Environmental Lead Operator | McCain Foods USA, Inc – Burley, Idaho
McCain Foods USA, Inc. – Burley Plant | Environmental Lead Operator
The Environmental Lead Operator, as a member of the Environmental Team, is responsible for the overall functionality of the machinery and systems that convert waste water in drains and sewers into a form that is safe to release into the environment. The Environmental Lead accomplishes this by directing the Environmental Operators, the Lab Technician, and other Environmental employees as assigned. The Environmental Lead will facilitate and assist with the troubleshooting of any machinery or water and/or wastewater systems. The Environmental Lead Operator ensures compliance with regulatory procedures and reporting requirements. The Environmental Lead is responsible to ensure that the Environmental Team is trained in a timely manner and that the Environmental procedures and documents are compliant with all current rules, regulations, and laws.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Ability to ensure regulatory compliance testing for water and wastewater systems, including sample collection, testing procedures, and scheduling. Collects wastewater samples on a daily basis.
- Ensures that all wastewater testing and analysis for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is completed in a timely manner. Additionally, ensures that water quality testing of the Drinking Water System is completed in a timely manner.
- Ensures compliance testing for drinking water and performs drinking water tests when needed.
- Monitors the system by monitoring chemical additions, making changes when necessary, and performing various wastewater testing, including sludge depths, pH, sludge age, F/M ratios, RAS/WAS.
- Works with Environmental Team to ensure that job descriptions, procedural manuals, and job analysis are all up-to-date.
- Assists with the training of Environmental Operators in lab procedures and other Environmental tasks as needed.
- Ability with and understanding of activated sludge wastewater treatment system and the mechanics.
- Ability and understanding of the Water Distribution Systems and the ability to operate and maintain the system within the parameters provided for in the rules and regulations of the State of Idaho.
- Ability to operate a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) system.
- Provides daily guidance, leadership, mentoring, training, and direction to the Environmental Operators and Lab Technician.
- Maintain accurate data records on operational parameters, daily activities, maintenance, calibration, and collected samples for compliance reporting and operational analysis.
- Participates in all audits, including those done by state and federal government regulatory agencies.
- Oversees the weekly calibration and maintenance of the laboratory equipment, and schedules annual calibrations with a contractor. Assists the Waste Water Treatment Lab Technician with lab functions when needed.
- Tracks the Environmental Departments use of chemicals and supplies and ensures that the chemicals and supplies are ordered and restocked in a timely manner.
- Monitors Biogas buildings and the Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL) sludge for depth, pH ranges, and gas production within the system.
- Monitors the chemical usage for phosphorus removal, chlorine dosage, and sodium bisulfite for dechlorination to assure that our permit is not violated and to assure that costs are kept to a minimum.
- Collaborates and directs contractors as needed by the Environmental Department.
- Establishes a tracking system for equipment calibration and collaborates with Maintenance Planners to ensure the work is scheduled and parts are ordered.
- Works independently and uses time efficiently by prioritizing and planning required work activities.
- Attends work consistently and on time. Ensures that responsibilities are covered when absent.
- Able to multi-task, manage competing demands, and adapt to changes in the work environment.
- Ability to work efficiently with little or no supervision.
- Prepares various weekly and monthly reports needed for compliance with regulations and operational efficiency.
- Able to use computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to submit notifications, look up records in CMMS, and verify completion of tasks and training.
- Understands and participates with emergency response protocols.
- Communicates any problems or changes in working environment to appropriate personnel.
- Understands and adheres to the concepts and techniques of the quality process in order to ensure a quality operation.
- Keeps work area clean and orderly in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and according to the principles of 5S.
- Performs assigned tasks in a manner that does not endanger the environment and adheres to company and regulatory standards.
- Promotes and adheres to company safety regulations.
- Active involvement in Behavioral Observation Safety (BOS).
- Wears appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
- Helps to build and promote a positive “Teamwork” environment in each individual work group, the factory, and the company.
- Actively participates in the continuous improvement process.
- Other projects/duties as assigned or needed.
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Must have prior leadership and/or supervisory skills.
- High school diploma or GED required with preference given to candidates with a degree in an environmental field.
- Associate and/or Technical Degree in environmental systems management or related field; or 5 years plus experience performing tasks similar to those identified as essential functions with demonstrated skills through prior licensing in small systems water or waste water treatment plant license; or requisite combination of experience and education.
Must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos such as safety rules, operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Must have the ability to write simple correspondence, effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, percentage, and draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to apply a reasonable person understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to direct the Environmental Department when the Environmental Supervisor is not available.
CERTIFICATION, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
- Required to obtain and maintain a factory issued power industrial vehicle (PIV) license for any and/or all classifications as required.
- Valid factory issued forklift operator’s license.
- Valid factory issued telehandler operator’s license.
- Valid factory issued aerial lift operator’s license.
- Must have valid state driver’s license.
- Must have or obtain at minimum a small systems water license within twelve (12) months after employment.
- Must have or obtain at least a Class Three Idaho State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator license and Idaho State Water license within twelve (12) months of employment. Must complete training necessary to maintain the license.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Knowledge of disinfection systems for both drinking water and wastewater systems.
- Understanding of polymer systems and how they work.
- Understanding of activated sludge processes.
- Knowledge and experience with wastewater mechanics is preferred.
- Knowledge of fine bubble diffusion systems and how to clean the system.
- Knowledge of anaerobic digesters and how they work, experience with upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) or CAL preferred.
- Understanding of laboratory analytical methods.
- Working knowledge of waste water laboratory analysis and functionality.
- Must have intermediate computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word documents) and the aptitude to learn and use new computer programs effectively.
- Proven leadership skills.
- The Environmental Lead Operator will be required to work from a McCain office or facility location and may travel as business needs require. The Environmental Lead Operator may work a standard work week, but additionally may be called upon to work evenings and/or weekends to accommodate deadlines, unplanned requirements, and/or production shift schedules as requested.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Pay Range: $21.96 – $30.02 per hour depending on experience and qualifications
Benefits: Benefits include medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k) with a company match of 6%, life insurance, Paid Time Off, short and long term disability insurance, education assistance, wellness program, and employee assistance program
Bonus: up to 3% of wages on a quarterly basis
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position, please visit our website at www.mccainburley.com, then select “Current Opportunities” to view this and other opportunities with McCain Foods. Use reference number 37810BR in a keyword search to find this job more quickly.
McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran.