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Water Systems Maintenance Technician


Cozad, NE, US, 69130-1205

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Water Systems Maintenance Technician located at the Cozad Office in Cozad.  Position closes April 13, 2021.


Position Summary

Perform preventative maintenance, maintenance, and construction on canals, conveyance structures, and associated District right-of-ways and roadways. Operate and maintain vehicles and light/heavy equipment in the performance of maintenance and construction. Patrol and operate canal structures, canals, drains, and river returns to manage flows and water elevations in the system. Serve as a customer contact to the irrigation customers, the public, recreationalists, and other NPPD areas. Perform strenuous physical labor as needed. May include occasional nights and travel away from home to complete job assignments at other WS/RE/CPS and District locations.

Education, Training and Experience

Incumbent must be recommended based on the Power Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) results, AND

Two-year technical degree in mechanical equipment, construction, or agriculture and 3 years’ experience, OR

Equivalent military training, and 3 years of experience as a Water Systems Maintenance Technician, OR

High School diploma/GED and either: 1) a minimum of 5 years of experience in mechanical equipment, construction, or agriculture or 2) other work experience or demonstrated performance indicating that the applicant has the skills and ability to perform the required duties of the position.

Experience in construction, maintenance,  and operation of canal systems, which could include truck driving, heavy equipment operations, dredging, carpentry, and concrete finishing skills. Experience in surface water irrigation and agricultural practices is desired.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Required to possess and maintain a Class A CDL with tanker endorsement.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The incumbent is accountable for maintenance and construction of district canals, reservoirs, water conveyance and associated structures and facilities. These tasks include heavy equipment operation such as skid steer, scraper, tractor, backhoe, loader, trenchers, silt fence machine, digger/derrick, driving dump trucks, water trucks, lowboys, side dumptrucks, operate equipment such as generators, pumps, power washers, aerial lift devices, forklifts, sprayers, ATV’s, UTV’s, welders, oxy-acetylene torch, dredge and booster pump, concrete pump, hand tools and power tools, flow meters, land survey equipment, chainsaws, welding, cutting, carpentry, mechanical, minor electrical and concrete forming, placing and finishing skills.


Operate, setup, service and maintain light/heavy equipment in the maintenance, construction, and repair of facilities in a safe and reliable manner, and keep usage and repair records.


Interface with the public, neighboring canal companies; CNPPID, and other NPPD departments as needed, and represent WS/RE in the best interest of the District.


The incumbent must demonstrate sound, independent decision making and proper judgment while maintaining the integrity of all WS/RE systems.


Incumbent is on call as necessary for normal patrol activities and emergency situations, may be required to work shifts and weekends if assigned. Will support other areas of WSRE/CPS and other NPPD departments such as the AWEF, GGS, and T&D. Overnight stays and travel is required at times in order to support this work.


Work safely, promotes the practice of safe work habits, and engages in correcting unsafe conditions and practices. Lead and participate in pre-job briefs and peer reviews, maintain LOTO, confined space, hot work permits, lift plan, SDS, pesticide use, fuel storage, and other reports and files.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Incumbent is accountable for miscellaneous other responsibilities as assigned or required.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade - 12 Hourly

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range: 32.20  -  40.26

Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

Nebraska Public Power District offers an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision