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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.

Customer Service: 503-823-7770


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Apprentice Program

The Portland Water Bureau is not currently accepting applications for Water Bureau apprentices at this time. Please check back periodically.

Earn as You Learn as a Water Bureau Apprentice
The Portland Water Bureau is unique among City bureaus as well as many other water providers in utilizing an apprenticeship program -- sanctioned by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) -- for the purpose of developing future Utility Worker IIs and Water Operations Mechanics.

Under the supervision of journey-level Utility Workers and Water Operations Mechanics, apprentices develop the skills and experience needed to insure the proper maintenance of the water system while protecting the public’s health.

Utility Worker Apprentices complete 4,000 hours (approximately two years) and Water Operations Mechanic Apprentices complete 6,000 hours of on the job and classroom training before graduating the programs. Unlike many apprenticeship programs which release apprentices to find jobs elsewhere, Water Bureau apprentices who complete their apprenticeship are eligible for appointment to the journey level position in their respective classes.

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Access more information, including typical duties/examples of work, required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and special requirements using the links below:

For more information on the Water Bureau's Apprentice Program, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail

Utility Worker Apprentice

Click here to access information about the Utility Worker Apprentice position.

Water Operations Mechanic Apprentice

Click here to access information about the Water Operations Mechanic Apprentice position.