TPWD – Maintenance Specialist IV (Utility Plant Operator)

September 12, 2021
Whitney, TX
Job Type


To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES: Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.

TO APPLY: Application must be completed at:

HIRING CONTACT: Adam Bain, (254) 694-3793

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: TPWD Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney, TX 76692

Performs highly complex (senior-level) construction, restoration, renovation, and maintenance work. Under the direction of the Park Manager and Lead Ranger, this position is responsible for the proper operation, maintenance, and repair of the Lake Whitney State Park water and wastewater systems. Responsible for regulatory compliance in all utility operations, including completion of required forms and reports as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Conducts water laboratory testing procedures and performs general maintenance and cleaning of water facilities. Performs all phases of maintenance and repairs to other park facilities, equipment, grounds, and electrical and plumbing systems utilizing equipment, such as hand tools, power tools, mowers, tractors, and other machinery. Responsible for preparing reports, revenue collection, accounting, and providing visitor services. Required to respond to emergency call outs, as needed. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Graduation from High School or GED.

Four years facility, equipment, or grounds maintenance experience.

If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, a class D Water and Wastewater license issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ);
Must possess or be able to obtain, within two years of employment, Non-Commercial Pesticide/Herbicide Applicator's license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license and compliance with the TCEQ Criminal Conviction Guidelines.

Experience working with water and/or wastewater systems;
Experience working with the public.

Current class "D" Water and Wastewater license issued by the TCEQ;
Current Non-Commercial Pesticide/Herbicide Applicator's license issued by the TDA;
Current Masters/Journeyman Maintenance Electrician license issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management and conservation principles;
Knowledge of facility, equipment, and ground maintenance repair programs and repair techniques;
Knowledge of public water and wastewater systems;
Knowledge of general custodial duties;
Knowledge of the construction, repair, maintenance, and operation of buildings, equipment, and utility systems;
Knowledge of building materials;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in using standard office equipment;
Skill in using hand and power tools, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, tractors, vehicles, generators, and other mechanical equipment;
Skill in basic report writing and developing and maintaining records;
Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
Skill in making independent, sound, and timely decisions;
Skill in equipment and electronic maintenance;
Skill in selecting appropriate tools and equipment;
Skill in troubleshooting situations to determine appropriate actions to resolve problems;
Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and assist in enforcing park rules and regulations in a fair and consistent manner;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to work under stressful conditions;
Ability to organize preventive maintenance programs;
Ability to apply proper methods, techniques, and procedures in the maintenance and repair of buildings and equipment;
Ability to interpret drawings, diagrams, and blueprints;
Ability to serve as a lead worker providing direction to others;
Ability to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 80 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Required to work in a high visitation public park with overnight camping and day use;
Required to work 40 hours per week, including various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;
Required to respond to emergency and on-call situations;
Required to adjust to changing schedules;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 80 lbs.;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
May be required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel 10% with possible overnight stays;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.


Closing Date: Sep 24, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

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