Meter Reader

The City of Ashland is accepting applications for Meter Readers in the Divison of Finance.

  • The deadline to apply is the close of business June 22, 2018

  • To be considered you must submit an application and take a Civil Service Test, which are both available from Human Resources:

               206 Claremont Ave
               Ashland, OH 44805

  • Civil Service tests will be administered onsite during normal business hours, no appointment needed.



Reads and records water meter readings; installs and makes basic repairs on meters; collects delinquent accounts and shuts off service to delinquent accounts; cleans and maintains vehicles, equipment, maintenance shop, etc.



  • Any combination of training and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.  An example of an acceptable qualification for this position is : 
       Completion of secondary education (high school or GED), plus six (6) months semi-skilled work experience,    or equivalent combination of training and/or experience.



Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license and be able to qualify for and remain insurable under the City's vehicle insurance policy.   



For purposes of 42 USC 12101.

  1. Reads water meters in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and structure, and enters readings in handheld data storage device; receives and responds to customer inquiries.

  2. Checks meters to ensure proper operation; makes basic repairs to defective meters; installs new and removes old meters; orders necessary materials to make repairs to meters.

  3. Collects delinquent accounts and refers uncollectable accounts to utility billing office; shuts off water service to delinquent accounts.

  4. Prepares records of daily activities and repair work.

  5. Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.

  6. Maintains required licensure and certification.


  1. Cleans and maintains vehicles, equipment, maintenance shop, etc.

  2. Performs any and all other duties as directed or assigned by the Director of the Division or other person acting on behalf of or in place of the Director, which in the opinion of the Director or such other person are necessary to be performed in order to promote, further, or ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Division.


Necessary to perform duties (*indicates developed after employment).

Knowledge Of:  Safety practices and procedures; water meter reading procedures*; geographical layout of the City; departmental policies and procedures; basic water meter repair and installation practices and procedures*; basic knowledge of computers, including data entry and retrieval.

Ability To: 
Access meter locations; walk an average of 13 miles per day on uneven terrain; read and record routine information; calculate whole numbers; communicate effectively; follow simple instructions; work under adverse weather conditions; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; lift up to fifty (50) pounds and move up to eighty (80) pounds with assistance; prepare routine work records.

Skill In:  Use of hand tools and meter testing equipment; operation and repair of compound meters.



The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.
Van, hand tools, dump truck, power tools, meter testing equipment.



Is exposed to traffic and domestic animals; works under adverse weather conditions; works around electrical wiring; works with and around power tools and motorized equipment, and works in trenches when assisting utility line maintenance workers.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Wages: hourly pay is $13.00, with annual increases as negotiated by the AFSCME Union

  • Eligible day one for insurances, there is no waiting period for:
          -Health (which is subsidized substantially by the employer)
          -$20K term Life policy with the option to purchase more
          -Voluntary FSA and 457 plans

  • Paid Time off:
          -10 paid holidays;
          - Sick leave begins accruing immediately, plus The City accepts sick leave transfers from qualifying          public employers
          -2 weeks of vacation prorated at 1 year anniversary, the 2 weeks every January 1 after;
          -Personal time


Equal Opportunity Employer