City Of Reading Employment Opportunities

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“The City of Reading, PA is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identities or expressions, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications.  This policy applies to all employment decisions including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations."


Help Wanted -  Developer | Building Inspector/Plans Examiner
Equipment Operator II
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic | Telecommunicator I


Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Answer telephones for emergency and non-emergency citizen requests for police assistance.
  • Complete Assignment Cards or Computerized Assignment entries and forward to the assigned Radio Dispatcher.
  • Sign out keys for unmarked police vehicles.
  • Retrieve and enter information into law enforcement computer systems.
  • Refer the public to other agencies for assistance.
  • Maintain various clerical duties as assigned.
  • Monitor burglar alarms, panic alarms, fire alarms, and security systems.
  • Operate police radio communications on a regular frequency.
  • Monitor City and County Fire, EMS, and Police Communications network if assigned.
  • Run License checks on computer for use by Central records, District Courts, and authorized City Agencies.
  • Dispatch police calls on assigned and unassigned calls, including assignment and backup units.
  • Handle complaints in absence of desk sergeants.

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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - This position is responsible for maintaining all wastewater treatment equipment at the City of Reading facilities.
  • Perform all necessary maintenance tasks to maintain compliance with all Clean Water Act / Clean Stream Law requirements, NPDES Permit parameters, all other applicable regulatory requirements, industry standards and manufacturers recommendations
  • Assist Operations and other teams with any and all corrective tasks that arise
  • Communicate any disruptions of treatment units due to maintenance tasks to the Operations staff or others as appropriate
  • Must be willing and able to respond to call-ins and address problems, emergencies and/or breakdowns as assigned. May be required to fill-in as needed on-call and respond to problems and/or breakdown
  • Frequent contact with employees in work area and occasional contact with employees in other departments throughout the City of Reading
  • Must be able to work independently and/or in groups as assigned
  • Frequent contact with outside contractors
  • Limited contact with visitors, vendors and suppliers

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Equipment Operator IIThis position requires experience with the operation and maintenance of underground utilities to perform repairs, replacement, and rehabilitation via excavation work, pipe inspection and cleaning using specialized in-pipe equipment, and preventive maintenance to maintain the sanitary and storm sewer facilities owned by the City of Reading.
Job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for performing all aspects related to excavation, inspection, & repair work pertaining to the City’s sanitary and storm sewer systems, including using any hand or power tools and operating heavy equipment necessary to complete the job.
  • Must be able to operate a combination sewer mobile line cleaning equipment such as vac/jetter truck independently.
  • Must be able to operate the in-pipe televisual inspection equipment hardware and software using industry-standard criteria and provide printed and/or electronic reports to supervision.
  • Responsible for providing accurate daily work performance reports used for PA DEP reporting to supervision.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.
  • Must be able to work 2nd shift, 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm.

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Position Summary:
This position is vital to the success of the Community Development Department and the Building and Trades Division. The Building Inspector/Plans Examiner oversees every phase of construction from planning to finish to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and City of Reading ordinances. The Building Inspector/Plans Examiner has direct contact with both external and internal customers; therefore, the inspector must have excellent communication and customer service skills. Also, the inspector must be able to readily adapt to, interpret, explain, and implement changing codes and ordinances.
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Review and approve construction permit submittal documents.
  • Issue permits for construction and demolition.
  • Schedule and perform field inspections.
  • Maintain and submit records of field reports, inspection results, and plan reviews.
  • Assist developers, designers, and property owners with code-related problems.
  • Support other City departments as necessary.
  • Identify potential structural and building system hazards and recommend abatement action.
  • Draft and mail notices of violation, citations, condemnations, demolitions, and abatement orders.

Developer- Proven ability and flexibility to self-train and apply new principles and procedures, possess analytical, interpretive, organizational, and time management skills; demonstrable ability to multi-task and problem solve within a high stress environment, provable capability of maintaining a constant positive and professional attitude while under pressure, demonstrable ability to think quickly and effectively in the face of adversity, must be detail-oriented.
Position Summary:
Typical job duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Consult with users to identify current operating procedures and clarify program objectives.
  • Read manuals, periodicals and technical reports to learn ways to develop programs that
  • Meet user requirements.
  • Design programs to accomplish goals of users request.
  • Write documentation on program design and user operating procedures.
  • Assist the Lead Developer with development of new systems, updates to existing
  • systems, database maintenance, and answering questions from users.
  • Perform Web site development and updating.

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If you are interested in becoming a City of Reading Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic or Police Officer please click their respective link for information on upcoming civil service testing .


To apply for employment with the City of Reading, download and complete an Employment Application specifying the type of employment/position you are applying for, attach resume' if applicable and send to:

Human Resources
City of Reading
815 Washington Street – Room 3-03
Reading, PA 19601
FAX: 610/372-3722

An EEO/AA Employer by choice.
Male/female/disability all given equal consideration

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