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East Bay Municipal Utility District

Meter Reader/Mechanic (Limited Term)



Full Time

On Site


Oakland, California, United States

The Position

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) invites qualified applicants to apply for Limited Term (LT) positions (up to 2 years) in the Maintenance Support Division. Under minimal supervision, Meter Reader/Mechanics read water meters in an assigned area to record water consumption for a given period, investigate and resolve meter maintenance, make repairs, and complete replacements of 1” and smaller water meters.

Typical duties include:

• Reading several styles of water meters in an assigned area, in varied neighborhoods including residential, commercial, and industrial areas and terrains, and in all weather conditions.

• Recording meter readings.

• Comparing the current reading with prior readings to determine accuracy and appropriateness of reading.

• Determining if there is readily apparent cause and reports the reason for unusual conditions where consumption seems out of line with seasonal demand and rate of previous consumption.

• Checking for inoperative, defaced, or bypassed meters and for street, house, or meter number changes.

• Completing forms to alert the customer as a courtesy, when consumption is unusually high; initiating field orders to repair damaged meters or to report street leaks or unsafe conditions for which EBMUD is responsible.

• Answering questions regarding meter reading, customer billing, or consumption; referring the customer to the proper EBMUD unit if additional information is requested.

• Repairing, replacing, and testing water meters 1” in size and smaller in the field including automatic reading meters and related equipment.

• Performing meter maintenance functions to improve meter readability.

• Cleaning, setting, and replacing meter boxes and lids.

• Keeping records of meter repairs and replacements that are completed, in progress, and planned.

Every employee adds value to the EBMUD team as they are committed to responsible stewardship of our resources. The employee standard is to act with integrity, treat others with respect, and value a teamwork culture while fulfilling EBMUD's mission to provide reliable, high quality water and wastewater services at fair rates.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.


1. Completion of twelfth grade, or its equivalent; and

2. Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Other Requirements:

• Must possess physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the job, including stamina to walk 7 to 12 miles a day; and climb embankments, stairs, and fences to four feet; agility to crawl through narrow spaces; and to bend 200 times per day.

• Must be willing to work alone, in a variety of weather conditions, and where hostile dogs and people may be encountered.

• Must be willing to work overtime as needed.

• While the position does not require prior experience, previous experience or background working independently outdoors in a variety of weather conditions is highly desirable.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the “equivalent combination of education and experience” provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at [Register to View] The Selection Process

Visit [Register to View] to submit your EBMUD application online by Friday, December 2, 2022. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted. Applications received on dates other than stated above, materials faxed, mailed or delivered to EBMUD will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to clearly specify your experience. Applicants presenting the best combination of job-related qualifications will be reviewed for further consideration.

NOTE: The recruitment for this Limited Term position will not result in the establishment of a civil service list.

All employment offers are conditional, pending the results of a Live Scan background screening. All selected finalists must participate in the Live Scan background screening process to remain in consideration for EBMUD employment.

Supplemental Information

As the first step in the selection process, responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted online with the completed online EBMUD application. Please provide thorough, accurate descriptions of assignments you have personally performed.

Full-time, Limited-term (LT) employees are eligible for health benefits but are not members of the EBMUD Employees' Retirement Plan and do not have civil service status.

NOTE: EBMUD employees with Civil Service status retain all benefits.

Do you have a high school diploma or its equivalent?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid California driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a satisfactory driving record? Note: EBMUD will obtain and review driving records at a later time during the selection process.
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have stamina to walk 5 to 7 miles per day?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work outdoors in all kinds of weather including cold/rain and temperatures over 100 degrees?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have the agility to climb embankments, stairs, and fences to 4 feet high and to crawl through narrow spaces?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have eyesight (corrected or otherwise) which is sufficient to accurately read and correctly interpret meter dials from a distance of approximately 5 feet?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work alone in various East Bay neighborhoods where hostile dogs and irate people may be encountered?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work in areas where the terrain is often hilly and poison oak, bees, wasps, snakes, spiders, rats and ticks are encountered?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work paid overtime as needed?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to wear a uniform?
  • Yes
  • No
Briefly describe what in your background most relates to the position of Meter Reader/Mechanic.
Briefly describe your experience working outdoors alone in a variety of neighborhoods.

Required Question