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Employment Opportunities

Welcome to The Town of Taos employment opportunities page. The Town of Taos offers an excellent benefit package with 100% major medical premiums paid for full-time eligible employees, dental, vision, life insurance, State of New Mexico PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) retirement, personal leave, holiday leave, employee development, training programs and much more!

The Town of Taos is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following vacant positions listed below; check back with our website often as vacancies are updated. Read the vacancy announcement listed below for each vacancy for which you are interested; note the minimum qualifications, essential job responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities required for each position.

If you feel you have the necessary education, experience, qualifications, the drive, and the ambition, please prepare and submit a complete Town of Taos Employment Application for each position for which you apply and review the vacancy announcement for any additional application procedures. Your employment application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and vacancy announcement number. Applications and any attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on closing date listed in the vacancy announcement.

For further information and/or application procedures contact:
Town of Taos
Human Resources Department
400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.




Available Positions
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Please include the Authorization for Release of Information and Background Check Form ,with a completed employment and mailed or hand delivered to:

Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.


RECREATION SPECIALIST I
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following three (3) temporary positions with a sunset date of April 08, 2019.

VA#18-19-07 (Amended 10/30/2018)
Job Title: Recreation Specialist I
Recreation Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $10.26
Opening Date: September 14, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (Review on 11/13/18)

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level administrative, operations, maintenance and technical duties as needed to coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Taos Youth & Family Center, Gymnasium, Taos Skate Park and Taos Ice Arena including facilities and grounds.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under close to general supervision of the Recreation Division Manager, Recreation Specialist IV, Recreation Specialist III, or Recreation Specialist II as assigned.  Assignments are given daily and work is reviewed frequently.

SUPERVISION  EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs general customer services and problem solving, educates patrons and citizens regarding operations, programs, policies, procedures, etc.; assists to deliver presentations to school groups to promote upcoming activities and events; responds to citizen requests.

Facilitates and assists patrons in carrying out and participating in programs and special events, i.e., seasonal parties, seasonal celebrations, punt-pass-kick competition, baseball skills competition, “touch-a-truck”, hockey tournaments, dances, children parades, computer classes, community education classes, etc.

Assists with various office activities and duties; solicits and receives donations; distributes program information; monitors patron compliance with established operating rules and regulations; assures compliance with safety practices and procedures.

Performs general custodial, landscaping and janitorial duties throughout facilities, grounds and restrooms including maintenance, repairs, cleaning and disinfecting for bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.  May be required to handle hazardous chemicals and materials related to pools, grounds, and facilities environments; fixes tables and chairs, etc.; removes snow and ice, applies ice melt; picks up litter; collects and disposes of solid waste from buildings and ground including sidewalks and parking lots; uses a variety of specialized equipment and hand tools such as blower, weed eater, power sprayer, shop vacuum, hand drill, hand sander, chemical sprayer, bolt cutter; performs landscaping duties including planting flowers, watering flowers, weeding, raking, etc.

Researches, develops, creates and establishes new programs and activities.  Provides homework assistance, interacts constantly with children and patrons.

Documents revenues, helps to set up for programs and special events, sets up tables, chairs, dance floors, stages, lighting and sound system, water stations, etc.

Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies needed for activities, inventory of recreation items, etc.; general facility set up and take down including electronic equipment, tables and chair etc.; responds to public inquiries about recreation programs, special events and facilities.

General: Work is closely controlled and structured by supervisor to complete specified work assignments, deadlines and priorities.  Errors normally result in loss of own time to correct or check.  Quality of task completion is impacted by the need for accuracy related to repetitive tasks or operations. Performs first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and utilizes automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) as required. 

Remove bio-hazard materials (blood, vomit, fecal matter, mucus, other bodily waste, etc.) for the safety and wellbeing of the public.  Follow protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the facilities and grounds.

Performs all other duties as directed or assigned, including those at other facilities.

