Gas Operator Trainee-Riviera Utilities

Beginning Monday, July 26, 2021, Riviera Utilities will begin taking applications to fill a job vacancy for Gas Operator Trainee.  The qualifications for this position are:
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or an acceptable equivalency diploma (GED).  Experience in construction or maintenance occupations is preferred but not required.
Special Qualifications:
Must obtain an Apprentice Gas Fitters Certification within one year of employment.  Must work to obtain a Journeyman Gas Fitters Certification while employed as an Operator Trainee.
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver’s License within 60 days of employment.
The selected applicant must obtain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within 1 year after the date of hiring. If less than 18 years of age, applicant must have a valid Driver’s License and, within 1 year after becoming 18 years of age, applicant must obtain a valid CDL.
Must prepare for and strive to receive training for Work Zone Traffic Control, Competent Person Fall Protection & Rescue, Confined Space Training and the 10 hour OSHA Training related to Construction with a focus on Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Job Site Hazards and OSHA Inspection Procedures.
Applications for this open position will be accepted through Friday, August 6, 2021.  Interested individuals should go to our website at www.rivierautilities.com to review the Job Description for this opening, click on the Application link, complete the application, and submit it by the deadline.
In Compliance with the Alabama Immigration Law, Riviera Utilities participates in the Federal E-Verify Identification Program.
Salary Range: $29,040 – $43,561     Pay Grade 561
GAS OPERATOR TRAINEE
Department:  Gas
Pay Grade:  561
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt 
Reports to:  Gas Supervisor 
Effective Date:  February 7, 2020
JOB SUMMARY
This position is an entry level trainee position focused on becoming acquainted with the functions, operations, and processes involved in installing, repairing, operating, and maintaining gas distribution systems and compressor stations.  Typically works under the immediate direction of a qualified Gas Operator and assists in getting materials and supplies ready for projects and performing the physically intensive tasks involved in gas operations. This position may also work with other assigned mentors within the department to aid in the learning process.
JOB FUNCTIONS
Essential Functions:
  • Applies pipe coating (“hot wrap” coating) for corrosion control purposes to include cleaning the surface, flashing the flame over the surface, applying the primer, and wrapping the pipe.
  • Cleans and coats pipes for atmospheric corrosion using a wire brush and applying a coating.
  • Measures for pipe-to-soil potential.
  • Inspects for atmospheric corrosion.
  • Sets natural gas meters and taps natural gas mains that are active.
  • Maintains and cleans tools and equipment required in the maintenance of gas systems.
  • Maintains signs by ensuring they are upright, clean, easy to read, and replaced when damaged.
  • Maintains distribution systems and stations including cleaning, painting, weed eating, and inspecting for general problems.
  • Inspects and operates gas valves to check for leaks, partial operation; clears of debris, aligns, and lubricates.
  • Measures pipe-to-soil potential using voltmeters at various test stations.
  • Protects sites and workers in excavated areas; locates and marks pipelines.
  • Investigates leak and odor complaints.
  • Checks and maintains fuel levels in the plow, truck, and generator.
  • Operates heavy equipment, as assigned and appropriately licensed.
  • Assists in locating underground utilities.
Other Functions:
  • Loads and unloads equipment, materials, job site debris, and performs other housekeeping duties.
  • Notifies supervisor when problems occur or abnormal operations are discovered.
  • Documents valve locations.
  • Documents Gas Meter installation.
  • Performs other related duties as required/assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or an acceptable equivalency diploma (GED).  Experience in construction or maintenance occupations is preferred but not required.
Special Qualifications:
Must obtain an Apprentice Gas Fitters Certification within one year of employment.  Must work to obtain a Journeyman Gas Fitters Certification while employed as an Operator Trainee.
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver’s License within 60 days of employment.
The selected applicant must obtain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within 1 year after the date of hiring. If less than 18 years of age, applicant must have a valid Driver’s License and, within 1 year after becoming 18 years of age, applicant must obtain a valid CDL.
Must prepare for and strive to receive training for Work Zone Traffic Control, Competent Person Fall Protection & Rescue, Confined Space Training and the 10 hour OSHA Training related to Construction with a focus on Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Job Site Hazards and OSHA Inspection Procedures.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of various hand tools, their purpose, and proper operation.
  • Skill in active listening to include giving full attention to what people are saying, asking questions as appropriate, not interrupting as needed to take direction, gathering information, and responding to instructions.
  • Ability to read and understand Riviera Utilities’ Employee Handbook, Safety Manual, and other departmental operating manuals, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly, accurately, and timely with customers, the public, other employees, and representatives from other utilities, power companies, and emergency personnel in person, over the phone, and via the radio.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide all units of measure, estimate quantities, practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions.
  • Ability to write legibly and with clarity as needed to complete forms with accuracy.
  • Ability to operate computers for data entry and time entry.
  • Ability to operate small/light equipment, such as power tools.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work is medium work which requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Walking and standing are required constantly, as well as driving a number of different vehicles, with both standard and automatic transmissions.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • Balancing:  sufficient to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: sufficient to ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Crawling: sufficient to move about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Crouching: sufficient to bend the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Feeling: sufficient to perceive attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Grasping: sufficient to apply pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: sufficient to pick, hold, or otherwise work, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Hearing: sufficient to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling: sufficient to bend legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Lifting: sufficient to raise objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Mental Acuity: sufficient to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Pulling: sufficient to use upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Pushing: sufficient to use upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Reaching: sufficient to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: sufficient to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping: sufficient to bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Talking: sufficient to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: sufficient to observe violations of codes, to effectively operate standard office equipment; ability to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, drawings, etc.; and to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment, by both day and night.
  • Walking: sufficient to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or move from one work site to another.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment is primarily performed outside in a variety of weather conditions with no effective protection from weather. Works in an environment with heavy equipment and machinery that could result in bodily harm to co-workers or others.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Cashier I-Daphne, Riviera Utilities

