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Perry Water Works: Water Works Operator

This is a full-time position at Perry Water Works for a Water Works Operator. Typical hours will be Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM with rotating weekends.


  • Operator with 0 Water Grades: $20.75/hour
  • Operator with 1 Water Grades: $23.20/hour
  • Operator with 2 Water Grades: $25.66/hour (required within 1 year)
  • Operator with 3 Water Grades: $28.11/hour
  • Operator with 4 Water Grades: $31.83/hour (required within 2 years)
  • Operator with 5 Water Grades: $32.18/hour
  • Operator with 6 Water Grades: $32.56/hour
  • Operator with 7 Water Grades: $32.93/hour
  • Operator with 8 Water Grades: $33.30/hour


Perry Water Works is seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as a Water Works Operator. This position offers great pay and benefits including health insurance, IPERS retirement plan, paid leave, and shift differential. The successful candidate will play a vital role in ensuring the delivery of high-quality drinking water to the residents of Perry, Iowa.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Obtain Iowa Grade 1 Water Treatment and Water Distribution Operator’s Certifications within specified time frames.
• Maintain a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
• Acquire and maintain thorough knowledge of the water distribution system, including locating existing lines, valves, and customer stop boxes.
• Operate various equipment used in digging, locating lines, and repairing leaks.
• Perform maintenance on machinery, equipment, buildings, and grounds.
• Assist in all general services and functions of the Perry Water Works.
• Maintain positive relations with citizens, customers, and other stakeholders.
• Work requires physical effort and may involve lifting, bending, climbing, and exposure to various weather conditions.
• Be willing to work nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call shifts.
• Demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to follow oral and written instructions.
• Pass respirator medical examination, pre-employment physical, and drug test.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and completed employment application as soon as practical. Download the application form from our website at and send the completed information to or:

Attn: Matt Holmes
Perry Water Works
P.O. Box 604
Perry, IA 50220
Or email to:

Note: Candidates must reside within a 30-minute commute of Perry Water Works or be willing to relocate within 6 months. More information about Iowa DNR Licensing requirements can be found at

Posted May 22, 2024