Applying To: Water System Inspector (Trainee)

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Nature of Work

Incumbents in this trainee position work alongside Water System Inspectors responsible for performing field work searching for water leaks in underground, residential and commercial water lines and responding to complaints and inquiries regarding problems with the water distribution system. Duties may include assisting with using leak detection/location equipment, maps and plats for identifying leaks and performing leak inspections, pressure and flow investigations and shutting off water; inspecting valve and meter boxes and inspecting and flushing fire hydrants.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Water System Inspector

Minimum Qualifications

One year of experience in construction or skilled trades work. OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

License:  Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver's license while employed by the City of St. Louis.  Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it at the time of the Oral Interview. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application. Applicants who do not possess a Missouri driver's license will be required to present a "Driving Record Check" from their State's Department of Motor Vehicles.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:  Some previous experience working in water or sewer line construction for repairing water distribution systems; or previous experience as a pipelayer, plumber, or drain layer; or previous experience locating water mains and water main breaks using leak detection and leak location equipment.

The Employment History and Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application must be completed.   Include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.  Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.  Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. 

MEDICAL:  Candidates will be required to pass a "Drug Screen" as part of the medical examination.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: Pass/Fail
  • Oral Interview: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

No waiver of the Residency Requirement will be granted.

O.C. 2897
January 30, 2019
3524-11G (No Wav)

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