Beginning Thursday, July 22, 2021, Riviera Utilities will begin taking applications to fill a job vacancy for Cashier I – Daphne.  The qualifications for this position are:

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or an acceptable equivalency diploma (GED) and no related experience. Previous experience in a similar position will be considered, but is not essential, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Qualifications:

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver’s License within 60 days of employment.

Applications for this open position will be accepted through Monday, August 2, 2021.  Interested individuals should go to our website at www.rivierautilities.com to review the Job Description for this opening, click on the Application link, complete the application, and submit it by the deadline.

In Compliance with the Alabama Immigration Law, Riviera Utilities participates in the Federal E-Verify Identification Program.

Salary Range:  $29,041 – $43,561   Pay Grade  561                                                        

CASHIER I

Department:  Administration – Cashier

Pay Grade:  551

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Reports to:  Head Cashier

Effective Date:  July 30, 2018

JOB SUMMARY

This is an entry level position responsible for receiving cash, checks or credit card in payment for goods or services and keeping records of funds received.  Reports to the Head Cashier and requires regular supervision and mentoring.

JOB FUNCTIONS

Essential Functions:

  • Communicates with all customers and co-workers in a pleasant and professional manor.
  • Receives cash, credit cards, and/or checks from customers in person, through the drive-up window, by phone or through the mail/night drop box for payments due and/or customer deposits for service connections.
  • Records transactions on transaction terminal, and issues receipts and change due.
  • Enters data (ex:  customer refunds, payments received) into computer using documents and the keyboard.
  • Prints out customer payment history as requested.
  • Calls in resets to meter department and/or radios stand-by personnel.
  • Enters payments for multiple accounts and underground services, and processes vouchers for miscellaneous receipts.
  • Assists with customer inquiries in person and by phone, which includes checking customer balances, locating accounts, updating notes on customers’ accounts, deciding the proper department to solve customer’s inquiry.
  • Closes registers out and prints receipts for cash, check, and credit card payments.
  • Counts money received and balances against register close out receipts.

Other Functions:

  • Reviews customer checks for accuracy, returns to the customer if there are problems and completes a form letter to indicate the problem with the check (ex:  not signed, wrong account number).
  • Performs other related duties as required/assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or an acceptable equivalency diploma (GED) and no related experience. Previous experience in a similar position will be considered, but is not essential, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Qualifications:

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver’s License within 60 days of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic customer service principles and practices.
  • Ability to answer the phone in a courteous and efficient manner.
  • Ability to operate a calculator or computer keyboard to calculate money due, collect information, or record information.  This includes the ability to type accurately.
  • Ability to communicate with customers, other employees, and visitors to the office in a pleasant and professional manner.
  • Ability to read and comprehend documents, reports, bills, and policies.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in a legible and professional manner.
  • Ability to listen, understand, and follow through on work assignments.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure.
  • Ability to multi-task, switching easily and frequently from one activity to another such as sorting mail, waiting on a customer, to using a telephone or radio transmitter.
  •  Ability to prioritize work and plan out activities to complete work in a timely manner.
  • Ability to have regular and predictable attendance at work.
  • Ability to operate small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.
  • Ability to operate computers for data entry, word processing and/or accounting purposes.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is light work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Feeling: sufficient to perceive attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Fingering: sufficient to pick, pinch, type, or otherwise work, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping: sufficient to apply pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: sufficient to pick, hold, or otherwise work, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Hearing: sufficient to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction; ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Lifting: sufficient to raise objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Mental Acuity: sufficient to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Reaching: sufficient to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: sufficient to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Talking: sufficient to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: sufficient to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
  • Walking: sufficient to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or move from one work site to another.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position is performed inside an office with no exposure to the elements.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Measurement Technician I-Decatur Utilities

SUMMARY

Performs scheduled meter change outs, water and gas meter sets, and responds to/evaluates gas and water leaks. Assists in the repairs and maintenance of gas meters and regulating stations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A commitment to safety, providing reliable utility services, protecting public health and providing excellent customer service are the responsibilities of all job positions at Decatur Utilities. We believe that teamwork, open communication, honesty, integrity, fairness, diversity and respect for each other are essential traits to perform all job duties. 

  • Performs gas/water meter sets on new services.
  • Responds to and evaluates gas and water leaks, makes necessary repairs and determines when assistance is needed.
  • Responds to carbon monoxide calls.
  • Lights pilots during meter change outs and provides back-up assistance for seasonal work.
  • Performs scheduled residential/commercial meter change outs.
  • Assists with industrial meter change outs.
  • Assists in the operation, repair and maintenance of gas regulating stations.
  • Performs repairs and calibration of gas meters, regulators and related appurtenances.
  • Assists with the operation, repairs and maintenance of odorizers.
  • Assists with large gas and water meter testing program.
  • Assists with Cathodic Protection inspection and maintenance program.
  • Assists with gas electronic metering.
  • Assists with the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting gas SCADA system.
  • Assists with utility locating.
  • Loads and unloads meters, materials and other equipment.
  • Maintains good housekeeping standards in meter shop and related facilities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

High School diploma or GED and minimum 4 years additional relevant work-related experience and or specialized meter/regulator training.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Ability to read, interpret and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals from the Department of Transportation and Public Service Commission.  Ability to prepare routine reports and short correspondence.  Ability to interact and effectively communicate with supervisors, co-workers, customers and public groups.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel) as required to perform job tasks.  This may include using software applications for email, word processing and spreadsheet applications.  Also required to use Internet Explorer to navigate online Employee Self Serve webpage for personal payroll, benefit and employee information. Field employees may be required to use a laptop or other mobile device to complete service tickets, work orders and lookup GIS information.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to perform and/or solve routine mathematical calculations and problems.   Ability to perform these concepts using basic high school mathematics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, percentages, time, distance and weight measurement.   

REASONING/COMPLEXITY

Ability to use some judgment to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form to perform routine calculations, solve problems and organize information for reports. 

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to seize, grasp or turn; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.  Required to regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities include close vision and distance vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regularly works around natural gas, electricity, energized equipment, moving mechanical parts, and exposed to fumes, gases or airborne particles and chemicals, some of which may be hazardous.  Frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold and extreme heat.  Occasionally exposed to high precarious places and confined spaces including attics, basements, crawl spaces and meter pits.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, TRAINING

Valid Alabama Driver’s License; CPR/First Aid Certification; DOT Gas Pipeline Qualification; Alabama Grade I Water Certification must be obtained within one year and Gas Fitters Certification within 2.5 years of accepting position; Customer Service Skills and applicable safety training.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Available to work scheduled and unscheduled times to accommodate customer demands and emergency situations, including modified work schedules; able to work independently and be knowledgeable of streets and roads in DU’s service area; subject to random drug testing and driver’s license checks according to DU policies; wear DU provided uniforms and maintain neat and clean appearance for meeting public; and perform all job tasks in a safe and professional manner.  Position subject to call duty rotation.

Note: This position will provide the opportunity for an employee to be promoted to the Measurement Technician II classification once they have demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge required of that position. The recommendation for being promoted into the Measurement Technician II classification will be at the sole discretion of management. See Certification Requirements for additional information

Chief Operations Officer (COO)-South Alabama Gas District

Position: Chief Operations Officer (COO)

 

Immediate Supervisor:        Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Job Summary:
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) oversees the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. As a key member of the senior management team, the COO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The COO is responsible for the efficiency of the business, which includes the supply, transmission, and distribution of gas; planning, designing, and organizing the installation of new main / service lines; identification and location of  current distribution system for mapping on the GIS system; supervision of the SCADA system; and coordination and supervision to provide system maintenance and operation.

Responsibilities:

  1. Plan, design and implement assigned projects.
  2. Ensure the compliance of all applicable regulatory bodies.
  3. Provide day-to-day leadership and management to all operating personnel.
  4. Supervision of gas control and SCADA operations.
  5. Analyzes and coordinates computer programs, communication systems etc. with CEO.
  6. Preparation of the District’s budget with CFO and staff.
  7. Maintain necessary inventory for operations and maintenance.
  8. Provides timely, accurate and complete reports on the operating condition of the District.
  9. Analyzes operational issues within the District and makes appropriate recommendations to the CEO.
  10. Directs and assist in the implementations of the marketing programs.
  11. Directs and assist in the implementations of safety and training programs.
  12. Initiate purchase orders.
  13. Perform standby duties.
  14. Perform other tasks as assigned or required.

Competencies:

  1. Proven experience as Chief Operating Officer or relevant role.
  2. Extensive knowledge of natural gas distribution operations.
  3. Extensive knowledge of all applicable regulatory bodies.
  4. High-level understanding of all business functions such as IT, HR, Finance, Marketing, etc.
  5. Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development.
  6. Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics.
  7. Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure and MS Office.
  8. Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities.
  9. Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  10. Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position has overall supervisory responsibility for all corporate operations.

Work Environment:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

 Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This position regularly requires long hours and occasional weekend work.

Travel:
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel is expected.

 Experience, Training, Education:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in related engineering field.
  2. At least eight (8) years of strong operational experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  1. Professional Engineer in engineering or related field.
  2. At least five years in a senior management role.

 Other Characteristics:

  1. Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis with previous experience overseeing human resources, information technology, and legal.
  2. Skilled in organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning.
  3. Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team.
  4. Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to corporate mission.
  5. Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.
  6. Maintain applicable certifications.
  7. Willing to pass a non-federal drug test for any of the following cases, at your pre-employment drug test, random drug test, post-accident drug test, and reasonable suspicion test.
  8. Valid Alabama driver’s license.
  9. Willing to work in inclement weather.

If someone is interested they can send their resume to Mburgess@southalabamagas.org and kdrawbaugh@southalabamagas.org