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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Date Posted
Employer Name
City of Oak Harbor
Sector Name
Local Government
Oak Harbor
Career Level
Mid Level


A opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful areas in Washington State and be part of the City of Oak Harbor's new state of the art Clean Water Facility to serve the community and better protect the waters surrounding Oak Harbor and Puget Sound.
 If you are a experienced treatment plant operator interested in being part of this innovative new facility in a great location this is the job for you! 
-Wage placement is dependent on experience and qualifications-

Job Summary
Functions as a journey level operator and performs advanced and specialized process control, operations, maintenance, and other duties at our MBR plant and Aerated Lagoon facilities, including duty calls, emergency services, flagging, safety awareness, customer service, and technical duties to control the flow and processing of sewage and maintain regulatory and NPDES permit requirements. Duties depend on weekly rotations and other assignments and include checking equipment, troubleshooting, modification of equipment, collecting samples, performing laboratory tests, maintaining and understanding logs and records. You will be asked to assess and respond to public inquiries, assist in training, lead special projects, and conduct tours.  

Essential Job Functions

Work activities involve multiple skills and may include any or all of the following depending on area of assignment, crew needs, emergency services, special projects, and seasonal factors:

  1. Assist the Lead Treatment Plant Operator in work scheduling, training, special projects; assist in training and cross training functions; and serve as a backup to the Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Laboratory Technician or Lead Mechanical Operator.
  2. Oversee and perform plant operations and maintenance duties such as process control, regulating chemical flows, starting and stopping pumps, adjusting wastewater flows, and maintaining electrical and mechanical systems, draining water from clarifiers and operating various pumps to transfer sludge from one process to another and monitoring plant operations.  
  3. Monitor automated alarms and controls and perform duties such as calibrating and maintaining electronic control and flow monitoring devices.
  4. Perform and help coordinate weekend and after hours functions including process control, sampling, testing, operations, and maintenance.
  5. Assist in the division public education and community service functions and conduct plant tours for citizens, schools, and other persons.
  6. Collect influent, effluent and process samples; set-up, conduct and record laboratory tests such as volatile acids, volatile solids, BOD, CBOD, bacteriological testing, temperatures, settleable solids, residual chlorine, pH, and alkalinity.
  7. Maintain log of daily operations; record meter and gauge readings, weather and tide conditions, equipment malfunctions and related information.  Utilize computer spreadsheets, reports and maintenance management systems accurately.
  8. Perform treatment plant maintenance duties such as lubricating pump bearings using hand operated grease guns; clean, scrape and paint machinery, equipment, walls, floors and railings. Ability to repair or replace valves, switches, motors, basic electrical equipment and any other related equipment as required or assigned. Clean, sweep and mop offices, process areas and restroom floors, wash windows, and maintain facilities and landscaping as necessary.
  9. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, other departments and the general public using good judgment, tact and courtesy.
  10. Respond to customer and public inquiries in a courteous manner and perform duties such as assessing concerns or complaints, problem solving and leading response efforts, and follow-up with customers, vendors, the public, other operators, Leads, or other colleagues when appropriate.
  11. Maintain and service equipment assigned to the division and conduct complete safety checks.
  12. Assist wastewater collection crew with lift station activities.
  13. Perform inspections of pre-treatment devices as directed.
Associated Job Functions:
  1. Attend various workshops, meetings, seminars, and conferences to maintain skills and meet job requirements.
  2. When assigned "Standby Duty", you must be able to respond to City owned facilities within 30 minutes.
  3. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • High school graduation/GED or equivalent, and
  • Minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible  experience in a wastewater treatment plant, process control, operations, customer service, training, and special projects, and
  • Must have and maintain a valid Washington State certification as a Group II Wastewater Treatment Operator at the time of hire, and have the ability to obtain Group I Wastewater Collection certification within one year of hire.
  • Must obtain CPR and Industrial First Aid certification within one (1) year of hire date, and maintain currency for the term of employment.
  • Must obtain a valid Washington State Department of Transportation certification in flagging, traffic control and safety within one (1) year of hire date and maintain currency for the term of employment.
  • Experience and familiarity with personal computers, printers and faxes, and software such as Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License and a good driving record.
  • Must pass a Criminal Background and Drivers Abstract check prior to hire.
  • Must be able to obtain security clearance for access to the local Navy base.
 Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply wastewater treatment technical, operational, and customer service skills to resolve problems which may occur, and to contribute suggestions for improvements to procedures in process control, operations, training, and special projects. 
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize Fluke multimeters, specialized laboratory instruments, specialized equipment associated with treatment plant operations and its maintenance and repair. Operation of full sized pick-up trucks, flat bed trucks, tailgate lifts, forklifts, generators, various pumps, backhoes, hand and power tools, as well as lawn and ground care tools. May be asked to apply commonly used herbicides, fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Good oral and written communications skills; ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with co-workers, supervisors, regulatory officials, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of English, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and mathematics.
  • Ability to keep accurate records, and to input and retrieve data on a personal computer using a maintenance program and associated software.
  • Ability to perform work in accordance with OSHA/WISHA regulations and established safety practices.
  • Good judgment and problem solving skills to troubleshoot and apply knowledge of plants and collection system operations, maintenance, testing, and control to resolve unusual and critical problems. 
  • Advanced knowledge of wastewater treatment plant science and mathematics and ability to read and understand blue prints, schematics, and technical manuals.
  • Knowledge and ability to function as the sole operator on weekend duty and perform callout requirements.
  • Experience in the operation of an MBR or Activated Sludge process a plus.
A combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.


Working Environment & Physical Demands

Work is performed under odorous, dirty, and noisy conditions at the wastewater treatment plants and in the field, outdoors in all types of weather conditions involving risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals, electrical components, wastewater and biosolids fumes and other wastewater related substances.  Work requires substantial manual dexterity, hearing and visual acuity, as well as the ability to frequently walk, stand, and climb stairs and ladders. Work in extremely confined spaces with a 25-inch diameter entry, high places and around reciprocating machinery.  Work requires crawling, climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, and kneeling while working and moving items weighing in excess of 50 pounds.  Workers must be able to wear and work with half and full face cartridge respirators, body harnesses and other applicable safety equipment.  Work requires a scheduled shift that provides seven-day per week coverage, and some weekend and holiday work.  Employees must also be available for occasional on-call "Standby Duty" in which they must be available for call out on any day and at any time, and be able to report to work within thirty minutes.

FLSA: Non-Exempt
Union: Teamsters 

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