Careers

Dewees is a private, three-mile-long oceanfront island located between Capers Island and the Isle of Palms. Access to the island is available via ferry.

Also a nature preserve, the Island has only 150 homesites, no paved roads, and defined building codes that demand a small environmental footprint. The community consists of environmentally conscious people who choose to live and work on this sensitive barrier island.

As the workforce on Dewees is limited, the team strives towards upholding a vibrant, fun, and synergistic work culture. Each team member is prepared to roll up their sleeves and dig in to help problem solve and accomplish tasks.
 
If you are interested in working in a truly beautiful and unique environment, take a look at the job openings below. 

To apply, please send your resume and a statement as to why you are interested in the position to [email protected]




 

Island Maintenance Technician

The Maintenance Technician performs a variety of skilled maintenance, modification, construction, and repair activities. Capable of performing a wide variety of work to ensure that the public facilities, infrastructure, and docks are maintained in a safe and effective working condition.

Operates and maintains equipment and vehicles that are used in the maintenance and repair department. Performs general maintenance on facilities and equipment including carpentry, replacement of light fixtures and air filters, painting and repair of plumbing fixtures, power washing. Maintains public facilities, shop and garage areas, storage sites and other buildings in a clean orderly and safe condition.

Knowledge of golf-cart repair and maintenance is a plus.

Work Environment
Job requires daily ferry rides to and from the island.
Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions.

By the nature of the fact that we have a small, limited workforce here on Dewees Island, it is important that every member of our staff be a team player, flexible, and adaptable.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Hours:
25-40 hours/week
Monday - Friday or Tuesday - Saturday
Shifts can start at 7 am or 8 am based on preference

Compensation Commensurate with experience

Utility Operator in Charge

The Utility Operator in Charge manages all aspects of operating and maintaining the water and wastewater utilities of Dewees Island. South Carolina. Ensures that the Island has at all times a sufficient quantity of good potable water, and that the wastewater is treated and disposed of, both to the quality and quantity as approved by the DHEC permits. Ensures compliance with regulatory procedures and reporting practices. Responsible for sampling and testing systems, and the functionality of pumps, conveyors, blowers, and other equipment. Stays abreast of Federal, State, and local regulations and environmental guidelines


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Every effort has been made to identify the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.


Daily operation of a low-pressure sewer system and centralized wastewater plant and community tile field. Daily operation of a reverse osmosis water treatment system. Chemical treatment includes anti-scalent, liquid sodium hypochlorite, and corrosion inhibitor addition. Implement, manage and maintain regulatory records/filing system. Chief liaison with SCDHEC and is responsible for the compiling of and submittal of all required regulatory documentation and notices to all relevant governmental authorities. Prepares and implements preventative maintenance schedule for all systems. Develops and maintains an operating procedure for all systems. Orders laboratory, sewer maintenance, and general supplies; maintains equipment parts inventory and requisition new or replacement parts. Maintains sufficient spare parts are on hand to handle any major Utility emergencies on the island. Orders laboratory, sewer maintenance, and general supplies; maintains equipment parts inventory and requisition new or replacement parts.. Plans and describes tasks that could be performed by contractors if outside the skills of the Operator of Record and coordinates the completion of such tasks. Responds personally to equipment malfunctions and other emergencies at any time of the day or night seven days a week. Responsible for solid waste and recycled waste removal from the island. Responsible for propane, gasoline and diesel supply and sales on the island. Helps to foster work in a team environment. Assists other team members as directed by management.


Accomplishes staff results by organizing and coordinating staff; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
Achieves financial objectives by negotiating subcontractor rates; anticipating requirements, submitting information for budget preparation; scheduling expenditures; monitoring costs; analyzing variances; reviewing and approving invoices; recommending revision of estimates.
Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards. Complies with legal and company requirements by following company systems, policies, and procedures; maintaining safe and healthy work practices; monitoring inspections. Improves service results by evaluating system results; and recommending new systems, policies, and procedures.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; benchmarking professional standards; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks.


Maintains a safe and clean working environment by enforcing procedures, rules, and regulations.
Supervisory Responsibilities Directly supervises one employee. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
By the nature of the fact that we have a small, limited workforce here on Dewees Island, it is important that every member of the team be flexible and willing to perform duties and responsibilities not strictly in the scope of his or her job description. These duties, as directed by management, will often involve helping other staff members in other departments. Please be aware that each team member’s efforts in
this regard will be reviewed along with normal job description criteria during his or her annual
performance evaluation.


Qualifications Familiar with a variety of water and sewer concepts, practices, and procedures. To
perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Basic
construction and maintenance methods, procedures, tools, equipment, supplies and materials of water
and sewer utility systems. Safe work practices under hazardous conditions. Operation of a variety of
construction equipment. Knowledge of gas and diesel-powered equipment used in the repair, installation,
and maintenance of a utility operations system. Knowledge of all safety rules and regulations related to a
utility operations system. Knowledge of the materials, equipment, procedures, and practices used in a
utility operations system. Knowledge of policies and procedures used in the construction, repair, and
maintenance of the utility operations system. Knowledge of OSHA, CDL, and MNOPS regulations.
Knowledge of flow monitoring and sampling of water, wastewater, and stormwater. Skill in inspecting,
diagnosing, and repairing the distribution and collection systems. Skill in using hand and power tools used
in the construction, repair, installation, and maintenance of the utility operations system. Skill in operating
and maintaining vehicles and equipment used in utility operations. Must have strong management skills.
Ability to focus on root cause to find permanent solutions. Ability to envision and manage critical paths of
multiple projects. Ability to keep records and make reports; follow oral and written directions; instruct and
lead unskilled assistants. Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships
with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a
focus on quality service.


Education and/or Experience Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and at least 7 years of
experience in the field or in a related area.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Possession of “B” level biological wastewater treatment plant
operator license, “C” level water treatment plant operator license and “C” level water distribution system
operator license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification. Possession of a
valid current drivers license is essential for all Dewees Island employees.


Mathematical Skills Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure.
Reasoning Ability Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in
situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in
written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional
journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business
correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to
questions from groups of managers, Property Owners, employees and the general public.
Reasoning Ability Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step
instructions. Ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional or no variables.
Computer Skills A basic working knowledge of computers is desirable.
Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following
competencies:


• Ethics and Values – Works with integrity and ethically, upholding the organizational values and
policies of Dewees Island POA. Promotes positive public relations with clients/customers and visitors
and cooperates and works together with all co-workers.
• Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy. Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural
differences. Maintains compliance with current law and policy to provide a work environment free
from sexual harassment and all illegal and discriminatory behavior.
• Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time. Ensures work responsibilities are
covered when absent. Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
• Cost Consciousness – Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
• Safety and Security - Supports, cooperates with and implements specific procedures and programs for safety, including universal precautions and safe work practices, established fire/safety/disaster plans, risk management and security, reports and or corrects unsafe working conditions, equipment repair and maintenance needs.


Physical Demands The physical demands described here 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 functions. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an emergency response setting. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and climb stairs. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio. Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform heavy physical work out of doors in all weather conditions and with exposure to potentially hazardous conditions, use varied hand and power tools, drive a motor vehicle, golf cart and heavy construction equipment; lift and move materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment. Demonstrate physical endurance, agility, strength, and stamina in the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions.


Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in areas of limited and restricted entry and exit; regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions; occasionally works in high, precarious places; exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration; risk of electrical shock, drowning, and asphyxiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be available for regular standby assignments and work scheduled off-hours and emergencies as required.

Assistant Utility Operator

The Assistant Utility Operator assists the Operator in Charge with operating and maintaining the water and wastewater utilities of Dewees Island SC, ensuring that the Island always has a sufficient quantity of good potable water and that the wastewater is treated and disposed of, both to the quality and quantity as approved by the DHEC permits. Collaborates with a team of staff to provide owners quality service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Assists in the daily operation of a low-pressure sewer system and centralized wastewater plant and community tile field.

Assists in the daily operation of a reverse osmosis water treatment system. Chemical treatment includes anti-scalent, liquid sodium hypochlorite, and corrosion inhibitor addition.
Assists in the implementation, management, and maintenance of regulatory records and the associated filing system.

Assists the Operator in Charge in the compiling of and submittal of all required regulatory documentation and notices to all relevant governmental authorities.

Assists and helps prepare and implement a preventative maintenance schedule for all systems. Assists in the development and maintenance of an operating procedure for all systems.
Orders laboratory, sewer maintenance, and general supplies; maintains equipment parts inventory and requisition new or replacement parts.

Maintains sufficient spare parts are on hand to handle any major Utility emergencies on the island.
Assists the Operator in Charge in planning and describing tasks that could be performed by contractors if outside the skills of the Assistant Utility Operator and coordinates the completion of such tasks.
Responds personally to equipment malfunctions and other emergencies at any time of the day.
Responsible for solid waste and recycled waste removal from the island.

Assists other team members in ensuring public facilities and infrastructure are maintained in a safe and effective working condition as directed by management.

Education and/or Experience Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by course work or other appropriate trades training is highly desirable. 1 year of experience minimum is required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Possession of the following licenses are desired Or, at minimum, the candidate must possess a trainee permit prior to employment:
 
  • “D” level biological wastewater treatment plant operator license
  • “D” level water treatment plant operator license
  • “D” level water distribution system operator license

Possession of a valid current driver’s license is essential for all Dewees Island employees.

Requires daily commute to the island via ferry Mon – Fri. Requires coming to the island every other weekend to retrieve water samples. Serves as “on-call” operator every other weekend.

Employment Type

Ferry Deckhand

Dewees Island is a small barrier island that is under a conservation easement. We take pride in the preservation of the beautiful environment and wildlife. The private island is also home to residents who share the same passion for the environment.

Currently, the Dewees Island POA is seeking a Full-Time Mate (deckhand). Candidates must be reliable, self-motivated, customer service focused.
Essential Job Functions

The following tasks are representative and not to be considered all-inclusive

• Assist the Captain with the safe operation of the ferry; properly handle the lines on the ferries.

• Act as a “lookout” for the Captain, especially when the ferry is backing away from the dock and when the waterway is busy. At times, the Captain may have limited visibility. Be thoroughly familiar with the man overboard and fire procedures, be able to drive and dock the boat in the eventuality the Captain is unable to.

• Assist passengers with the loading and off-loading of luggage and goods to and from the luggage cart staging areas.

• Log in all passengers using the Ferry Access System; Monitor access to Dewees; Non-approved passengers are not permitted on Dewees Island. It is the responsibility of the Mate on Duty to politely handle dismissal of non-permitted guests.

• Keep an eye on passengers when vessel is underway, especially small children.

• Clean up all trash, dry off any wet seats, sweep the decks, clean windows, straighten newspapers and magazines, clean vinyl seats, monitor any other items that pertain to keeping the boat clean and presentable.

• Make sure the mail is on the boat each day when delivered and notify owners (if possible) or island staff of any parcels that have been delivered. Bring over and distribute newspapers for Island subscribers. Load newspaper machine daily.
Customer Service Standards

• Communicates and interacts with members of the community to provide exceptional customer service.

• Acknowledges homeowners and guests, greets them with a smile and positive attitude. Be courteous and polite.

• Treat customers and coworkers with respect.

• Maintain a neat and clean appearance; wear the proper uniform and keep it cleaned and pressed properly

Complete other tasks as assigned.

Work Environment
Job requires daily ferry rides to and from the island.
Work is performed outdoors regardless of weather conditions. Willing to work in hot, humid, and wet conditions.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Shifts:
Morning: 5:45 am (6:45 am on weekends) – 1:45 pm
Evening: 1:45 pm – 11 pm (midnight or 1 am on Friday/Saturday nights)

Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Experience. High School Diploma or equivalent. Some knowledge of coast guard regulations and boating safety required. Previous inspected vessel experience is a plus but not required. Any combination of related education and/or related experience will be considered.

Benefits
Health, Dental, PTO, 401k with Company match after 90 days of employment

All applicants must be available to work weekends and evenings.