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Field Supervisor

Pay: $59,000 Annual Salary

Job Type: Full Time

Department/Division: Public Works Department


HOURS OF WORK: FLSA Classification is exempt. The Public Works Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendance at City Council Meetings may be required, if required by the City Manager or the Director of Public Works.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK: Under the general direction of the City Manager, Director of Public Works, and the Assistant Director of Public Works, supervises fields of work such as streets and water/sewer and parks maintenance.


  • Assist the Public Works Director in hiring, training, disciplining and evaluating employees.
  • Directs operations concerning maintenance of streets, water, and sanitary sewer systems; assigns daily work to various crews, and monitors the progress of each work assignment.
  • Supervises the day-to-day job sites throughout the city.
  • Supervises workers on specific crews; handles complex problems that are difficult to deal with; assists in making final approval and accuracy checks on all projects completed.
  • Coordinates workload of crews; prioritizes job assignments; generates records and reports of activities supervised.
  • Assigns work to workers.
  • Deals with division personnel difficulties.
  • Compiles various reports.
  • Assists in planning and organizing the water, sanitary, and storm sewer systems.
  • Inventories supplies and equipment; orders necessary supplies and equipment; schedules crews for maintenance on equipment.
  • May make final decisions in the absence of the Director or Assistant Director.
  • Deals with difficult and complex work in the area of equipment operation; assists Fleet Services Director in writing specifications for new equipment.
  • Assists Engineering Department in setting up grades for road and utility projects.
  • Performs any other related tasks assigned by the City Manager, Director of Public Works, or Assistant Director of Public Works.


  • On Call status required.
  • Must possess computer skills.
  • Ability to follow and teach standard safety practices and procedures common to equipment operation. and maintenance work.
  • Ability to create effective working relationships with employees and the general public.
  • Ability to read grades on stakes and maps.
  • Ability to motivate employees to work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.



  • Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years high school
  • Requires the ability to obtain Illinois Class “D” Water Supply Operator’s License within 6 months of employment.
  • GIS experience preferred.


  • Requires two years progressively responsible work experience in public works and/or water/sewer related field.
  • Requires experience in supervising skilled and unskilled employees, engaged in various types of underground construction activities.
  • Requires knowledge of modern construction, maintenance and repair practices and methods in a water distribution and/or sewer collection system.
  • Requires valid Class D driver’s license with the ability to obtain CDL within 6 months of employment.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a public works environment is preferred.
  • Requires ability to pass background and security check.


  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds using proper body mechanics.
  • Ability to stand, sit, reach, grasp, lift/carry, walk, climb, kneel, squat/bend, push/pull, or crawl.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations.
  • Perform detailed work requiring visual acuity
  • Use non-verbal/auditory sources of information such as cell phones


  • Residency within the limits of Jefferson County is required of all City Employees.


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