Ice Arena: Performs as a rink guard; assures compliance with safety and participation rules; monitors ice rink condition and may participate in maintenance processes; maintains skate blades and assures quality and sharp edges, prepares and adjusts stone, works with diamond tip to assure accurate cut, determines depth and measurements for skate performance and customer safety; performs general rink duties, opening team rooms, etc; maintains building and surrounding area; removes puck marks from walls using specialized chemicals; operates cash register to accept fees and payments; checks out rental equipment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school, or GED, or currently enrolled in high school, or currently home schooled;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge rules, regulation, policies, and procedures typical of a government agency or recreation facility and the operating practices for city recreation and community education programs; general facilities and grounds maintenance; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; rules regulations policies, and procedures of the Town of Taos, Taos Youth and Family Center, Guadalupe Sports and Recreation Center, Taos Skate Park and Taos Ice Arena; basic legal environment related to safety and risk management practices and principles.

Some Skill in monitoring activities and enforcing safety rules to maintain a safe recreational environment; maintaining records and preparing reports; the use of office equipment, i.e., personal computer, phone, fax, cash register, adding machine, scanner, digital camera, copy machine, etc.; various hand tools used in the maintenance of recreation facilities and equipment; common hand tools; painting tools, floor cleaning equipment, leaf blower, power sprayer, skate sharpener; gardening tools, blower, weed eater, scissor lift, post hole digger, sledge hammer, palm sander, ladder, torch to burn weeds; the art of cooperative problem solving; basic math skills; English and grammar skills; audio visual equipment.

Ability to learn; operate personal computer in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public; exercise initiative, independent judgment, and to act creatively and resourcefully under varying conditions; deal effectively with moderate stress levels caused by constant interaction with the public, customer accidents and injuries resulting from the inherently dangerous nature of various recreation activities taking place at facilities; observe and monitor patrons for long periods of time; follow STAR ice rink training programs and guidelines.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess American Red Cross Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic Electronic Defibrillator AED, and Community First Aid certification or be able to obtain within a specified time frame. 

Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in noisy recreation indoor and outdoor environments with sudden temperature changes and frequent exposure to both heat and cold. Outdoor work is required in the monitoring of various programs and activities including extreme cold and wet conditions while monitoring and maintaining the ice and other duties. Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to skating, walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and bending.  Exposed daily to wet and/or humid conditions, cleaning chemicals, or airborne particles. Periodic exposure to air borne and blood borne pathogens.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing. Must occasionally move up to 100 pounds. Must periodically push or pull in excess of 1,000 lbs. with the aid of rollers.   Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Specialized agility, coordination and balance exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  Occasional travel required in normal course of job performance.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Recreation Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.



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PUBLIC WORKS OPERATOR I
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following two (2) full-time positions which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#18-19-09 (Amended 10/30/18)
Job Title: Public Works Operator I (Streets Division)
Public Works Department
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $11.73
Opening Date: September 21, 2018
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled (Review on 11/13/18)

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level skilled duties in the operation of heavy and light equipment in the construction, repair, maintenance, and replacement of various components of the town public works systems, including streets, water distribution, wastewater collection, landfill or related public works operations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under general supervision of a Public Works Superintendent or Public Works Foreman.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

General: Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.

Streets: Operates specialized heavy equipment such as single & tandem axle dump trucks, road graders, cats/bull dozers, front-end loaders, backhoe, bucket trucks, snow plow and other similar equipment in the construction, maintenance and repair of various street department projects and sites.

Transports and deposits various construction materials such as sand, salt, gravel, dirt, etc.; performs hot mix patching, storm drain cleaning, repair and construction, snow and ice control, gravel street maintenance, street sweeping, cold mix patching, debris collection, etc..

Performs general maintenance functions such as painting crosswalks and curbs, raking asphalt, pouring and finishing cement; shovels materials at excavations and filling pot holes, sweeps gutters and sidewalks, tamps down dirt, etc.

Performs installation and maintenance of town signalization devices and street signs; prepares proper barricading for streets, water and related public works projects; performs traffic control at road construction sites and at road emergencies; picks up trash from along roadways, alley ways and public areas within Town limits; trims trees of limbs and branches obstructing signs and causing hazards; cuts trees with chain saws and feeds into chipper shredder and loads truck. Operate radio and 2-way communications.

