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Highway Commissioner

Under the direction of the Highway Committee, this position has the overall and primary responsibility to administer and oversee the operation of the Highway and Transportation Department including all programs and staff. Qualifications:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in Civil Engineering, Business Administration, or related field and a minimum of three (3) years of administrative experience and responsibility in an engineering environment, OR Associate Degree from an accredited vocational or technical school in civil engineering or construction, and familiarity with accounting principles coupled with at least seven (7) years of administrative experience, including budgetary responsibilities in the engineering, highway or transportation industry.  A Professional Engineer’s license is desirable for this position.  Valid Wisconsin Drivers License required.  Availability for emergency call for varying lengths of time on a 24 hour, 7-day basis.  2024 annual salary range:  $95,894.24 - $109,597.28 based on 2080 hours per year.  Application and job description may be obtained from County Web Site:  https://www.co.columbia.wi.us.  Application deadline is:  June 12, 2024.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 

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Assistant Corporation Counsel

Full time position in the Columbia County Corporation Counsel Office. This position provides legal services to various County departments and committees, as directed by the Corporation Counsel. Primary areas of responsibility will include child support enforcement and establishment of paternity, mental and alcohol commitments, guardianships and protective placements, zoning, debt collection and other civil legal matters as needed by the County. Qualifications: Law Degree (J.D.) from an ABA accredited law school and member in good standing of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Hire Rate:  $38.977 per hour. Employment with Columbia County qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Application for employment and job description can be obtained from the County website at https://www.co.columbia.wi.us  Application deadline is June 13, 2024.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Child Support Legal Secretary

Full-time position with the Columbia County Child Support Office.  Performs a variety of complex bookkeeping, secretarial, clerical, and general office duties as required by law and of an exact nature in accordance with the prescribed practices and assignments.  Qualifications:  Computer experience required AND must meet one of the following: Associate or Business Degree in accounting or other secretarial science and a minimum of (2) two years of related office experience, OR High school diploma or its equivalent, including or supplemented by course work with at least two semesters in accounting or other secretarial science and a minimum of (3) three years of related office and bookkeeping experience. Hire rate: $20.624 per hour. All applicants are REQUIRED to submit a Columbia County application for consideration obtained from website https://www.co.columbia.wi.us  Application deadline:  Monday, June 3, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

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Health Promotions Coordinator

Full-time 37.5 hours per week with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Columbia County located within Health and Human Services.  This position plans and carries out all responsibilities of services provided by the Older Americans Act including the elder nutrition program, caregiver respite and health prevention programs. Qualifications:  Associate Degree with a minimum of one (1) year of responsible experience, OR High School diploma with a minimum of two (2) year responsible experience in a related field, OR three (3) years of cumulative work experience. Computer experience required.  Hire rate:  $20.624 per hour. Application deadline will remain open until filled. All applicants must complete the Columbia County application for consideration. Obtain required application from website:  https://www.co.columbia.wi.us   AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER   

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Crisis Social Worker

Columbia County Health & Human Services is recruiting for a Social Worker that focuses on crisis situations in the Division of Behavioral Health and Long Term Support. Position involves working with individuals of all ages with mental illness or substance use disorders to promote and support their recovery. Knowledge of wraparound, community services, person centered planning, trauma informed care, and facilitating teams is preferred.  Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited Social Work Degree Program.  Must be certified/licensed under Wis. Stats. §457 or eligible to obtain social work certification/licensure within one year of hire and maintain licensure throughout employment; you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, or other Human Service program. Requires possession of valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and personal transportation. There is a potential for advanced practice social workers to obtain supervision hours.  Starting wage: $26.737 - $28.269 per hour. All applicants are required to complete a Columbia County application obtained from the website:  https://www.co.columbia.wi.us   Position will remain open until filled. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER  

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Public Health Nurse

Full time position, 37.5 hrs/wk, Monday thru Friday with Columbia County Health and Human Services.  Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Wisconsin, experience in maternal child health preferred. Salary range: $28.774 – $32.885 per hour plus fringe benefits. Columbia County also offers a $6,000 sign-on bonus. Application deadline will remain open until filled. All applicants must complete the Columbia County application for consideration. Obtain required application from website:  https://www.co.columbia.wi.us   AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER   

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Summer 2024 Employment - Highway & Transportation Department

Applications are being accepted for full time summer employment with Columbia County Highway & Transportation.  This opportunity is open for multiple positions including:

 

Truck Driver (4 positions):  CDL required, driving dump truck in support of construction operations throughout the county.

Parks Maintenance (2 positions):  Wisconsin Driver’s License required, able to operate riding lawnmower, janitorial duties, able to work independently.

Engineering Technician (2 positions):  culvert inspections, surveying, right-of-way documentation research, construction assisting, mapping.

