Meter Reader I


St. James Parish is hiring a Meter Reader I for our Public Utilities Division under the Operations Department. 

This position is responsible for physically reading and recording current gas and water meter readings for the Public Utility System.  This position is classified as essential during declared emergencies or natural disasters.  This is a nonexempt position, forty hours per week.  This position is “Safety Sensitive” and subject to random drug testing as per the St. James Parish Council Employee Handbook.  Individuals in this class are able to complete the majority of their work with a minimum amount of supervision. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include any combination of the following but not limited to:

 ·         Reads and records current usage data from gas/water meters

·         Uses equipment or visually checks for gas and water leaks

·         May assist with the installation of wet taps on water and gas lines

·         Classifies, codes, and posts various information and data into computer systems

·         Other duties as assigned

 Other skills and abilities:  

·         Knowledge of the operating procedures and maintenance of equipment operated.

·         Ability to clean and perform minor maintenance and repair of equipment operated.

·         Ability to perform physical labor as required of the position.

·         Operate various types of office equipment (e.g. copy machine, calculator, word processor, computer terminal, etc.)

·         Have excellent public relations skills.

·         General knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations in vehicle and equipment operation.

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

High School diploma or general education diploma (GED) required with 1 year of Public Utility experience.  Must successfully complete all training requirements as per the Operations & Maintenance Plan and the Emergency Plan for natural gas systems.

Must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License, (class “E”) and have an acceptable driving record. 

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.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, controls, and climb or balance.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, walk, stoop kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may from time to time work in conditions of extreme heat and cold, near moving mechanical parts, and is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee frequently works in high, precarious places and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, and airborne particles.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

St. James Parish is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.  The parish will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, agree or political affiliations.


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