Assist other departments when needed, or as assigned; performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND One (1) year of progressively responsible experience in a field directly related to above duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Some knowledge of drawings and specifications, grades, machinery, materials, and methods of constructing roads, bridges, drainage systems, culverts, etc.; safety standards related to road construction; hazards common to heavy equipment operation; equipment maintenance and repair; legal liabilities associated with street construction, maintenance and personnel management; civil engineering standards related to street construction and drainage; right-of-way laws and ordinances; basic computer operations and various software applications; basic civil engineering;  state or federal regulations governing installation and maintenance of water systems;  water quality laws.

Entry level skill in the operation of heavy mechanized equipment as required by the position; i.e., two and one-half ton dump truck with snow plow, water truck, chipping machine, dozer, bucket truck, stripping machine, street sweeper, street roller, tamper, backhoe, grader, forklift, jack hammer, compressor, saws, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, aeroil propane kettle, compressors, sanders, generators,  common hand and power tools, shovels, mechanic tools, loader, scraper, semi tractor truck with trailer, asphalt and sheep foot rollers.  

Ability to tolerate weather extremes in the work place; operate heavy equipment of various kinds under varying conditions; make minor repairs on assigned vehicles, perform heavy physical labor; develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected officials, local agencies and the general public; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; work from blueprints; tolerate weather extremes in the work environment.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid state of New Mexico driver's license with appropriate CDL and “B” endorsement, or must obtain such within one year. May be required to become HAZMAT certified. Must be available for 24-hour emergency call out. Must become traffic control certified.  Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs. Must be willing to work on-call and 24 hour standby. Compliance with FMCSA/DOT Drug and Alcohol safety sensitive duty testing as required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Public Works Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.



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ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO or PPO), or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#18-19-15
Job Title: Assistant Town Manager
Executive Department
Classification: - Exempt
Salary: - Highly competitive salary, dependent on qualifications and potential.
Opening Date: October 23, 2018
Closing Date: November 13, 2018 or until filled

THIS POSITION MAY BE COMBINED WITH ANOTHER JOB TITLE. PLEASE REVIEW (3.) (C.) OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, BELOW, FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of professional administrative, managerial duties as needed to assist in planning, directing, organizing and controlling town-wide management functions. May have specific responsibility for human resource management and risk management functions as delegated by the Town Manager.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the direction and supervision of the Town Manager, but may be delegated broad authority and autonomy for various areas of assigned responsibility.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides general supervision to department heads of assigned departments or programs. May also be assigned direct responsibility for individual projects, programs or departments on a temporary or permanent basis. May be required to serve as an interim department or program head on a temporary basis. Provides general supervision to clerical support staff within the executive department. May be assigned to manage and oversee day-to-day operation of the Town in the absence of the Town Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

PRIMARY DUTIES: The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Town Manager will be (in order of responsibility) (1.) assisting the Town Manager in the day to day operation and management of the Town, including supervision of all Town employees, services and operations, (2.) assisting the Town Manager with or taking primary responsibility for specific projects related to business and economic development, workforce and affordable housing, the improvement of the efficiency or quality of existing services, and the expansion of new services or projects in the area of parks, trails and recreation, alternative energy, downtown revitalization, the arts and tourism, (3.) increasing government transparency, public information/public relations, and public/media access and participation through technology, increased outreach and other techniques, (4.) representing the Town to the media, other government entities, non-profits and various constituents and constituencies to address questions and concerns of the community and to ensure timely and effective responses to the public. Performs related assignments duties as may be delegated by the Town Manager.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE: Assists in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Town's annual budget, strategic plan, comprehensive plan, the Town Code and other organizational policies and guiding documents; performs analysis of various department, program or event operations, expenditures, revenues and related practices to determine efficiency, effectiveness, impact and safety; drafts subsequent performance specific reports of findings and may make general or specific policy recommendations, as may be appropriate, to implement improvements.

Assists the Town Manager in evaluating the effectiveness of Department Heads; may be asked to sit in on department staff meetings, personnel hiring or disciplinary interviews, or procurement review committee meetings, and to issue reports on recommendations or findings; may be asked to evaluate department, management or policy effectiveness; may be required to participate in, attend or represent the Town or the Town Manager at meetings of the Town Council, Town boards or commissions, and business or community groups; shall generally be expected to participate in Management Team Meetings and meetings of project development teams that you are assigned to; may be requested or assigned to represent the Town of Taos in various meetings with State, Federal, and other local governmental agencies, and in meetings with professional organizations and local/regional citizen groups on a one-time basis or in order to serve as the Town's permanently assigned representative.

