THE CITY OF WEST COLUMBIA

IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE.

The City of West Columbia appreciates your interest in our organization. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time city employees, which includes health and life insurance, annual leave and sick leave. In addition, the City participates in the SC Retirement System.

Please download and complete the following City application, as it is required for all applicants. You may also submit a resume with your application.

City Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I - WATER DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT

Position hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates dump trucks and operates and maintains heavy equipment such as high-velocity machine, rodding machine, backhoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jackhammer, air compressor, shovel, hammer, saw, etc.
• Cleans sewer lines and catch basins; washes streets as needed; unclogs sewer lines, and breaks up roots and various other objects which may clog sewer lines.
• Operates small gasoline motors in order to operate water pumps used in flushing sewer lines and hose reels; utilizes rods in order to clean sewer lines.
• Transports personnel, equipment, and tools to job sites.
• Prepares and transmits required job completion/status reports in order to keep the supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate a snow plow and sand spreaders during the winter season as needed.

Qualifications: High school diplomas and six to eleven months of work experience in equipment operation of construction, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license with no recent major violations. Must be able to receive certification in waste control management. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required for the position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,817.40 or higher depending upon experience. Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

CODE COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR I

The City of West Columbia has an opening for a Code Compliance Inspector I in the Code Enforcement Department. This position requires an associate’s degree in business administration, criminal justice, construction management or a related field; one to two years experience in code compliance, municipal government, zoning administration, law enforcement, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license. Minimum starting salary is $41,374.82 annually.

Principal elements of the position are:

• Receives/ responds to citizen inquiries, requests for assistance/ complaints related to municipal code and zoning ordinance regulations, business license regulations, and nuisance abatement.
• Patrols all areas of the city to monitor overall compliance; maintains an inventory of non-conforming uses; performs field inspections to verify compliance with development standards, nuisance-related ordinances and zoning codes affecting private property.
• Provides notification of non-compliance to property owners; prepares evidentiary documentation for cases where non-compliance results in court appearances; issues summonses to appear before the municipal judge.

Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

Employment application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

The position will remain open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II

Equipment Operator II
Parks and Beautification Department

Position hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected. Hours may change in summer months due to heat.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:

• Operates vehicles and heavy equipment, such as back hoe’s, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, mowers, blowers, weed eaters, chain saws, edgers, and hedgers.

• Mows or edges lawns using power equipment.

• Cares for established beds and lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, trimming, edging, etc.

• Uses hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.

• Prunes or trims trees, shrubs, hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.

• Gathers and removes litter.

• Maintains and repairs tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, fences, or benches using power tools.

• Mixes and sprays fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees using hand or automatic sprayers and spreaders.

• Provides proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, or other grounds features.

• Must be able to work in extreme heat or cold for extended periods of time.

• Must be able to easily pick or lift weights up to 50 lbs.
Qualifications: A minimum of two years experience in landscaping, construction, and equipment operation. Must have a valid SC driver’s license with no recent major violations. Must be physically able to perform the required manual labor.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $29,510.80 or higher depending upon experience. Excellent benefits package includes two weeks of vacation, 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, emailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov or faxed to (803) 939-8634

Position is open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
Description
 and video WCFD PAT

Firefighter I / EMT

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for the position of Firefighter I / EMT. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a company officer or senior fire station personnel. This position engages directly in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, equipment operation and maintenance, fire station maintenance, community service, and training activities; does related work as required. Salary: $36,292.10 or higher DOQ.
Excellent benefits package includes:

• Two weeks of vacation by the end of the first year
• SC Police Officers Retirement System
• SC Deferred Compensation Plan
• Employee’s health & basic dental premiums paid by the City of West Columbia
• Merit raises & Cost-of-Living increases as budgeted

