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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Hattiesburg. There are several ways to apply for an open, posted position:

• Apply in person at the Human Resources Department, 3rd floor City Hall, 200 Forrest Street, downtown Hattiesburg, directly across from the Saenger Theater. All available jobs are posted for review; or

• Go to the Download section on the left side of the City's Web site, click on it and drop down to the Administration section, click on Employment Application, and print application. Complete employment application and submit to the Human Resources Department, 3rd floor City Hall, 200 Forrest Street, Downtown Hattiesburg, directly across from the Saenger Theater. Or, if desired, you may mail completed application to, Human Resources, P. O. Box 1898, Hattiesburg MS, 39403-1898.

If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Department at 601.545.4571.

Note: The application for the Police and Fire Academy is not available online. You must apply in person at the Human Resources Department.

Lifeguard - Seasonal Part Time

Department: Parks and Recreation

Division: Sports and Programs

Rate of Pay: $7.50/hr

Nature of Work:

The fundamental purpose of this position is to provide supervision and instruction of various age groups in swimming and for the safety of patrons in the swimming area. Supervision is received from the Assistant Pool Manager or Pool Manager.

Examples of Work:

Teaches beginning and advanced classes in swimming;

Determines eligibility for and conducts competitive swimming;

Enforces pool rules and regulations for the safety and convenience of the public;

Performs rescue and CPR/First Aid;

Checks the proper maintenance of the equipment and sanitation of pools and bathhouse facilities;

Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service;

Desirable Qualifications and Abilities:

Knowledge of principles and methods used in teaching of swimming; lifesaving methods used in teaching of swimming; lifesaving methods and procedures, including first aid and CPR; rules and regulations governing conduct of public at pools; swimming pool sanitary and chlorination systems; skill in the application of life saving techniques and swimming; ability to communicate orally in the English language in a one-on-one or group setting; react quickly and calmly in emergencies; lift arms above shoulder level; administer first aid and CPR; perform rescue actions; move objects in excess of 50 pounds long distances (greater than 20 feet)l firmly, but tactfully enforce rules and regulations; work cooperatively with other City staff and the public; work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others; work flexible hours to include evenings and weekends; some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work locations, assignment, or shift.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

Minimum of 17 years old, possession of Lifeguard Certification from an accredited training program, and a valid Driver’s License.

Posting Date: April 22, 2014

Equipment Operator - Knuckleboom

Department: Parks and Recreation

Division: Urban Forestry

Rate of Pay: $10.00/hr

Nature of Work:  This is a skilled position on the Tree Crew. Candidate should be skilled in equipment operation including knuckle-boom loader and chainsaws, as most work will consist of tree and debris removal, trimming, planting and at times hazard abatement. Daily tasks include equipment and chainsaw operation/maintenance, tree work, trimming/pruning and tree planting.

Examples of Work:

Operate equipment including knuckle-boom loader, bucket truck, chipper, stump grinder, bobcat, etc.

Tree removal, trimming and planting.

Maintain safe work environment for crew and public.

Storm damage and debris clean-up.

Possible weekend or night call outs for tree related emergencies.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications: High School Diploma or G.E.D. Must have a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), at a minimum. Two years (2) years or more of tree work experience is preferred. Equipment operation experience including knuckle-boom loader, bucket truck, chainsaw, dump truck, etc. Knowledge of saws, ropes, trimming, tree removal, and/or rigging. Requires good communication skills.

Posting Date:  04/22/2014

Crew Foreman - Streets

Department:                Public Works


Division:                      Streets


Rate of Pay:                $11.00/hr


Nature of Work: 


This is a skilled position in which the candidate will work to maintain and repair City streets, sidewalks, and drainage ditches.  The Crew Foreman will supervise on a daily basis between four and seven full-time employees.  The Crew Foreman works regular hours year round with occasional overtime when the workload demands it; and occasional night work but no shift work is required.  The person in this position is on call only in the event of a storm or other emergency.  100% of work required is outdoors in all weather conditions.  This position has accountability for safety and legal issues related to the work for which the position is responsible.  The Crew Foreman is exposed to chemical and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis.