As assigned, meets with Town residents, attorneys, developers, consultants, vendors, and other parities to discuss/resolve issues of mutual concern and/or interest; facilitates/ensures public access to Town of Taos government and planning/development efforts/activities; informs/updates the Town Manager and, when requested, the Town Council regarding all major matters, transactions, developments, and activities relating to the operations, services, and functions of the Town of Taos.

Assists in the management of the day-to-day operations and internal affairs of the town; develops policies, procedures and processes as needed to implement the decisions of the Mayor and Council; may be assigned to research, make recommendations on, develop or implement new/modified services and activities to improve the health, safety, and/or welfare of the Town's residents'; performs and directs research on issues, policies, and political developments; advises and apprises as needed; approves recommendations for executive and administrative actions; makes recommendations for legislative actions; conducts internal investigations, examines books, records and official papers of any office, department, agency, board or commission of the town as needed to assure integrity of operations and prevent impropriety.

Participates in town-wide public relations and communications activities; reviews media releases and public announcements; develops effective working relationships with media personnel to establish town-wide and community good will.

May be assigned to assist Human Resources and department heads with the coordination of town-wide risk management and workplace safety program(s) and may assist department heads in the preparation of their annual department budget, if needed. May be required to mediate or investigate personnel matters at the request of the HR department, department head or direction of the Town Manager.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education and Experience:

    1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, finance, economics, planning, political science or a closely related field. A Master's Degree or graduate work is preferred, but not required.
    2. AND

    3. Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public government, a non-profit or private corporation; three (3) years in a supervisory capacity preferred;
    4. OR

    5. An equivalent combination of education and experience.


  2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  3. Considerable knowledge of and experience in: the principles and practices of organizational and, preferably, government management and administration, to include: budgeting, finance, grants, personnel program development, monitoring and evaluation; human resource management and principles of supervision; training and staff utilization principles; principles of negotiation and problem solving.

    Knowledge of or the demonstrated ability to research and learn: New Mexico laws, regulations, and guidelines governing municipal operations management concepts and methods related to team building, empowerment and participative leadership; the Town of Taos Municipal Code; legal and political issues affecting town operations and management; various revenue sources available to local governments, including state and federal sources.

    General knowledge of: computers, software, service delivery models and current trends and technologies impacting the delivery of local government operations and services.

    Demonstrated skill in: the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and Town residents; the operation of PC Computers, Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, at minimum).

    Ability to: understand and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines; direct the work of others; plan, organize, and direct, through subordinate staff, the efficient, effective delivery of Town programs, services and functions; develop operating policies and procedures; analyzing and resolving problems arising regarding Town programs, services, and function; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; implement cooperative problem-solving processes; operate personal computer and various software applications for word processing and spread sheet information; access e-mail and effectively function in a computerized communications environment.

  4. Special Qualifications:

    1. Must have a valid driver's license and a clear 3-year driving record and must be bondable. Must be able to pass background and reference check, physical and drug screening.

    2. Special consideration will be given to candidates that have a working knowledge of and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, basic ESRI GIS software, economic development, business development, Local Economic Development Act (LEDA), CDBG, the National Main Street Program, the NM Metropolitan Redevelopment Act (MRA), downtown redevelopment and/or affordable housing.

    3. Given the right candidate with the right background, and in the sole discretion of the Town, this position may be offered or combined with the position for Town's Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development or another department head position at the time of hiring. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that candidates applying review the advertisement for the opening for the Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development. If the positions are combined, the compensation will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the additional duties of the job.


  5. Work Environment:
  6. Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain. Essential functions normally require physical activities such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity may be necessary. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com. Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number. Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.


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DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield (HMO or PPO) or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#18-19-16
Job Title: Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development Planning Department
Classification FLSA: Exempt
Salary: Highly competitive salary, dependent on qualifications and potential.
Opening Date: October 23, 2018
Closing Date: November 13, 2018 or until filled

THIS POSITION MAY BE COMBINED WITH THE JOB TITLE OF "ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER" AT THE TIME OF HIRING, DEPENDENT ON APPLICANT QUALIFICATIONS AND AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN AND SELECTED APPLICANT. COMPENSATION WILL BE AJUSTED/NEGOTIATED ACCORDINGLY IF THE JOB TITLES AND DUTIES ARE MERGED. APPLICANTS ARE THEREFORE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE JOB DESCRITION FOR ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER IN ADDITION TO THIS POSITION AND TO INDICATE THEIR INTEREST IN ONE OR BOTH POSITIONS IN THEIR APPLICATION OR COVER LETTER.

