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Welcome to the Town of Smithfield's Employment center. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Director, Public Works & Utilities - (Essential Personnel)

Position Posted:      October 26, 2020

Position Closes:       Open Until Filled (First Application Review - November 9, 2020)

Starting Pay:            $75,600 (DOQ)

Status:                      Exempt, Full-Time

POSITION SUMMARY Under limited supervision, plans, directs and administers the day-to-day operations of the Public Works & Utilities Department. Performs complex professional and administrative work coordinating and supervising maintenance, construction, engineering, water works, and operations of the Town Public Works & Utilities Department.  


  • Manages the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the Town’s infrastructure, to include coordination with contractors and vendors.
  • Works with governmental agencies, ensuring compliance, permitting, and cooperation as required on various projects.
  • Plans, develops and implements proposals and programs to properly administer local funds, grant funds, and VDOT maintenance funds to maintain and expand services in accordance with the needs of the Town.
  • Manages the daily administrative and technical operations of the department and the deployment of resources to projects in a fiscally responsible manner. This includes activities of the Town’s building maintenance, grounds, streets, sewer, water works, and engineering functions.
  • Provides annual support for the development of a recommended budget for the Capital Improvements Program.
  • Attends pre-construction meetings with contractors/developers to discuss projects. Conducts on-site inspections of projects under construction to ensure compliance.
  • Participates in management teams and committees as appointed by the Town Manager
  • Responsible for the overall leadership and oversight of the Public Works department & Town Engineer. Provides Leadership, council, motivation and constructive performance feedback to all assigned staff in support of the Town’s Vision.
  • Promotes and ensures proper employee training per OSHA guidelines and compliance with Town’s adopted safety program and departmental safety procedures.
  • Serves as essential personnel and must be available during emergency situations involving matters of the Public Works & Utilities Department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with course work emphasis in civil engineering, public administration, business administration or a related field or equivalent combination of training experience required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of six to nine years of progressive experience in a public works/utilities department is preferred, including 4 or more years or responsible supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Software
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires strong organizational skills.
  • Must possess a customer service focused attitude.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia Drivers’ License
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen required.


 Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 50 pounds).

 Requires the ability to perform skilled coordinated movements, such as inspecting sites, driving a vehicle and using a keyboard.

Tasks may risk exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as weather, traffic, dust, odors and noise.


 Grounds Maintenance Specialist - Public Works Department (Essential Personnel)

Position Posted:      October 26, 2020

Position Closes:       Open Until Filled (First Application Review - November 9, 2020)

Starting Pay:            $13.05 per hour

Status:                      Non-Exempt, Full-Time

POSITION SUMMARY Under direct supervision, performs a combination of manual labor and light equipment operation for the purpose of maintaining and/or repairing Town properties, streets, public facilities and utility system components. Performs related work as required. 


  • Performs varied grounds keeping duties such as mowing grass, blowing and/or vacuuming leaves, cutting trees and limbs, sweeping sidewalks, shoveling snow and removing debris and trash from Town properties using equipment such as zero turn mowers, walk behind mowers, blowers,  bush hogs, tractors, etc.
  • Operates a variety of hand and power tools in the performance of assigned tasks including mowers, chain saws, shovels, brooms, weed eaters, etc.
  • Cleans storm drains; Performs occasional painting.
  • Picks up trash and dead animals.
  • Keeps flower beds clean.
  • Installs street and other traffic control signs.
  • Directs traffic around work site. 
  • Obtains, transports and accounts for materials and supplies needed to perform work. 
  • Maintains equipment and ensures its proper working condition.  Reports equipment, materials or supply problems to supervisor. 
  • Spray for pesticides (Requires Registered Technician Certification)
  • Perform V-DOT Flagging activities as necessary
  • Drives Town vehicles to and from job sites, for snow removal, or for other job-related tasks
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED preferred
  • Must possess a valid Virginia Drivers’ license
  • A minimum of 5-11 months previous experience with grounds keeping and/or manual labor preferred
  • Prior experience with the use of zero turn mowers, chainsaws, bush hogs, and/or tractors is preferred
  • V-DOT Flagging Certification required (or must obtain within 6 months of employment)
  • Registered Technician Certification for pesticide spraying required (or must obtain within 6 months of employment)

 Note: Position requires successful completion of a background check, pre-employment physical and drug screen. This position also participates in the Town's random drug screen pool.


Tasks involve regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50) pounds.

Requires the ability to perform coordinated movements involving placing and turning motions, such as operating light equipment, power tools and performing manual labor.

Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate depths. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination.  Most tasks require oral communications ability.

Tasks may risk exposure to traffic hazards, adverse weather conditions, dust, pollen, odors, and loud noise.


 Patrol Officer - (Essential Personnel)

Position Posted:      October 9, 2020

Position Closes:       November 13, 2020

Starting Pay:            $19.58 per hour ($40,726 annualized based on a 40 hour work week)

Status:                      Non-Exempt, Full-Time

POSITION SUMMARY - Perform general law enforcement work in order to preserve public peace and order; to protect lives, property and rights of the public, and to enforce the laws, and to diminish crime and provide a safe environment in the Town of Smithfield.  Work involves patrolling of Town to deter crime or apprehend and/or arrest violators or suspects; responding to calls for law enforcement assistance and gathering information for criminal investigations.   The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. Performs related work as required. 


  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by deterrence through high visibility patrol throughout the Town. Apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate statutory law and/or municipal ordinances.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes.  Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes.
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations.  Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports.  Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas.  Assists disabled motorists.  Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas.
  • Serves criminal warrants and search warrants.
  • Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements and other related information. 
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Participates in a variety of law enforcement training and maintains certifications; and may train other personnel on radar, firearms, chemical agents, etc.
  • Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
  • May perform boat patrolling duties on adjacent waterways.
  • Must serve on an on-call basis 24 hours a day as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment and work area.
  • Completes miscellaneous paperwork, time sheets, etc.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent  combination of work and training preferred
  • Graduation from law enforcement academy is preferred for hire.  BLE Certification is required in order to perform essential functions.
  • Must possess the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports
  • Must possess the ability to deal professionally, courteously and fairly with the public
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances
  • Must possess the ability to become skilled in the use of firearms and the operation of police vehicles;
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day as assigned
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license
  • Must have no felony convictions and no convictions involving moral turpitude

Selected candidates must be able to successfully complete a thorough background investigation, including a polygraph, psychological evaluation, pre-employment medical exam and drug screen.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc. Incumbents required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside Town boundaries to attend meetings.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push,

pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs.


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The Town of Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applications for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital status, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.