Examples of Work:

Supervises subordinate personnel

Manage personnel on job siteAssign crews their daily projects

Fill out accident reports for work related injuries

Conduct safety meetings

Verify that property lines are accurate before beginning a project

Ensure safety of the public

Operate Departmental equipment to dig ditches, holes, and transport asphalt and sand

Use proper patching material to maintain streets, including concrete and cold patch

Oversee various parts of resurfacing projects, as directed

Lay pipe for drainage ditches

Clear debris from ditches

Fit pipes together using couplings, bolts and/or plastic ties

Remove excess silt, grass and debris between culverts

Assist with determining which ditches need repair

Provide daily maintenance of departmental vehicles


Desirable Qualifications:   


A High School diploma or GED, or better is required.  This position requires the person to have the skills necessary for proper use of assigned equipment.  Candidate must possess good oral, written and mathematical skills.  Candidate must be a skilled truck driver and heavy equipment operator.  Candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with residents, elected officials and other City employees.  Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.



Posting Date:  April 7, 2014


Crew Foreman -Locator Water Trans

Department:  Water & Sewer

Division:  Water Transmission

Rate of Pay:  $10.50/hr

Nature of Work:  This is manual labor of a semi-skilled nature for water and sewer facility locating and marking.  The position involves visual inspection of predefined construction areas and reading and interpretation of utility maps to determine the presence of underground utilities, while using special electronic equipment to accurately detect and locate said utilities as required by state code and departmental standards. The utilities may include (but not be limited to) water mains, water services, water valves, water meters, sanitary sewer gravity lines, sewer force mains, sewer manholes and sewer valves within the right of way.  The position requires assisting service crews with repairs to utilities as needed.  The physical demands of the position may require walking, standing, lifting, or reaching.  The working conditions require outside labor in all weather conditions.  Assignments may frequently include the use of standard or specialized hand tools, power operated equipment or other devices.  Assignments may include the occasional operation of trucks and other automotive equipment incidental to regular duties.  A valid Mississippi Driver’s license is required to be maintained.  Knowledge of the geography and street locations of the City is necessary.  Normal working hours are 7am to 3:30pm.  The position may require after hours and on-call availability as needed. 

Examples of Work:

Use lap top computer or other devices to receive respond to, document and close out locate request tickets (MS 811 One-Call) with established time requirements, both during normal hours and after hours;

Read and interpret utility maps / prints to identify the type and size of underground utilities;

Use assigned communication equipment to effectively communicate with excavators, utility reps, and company personnel, regarding underground facilities;

Operate different electronic detection equipment, to locate and mark under-ground facilities within prescribed accuracy limits;

Perform light excavation with a shovel, probing rod or other potholing equipment to expose buried utilities when necessary;

Provide accurate documentation and or sketches related to all locates completed;

Operate company vehicle in a safe manner, and maintain professional appearance;

Be able to perform manhole entry using assigned equipment and safety devices;

Gather required information and request locate tickets prior to construction or maintenance on utility facilities;

Interact directly with contractors and the general public on a daily basis;


Performs other duties as assigned.


Skills Required/Preferred: 

Computer knowledge and skills;

Handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) use;

Familiar with City of Hattiesburg streets;

Good communication skills;

Knowledge of water distribution service and meters;

Knowledge of sewer collection system;

Knowledge of practices, equipment, and techniques related to locating underground utilities;

Knowledge of safety standards and precautions pertaining sensitive electronic locator equipment;

Knowledge of confined space safety standards.

Education:  High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Experience:  Prior experience preferred.


Posting Date:  03/19/2014

Asst. Division Manager - Construction

Department:                Public Works


Division:                      Construction (Building/Maintenance)


Rate of Pay:                $32,240 yearly D.O.E.


Nature of Work:  Candidate will assist the Division Manager in repairs and maintenance of all buildings of the City of Hattiesburg.


Duties:  The following duties are only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilites.  Additional duties may be required.



Maintain equipment inventory


Oversee equipment and/or vehicle maintenance


Review daily Action Center requests and assign work accordingly


Oversee work assignments effectiveness & efficiency


Manage work crews and projects


Calculate materials/labor for projects


Order supplies and/or tools


Assist in repairs such as street lights and sidewalks


Perform other duties as needed


Knowledge/Skills: Candidate must have basic knowledge of electrical, plumbing, and carpentry as

well as, the following:


Good mathematical skills


Basic computer skills


Working knowledge of Microsoft Office


Knowledge of AS400 is a plus


Managerial experience


Good verbal and written communication skills


Ability to follow policies & procedures


HVAC and/or Electrical certifications are a plus


MUST have and maintain a valid Mississippi Driver’s License


5+ years supervisory experience in a construction environment is highly desired


Posting Date:  03/18/2014

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