Employment Opportunities

 The positions below are currently open with the City of Hendersonville.

Online Employment Application

Please contact :

Jennifer Harrell, Human Resources Director
City of Hendersonville
145 Fifth Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Email: jharrell@hvlnc.gov

Phone: (828)697-3003
Fax: (828)697-8645

Any employment opportunities are shown below.

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

An employee in this class is responsible for operating and maintaining the City’s wastewater treatment plant. Emphasis of the work is on making hourly rounds of the plant to inspect operations, entering readings into operating records, taking samples from pre-determined locations throughout the treatment plant and performing required tests, documenting and/or repairing malfunctions, troubleshooting mechanical problems, performing preventive maintenance on plant equipment and performing other related plant work, as required. Work of the wastewater plant operator is differentiated by the differing levels of state certification (Grade I being the lowest and Grade IV being the highest), length of experience and broader knowledge and responsibilities of plant operations, and ability to lead and train other plant personnel. Work is performed under the supervision of the chief wastewater plant operator (or maintenance supervisor) or wastewater treatment facilities manager and is evaluated on the basis of efficiency and cleanliness of plant operations, accuracy in tests performed and documentation, quality of treated wastewater and observation of work in progress.

Illustrative Examples of Work
Makes regular tours of plant and inspects for the proper operation of bar screens, grit collector, motors, generators, pumps, aerators, settling tanks, aeration basins, filters, clarifiers, sludge dewatering equipment and other equipment and records readings from plant process control instrumentation.
Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, blowers, valves and other apparatus based on changing operating conditions and adverse weather.
Collects samples from pre-determined locations within the treatment process, including effluent samples for laboratory analysis and performs routine tests on samples.
Applies polymer to sludge dewatering to process; observes effect on dewatering operations and makes adjustments, as required.
Skims floatables from settling tanks, cleans bar screens, disposes of sand, trash and other waste; washes basins, cleans clarifiers and washes down sludge dewatering equipment, as required.
Maintains the cleanliness and appearance of the physical plant building and grounds.
Performs minor and emergency repairs to equipment and assists other plant personnel on larger repair efforts and replacements.
Answers phones and gives information to visitors or vendors.
Performs preventive maintenance duties as assigned.
Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a wastewater treatment plant.
Knowledge of common laboratory tests and wastewater sampling techniques.
Knowledge of proper wastewater treatment process controls methods to ensure compliance with federal and state treatment regulations.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations affecting wastewater treatment operations.
Knowledge of occupational and safety hazards associated with wastewater plant operations, knowledge of rules and regulations that affect employee safety.
Knowledge of effective communication techniques when speaking with co-workers, vendors and the public.
Ability to make operational decisions in the absence of a supervisor.
Ability to detect and resolve routine operational problems with mechanical equipment.
Ability to conduct routine wastewater tests, read meters, charts and record results.
Ability to understand and follow moderately complex oral and written instructions.

Physical Requirements
This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and repetitive motions. Verbal communication is required to express or exchange ideas. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels. Visual acuity is required for visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring or testing devices, assembly of equipment, operating plant equipment, determining accuracy and thoroughness of work performed, and observing surroundings and activities. Employee must be able to perform physically demanding work such as skimming floatables from settling tanks, unstopping bar screens, disposal of sand, trash and other waste, and washing and cleaning basins and clarifiers.

Working Conditions
Work is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions including extreme heat and extreme cold. Employee is subject to noise, vibration, and hazards, including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, exposure to chemicals, and atmospheric conditions. Employee is exposed to oils and greases, sewage flows and sludge, bacteria, and potentially bloodborne pathogens. Employee is required to wear a respirator when necessary, but only if trained in the proper use of said respirator and employee complies with all other requirements associated with wearing a respirator. Employee may frequently work in close quarters, crawl space, shafts, manholes, small enclosed rooms and other areas which could cause claustrophobia.

Education and Experience
Minimum education qualification for all levels is graduation from high school or equivalency. Some high school or college coursework in environmental science, physics, chemistry, hydrology, water and wastewater engineering, or related study is preferred; an Associate’s degree in the physical or biological sciences may be required at higher levels of certification:

  • Wastewater Plant Operator I: 1-year or less experience in a wastewater treatment facility. Must be certified at the NC wastewater operator grade I level or ability to obtain within one year of employment.
  • Wastewater Plant Operator II: 1 - 2 years of experience in a wastewater treatment facility. Must be certified at the NC wastewater operator grade II level or ability to obtain within one year of employment.
  • Wastewater Plant Operator III: – 3 years or more experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility. Must be certified at the NC wastewater operator grade III and IV level or ability to obtain grade IV within eighteen months of employment.
  • For each certification level, the years of experience may be reduced when related educational attainment is considered.
  • Special Requirements
    Valid North Carolina driver license
    NC Grade I, II, III, IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification required depending upon level.
    NC Grade I Collections Certification a plus.

Disclaimer
This classification specification has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to perform the job.  The City of Hendersonville reserves the right to assign or otherwise modify the duties assigned to this classification.