General Purpose

Performs a variety of professional, administrative and managerial duties related to planning, directing, organizing, and controlling the Planning, Community and Economic Development Department, including planning, zoning, building, community development, economic development, business and short-term rental registration, GIS, addressing, mapping, FEMA floodplain management and code enforcement for the building, property maintenance, signage and other municipal codes. Serves as liaison to and staffs the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Main Street and the Redevelopment Authority, when formed.

Supervision Received

Expected to work with substantial autonomy, under the general supervision of the Town Manager.

Supervision Exercised

Provides general supervision to the department's professionals, supervisors and support staff.

Essential Functions

Manages the day-to-day operations of the department; determines and delegates departmental priorities; develops guidelines and deadlines, initiates studies in long range and current planning/zoning issues, oversees the review of development applications and assigned permits and registrations; initiates the development, review and amendment of related ordinances, business regulations, permits, maps and GIS layers, architectural designs, traffic and housing studies, etc.; monitors project activities and progress to assure the periodic updating and the implementation of comprehensive plan, land use map, affordable housing, short-term rental and zoning ordinances; issues interpretations, when necessary, of town zoning, planning, building and related ordinances and regulations.

Directs personnel and delegates assignments; evaluates staff job performance and makes recommendation for any needed improvements; makes decisions affecting hiring, interviewing, job retention, advancement and discipline for the department staff; responsible for conducting employee performance evaluations; participates in the recruitment and selection of department staff; develops and conducts staff training. Ensures a safe and healthy working environment; abides by and enforces the requirements of the Town's safety and health program and all applicable federal, state, and local regulations/requirements.

Serves as administrative advisor and liaison to Town Manager, Town Council, citizens committees, board of adjustments and planning commission, historic preservation commission; provides technical insight and recommendations related to determining planning and development policies, goals and objectives; receives directives, formulates implementation options and strategies, directs and conducts research, converts strategies to action plans with timetables and deadlines; allocates personnel and resources as needed to accomplish elected projects and programs.

Coordinates, schedules, attends, and conducts meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Arts and Cultural District and Main Street District, and any other relevant planning, downtown redevelopment and economic development committees as directed, as well as attends Town Council Meetings when requested; attends training sessions, certification workshops and schedules staff for same; conducts public meetings and hearings as needed to solicit public input and apprise the public of policy and project options; educate the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations.

Develops departmental budgets and monitors fiscal controls to assure conformity with established financial constraints; gives final approval for department disbursements; participates in town-wide fiscal planning processes, including Strategic Plan and Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan (ICIP).

Meets with public, developers, entrepreneurs, and contractors; discusses planning, zoning, and development issues; interprets information in town ordinances pertaining to department responsibilities.

Responsible for and maintains a repository of relevant census, demographic and economic data necessary for community needs assessments, physical and economic development and provides such information to the development, media and at-large community in a manner that is readily accessible and usable.

The Director interfaces with the local and regional chamber of commerce, builders association, realtors association and other development and economic advocates in promoting a vigorous local economy and management of development in a manner consistent with the Town's Comprehensive Plan and development codes.

Establishes and maintains good communication with a network of citizen governed neighborhood associations in order to assure a local system of public information and outreach, as well as accurate and timely two-way grassroots communication.

Oversees various special function areas and districts related to subdivision development, zoning proposals, annexations, land acquisitions, building permits, historic preservation, cultural districts, business improvement districts, special improvement districts, etc.; oversees studies relating to population, housing, socio-economic issues, business development, tourism, marketing, environment, recreation and transportation.

Coordinates research and program options with other town departments, other local governments and agencies, the county and state and federal agencies; directs or conducts feasibility studies; prepares a variety of reports related to project options and progress; reviews and updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, development and related departmental areas; coordinates projects with other departments or governmental agencies.

