sewer collection system.

•    Participate in “on call” rotation and be available as required for emergency situations.

•    Other duties that are assigned.


Supervision:

Supervision Scope:  Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks which require the exercise of independent judgement and initiative while performing duties within established guidelines.

Supervision Received:   Works under the general supervision of the Chief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. 

Job Environment:

Work is performed indoors and outdoors at which time the employee may be exposed to weather extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather.  The employee is required to traverse uneven terrains and is subject to the hazards associated with working around chemicals, contagious diseases and heavy equipment.  The employee often works in confined spaces such as wet wells, manholes, etc.  Work environment is loud and at times is very loud.

Regularly operates automobiles, light trucks, heavy equipment, hand/power/pneumatic tools, specialized pumping and treatment equipment, laboratory equipment, two-way radios, telephones, and standard office machines as needed.

Interacts frequently with other Town employees, May occasionally interact with state and federal officials, and vendors.  

Education, Training and Experience:

•    High School graduation or GED; 

•    Possession of a Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators License Grade III or higher. (Operators who may be hired without a license shall be classified as an operator in training and have the ability to obtain a Massachusetts Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators License Grade III or higher within a year of hire)

•    Mechanical ability desired

Special Requirements:

•    Possession of Class D driver license,

•    Possession of CDL A and/or Class 2B hydraulic desirable.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Working knowledge of wastewater treatment plant operations; the general design and operation of a wastewater treatment plant; materials, occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade; state and federal pollution control regulations.

Ability to perform laboratory tests; carry out oral and written instructions; follow proper methods, procedures and safety precautions. Mechanical ability.

Skill in operating equipment used in the normal operation of the plant.

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.  

Moderate physical effort is generally required which involves frequent lifting of up to 30 pounds and occasionally lifting up to 100 pounds. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, talk, sit and hear for extended periods.  Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools or controls;  reaches with hands and arms, crawls and climbs.  Vision and hearing must be at or correctable to normal ranges.

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

TO APPLY: please fill out the online employment form

Outreach Position – Council on Aging

The Pepperell Council on Aging is seeking applicants for a 19- hour work week position as Outreach Coordinator.   Under the Direction of the Council on Aging Director, the Outreach Coordinator performs administrative, technical and professional work in planning, coordinating and implementing social services for the aging population in the Pepperell community.  Ideal candidates will have strong organization skills, be able to multi-task and have experience with promoting and maintaining programs or activities. Candidate must enjoy working with seniors.  Experience and/or degree in Human Services field a plus as well as any experience helping senior populations.  

The pay range for this position is not to exceed $19.18 to $23.34.  For a more detailed job description go here.

Resumes and Cover Letter to COA Director, ATTN COA Outreach Posting, One Main Street, Pepperell MA 01463 or electronically to coa@town.pepperell.ma.us Subject Line:  COA Outreach Posting

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Public Safety Dispatcher

  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted Date: 26 July, 2019
  • Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled

The Town of Pepperell is seeking qualified candidates for the position of 911 Public Safety Dispatcher. Duties include but not limited to, answering 911 calls and performing EMD as required, general call taking duties, dispatch via radio for Police, Fire, EMS, and local DPW agencies, detailed and accurate logging in CAD. Candidates must have good interpersonal and communications skills. 

Pay scale: $19.11-$25.76 per hour plus shift differential, depending on qualifications and experience, with pension and benefits under Middlesex County retirement. To apply fill out an online employment form  and also send a resume to: David Stairs, Communications Director, Town of Pepperell, P.O. Box 259 Pepperell, MA 01463 or email at dstairs@town.pepperell.ma.us the Town of Pepperell is an EOE.

Volunteer Opportunities

Historical Commission

The Pepperell Historical Commission has an opening for a new member. The Commission meets approximately every month and has responsibility for the preservation, protection, and development of the town's historical assets and seeks to identify and promote the town's historical resources.  

The Commission is working on several important projects and initiatives including:

·       Preserving historic records, and recording historic elements in Pepperell

·       Identifying grants and programs such as the Community Preservation Act and advocating for community-wide support

·       Leveraging our historic assets for economic development

·       Preserving our rural heritage

·       Promoting Pepperell’s Revolutionary War history

·       Contributing to local by-laws to protect historic resources

Interested candidates should be:

·       Well organized and resourceful with the ability to work independently

·       Passionate about history and forwarding a vision for a preservation plan

·       An active participant on projects, working independently with town departments and boards and the historical community

Any resident interested in applying their skills to help advance Pepperell’s historical endeavors is strongly encouraged to contact the Board of Selectmen at selectmen@town.pepperell.ma.us.

Cable TV Advisory Committee

The Cable TV Advisory Committee has an opening for a new member. The Committee consists of five members, at large, all of whom shall be registered voters within the Town of Pepperell.  One-third of the members shall be appointed each year. The general responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • inform and educate the public about cable
  • assess cable needs of the community and recommend policy changes
  • conduct meeting with cable company representatives, quarterly or as needed, to discuss matters of mutual interest
  • report to the issuing authority (BOS) on company compliance with the license
  • monitor the company's response to complaints and respond to citizen's questions regarding the cable system
  • keep abreast of community programming issues

Any resident interested in applying their skills to help advance Pepperell's Cable TV Advisory Committee is strongly encouraged to contact the Board of Selectmen at selectmen@town.pepperell.ma,us 

Citizen Activity Form / Resident Request for Appointment to Volunteer Board or Committee

Town Opportunities

Boards Members Term Vacancies
Agricultural Advisory Board 5 3 Years 2
**Assessors, Board of  3 3 Years 0
**Council on Aging 7 3 Years 0
**Health, Board of 3 3 Years 0
**Housing Authority 5 5 Years 1
**Lawrence Library, Board of Trustees 6 3 Years 0
North Middlesex  Council of Governments 3   0
**Planning Board 6 5 Years 0
**Public Works 5 3 Years 0
Registrars 3 3 Years 0
Retirement Board      
**Selectmen 3 3 Years 1
Trustees of the Brooks Education and Entertainment Fund 3 3 Years 0
Zoning Board of Appeals 5 2/3 Years 1
**DESIGNATES ELECTED POSITION      
Committees Members Term Vacancies
Affordable Housing 7 1 Year 2
By-Law Review 7   7
Cable TV Advisory  5 1 Year 1
Capital Program 5 1 Year 0
Cultural Council 6 3 Years 0
Charter Review Committee 9    
Economic Development Advisory 8 1 Year 3
Emergency Planning 9 1 Year 0
Finance  5 2 Years 0
Information Systems Technology 7 1 Year 1
Light, Air, and Noise By-Law 13 Temporary 0
Master Plan 21   0
**Nashoba Valley Technical High School 4 3 Years 0
**North Middlesex Regional School District 3 3 Years 0
Peter Fitzpatrick Feasibility 9 Temporary 0
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services  6 1 Year 0
Town Forest 3 1 Year 1
Vietnam Memorial and Honor Roll 3 1 Year 0
**DESIGNATES ELECTED POSITION      
Commissions Members Term Vacancies
Conservation 7 3 Years 0
Disabilities 2 3 Years 2
Historical 5 3 Years 1
**Recreation 
3 3 Years 0
**DESIGNATES ELECTED POSITION      

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