 

Duties as assigned include various tasks related to general maintenance of highways and equipment as stated above.  Must have valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.  Must be 18 years of age. Hire rate: $23.00 per hour truck driver; engineering $20.00 per hour; parks $18.00 per hour.

 

For consideration applicants are required to submit a Columbia County application obtained from:  www.co.columbia.wi.us

email:  human.resources@columbiacountywi.gov

or fax to:  608-742-9802

or mail to:   Columbia County Human Resources

P.O. Box 63

112 East Edgewater Street

Portage, WI  53901

 

 

Safety & Environmental Manager - Highway & Transportation Dept.

Senior field manager position within Columbia County Highway & Transportation; responsibilities include but are not limited to, assist Commissioner with planning, permitting, and training department personnel, resources, and projects for successful implementation and completion to maintain equipment, buildings, grounds, bridges, culverts, roads, safety devices, signage, and road right-of-way on the State including interstate, County, and Town road systems within the county. WEEKEND AND NIGHT ON CALL position, assisting other managers and superintendents in the oversight of the day-to-day operation of the department. Qualifications: A minimum of five years of experience in planning, designing, maintaining, or supervising field construction and inspection of highways, bridges, culverts, signage; OR A combination of field experience and vocational or technical school background in Civil Technology or related field, and a minimum of two years responsible highway maintenance and/or highway construction experience. Computer knowledge and skills essential as well as public outreach coordination would be beneficial.  Wisconsin Class A Commercial Driver’s License with H and N endorsement within 6 months of hire through County CDL school. Salary: $76,806.08 – $81,190.72. Application and job description obtained at: Columbia County Human Resources, 112 E. Edgewater St., P.O. Box 63, Portage, WI  53901, (608) 742-9667.  Web Site Address: www.co.columbia.wi.us.  Position will remain open until filled, application review will begin on April 15th.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

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Janitor

Columbia County Facility Management Department is recruiting for a full-time position (40 hrs/wk).  Employee will be assigned to work at any of the Columbia County facilities maintained by Facilities Management (Administration Building/Health & Human Services/Courthouse/Sheriff’s Office/Jail).  Qualifications:  High School Diploma or its equivalent, minimum of 1-year work experience in housekeeping, maintenance or groundskeeper desirable. Background and reference checks will be conducted.  This position is Monday - Friday 3:30 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. (midnight).  Salary range based on experience: $18.584 to $21.244 per hour, depending on experience. Applicants are REQUIRED to submit an application obtained from the Columbia County website:  www.co.columbia.wi.us.  Position will remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Accounting Assistant

Challenging full time (40.0 hrs/wk) County Government position, located within the Columbia County Health & Human Services Department, which requires accuracy and thorough knowledge of accounting concepts and principles. Computer experience required in Microsoft Windows and Office applications. Experience with PeopleSoft accounting system beneficial. Responsible for various accounting tasks.  Must be motivated and capable of working on multi-tasks within defined time constraints.  Qualifications: Minimum of an Associate Degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited vocational, college, or technical school and a minimum of two (2) year responsible office experience. Hire rate: $22.661 per hour. Applicants REQUIRED to submit a Columbia County application for consideration obtained from the County website www.co.columbia.wi.us.  Position will remain open until filled.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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Driver - Aging & Disability Resource Center ("ADRC")

Part-time position with Columbia County Health & Human Services.  The Aging & Disability Resource Center is hiring drivers interested in a rewarding way to serve the community to transport senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to medical appointments and nutrition sites, deliver meals and other trips as necessary.  HIRE RATE: $10.00 per hour.  Requires a valid Wisconsin Driver's License and clean driving record, ability to maintain accurate records be courteous, pleasant and helpful to people who are elderly or disabled.  Background check is required and will be completed by employer.  Required completion of Columbia County application which can be obtained through the county website: www.co.columbia.wi.us or call (608)742-9667 or pick up an application from Human Resources at 112 East Edgewater Street in Portage.  Position will remain open until filled.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Mechanic/Master Mechanic

Full time position with Columbia County Highway & Transportation.  Qualifications: Associate Degree from an accredited vocational or technical school and a minimum of two (2) years experience in truck/equipment repairs OR Vocational diploma from an accredited vocational or technical school in welding, fabrication, auto mechanics or related field and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in truck/equipment repairs OR High School diploma or its equivalent and such practical training and experience comparable to a minimum of ten (10) years of current work experience in a daily routine manner, for equipment O.E.M. construction company, etc. with daily repairing/rebuilding duties being, but not limited to; metals, welding, hydraulics, transmissions, differentials, power dividers, gas and diesel engines, brakes, suspensions, as well as wiring for trucks and equipment. Mechanics Job Knowledge, Skills and mechanic examination will be administered. Position is being filled at either Mechanic level (starting rate $26.737 - $28.269 per hour) or Master Mechanic level ($28.774 - $30.422 per hour), based on experience and certifications. Wisconsin Class A Commercial Driver’s License with H and N endorsement within 6 months of hire through County CDL school. Completion of County application is required and can be obtained from the website www.co.columbia.wi.us  submit by email, fax or mail. Position will remain open until filled.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Highway Maintenance Worker/Highway Patrolman