Additionally, shall perform other duties and assignments as required by the position to effectuate the goals and responsibilities of the department, or as directed by the Town Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education and Experience:

    1. Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in land use planning, urban planning, architecture, landscape design, public administration, business administration, civil engineering or a closely related field from an accredited four year college or university.
    2. AND

    3. A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing the above or related duties with a demonstrated track record of successful project design and implementation, of which two (2) years shall have been in a supervisory capacity, and at least two (2) years shall have been in local government;
    4. OR

    5. A demonstrated track record of professional accomplishment that can demonstrate an equivalent combination of education or experience that the Town determines provides evidence of likely success in the above management position.

  2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  3. Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of comprehensive urban planning, economics, sociology and community organization as it applies to urban planning; relationships between various factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption and enforcement research and statistical analysis and the evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; municipal operations and inter-departmental relationships of town departments; budgeting, accounting and related statistical procedures; various revenue sources available to local governments including state and federal sources; general office maintenance and practices; management and community outreach principles, business and technical writing; interpersonal communication skills; public relations and public speaking.

    Considerable knowledge of principles of management, supervision and employee motivation, construction principles and codes, principles of growth management, economic development, community development, grant and revenue enhancement, recreation planning, cost benefit analysis, and SWOT techniques.

    Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and Town residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone.

    Ability to administer a large work program; analyze a variety of financial problems and make recommendations; analyze complex planning, development and zoning problems and make recommendations; operate personal computer (Windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; prepare and present budget estimates; direct, motivate, develop, and evaluate subordinates; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.

  4. Special Qualifications:
  5. NM CZO (NM Certified Zoning Official) certification must be obtained within two (2) years of date of hire. AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) is desired, but not required. GIS proficiency with ESRI, AutoCAD and similar GIS, CAD or spatial software programs, Microsoft Project, Visio, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word, and presentation, mapping, reporting, scheduling and public presentation software is strongly preferred.

    Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver's license or be able to obtain license within 30 days; also maintain insurability under Town insurance, defensive driver certification every 24 months and a clean driving record throughout employment as a condition of employment.

  6. Work Environment:
  7. Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Occasional tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain. Periodic walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, required in normal course of performing essential duties. Talking, hearing and seeing essential to effective performance of the job. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required for most essential functions. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Field visits and travel to and attendance at meetings is required. Attendance at weekend or evening meetings is anticipated.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Planning Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com. Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number. Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.



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PUBLIC UTILITIES OPERATOR I
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#18-19-11 (Amended – 10/30/18)
Job Title: Public Utilities Operator I
Public Works Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $11.73
Opening Date: September 21, 2018
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled (Review on 11/13/18)

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level skilled duties in the operation of heavy and light equipment in the construction, repair, maintenance, and replacement of various components of the Town public utilities systems, including water distribution, wastewater collection or related public utilities operations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under general supervision of a Public Utilities Superintendent or Foreman.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

General: Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment, cleans equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor... Performs all other assigned tasks.

Meter Reader: Operates electronic, hand-held meter reading instruments; reads commercial and residential utility water meters on assigned routes and records meter readings; rereads "exception list" meters; loads meter readings from hand held meter reading units into computer and unloads route information from hand held meter reading units; processes meter data as needed to prepare billing notices for printing and mailing.

Performs general customer service in communicating account activity; actions related to connections and disconnections of water service; interacts with the public on meter reading questions.

Visually checks operation of meters and reports tampering or damage; may perform general and routine meter repairs; performs seasonal duties, insulates meters to prevent freezing; responds to service calls to thaw frozen lines or connections; utilizes torch or thawing equipment.

Notes readings which appear to be high or low and assists in meter repair as needed; maintains accurate records of readings, schedules, damaged meters, etc., and forwards information to the appropriate Town workers.

Performs preventative maintenance on assigned vehicle and keeps vehicle in good working order.

Water Systems: Operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of Town water facilities and systems.

Performs installation or repair of water service connections, repairs, maintains or replaces fire hydrants  water meters; meter cans, meter valves, etc.; repairs water mains; thaws frozen lines and water meters; insulates water meters; cleans and maintains storage tanks and well houses; connects and disconnects service; searches out  main water  valves; repairs water line leaks; assists in placement of pipe and water regulators; removes, disassembles, cleans or replaces defective parts of regulators, ; collects water samples to assure compliance with all local, state, and federal standards and regulations. Maintenance of well and water storage tank sites.

