City of Evanston Seeks to Fill Apprentice Positions in Utilities Department

Posted on Thursday Mar 21, 2013

The City of Evanston’s Utilities Department is seeking to fill four apprentice positions in its Field Service (two positions) and Water Production Tracks (two positions). This program will serve as an apprenticeship work-training program to train participants for skilled labor positions in the City of Evanston. The job description is generally similar to that of various entry-level positions, except the work is done in a learning environment capacity. The maximum duration for each track is one year. The deadline to apply online is April 12, 2013. Evanston residents are highly encouraged to apply.

The Water Worker I Apprentice Water Production Track is an entry-level, manual labor apprentice program involving on-the-job training to perform maintenance and repair in the water treatment plant. Work involves participating in the cleaning, inspection, maintenance and repair of the water treatment facility, pumping station and grounds. 

The Water Worker I Apprentice Field Service Track is an entry-level, manual labor apprentice program involving on-the-job training to perform maintenance and repair on the municipal water distribution and sewer conveyance systems. Work involves participating in the detection of water/sewer line leaks and maintenance and repair of the water/sewer system.

Participation in the apprentice program is not a guarantee of future employment with the City of Evanston. Learn more about these positions and apply at

The Evanston Water Treatment Plant is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and has the capacity to supply up to 108 million gallons per day. It serves the residents of Evanston, Skokie and the Northwest Water Commission, which is comprised of the communities of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Wheeling. The total population Evanston serves is over 350,000. The water distribution system is comprised of 157 miles of water main ranging in size from 3-inch diameter to 48-inch diameter. There are more than 2,000 valves and 1,400 fire hydrants in the Evanston distribution system.

The Sewer Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the sewer conveyance systems in Evanston, which is comprised of three different sewer systems: a combined sewer system, a relief combined sewer system and a storm sewer system. These systems are comprised of over 200 miles of sewer mains ranging in size from 6-inch diameter to 120-inch diameter and include over 5,500 manhole inspection structures and over 9,000 drainage structures. The city does not have a sewage treatment plant and all of the sewage flows to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The sewage is treated at the MWRD North Side Treatment Plant located at the intersection of Howard Street and McCormick Boulevard.