Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator | Star Sewer & Water District
Star Sewer & Water District
PO Box 400
Star, ID, 83669
Office Phone: 208-286-7388
SSWD is looking to fill our Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator position with a current Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses licensed Wastewater Operator Treatment – Class III. Applicants that possess a class II wastewater operator treatment license will be considered if you can demonstrate the ability to qualify and obtain a class III wastewater operator treatment license with one year.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary for a class III operator successful applicant will begin at $23.00 per hour. Salary for a well-qualified class II operator will start at $21.00.
Benefits included medical, dental, and vision insurance and a Health Savings Account. SSWD belongs to the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, the appropriate amounts are deducted/contributed accordingly. 12 hours per month are given and accrued for all personal time off. Required shirts, pants and boots are provided.
Requirements: Please see the Job Description (Below) for a full list of requirements, duties, and responsibilities.
It is essential that the person in this position be able to respond to emergency situations at lift stations and treatment plant within 30 minutes after notification. And have the ability to provide phone support and trouble shooting help for operators during normal working hours and after hours should the need arise.
A person in this position is expected to have a high degree of desire and ability to advance within the organization and assume the level of responsibility that comes with that advancement.
Why work for Star Sewer & Water District:
While Star is a fast-growing community it is still “small town” and has all the benefits of the small-town community atmosphere.
Star has a new middle school and will soon have a new elementary and high school.
SSWD’s wastewater treatment facility is state-of-the-art and is expanding and continuing to stay on the cutting edge of treatment technologies.
Our pay and benefits package are competitive and generous.
We also pay for continued education with raises for those individuals who successfully obtain a higher-class license for wastewater treatment, collections, water treatment, and distribution licenses.
JOB DESCRIPTION – Class III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Star Sewer & Water District
Nature of the Work:
This is an advanced journey-level class in the Plant Operator position. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the Star Sewer & Water District by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned, including performing limited supervisory activities and participating in developing goals and procedures for wastewater treatment activities. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and have the appropriate certification.
Work involves responsibility for the technical aspects of plant operations and all collections systems as well as compliance with state and federal regulations. Work is performed with considerable independence under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager, subject to review through daily varied communications, reports and results achieved.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform assigned treatment plant rounds; inspect, monitor, sample, troubleshoot, performance test and document plant processes by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs, online analyzers, computer screens, meters, HMI & SCADA systems and other instrumentation and/or direct as necessary to plant operators under the Class III Wastewater treatment Plant Operator all of the above mentioned duties to maintain compliance with federal/state NPDES/IPDES permit regulations.
Install, maintain, repair, modify, troubleshoot and service plant operations machinery and equipment including pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, reservoirs, feeders, and online analyzers; change lubrications.
Collect and document liquid and solid samples and perform a variety of routine wastewater quality laboratory tests, work closely with the laboratory on testing processes, monitor laboratory results as required by federal/state NPDES/IPDES permit regulations.
Perform general plant facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting and repairing plant facilities; perform various grounds maintenance duties as required.
Operate a variety of heavy equipment including backhoes, loaders, tractors with integrated tool carriers, forklifts, truck mounted cranes, and man-lifts.
As assigned, participate in a variety of special projects such as construction of piping, electrical, and structural systems related to assigned work area.
Conduct tours for the general public, schools, and District staff as necessary.
Participate in the development of goals and procedures for water or wastewater treatment activities; gather and analyze data; develop a variety of reports.
Work with a variety of vendors, outside contractors and the general public on water or wastewater activities; answer questions and resolve conflicts.
Possess the ability to operate, maintain, and repair all components of the wastewater treatment plant and lifts stations.
During the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager absence, act as the representative to the public, and to the District’s engineers, contractors, and vendors.
On call to respond to emergencies at plant and all related facilities. Conduct necessary weekend checks of the treatment plant, lift stations, and domestic wells on a rotating basis.
In addition to the above duties, incumbents in Plant Operator III positions may perform the following duties:
Maintain open communications with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager and Operations Supervisor regarding the treatment processes and lift stations operation and any malfunctions, as well as make recommendations for repair and improvements to those systems. This cannot be over stated!
Provide supervision and training to assigned personnel; assign tasks and projects to plant operations staff; train staff in appropriate treatment methods and techniques; schedule staff to ensure proper plant coverage.
Participate in establishing schedules and methods for providing maintenance and repair services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate supervisory and/or management staff; allocate resources accordingly.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Principles and practices of water or wastewater treatment plant operations. Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps and motors. Methods and techniques of maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting water or wastewater plant equipment and processes. Standard principles of the natural sciences including chemistry and biology. Basic mathematical principles. Laboratory analysis techniques and health standards for water or wastewater.
Operational and safety regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment plant operations and vehicle and equipment usage.
Water or wastewater treatment chemicals used within the plant and their safe use and application.
Sampling methods and techniques, “Clean Hands/Dirty Hands” techniques are needed for all metals and part “B”, and “D” testing as required by NPDES/IPDES permit regulations.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment.
In addition to the above, incumbents in Plant Operator III positions require knowledge of: Principles of lead supervision and training.
Operate and monitor water or wastewater treatment plant equipment.
Read, interpret and calibrate gauges and other recording devices related to water or wastewater treatment plant operations.
Take liquid and solid samples and perform routine laboratory tests.
Diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action.
Make independent technical decisions to maintain proper treatment process. Maintain pertinent records and compile data into written reports.
Perform routine to difficult maintenance, repairs and installations to plant equipment such as pumps, valves, and electronic monitoring devices.
Read, interpret and understand technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, schematics, and diagrams. Perform heavy manual labor.
Schedule maintenance and repair of water or wastewater treatment plants.
Logically solve problems.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
In addition to the above, incumbents in Plant Operator III positions require the ability to:
Assign tasks and special projects to lower level plant operations staff.
Lead and train lower level plant operations staff.
Be proficient in HMI and SCADA systems. Basic understanding of programing for SCADA/PLC’s will be especially helpful.
Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in water or wastewater treatment plant operations.
Experience commensurate with each grade level of certification as required by the State of Idaho, which includes some course work in the area of assignment.
License and Certificate:
Possession of a Grade II, or III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.
If only possessing a grade II license, you must have the ability and successfully obtain a grade III license within 1 year.
At a minimum, you must be in possession of a valid Class D Idaho driver license. A class B CDL is required for operation of trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more. The class B CDL is required with 18 months of employment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
The conditions herein 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 job functions.
Treatment plant environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, solvents, electrical energy, toxic materials, hazardous chemicals and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or with water and/or wastewater in confined spaces; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces.
Sufficient physical ability to perform moderate to heavy lifting; standing and walking for prolonged periods of time; climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and operating motorized equipment
See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.
Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction