City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is to equip employees and the public for well-being as we support healthy people, a thriving environment and vibrant community. We provide safe and accessible spaces for residents and visitors to work, recreate, rejuvenate and enhance quality of life and wellness for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Delivering excellent customer service to all is a core value.

Seattle Parks and Recreation commits to advancing equity and social justice in our department and in every neighborhood by growing a dynamic and diverse workforce, developing strong investments, growth opportunities and beneficial partner strategies as we acknowledge and pledge to close disparities created by historical practices which often hindered workforce development, environmental justice, access to quality open spaces, programs and facilities. #OneSeattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation Facilities Division is seeking full-time Plumbers to welcome into our dynamic team! SPR Plumbers perform journey-level plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair work on plumbing, heating, irrigation, gas and other related systems and components. Our Facilities Division provides support for many facilities across the city, including 26 community centers, 8 indoor swimming pools, 2 outdoor (summer) swimming pools, 4 environmental education centers, 2 small craft centers, shelter houses, rental facilities and much more.

The work requires knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of the plumbing trade, and making decisions in selecting appropriate materials and methods of work. Most tasks are covered by standard guidelines, although judgment is needed to make appropriate selections of guidelines. Positions in this class are given general instructions on assignments and frequently work in different locations from their supervisors. The work includes personal contacts with vendors for purchasing materials and parts and with departmental staff for exchanging information. This position is represented by the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 32.

The Facilities Division places a very strong emphasis on providing excellent customer service to the public, clients and staff as well as helping to ensure public safety and enjoyment while they are at SPR facilities and parks.

We are currently recruiting for three (3) regular, benefited positions on the Day Shift between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on a 4-day, 10-hour shift.

Job Responsibilities

  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair drainage & irrigation systems, sewage disposal systems and other waste lines.
  • Clear plumbing stoppages, repair fittings & valves, line breaks and leaks.
  • Inspect plumbing installations and conduct required tests to ensure jobs are completed.
  • Read blueprints and review project plans to ensure compliance with applicable codes, specifications, and standards.
  • Cut and thread pipes.
  • Dig trenches for irrigation systems.
  • Perform soldering and brazing work for plumbing installation and maintenance repairs.
  • Order necessary parts & supplies and maintain required records.
  • Respond to emergency situations, make recommendations, and perform required repairs.
  • Maintain job status updates through online work order system.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of four years of experience working at the plumbing and pipe fitting trade under a qualified journey level supervisor or completion of an accepted plumber apprenticeship program (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background).

License, Certification, and Other Requirements

  • Current Washington State Journeyman Plumber's license.
  • A current, valid Washington State driver's license
  • City of Seattle Gas Piping License (must be obtained within 12 months of hire)

You'll be most successful in this position if you have:

  • Strong technical aptitude to use work order/asset management system, Microsoft Office Suite, or other computer databases.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Possess customer service and effective communication skills.
  • Backflow Tester license.
  • Highly motivated and a self-starter.
  • Experience in the use of utility locating equipment.
  • Be highly motivated and able to work as a team member in a demanding work environment, meeting tight deadlines.
  • Be able to communicate facts and ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, to a variety of contractors, vendors, and department personnel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Additional Information

  • Current shift schedules are 4/10 (4 days a week - 10-hour days)
  • May be required to work on-call ( additional compensation is provided for this work)
  • Depending on work, may be required to work varying shifts.

Work Environment/Physical Demands/Other:

  • Must be able to stand, walk, bend for extended periods and lift in excessive of 50 pounds.
  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors and in all inclement weather conditions.
  • May be required to perform work over and in water, on ladders scaffolds and lifts.
  • Some locations may be performed in confined spaces and in cramped locations or at heights from ladders and scaffolds.
  • May require handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances.
  • A pre-placement exam, including a respiratory exam is required for this position.
  • Depending on business needs, you may be required to obtain a respirator fit test.

Current Washington State driver's license. A current, "FULL" driving abstract from the Department of Licensing submitted upon offer of employment. Candidates with a driving history that does not meet our current safety standards will be disqualified from consideration. Current City of Seattle Employees in a driving position may be required to submit an updated abstract.

*Job offers are contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment physical, a review of criminal history, driving record, and reference checks. In compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17, applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

**All approved candidates for this position will be required to perform working tests as a portion of the hiring process.

The full salary range for this position is $42.95- $46.38 per hour.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: covered family-members/most employees-plans

SPR's Core Competencies are:

  • Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making and promoting high-quality standards.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
  • Communication : Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
  • Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the city.
  • Teamwork : Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

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