Salary: Operator I :$26,233 Depending upon qualifications. Upon successful completion of a six month probationary period salary will be $28,922.

To apply:   Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page, along with resume, and cover letter  to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail/bring to City of Hendersonville, Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Fire Inspector- Full time

The City of Hendersonville Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Fire Inspector. This position performs skilled inspection work in securing compliance with established codes governing fire protection and promotes overall fire prevention efforts within the City of Hendersonville. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, graduation from high school or GED, and considerable experience in fire inspections, prevention, suppression, or investigations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants must possess a minimum of NC Fire Inspector Level I certification and be willing to obtain higher levels of Inspector certifications.  Preferred requirements also includes NC Certified Fire & Arson Investigator; NC Firefighter Level II; Hazard Materials Level I Operations, and EMT-Basic. Salary range is $35,115 – $40,696 depending on qualifications and experience level. 

To apply:   Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page, along with resume, and cover letter  to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail/bring to City of Hendersonville, Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Open until filled.The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Firefighter/EMT

The City of Hendersonville Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/EMT.  This position is responsible for performing all functions and services of firefighting and emergency medical rescue. Emphasis of the work is on responding to and providing fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to citizens and businesses. Work involves extinguishing fires at fire scenes, safeguarding lives, salvaging property, preventing the recurrence of fires, and protecting properties from the elements, vandalism, and theft. Work also includes routine inspection and maintenance of fire apparatus, fire station facilities and equipment, providing basic life support, training and drilling in the use of fire equipment and firefighting techniques, and the performance of public relations activities. Work is often performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves personal hazard.  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, graduations from a high school or GED, NC Firefighter Level II, Hazardous Materials Operations, and Emergency Medical Technician- Basic. 

Starting Salary is $33,481 and will be accompanied by the full-time benefits package available to city employees.

Closing date for applications: July 7, 2017.

To apply: Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page, along with resume, and cover letter  to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail/bring to City of Hendersonville, Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Development Review Engineer (Civil Engineer I)

The City of Hendersonville has a great opportunity for a dynamic and innovative engineer interested in working in a vibrant city with a growing water and sewer system located in western North Carolina. The Development Review Engineer, which is classified as a Civil Engineer I, is a new position in the City’s Engineering Department working closely with the Water & Sewer Department and reviewing the water and sewer extension components of private development and construction plans for compliance with local, state and federal ordinances, standards and specifications, and sound engineering practices.

The Development Review Engineer will serve as the internal and external coordinator for developers, engineers, contractors, stakeholders, and related work groups regarding water and sewer extension components of development projects. This position will also prepare and organize reports, standards, water and sewer models, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other materials to assist in documenting, recording, and providing information on the activities for water and sewer extensions; therefore, effective verbal and written communication skills in a variety of settings are essential.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET/EAC accredited program required with from one (1) to three (3) years of progressive engineering experience. Skill in use of AutoDesk Civil 3D and ESRI ArcGIS is preferred.

The salary range for this position is $47,110 to $71,690. Compensation will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Closing date for applications: July 7, 2017.

To apply: Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page, along with resume, and cover letter  to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail/bring to City of Hendersonville, Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Customer Service Representative

The City of Hendersonville, NC has an opening for a Customer Service Representative. This is a full time position reporting to the Revenue Accounting Supervisor in the Water & Sewer Finance Department, located in City Hall. The City is committed to providing the most efficient, economic and effective customer service possible. This position will be expected to deliver quality service to the Cities approximately 30,000 water and sewer customers in a friendly and efficient manner. 

An employee in this class is primarily responsible for assisting customers using established guidelines and procedures. Work also involves posting new and maintaining existing customer account data and verification of accuracy in posted items. Work involves coordination with other departments within the City and public contact functions which requires considerable tack and courtesy. Employee also performs general office work such as filing, operating copying machines and computer terminals, and answering the telephone. Work is performed according to standard procedures, but the employee is expected to use some initiative and independent judgment in accomplishing assigned objectives. Work is performed under limited supervision of the Revenue Supervisor and is evaluated through observation and review of work completed.

This position must demonstrate the ability to multitask, pay attention to detail and complete tasks with a high level of accuracy. Must be able to handle a high volume of transactions in a fast paced environment. All customer service representatives are expected to have pleasant, courteous and effective communication skills, both in person and on the telephone. 

Requirements: Graduation from high school and 2+ years of customer service and collections experience; and/or any equivalent combination of training and experience required to perform the essential position functions. Experience in a high-volume customer setting preferred.  Three to five years’ experience in a computerized office environment is required. Experience with business office operations and or public utility or collections preferred. Proficiency in Excel, Word and computerized systems is required.

 Hiring salary: $28,922.

