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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Meter Reader I (Pool) in All Depots, Maryland

Functional TitleMeter Reader I (Pool)

Recruitment Category TypeContinuous Hire

Functional CategoryUtility Services


FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Requisition Number21-0061

Number of VacanciesContinuous

Job LevelNon-Management

Job CodeN/A

Job Description Summary

Reads residential, commercial, and multi-dial water meters records meter readings, and reports problems as required.

Organization NameMeter Services

Reports toSupervisor, Meter Reading

Full or Part TimeFull Time

If Part Time how many hours per week

Regular or TemporaryRegular

Position End Date (if temporary)

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday7:30am – 4:00pm

Position LocationAll Depots

General Summary

The Meter Reader I is an entry-level role responsible for reading residential, commercial, and multi-dial water meters, recording meter readings, and reporting problems as required.

Essential Functions

  • Walks 6 to 10 miles per day

  • Lifts heavy objects, up to 90 Ibs, on a frequent basis

  • Reads commercial maps to identify locations of businesses and residences

  • Completes quarterly residential and commercial, rural, and difficult meter reading routes

  • Record meter readings maintaining a high degree of accuracy and daily route completion

  • Checks to see that meters are functioning properly

  • Reports broken glass, lids, and other defects by use of a published two-digit code

  • Reports leaks and malfunctions in connection with the meter

  • Locates and reads covered or submerged meters

  • Uses small equipment such as hand-held computer, hand-powered bilge pumps, gas powered pumps and blowers, and gas analyzers as necessary

  • Hears and reports complaints of customers and refers difficult complaints to immediate supervisor

  • Drives car, truck, or van, with responsibility for ensuring that it is in good condition and adequately equipped

  • Utilizes simple electronic microprocessor for recording meter readings

  • Ensures that microprocessor, small tools and safety equipment on vehicle are accounted for and in safe operating condition

  • Responsible for the security and maintenance of the microprocessor while in the field

  • Ensures compliance with allOSHA,MOSHAandWSSCsafety procedures and documentation

Other Functions

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment And Physical Demands

  • Lift heavy objects (up to 90 Ibs) on a frequent basis, climb into vaults and read meters in confined spaces

  • Work in an environment where there are routine risks of exposure to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture, and air pollution

  • Walk 6 to 10 miles per day under all weather conditions

  • Work in inclement weather

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Ability to walk 6 to 10 miles per day

  • Ability to lift heavy objects, up to 90 lbs, on a frequent basis

  • Ability to read commercial maps

  • Some knowledge of the geography and street locations of Prince George’s and Montgomery County

  • Ability to write legibly and accurately transfer meter reading numbers

  • Ability to write basic reports

  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions or directions

  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the general public

  • Ability to perform meter reading duties under adverse traffic and weather conditions

  • Ability to overcome physical obstacles preventing access to the meters

Minimum Education, Experience Requirements

High School diploma or equivalent

Additional Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with no more than 4 points against current license ( A provisional license or learner’s permit isNOTacceptable)

  • Must be able to obtain aWSSCWater driver’s permit

  • Must be available to work mandatory overtime if required

  • Must be willing and able to work in inclement weather


  • Prior experience reading meters

  • Prior experience working with the public in a physically demanding environment

Salary$16.02 per hour

EEO Statement


It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

Close Date

Open Until FilledYes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Additional Information

  • This posting is an ongoing pool for those interested in the Meter Reader I position. The department will review applications when a vacancy becomes available.

  • Candidates selected for hire may be placed at one of the following locations where an opening is available: Hyattsville, Silver Spring, Temple Hills, Gaithersburg.

  • Candidates may be subject to an assessment for this position.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • *Do you have a High School diploma or equivalent?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Do you have a valid driver's license with no more than 4 points and with no restrictions (except eyeglasses/contact lenses)?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Do you have a provisional license or a driver’s license with driving restrictions?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Are you able to read commercial maps?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Employees in this position will be required to work in inclement weather. Would you be able to meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Are you willing and able to lift heavy objects up to 90 lbs on a frequent basis?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Are you willing and able to walk 6 to 10 miles daily?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Do you have prior meter reading experience?

  • Yes

  • No

  • *Will you, now or in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Are you an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces who was a bona fide resident of the state of Maryland when you entered the U.S. military?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application