Minimum education and experience: High School Diploma or possess a GED.
Additional requirements: Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of South Carolina within (90) days of employment and pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen. Candidates must successfully pass a written general aptitude test as well as a physical ability test. Firefighter candidates must possess minimum of NFPA Firefighter I. Preference could be given to candidates who are certified through NFPA Firefighter II and Emergency First Responder. Must possess or obtain National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification within twenty-four months of employment date.
Applications are available at https://westcolumbiasc.gov/employment/. Applications also can be obtained in person at the Customer Service area in West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Applications may be submitted via e-mail: wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov or via postal mail: P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171, Attention: Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief. (Please note, submitted application must have an inked signature)

Hiring Process:

1st Step – Application Packet Review
2nd Step – Online Written Exam Window Aug. 24th-31st or
In-Person Written Exam Sept. 3rd
3rd Step – Physical Ability Test (PAT) Sept. 3rd & 4th
4th Step – Zoom Panel Interview Sept. 7th-9th
5th Step – Placement of Eligibility List Sept. 11th

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Fire Fighter/EMT HIRING FLYER

Firefighter/Paramedic

Category: Firefighter/Paramedic

Position hours: 24-hour rotating shifts – 24 hours on and 48 hours off

Job Duties:

• Engages in providing efficient and immediate advanced life support (ALS) care to the critically ill or injured at the scene of the incident until the patient is transferred to the care of EMS or hospital personnel.

• Engages in fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention, community service, and training activities.

• Engages in equipment operation and maintenance, and fire station maintenance.

Qualifications:

• High school or GED. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license within 90 days of employment. Must pass a criminal background check, a pre-employment drug screen, a written general aptitude test, and a physical ability test.

• Must have, or be able to obtain, specialized training covering interior firefighting up to NFPA Firefighter II, incident command, hazardous materials operations, auto extrication, and swift water rescue, or a certification accepted by the S.C. Fire Academy and or the Fire Chief as an equivalent for these certifications.

• Must have National Registry Paramedic Certification (NREMT-P), State of South Carolina Paramedic Certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS).

Pay info: Starting salary $50,000 for candidates with less than 2 ½ years paramedic experience; starting salary $53,000 for candidates with more than 2 ½ years paramedic experience, with excellent benefits package including paid holidays and participation in SC Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov/employment or obtained in person at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to the attention of Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, or e-mailed to wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov. Please note: submitted application must have an inked signature.
Deadline: Open until filled.
The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Fire Fighter/Paramedic HIRING FLYER

Police Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified)/Patrol Officer II (Certified)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Must be 21 years of age
• Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must have a valid S.C. driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle under normal and emergency situations, sometimes at high speeds, in fair and inclement weather
• Must not have a disqualifying incident on driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter or leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
• Must be able to physically restrain another individual
• Must be able to physically defend oneself
• Must be able to maintain focus and mental preparedness of shifts of 12-14 hours
• Must be able to load a weapon as well as safely and accurately fire a semi-automatic weapon
• Must be able to successfully pass a medical exam to include vision, hearing, and color blindness to S.C. Criminal Justice Academy standards
• Must be able to see well in a low light environment
• Must be able to pass a drug test
• Must be able to pass a polygraph exam
• Must be able to pass a psychological test to establish suitability for the demands and stresses of law enforcement employment
• Must have a satisfactory credit history
• Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation
• Must be able to successfully pass a physical agility test that includes the ability to run, climb, jump, lift, and drag heavy weight (over 100 lbs.) within standards and times established by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
• Must have good communication skills
• Must have no convictions for crimes of moral turpitude as defined in law
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity and inclement weather

Pay info:
Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified) – $39,964.09 – $55,950.21 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – $41,602.23 – $58,244.60 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

Incentive Program

Deadline: Position open until filled.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City Employee

Employment Application

Fire Department Employee

Employment Application

Police Employee

Employment Application

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has received numerous grants through the US Department of Justice in recent years. Because of these grants, the City is required by the US Office for Civil Rights to maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP). The plan must be updated every two (2) years. In September 2015, the City updated its EEOP through a review of its employment and personnel policies and by conducting an analysis of current employee data.

View Updated Plan