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The City of Colby is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 

Water/Wastewater Systems Operator I or II


Under supervision of the Public Works Foreman and Water/Wastewater Leadworker, performs work in the operation, maintenance, and construction of water system and wastewater treatment and collection facilities; repair of water meters, well pumps, well motors, and other types of water equipment and devices; drives trucks and operates equipment; lubricates and fuels equipment.


Essential Duties Are: Operates medium and heavy equipment in the operation, maintenance, and construction of the water/wastewater system; hauls and disposes sludge; mows grass; monitors equipment for maintenance and repair needs, and schedules work with the maintenance department; assists others in maintenance of pumps, motors, and controls; checks dispenser and adds chlorine to well discharge system and adjusts dosage; clears and cleans sewers by flushing or rodding; assists in repairing and installing water/wastewater mains; assists in process monitoring through sample collecting and sample analysis; assists in repair of piping; paints; performs building maintenance; operates sprinkler systems; performs minor carpentry work in the repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities; reads water and electric meters; may require odd hours of work.

Other Duties Include: Assists other departments as necessary; performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Works.


Knowledge of the methods, equipment, materials, and tools used in the repair of water/wastewater facilities and meters; ability to perform moderate to heavy physical work and to lift and carry up to 75 pounds and to occasionally lift 100 pounds; ability to climb, stand, kneel, reach, pull, push, stand, walk, and perform other similar body movements; hand/eye/foot coordination for driving truck and working with controls in water/wastewater facilities; ability to hear and talk in person and by telephone and radio, and to hear vibrations and malfunctions of equipment; ability to inspect and diagnose maintenance and repair needs; ability to maintain records and make reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.


Any combination of experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school or GED, and knowledge of heavy equipment. 


Possession of a valid Kansas Class B commercial driver=s license; ability to attain a Class I Water Systems Operator certification and Wastewater Class I certification by the State of Kansas within two years of employment.

Maintenance Worker I


Under supervision, performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled manual labor in the construction and maintenance of streets, sewers, water lines, parks, buildings, airport, and other municipal facilities; drives trucks and operates equipment incidental to work; services and fuels equipment.


Essential Duties AreParticipates in construction and maintenance work such as forming, paving, and finishing concrete; cuts and breaks up concrete and asphalt pavement; uses hand tools, shovels, jackhammer, and tamper; patches streets; may construct or repair sidewalks, curbs, and gutters; cleans and rebuilds catch basins; installs and repairs street signs; paints streets; operates trucks and light motorized equipment; may perform a variety of work in construction and maintenance of water and sewer system facilities; may help set water meters; performs pipe laying, cutting, and many other tasks connected with water and sewer facilities.

Other Duties Include: Occasionally operates heavier types of motorized equipment such as motor grader or loader on a training basis; may load refuse, perform minor carpentry and other work as assigned.


Ability to understand and follow written and oral directions and safety practices; ability to operate a variety of construction and maintenance equipment; ability to operate hand power equipment; good physical condition for outdoor work and ability to regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift over 100 pounds; dexterity and ability to stand, walk, run, climb, crawl, pull, and to perform other body movements; hand/eye/foot coordination adequate to handle tools and operate equipment; ability to hear in person and by radio and to note traffic and other hazards; ability to see work and immediate surroundings and to complete simple reports; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees and the supervisor.


Graduation from high school or GED is desirable.


Possession of a valid Kansas Class B commercial driver’s license.

Communications Officer I or II

The City of Colby Communications Center is accepting applications for the position of Communications Officer I or II. The successful applicant will be trained in radio communications for Police, Sheriff, Fire, EMS and 911 Emergencies for the Thomas County area. 

Starting salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Under the supervision of the Communications Director, the Communications Officer preforms specialized work in receiving and dispatching messages in the 911 Center. The Communications Officer is responsible for the operation of dispatch radios, computers, 911 and administrative phone lines. This position will receive and dispatch information, which may be of an emergency nature.

The position entails a 12-hour shift with a rotation of 4 days on and 4 days off. This will include days, nights, weekends and holidays. Successful applicants will possess a high school diploma or GED, the ability to quickly develop a general knowledge of law enforcement communication procedures and computer applications. The City of Colby Communications Center is an equal opportunity employer and provides employees with health insurance, sick leave, vacation, KPERS retirement benefit, and overtime provisions.

Persons wishing to apply may pick up an application at the Colby Police Department 360 N Franklin or the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office 225 N Court. You may also download an application below. Application review to begin upon receipt of application. Open until filled.

Unsure of what a Communications Officer Career can look like. Feel free to set up a time to visit our 911 Center by calling 785-460-4460 and speak with the Communications Director. 

The application may be downloaded from the following link:

City of Colby Application

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