Knoxville Public Service Department to Host Job Fair on September 15

The city of Knoxville Public Service Department announced that it will hold a job fair on September 15, from 8 a.m. to noon, located at the Public Works Service Center.

The Public Service Job Fair is geared toward job seekers “looking for steady, satisfying outdoor work that helps keep Knoxville clean and operating efficiently,” the department wrote in a press release.

“Public Service workers are essential to City operations and responsible for much of the pride people feel when they live and work here,” Knoxville Public Service Director Chad Weth said in a statement.

According to the department, more than 30 open positions are available, including the entry-level Public Service Worker, whose duties may consist of:

  • Picking up brush and litter from streets, parks or other areas within the City
  • Cleaning culverts, drains, ditches and maintains storm sewers
  • Assisting in laying brick or block for catch basins and retaining walls
  • Pouring and finishing concrete for sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Weed control, cutting, trimming and pruning trees, flowers and shrubs, and maintaining undergrowth

Those interested in applying for the open positions may apply in person at the job fair or online, according to the press release. If applying in person at the job fair, attendees are asked to bring their résumés and driver’s license, which are required for the job.

“Many crew members say they appreciate the opportunity for consistent work hours that leave them with evenings and weekends free,” Knoxville Public Service Deputy Director Rachel Butzler said in a statement. “They also like the on-the-job training on a variety of power equipment.” Tools of the trade include leaf blowers, mowers, shovels, pole saws, string trimmers and more.

To recruit new employees, the city of Knoxville has produced two videos so far exploring examples of what a day in the life of a public service worker looks like.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Landscaping” by Vietnam Photographer.


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