Department of Public Works



The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA - DPW is accepting applications for a full time SKILLED LABORER (W2) in the WATER DEPARTMENT. Starting pay is $22.03 per hour. Working knowledge of public works equipment, operations and mechanics, construction and maintenance procedures preferred.

Must have the ability to perform heavy manual labor under varying weather conditions and follow proper methods, procedures and safety measures. Able to understand and carry out oral instructions, work independently in the performance of routine duties but may involve judgment and initiative in determining method of completion. Requires skill in operating power tools, hand tools and heavy equipment. Valid driver’s license required. Massachusetts Water Distribution License Level One (or higher) required or ability to obtain one within six months.

Closing date: 4/25/18

Applications can be downloaded from the Town’s website:

Or collected in person from Town Hall, Rm #6, 10 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944.

Completed applications can be submitted in person or by mail to the address above or emailed as an attachment to:

Work started today (3/27/18) to repair the rotunda after damage caused by the first of the March Nor'Easters. North Shore Construction is the contractor performing this essential work.

Rotunda (1)

Rotunda (2)

COMPOST SITE:  The Compost Site will open for the 2018 season on March 24, 2018. Opening hours will be: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9-3 pm.


March 15, 2018 - The price to dispose of large (wood/fabric household) items curbside such as mattresses, chairs, side tables etc will increase. The green stickers purchased from the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall will be $10 per sticker. Please remember, only one large item per household per week, item must be placed curbside next to your trash and recyclables by 7 am on your day of collection. If your stickered item is ever left behind by Waste Management's trash truck please report it at: 800-972-4545.

The Transfer Station now accepts standard Auto batteries for recycling with a $10 sticker pre-purchased from the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. Please see the attendant on arrival at the Transfer Station.

Please note AAA, AA, C, D etc type small regular batteries are not recyclable and should be put in your orange trash bags.

Power Outage and Downed Trees in Wires

For power outage updates or to report downed trees in wires, please call National Grid directly: 1-800-322-3223 or on your mobile device at: or text: STORM to 64743 or online at

Waste Management Calendar

The DPW would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the Waste Management Calendar that was recently mailed to all Manchester residents. The street listing collection schedule contained mistakes. Collection days have NOT changed.

Click here for list of current DPW projects.

SCAM ALERT! Many companies claim their plastic bags are compostable. Bags must say "ASTM 6400 certified" to be compostable. Biodegradable is not compostable. An alternative is to use double-bagged paper grocery bags.

New water rates went into effect on July 1, 2017. Information regarding these rates and how to conserve water were mailed to all residents in late June.

Mission Statement

The Public Works Department’s provides and maintains public services necessary for the continued growth and improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

The Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Click here for an overview of the Department of Public Works.

Click here for the current Curbside Collection Schedule.