Columbia County Highway & Transportation is recruiting for Patrolman. Full time position, 40 hours per week. Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent + 2 years’ experience/training in some type of construction field. Must have valid WI Driver's License, Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) preferred OR must obtain within six (6) months of hire date through County CDL school. $24.710 to $26.115 per hour depending on qualifications. Position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants will need to submit the required County application obtained from www.co.columbia.wi.us for consideration. Please complete and submit to Columbia County Human Resources by email, fax or mail. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Laborer Recycling - Limited Term Solid Waste Facility

Columbia County Solid Waste is seeking individuals for Laborer positions. This is a limited term employment currently 40 hours per week. Responsible for sorting and salvaging materials related to various duties in the recycling area. Required to meet the physical requirements related to refuse and recycling material. Hire Rate: $16.00 per hour, no benefits. Background checks will be completed on qualified applicants. Required completion of Columbia County employment application obtained online www.co.columbia.wi.us or from Columbia County Human Resources 112 East Edgewater Street Portage, WI 53901

 

911 Dispatcher/Communication Operator

NEW PAY INCREASE!

 

We are hiring a full-time 911 Dispatcher/Communication Operator. Come and join our team and start a new and exciting career!

 

Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent; related work experience preferably in operating two-way radio equipment, with strong computer and communication skills. Must have the ability to effectively multitask, simultaneously using multiple information systems. Must possess excellent moral character; be dependable; and be able to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays. Selection process includes oral interviews, background investigation, medical and psychological evaluation, drug/alcohol screening, county residency is not required. Hire rate $24.710 - $28.234 per hour, based on experience and certification. Columbia County also offers the following incentives:

 

• Additional Two Dollars ($2) per hour weekend pay.

• Additional Two Dollars ($2) per hour nighttime shift differential premium pay.

• Columbia County provides great benefits for sick time, holiday time and vacation time.

• 12-hour shifts with every other 3-day weekend off.

 

Please include your responses to the 3 questions in Section 6 in the DJ-LE 330 application. Please limit your response to a one-page typed letter. Applications are accepted by email, human.resources@columbiacountywi.gov, fax 608-742-9802 or mail Columbia County HR, PO Box 63, Portage, WI 53901.

 

Application deadline is May 20, 2024, at 8am. Interviews to be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Top candidates will be contacted with an interview time.

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Deputy Sheriff

STARTING PAY BETWEEN $29.602 – $36.961 PER HOUR DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE

AN ADDITIONAL $2 FOR WEEKEND HOURS WORKED

UP TO 144 HOURS OF VACATION UPON HIRE FOR LATERAL TRANSFER CANDIDATES

PERSONALLY ASSIGNED TAKE HOME SQUAD CAR

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting to fill current Deputy Sheriff vacancies.  Lateral transfer candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a patrol deputy position.  Patrol deputies will be issued a take home squad that is assigned to them.  Deputies are eligible for specialized teams like SWAT, Dive, Boat Patrol, Drug Unit, Honor Guard, K-9, Crisis Negotiation, Critical Incident Debriefing, Accident Reconstruction, Crime Scene Evidence Tech, and Drone Unit.

Qualifications: Minimum two-year associate degree or 60 credits from an accredited Technical College, College, or University; a High School diploma or its equivalent; and a minimum of 18 years of age.  State Law Enforcement Standards Board Certified or Certifiable is preferred.

Requirements: Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license with a good driving record. Be able to pass an extensive and thorough background check including physical and psychological examination as well as drug and alcohol screening.  Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes holidays, weekends, and nights. Must have uncompromised integrity with high moral standards.

How to Apply: Submit WI Law Enforcement Standard Board application DJ-LE330.  Applicants MUST complete the 3 questions in Section 6 for consideration. Selection process includes review of application documents, oral interviews, background investigation, medical & psychological evaluations, drug and alcohol screenings. Obtain the Law Enforcement application from the Columbia County Website or Wilenet.  Deadline for applications is June 3, 2024.  Interviews for the top candidates will be scheduled after that time.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

In addition to the DJ-LE330, please submit your answers to the following essay questions:

1. Why do you feel you are the best candidate for a Deputy Sheriff position with Columbia County?

2. Why is the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office your department of choice?

3. How does the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office fit into your career goals?

Please limit your response to a one-page typed letter for each question. 

The 2024 pay range is $29.602 - $39.333 per hour with a starting pay range between $29.602 – $36.961 per hour depending on law enforcement experience and certifications as dictated by the Columbia County lateral transfer program. 