To apply: Upload or send  completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page along with resume and cover letter to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or bring/mail to Human Resources, City Hall, 145 5th Ave. E, Hendersonville, NC 28792 . Open until filled.The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Fire Inspector- Part-Time

An employee in this position assists in planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the City’s Fire Prevention Program.  Employee assists with the fire prevention programs to ensure compliance with State and local fire laws, codes, rules, and regulations.  Work includes conducting inspections of commercial and retail establishments, schools, and health care facilities, new construction, and, if requested, residences.  The employee plans and delivers a program of fire prevention and safety education within the community. Considerable independence and judgment are required in all aspects of the position, particularly in fire inspections and fire prevention activities.  Considerable public contact requires that the employee exhibit tact and diplomacy in seeking compliance with fire laws, codes, rules, and regulations. 

Requires: NC Fire Inspector I.  Preferred NC Fire Inspector Level III, Firefighter II Certification, and EMT-Basic

Salary: $12.50 an hour.

To apply: Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources forms page, along with resume, and cover letter  to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail/bring to City of Hendersonville, Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE/ADA. 

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 Senior Line Maintenance Mechanic                                                    

General Statement of Duties
Performs responsible semi-skilled and skilled work in the installation, replacement, repair and maintenance of water and sewer lines, and appurtenances. An employee in this class performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled work as a member of a crew engaged in the construction, installation and repair of water and sewer lines.  Work is distinguished from the lower level by the skilled operation of backhoes and other heavy equipment in tight spaces, around parked cars and overhead and underground utilities.  Work is also distinguished by responsibility for serving as lead worker on small crews involved in system maintenance, construction or repair.  Other tasks including participating in the installation, replacement and repair of water and sewer pipes to specific grade and depth, and back filling and compacting the site. Work also includes making taps to water and sewer mains, installing hydrants, meters, and valves, and making repairs to the water and sewer system.  Employees are subject working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and oils.  Work is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on bloodborne pathogens.   Employees are also subject to on-call and call-back work.  Work is performed under regular supervision and is evaluated through observation and inspection for adherence to instructions and standard trade and safety practices.

Essential Duties and Tasks
Operates heavy construction equipment requiring skill and care around parked cars and overhead and/or underground utility lines; operates front end loader, dump trucks, jackhammers, tampers, pipe threading machines, tapping machines, trenchers, air compressors, and boring machines.
Serves as a lead worker to make water and sewer taps, unstop or clean sewer lines,  replace or maintain hydrants and valves, assist with video-taping sewer lines, or other related tasks.
Operates tapping machine to make water and sewer taps and service connections.
Lays water and sewer pipe; adjusts pipe to proper grade and depth with laser; repairs and replaces sewer and water lines and related facilities.
Installs, services and tests water meters and meter yokes.
Operates the sewer rodder to unstop sewer lines.
Installs hydrants, meters, valves, clamps, and related pipeline apparatus; sets meter boxes; repairs and replaces fire hydrants.
Maintains assigned truck properly stocked and in proper operating condition.
Keeps customers informed when water service is turned off for repairs.
Locates lines and assists with inspection and repair of pumping stations, reading water meters, and other related tasks.

Additional Job Duties
Performs other related tasks as required.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in the installation, replacement, maintenance and repair of utility lines.
Considerable knowledge of a variety of maintenance and manual methods and tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of utility lines and appurtenances.           
Considerable knowledge of the use of common hand and power tools.
Considerable knowledge of the safe use and operation and preventive maintenance of common automotive and mechanical equipment.
Some knowledge of the operating requirements of sewer lift stations and water pumping stations.
Some knowledge of the municipal water and sewer service policies and procedures.
Skill in the operation of a backhoe and other heavy construction equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and the public and to serve as a lead worker.
Ability to read utility line maps and operation and service manuals and to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform very heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; 50 pounds of force frequently; and 20 pounds constantly.
Must possess the visual acuity to operate mobile equipment such as loaders in a safe manner to fit pipes and other parts, read gauges, and make written records.

Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from high school and considerable experience in construction-related utility work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements
Possession of valid North Carolina class A commercial driver's license.
Possession of grade B water distribution and/or grade III sewer collection operator certification.

Hiring Salary: $28,924. Upon a satisfactory six month probationary review the salary will move to $30,370 annually.

To Apply: Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources page to jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail to: Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Zoning Enforcement Officer

The City of Hendersonville, NC has an opening for a Zoning Enforcement Officer.  This is a full time position reporting to the Development Assistance Director.  Work includes providing professional enforcement of the City’s Zoning, Nuisance and Minimum Housing Ordinances. Work includes inspecting sites, interpreting and explaining ordinances to the public, and working with owners to comply with local rules and regulations. Work involves processing enforcement paperwork and may require appearance in court cases, responds to and investigates Zoning Ordinance violations, conducts on-site inspections, enforces ordinances and issues citations among other duties.   Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architect, Horticulture or related field. One or more years’ experience in code enforcement or related field. Valid North Carolina driver’s license and Certified Zoning Official or ability to obtain within two years.

Salary hiring rate: $33,483, depending upon qualifications.

To apply:  Upload or send completed City of Hendersonville application found at www.hvlnc.gov Human Resources page, along with resume, salary expectations and cover letter to  jharrell@hvlnc.gov or mail to: Human Resources 145 5th Ave, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Open until filled. The City of Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.