City of West Richland

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

City of West Richland
West Richland, WA Full time
Posted on January 7, 2018

City Of West Richland

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

This position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment plant. Ensure compliance with all state and federal wastewater quality standards. Monday-Friday Non-Exempt / 40 hours week $4,100 5,800 month. Comprehensive benefits. High school diploma or equivalent required. Six years experience in the operation/maintenance of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. WA commercial driver's license Class A with tanker endorsement, Sewer Treatment Plant Operator III Certificate, Flagger Certificate, criminal background check. 


Under general supervision of the Sewer Operations Supervisor, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a variety of plant equipment in connection with the continuous operation of the City’s wastewater treatment plant; ensures compliance with all state and federal wastewater quality standards; monitors wastewater treatment plant processes; oversees and makes repairs and adjustments to equipment in the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant; performs laboratory tests; prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to area of assignment; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and provides training to lower level personnel.

This classification is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker II – Sewer position by the performance of the technical and administrative duties solely assigned to ensure compliance with government standards relating to operation and maintenance of the City’s wastewater treatment plant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of a variety of plant equipment in connection with the continuous operation of the City’s wastewater treatment plant; ensures compliance with all state and federal wastewater quality standards.  
  • Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including wastewater treatment plant methods, procedures, and techniques; identifies training opportunities and needs; makes recommendations to Sewer Operations Supervisor as necessary.  
  • Oversees the use, care and operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment including vehicles, power tools and equipment.  
  • Checks work for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures.  
  • Responsible for operating, inspecting, cleaning, repairing, replacing and maintaining pumps, motors, filters and related equipment; performs major plant repairs as necessary.  
  • Performs treatment plant rounds inspecting, monitoring, and documenting plant operations by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, computer screens, graphs, and other instrumentation;
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 2 makes appropriate adjustment to process controls, ensuring that operational problems are identified and corrected; ensures that plants are operating within safety standards established by federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations; provides training for less experienced personnel.  
  • Participates in performing general, grounds and preventive maintenance and repair in and around plant facilities including lubricating equipment, cleaning drying beds and washing down belt press and truck bays; switches out polymer bins as necessary; performs landscape duties including mowing, edging, and weed abatement.  
  • Operates a variety of vehicles, tools, and equipment necessary to maintain the wastewater treatment plant system and equipment.  
  • Participates in performing skilled water pollution control laboratory testing and analysis; monitors the operation of industrial wastes instrumentation for proper monitoring; adheres to quality assurance programs for laboratory analysis and instrumentation; performs calibration checks; makes chemical solutions for proper operation of online chlorine analyzers and dechlorination analyzer.  
  • Orders and stores chemicals and other materials and supplies used at the wastewater treatment plant.  
  • Coordinates maintenance activities with supervisor; makes process changes as needed; reports any problems in plant operations; notifies supervisor with any discharge violations that may occur.  
  • Participates in preparing, maintaining, and/or submitting a variety of written records and reports in compliance with state and federal mandates for reporting.  
  • Assists in plant expansion projects as necessary; attends construction project meetings; works with contractors throughout the construction phase; responds to questions and inquiries as necessary.  
  • May assist in sewer collection maintenance and cleaning activities and utilities marking as needed; performs routine maintenance on rolling stock.  
  • Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment including explaining wastewater treatment procedures; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.  
  • Estimates time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions materials as required.  
  • Attends training and safety meetings as necessary.  
  • Performs after‐hours emergency work as necessary; while on call responds to emergency after‐hour calls.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Provides assistance to other departments as assigned.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co‐workers, other City employees and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 3 the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Makes every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increases the quality of service to the public.
  • Performs other duties as required and performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures.
  • Works in a safe manner and report unsafe activities and conditions. Follows City‐wide safety policy and practices and adheres to requirements concerning safety prevention, reporting, and monitoring as outlined in the City’s Safety Handbook.