FEMA Celebrates the ADA 30th Anniversary

FEMA Celebrates the ADA 30th Anniversary

July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This sweeping civil rights legislation expanded on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by federally funded entities.

The ADA covers all aspects of public life, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations and telecommunications. ADA provisions cover approximately 20% of the U.S. population who have a disability, which is more than 56 million Americans. The ADA was amended in 2008 to ensure the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of “disability” would be broadly construed and applied without extensive analysis so that all individuals with disabilities could receive the law’s protections. 

FEMA is committed to helping people before, during and after disasters, making sure that people with disabilities have access to, and can benefit from, our programs and services. This commitment ensures that we treat everyone with compassion, fairness, integrity and respect as we work with each other, stakeholders and the public.

Watch the video We Prepare Every Day, which includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreterand descriptive audio for viewers who are blind or have low vision. 

To read about 30 ways FEMA supports emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities, visit the FEMA Blog. To learn more about the ADA, including the full text of the law, visit ADA.gov.

Employment Opportunity – Utilities Maintenance Specialist 3 – Pinellas County Utilities

Working Title: Utilities Maintenance Specialist 3 (Trainee)

This position may be required to report to either location:
 

6730 142nd Avenue North

Largo, FL 33771

or

3900 Dunn Drive

Palm Harbor, FL 34683

If you are looking to grow your career in Utilities maintenance, Pinellas County Government will keep you on track. The Utilities Maintenance Specialist 3 (Trainee) is skilled technical work involving specialized testing, maintenance, and repair of utilities systems equipment, lines, or devices. Employees in this class perform routine and preventive maintenance on a variety of utilities systems and devices. Duties may include supervising skilled and semi-skilled employees, and work is performed in accordance with established procedures, but requires initiative and independent judgment.

This is an excellent opportunity to bring utility maintenance experience into a mid-level career ladder role and train for a Utilities Maintenance Specialist 3 (UMS3) level.  Once training is successfully completed, individuals will become UMS3 employees and receive an increase in pay.  Also, there are future opportunities to advance to a UMS4 level, supervisor or manager roles.

Position Specific Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and 3 years of skilled utilities field experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.

Additional Requirements 

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Tanker endorsement upon hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Distribution System Operator Class 3 License.
  • Possession and maintenance of a Temporary Traffic Control Certification within 9 months of employment.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
  • Candidate may be required to perform manual labor for extended periods occasionally in adverse weather conditions.

Highly Desirable

  • Ability to operate medium to large excavating equipment.
  • Working knowledge of GIS mapping system for water, sewer and reclaim infrastructure.

Illustrative Tasks 

  • Lead person of a small to medium-sized construction crew installing, maintaining and repairing of water, sewer, and reclaimed apparatuses.
  • Performs and directs visual inspection of sewer lines.
  • Installs clean-outs, backflow devices.
  • Performs related work as assigned or required.

Below is a preview of the supplemental questions you will have to answer during the application process.

The starting rate of pay for this position is $17.82/hr.

Does the minimum starting rate of pay meet your compensation expectations?
No
Yes

Do you possess a minimum high school diploma or GED?
No
Yes

Do you possess at least 3 years of skilled utilities field experience?
No
Yes

This role requires possession and maintenance of a State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Tanker endorsement upon hire. Are you willing and able to fulfill this requirement?
No
Yes

Do you currently possess a valid State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Distribution System Operator Class 3 license?
No
Yes

This role requires possession and maintenance of a Temporary Traffic Control Certification within 9 months of employment. Are you willing and able to fulfill this requirement?
No
Yes

Do you possess some team leadership or supervision experience?
No
Yes

The selected candidate may be required to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations. Are you willing and able to fulfill this requirement?
No
Yes

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess as a lead person or supervisor on a small to medium sized construction crew?

No experience 
1-11 months 
1-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
4-5 years 
5-6 years 
6-7 years 
7-8 years 
8-9 years 
9+ years 

Describe/explain your specific experience in this area. Include specific examples of your work and please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you do not have this type of experience, type N/A.

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess installing, maintaining, and repairing water, sewer, and reclaimed apparatuses?

No experience 
1-11 months 
1-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
4-5 years 
5-6 years 
6-7 years 
7-8 years 
8-9 years 
9+ years 

Describe/explain your specific experience in this area. Include specific examples of your work and please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you do not have this type of experience, type N/A.

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess installing clean-outs, backflow devices?

No experience 
1-11 months 
1-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
4-5 years 
5-6 years 
6-7 years 
7-8 years 
8-9 years 
9+ years 

Describe/explain your specific experience in this area. Include specific examples of your work and please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you do not have this type of experience, type N/A.

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess completing work-related reports and/or maintaining operation and maintenance logs?

No experience 
1-11 months 
1-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
4-5 years 
5-6 years 
6-7 years 
7-8 years 
8-9 years 
9+ years 

Describe/explain your specific experience in this area. Include specific examples of your work and please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you do not have this type of experience, type N/A.

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess operating or overseeing use of medium to large construction equipment?

No experience 
1-11 months 
1-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
4-5 years 
5-6 years 
6-7 years 
7-8 years 
8-9 years 
9+ years 

Describe/explain your specific experience in this area. Include specific examples of your work and please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you do not have this type of experience, type N/A.BackShare