Inspects and/or repairs Mix equipment or other chlorination units, booster pumping stations, water meters, storage tanks, wells,  pump oil units, water softeners,  etc., at frequent intervals to insure that all aspects of the systems are functioning properly; maintains a variety of records relating to inspections, maintenance activity, water supply, consumption, etc.; monitors SCADA/telemetry equipment to assure proper operations.

Wastewater System: operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of Town wastewater and storm drain systems; operates and maintains the wastewater collection system, and lift stations to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge, and effluent in order to meet NPDES or other local, state or federal regulations.

Inspects drainage reservoir and drainage channels, performs maintenance of drainage reservoir and channels including repairing fence, planting grass, removing unwanted vegetation, oiling gates, etc.; uses sewer TV/ camera equipment, gas meters, and other testing devices, monitors explosive and hazardous sewer gasses. Determines where replacement or repair of lines are necessary, determines necessity and quantity of chemicals needed to maintain safe conditions; performs manual and TV inspections of main and side sewer installation for compliance with regulations and requirements; conducts smoke and dye tests to locate problem areas and leaks.  Responds to hazardous materials and flood emergencies; works as a member of Hazardous Materials and Flood Control Response Crews; neutralizes spills, performs traffic control; evacuates areas as necessary. Performs grease trap inspections to assure proper flow of sewer line and to meet NPDES or other local, state or federal regulations; maintains proper records of all grease trap inspections. Performs installation of sewer lines and manholes.

Provides operational information to the water departments as well as meter readings to finance department; assists utility departments to locate meters when repairs or replacements are required.

Assist other departments when needed, or as assigned.  Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND One (1) year of experience in a field directly related to above duties; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Entry level knowledge of drawings and specifications, grades, machinery, materials, and methods of constructing water distribution lines, wastewater collection lines and drainage systems, etc.; safety standards related to utility line construction; hazards common to heavy equipment operation; equipment maintenance and repair; legal liabilities associated with utility systems construction, maintenance; basic computer operations and various software applications; the standard practices, methods, materials and tools necessary for pipe line construction and repair activities; pipe fitting procedures, pipe classifications and type;  the occupational hazards and safety precautions of trench work construction and pipeline maintenance work;  sewer pipe installation and repair (clay & PVC); cross connection control methods and standards; state or federal regulations governing installation and maintenance of water systems;  water quality laws.

Entry level skill in the operation of heavy mechanized equipment as required by the position; i.e., backhoe, Vactor, sewer jet trailer, excavator, manhole tripod and safety equipment, level transit equipment, forklift, trench safety equipment, jack hammer, compressor, saws, tamper, plate compactor, pumps and motors, boring equipment, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, mechanic tools and sheep foot rollers.  

Ability to tolerate weather extremes in the work place; operate heavy equipment of various kinds under varying conditions; make minor repairs on assigned vehicles; perform heavy physical labor; develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected officials, local agencies and the general public; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; work from blueprints; tolerate weather extremes in the work environment.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess valid state of New Mexico driver's license.  Appropriate CDL and “B” endorsement may be required within one (1) year of employment. Must possess a state of New Mexico Water Systems Operator I or New Mexico Wastewater Systems I certification within one (1) year of employment. May be required to become HAZMAT certified. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be willing to work on-call duty and 24 hour standby. Compliance with FMCSA/DOT Drug and Alcohol safety sensitive duty testing as required.

Work Environment:
Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally moving up to 100 pounds). Talking, hearing and seeing essential to performing required job functions.  Frequent exposure to changing weather conditions. Employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. Occasionally exposed to trench working hazards, Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking.  Daily local travel required in normal course of job performance.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Public Works/Utilities Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.



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LIFEGUARD I
External & Internal

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following two (2) Temporary positions.

