Utilities Operator I

Job Title:
Utilities Operator I

Planning & Community Development

Reports To:
Utilities Manager

FLSA Status:

Time Status:

TS Range:
6/7 ($19.41 hourly)

Opening Date:
April 26, 2019

Closing Date:
Open until filled

The Operator 1 position shall perform routine wastewater treatment plant operations, plant maintenance, and utilities systems maintenance. This position requires a current Washington State Group I WWTP Certificate; Waterworks OIT or higher is desired.

The regular work schedule is generally Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The employee must be able to work on-call for emergency response outside of the normal work. The responsibilities inherent in this position may require frequent contact with other Tribal departments and the general public. The employee may be exposed to safety hazards, and may be required to use dangerous tools and equipment and affiliated personal protective equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities
Applicants may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1.       Perform assigned treatment plant rounds; inspect, monitor, troubleshoot, performance test and document plant processes by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs, online analyzers, computer screens, meters, SCADA systems and other instrumentation.

2.       Operate and adjust treatment plant pumps, motors, feeders and other equipment to maintain appropriate plant operations.

3.       Maintain, compile and update plant operations logs and reports; perform and record mathematical calculations related to plant operational activities.

4.       Mix and add treatment chemicals; install and replace chlorine cylinder tanks; ensure adequate chemical application according to regulations and guidelines.

5.       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.

6.       Collect and document liquid and solid samples and perform a variety of routine water quality laboratory tests; work closely with the laboratory on testing processes; monitor laboratory results; collect water samples as required.

7.       Perform general plant facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting and repairing plant facilities; perform various grounds maintenance duties as required.

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

9.  Perform related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associate of Arts Degree and 2 years related work experience; OR High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 4 years of related work experience OR 6 years of related experience.

Knowledge of:

·         Principles and practices of wastewater treatment plant operations.

·         Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

·         Operational and safety regulations pertaining to water or wastewater treatment plant operations and vehicle and equipment usage.

·         Sampling methods and techniques.

·         Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures.

Ability to:

·         Operate and monitor wastewater treatment plant equipment.

·         Obtain samples and perform tests for dissolved oxygen, PH, five day CBOD, chlorine residual, 24-hour fecal coliform test and total suspended solids. Take liquid and solid samples and perform routine laboratory tests.

·         Diagnose and repair operating problems based on SCADA and observed conditions. 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.

License and Certificate:

·         Wastewater:  Possession of a current Group I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate is mandatory

·         Water:  Possession of a Water Treatment Plant Operator-in-Training certificate or higher is desirable

·         Possession of a valid Washington driver license

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.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Able to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

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

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the SIT Drug Free Workplace policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position, in accordance with the SIT Personnel Policies.

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