Patrol deputies work a 12-hour shift and will be scheduled off every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Excellent benefits package with health, dental, and eye insurance, up to 144 hours of vacation for lateral transfers, 88 hours of Holidays, 8 hours earned a month of sick time.  Patrol Deputies will receive an additional $2.00 per hour for weekend hours worked. Columbia County contributes $35 each pay period into a separate Healthcare Reimbursement Account ("HRA") to be used upon retirement for health insurance costs. Upon Retirement, Deputies will receive $6,000 a year for health insurance if they meet the required years of service as stated in the collective bargaining agreement. All uniforms and equipment issued upon start date with a yearly uniform allowance of $700 after the first year. 

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Jail Deputy

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting to fill current vacancies for a Jail Deputy. Schedule is 12-hour shifts with every other 3-day weekend off. Qualifications:  High School Diploma or equivalent; excellent moral character; dependable; and ability to handle and control inmates. Selection process includes oral interviews, background investigation, medical & psychological evaluations, drug and alcohol screenings, county residency not required.  Hire rate $24.710 - $28.234 per hour (2024 rates), based on experience and certification. Columbia County also offers the following incentives:

  •  Additional Two Dollars ($2) per hour weekend pay.
  • Jail staff who complete five (5) years of service in the Jail shall receive a one-time payment of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000).
  • Jail staff who retire from the County at age fifty-five (55) or above with at least twenty-five (25) years of continuous service with the Sheriff’s Office, shall receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) per year, through the age of sixty-five (65). 

 Application process:

REQUIRED to submit WI Law Enforcement Standard Board application DJ-LE330 complete the 3 questions in Section 6 General.  

Please limit your response to a one-page typed letter. 

Obtain the Law Enforcement application from the Columbia County website: www.co.columbia.wi.us or wilenet.org  Position will remain open until filled.  Applications accepted by email: human.resources@columbiacountywi.gov  fax 608-742-9802 or mail Columbia County HR, PO Box 63, Portage, WI  53901.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER   

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Court Services III

Now Hiring - Part Time

Courthouse Security / Transport Deputy

Individuals With Past Law Enforcement or Correctional Experience Are Encouraged to Apply!

 

Seeking individuals to work 2-3 days per week performing courthouse security and inmate transport duties on a part time basis. This position is an armed and uniformed Special Deputy Sheriff position working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Shifts are Monday-Friday with daytime hours.

Applicants must have been certified or certifiable by Wisconsin DOJ Training and Standards Board for either the law enforcement or jail academies and pass and maintain said State of WI certifications for Firearms, EVOC, and Defensive Tactics.

How to Apply: Submit WI Law Enforcement Standard Board application DJ-LE330.  Selection process includes review of application documents, oral interviews, background investigation, medical & psychological evaluations, drug and alcohol screenings. Obtain the Law Enforcement application from the Columbia County Website (https://www.co.columbia.wi.us/columbiacounty/) or Wilenet.  Applications accepted by email: human.resources@columbiacountywi.gov  fax 608-742-9802 or mail Columbia County HR, PO Box 63, Portage, WI  53901. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

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Dietary Aide/Relief Cook

Department:  Columbia Health Care Center

Hiring Rate:  $14.141 per hour

Relief Cook Rate:  $16.075 per hour

Closing Date:  Open

 

Columbia Health Care Center is currently seeking at part time Dietary Aide/Relief Cook.  This position works 60 hours per 2 week pay period which includes every other weekend.  Additional hours may be available. 

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Life Enrichment Assistant

Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena is recruiting for a Life Enrichment Assistant.  This position works with the Life Enrichment Director in planning, coordinating and implementing the activity programs for our residents to meet their individual needs and interests.  This is a full time position working Monday – Friday with a Saturday rotation.  There will be some evening hours.  Requirements: Must be a C.N.A.  or Licensed Healthcare Professional.  Must be CPR Certified (can be completed after hire).  Salary range based on experience $16.985 to $17.836 per hour.  Applicants MUST complete a CHCC application obtained from the website https://www.co.columbia.wi.us.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Environmental Services Aide

Department:  Columbia Health Care Center
Hiring Wage:  $14.510/hour
Closing Date:  Open

Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena is recruiting for two full time Environmental Services Aide. This position works Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and every 4th weekend. This position performs day-to-day housekeeping functions as assigned

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Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses

Department:  Columbia County Health Care Center
RN Wage Range:  $34.191 - $43.835 /hour
LPN Wage Range:  $24.524 - $31.434/hour

Closing Date:  Open
Positions Available:  Casual Shifts

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Certified Nursing Assistant Positions

Department:  Columbia County Health Care Center
Wage Range: $16.985 - $21.734/hour, plus PM/NOC/Weekend Shift Differentials
Closing Date:  Open
Positions Available:  AM, PM and NOC – 8 hour and 12 hour.

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