VA#18-19-17
Job Title: Lifeguard I
Recreation/Aquatics Department
Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $10.26
Opening Date: November 26, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (1st Review on 12/07/2018)

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level lifeguard, administrative, operations, maintenance and technical duties as needed to coordinate various day-to-day operations of the Swimming Pools including facilities and grounds.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under close supervision of the Aquatics Division Manager and/or supervisor on duty as assigned. Assignments are given daily and work is reviewed frequently.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Swimming Pool(s): Work is closely controlled and structured by supervisor.  Performs as first line lifeguard, must maintain complete awareness of surroundings keeping track of patrons and their positions in the swimming pools and performing potentially lifesaving rescues when the situation arises.  Participates in regularly scheduled in-service trainings and periodic conditioning exercises.  Protect swimmers and save lives.  Performs First Aid, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and utilizes Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) as required. 

Performs general customer services and problem solving, answer phones, educates patrons and citizens regarding operations, programs, policies, procedures, etc.; provides assistance to patrons; operates handicap lift to provide pool access for patrons with ADA requirements; operates cash register to accept fees and payments

Monitors and enforces patron compliance with established operating rules and regulations; prevents food and drink from being consumed in pool area; assures compliance with safety practices and procedures; monitors weather conditions for lightning and removes patrons from pools and showers when lightning is nearby; fits patrons with life jackets.

Assists in the maintenance of the swimming pools, related machinery, equipment and grounds.

Performs general custodial, landscaping and janitorial duties throughout facilities, grounds and restrooms including maintenance, repairs, cleaning and disinfecting for bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.  May be required to handle hazardous chemicals and materials related to pools, grounds and facilities environments.

Removes bio-hazard materials (vomit, fecal matter, mucus, other bodily wastes, etc.) for the safety and well being of the public.  Follows protocol for dealing with bodily waste in the swimming pools, facilities and grounds.

 Assists in implementing various aquatics competitions throughout the year; participates and assists Water Safety Instructors (WSI) in teaching swimming lessons and water aerobics including all levels of swimming and lifesaving skills, following established Red Cross or nationally recognized lesson plans, to children, youth, and adults; creates, reviews and implements lesson plans; monitors activities during recreational swimming to ensure that safety rules are followed.

Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies needed for activities, inventory of pool items, general facility set up and take down including electronic equipment, tables and chairs, etc.; responds to public inquiries about aquatics programs and facilities;

Performs all other duties as directed and/or assigned including those at other facilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school, or GED, or currently enrolled in high school, or currently home schooled AND Must pass preliminary swim test and be able to complete Lifeguard Certification (LGC) within a specified time frame.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures typical of a government agency or municipal swimming pools; general facilities and grounds maintenance; interpersonal communication skills; public relations; general water safety principles and practices.

Some Skill in teaching swimming/lifesaving skills to students of all age and skill levels; in monitoring activities and enforcing safety rules to maintain a swimming environment; maintaining records and preparing reports the use of office equipment, i.e., personal computer, phone, fax, cash register, adding machine, scanner, digital camera, etc.; various hand tools used in the maintenance of swimming pool equipment; common hand tools; pool testing equipment; power sprayer, gardening tools, floor cleaner, basic math skills; English and grammar skills.

Ability to operate personal computer in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; keep operating records and prepare reports; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public; exercise initiative, independent judgment and act resourcefully under varying conditions; deal effectively with moderate stress levels caused by constant interaction with the public, and customer accidents and injuries resulting from the inherently dangerous nature of various recreation activities taking place at facilities; sit, observe and monitor patrons for long periods of time at heights up to eight feet.

Special Qualifications:
Must possess Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, Automatic Electronic Defibrillator, Lifeguard Training and Preventing Disease Transmission, Blood Borne Pathogens certifications from the American Red Cross, or be able to obtain such within a specified time frame. 

Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a recreation indoor and outdoor environment with/without appropriate climate controls. Outdoor work is required in the monitoring of various programs, activities and other duties. Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to swimming, walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching.  Exposed daily to wet and/or humid conditions, pool and cleaning chemicals or airborne particles. Periodic exposure to air borne and blood borne pathogens.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require swimming, talking, hearing and seeing. Must occasionally move up to 100 pounds.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist. Must periodically push or pull in excess of 1,000 lbs. with the aid of rollers, lifeguard boards and related equipment.   Common agility, coordination and balance exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and that you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Recreation/Aquatics Department please submit a completed Town of Taos application, to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino De La Placita Taos, NM 87571.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number. Applications and attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.



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