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Water Security Specialist
Water Security Specialist

Water Security Specialist

Company : City of Portland, OR
Salary : $26.76 - $28.78 an hour
Location : Oregon

Full Description

The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine (Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time)

Water Security Specialists provide security and patrol functions to protect and ensure the safety of the buildings, employees, facilities and grounds of the Water Bureau; and are first responders to water system emergencies during off-hours (swing shift, graveyard and weekends). The Water Security Specialist patrols and inspects buildings and grounds in a designated area by foot and/or vehicle; checks unauthorized access, suspicious people/circumstances; checks locks, doors and gates; provides building surveillance via telemonitoring; responds to intrusion alarms or other suspicious circumstances by checking the area and intervening or calling law enforcement personnel as appropriate; assists law enforcement personnel upon request; inspects grounds for general safety hazards that would endanger the public or staff and reports these for needed action or repair; and conducts crime prevention through environmental design surveys, documenting findings and recommending appropriate action.

The Water Security Specialist also responds to system emergencies such as main break; investigates the situation; contacts the Water Control Center operator or supervisor on duty; performs emergency shut downs as needed to stop the flow of water and prevent property damage; establishes traffic control to protect the public; and assists the crew responding to the emergency as directed.

Work in this class is typically performed in a field environment requiring incumbents to negotiate rough terrain; work in and around traffic, work site equipment and machinery; be exposed to hazardous materials; wear protective gear; and routinely work outdoors in all weather conditions. As essential employees, Water Security Specialists may be called back to work during emergencies. Work shifts are bid by seniority and encompass all days and hours.

Applicants start at the entry salary rate.
This classification is represented by District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

About the Portland Water Bureau:
The City of Portland Water Bureau’s mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day to almost 1 million customers in the Portland Metropolitan area. We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We are committed to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position.

Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.
Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.
Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.

Our values:
Honor our responsibility. We take part in a long legacy of careful stewardship of natural resources, infrastructure, and public trust. We never forget that water is essential.
Serve our community. We know people depend on us. We are dedicated to listening, communicating, and acting with compassion.
Work well. Our strength lies in the skills, expertise, and creativity our employees bring to work every day. We work hard, we work safely, and we adapt.
Use money wisely. We work to control costs while maintaining high standards. We invest to make our water system stronger, more flexible, and better prepared for challenges ahead.
Build relationships. We recognize the power of collaboration-with customers, coworkers, and partner organizations. Our relationships guide our work.

City of Portland Core Values
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. They determine everything we do and every decision we make as City government. To learn more about the City of Portland’s core values, please click here.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self- aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today. The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  • Knowledge of principles and methods associated with building and grounds security practices.
  • Knowledge of and experience applying methods and procedures in dealing with disruptive or suspicious visitors.
  • Knowledge of experience applying emergency response techniques and first aid techniques and criteria for determining if emergency aid is necessary.
  • Ability to investigate, troubleshoot or problem solve situations and make independent decisions.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a diversity of people.

Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire.
  • Ability to obtain State of Oregon certification an an unarmed security officer within 60 days of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and responses to the supplemental questions weighted 100% Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:
  • Posting: 11/01/2021-11/15/2021
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 11/15/2021
  • Eligible List: week of 11/22/2021
  • First Round of Interviews: 11/29/2021 - 12/10/2021
  • Second Round of Interviews: 12/10/2021 - 12/20/2021
  • Job Offer: Week of 12/20/2021
  • Start date is flexible and can be anytime between 2-6 weeks from offer date
Please note: All timelines are approximate and subject to change. This timeline may be delayed due to impacts from the current COVID-19 situation.

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and answer all supplemental questions, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
  • Your résumé and answers to supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your supplemental question answers should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential:
City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know?
The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: Events | Career Center |

Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
[email protected]
(503) 758-2030