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Utilities Worker – Operator in Training

Job Title:
Utilities Worker – Operator in Training
(3 positions available)

Department of Planning and Community Development

Reports to:
Utilities Manager

FLSA Status:

Time Status:
Full Time (40 hours a week)

TS Range:
5/6/7 DOQ

Opening Date:
December 2, 2019

Closing Date:
December 16, 2019

The Squaxin Island Tribe is accepting applications to provide an opportunity to entry-level candidates for the position of Utilities Worker (Operator in Training) for the Water Treatment Facility and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is committed to training and developing qualified individuals who are pursuing careers in the Water Treatment/Wastewater Treatment field. As an Operator in Training, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in routine operational duties typical of a Water Treatment/Wastewater Treatment plant.

Plant Operator Trainees will participate in a supervised on-the-job training program. The goal of this program is to provide candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to become successful Plant Operators; with a career track leading to Operator 3. Under direct supervision, the trainee will learn a variety of functions pertaining to the efficient and safe operation of the facilities. Elements of the training program may include pre-treatment processes; primary treatment; secondary treatment; oxygen generation disinfection; effluent pumping; solids handling; laboratory sampling and analysis; electrical systems; instrumentation and control; computer duties; odor systems; regulations; general plant housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Excellent attendance.

Great Customer service skills and a positive, friendly attitude.

Positive attitude and willingness to learn by following examples and asking questions.

Proficient use of office equipment including personal computers and related software applications.

General mechanical and electrical aptitude. 

(Other duties may be assigned)

Must be able to work an alternative schedule occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.

Must be willing to attend and follow through with training requirements related to this position.

Adhere to operational requirements of the Utilities division.

Monitor, test, adjust and maintain wastewater treatment system.

Learn and keep water systems functioning.

Make daily checks to ensure the operation of the water and sewer systems.

Clean lift stations, clean and unplug screens, and keep pumps in good running order.

Take water and sewer daily records and record run/start and stop times.

Report any unsafe conditions that may be encountered.

Collect water or sewer samples for analyzing.

Perform wash down of basins and head works chambers on a regular basis.

Maintain building and grounds surrounding water and sewer treatment plants.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.

AA and one-year general work experience or High School Diploma or GED and three years of general work experience.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customer or 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 and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

 Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram or schedule form.

Must have a current Washington State Driver’s License. Must complete required trainings and obtain water and/or wastewater certificates of competency according to the schedule established by the supervisor.

While performing the duties of this position the employee will regularly be required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and lift 10-25 pounds. The employee will frequently be required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee will occasionally be required to taste and smell, and lift 50-100 pounds.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this job the employee will regularly be exposed to the vibration of work equipment. The employee will frequently work near moving mechanical parts and be exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee will occasionally be exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), work in high precarious places, be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat (non-weather) and risk of electrical shock. The noise level for this position is generally loud.

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.

 Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Submit application packets including a resume and cover letter to   Contact, Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.