****FIRST APPLICATION REVIEW DATE: APRIL 19, 2019 - APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY EARLY***
Are you a dedicated professional that puts customers first, thrives in a demanding environment, and displays solid teamwork? Are you interested in being part of an energetic organization that strives to deliver timely, reliable and consistent service using the latest technology--and have fun while you're doing it?
Come work for a department that develops, trains, and promotes their employees. Join the team at Planning and Public Works, and help us build a livable Pierce County.
Our staff is committed to building better, safer communities and enhancing the quality of life in Pierce County. Use your knowledge and experience as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator to make a difference for our residents.
Salary by Level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 1 = $28.00 - $34.91 per hour Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 2 = $29.09 - $36.45 per hour Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 3 = $33.24 - $42.07 per hour
Operator 1 - This is a first level position within a three-level classification series. The essential functions specific to this position are as follows:
Conduct verbal debriefing with outgoing shift personnel and reviews plant operations logs for
process abnormalities or maintenance needs.
Maintain process control and shift logs with data of plant operations.
Collect samples and perform routine lab tests to establish process parameters and make necessary
Perform plant walk-throughs to monitor equipment operation. Record gauge levels and report abnormalities to the lead operator.
Adjust valves and gates to direct effluent flow to different treatment processes.
Monitor dissolved oxygen levels in aeration basins and adjusts blowers as required.
Wash aeration tanks, clarifiers and contact chambers as required.
Operate processing equipment and make adjustment to each unit process based on analytical data and visual observations.
Operator 2 – This is a second level position within a three-level classification series. Incumbents in this classification are expected to perform the Operator 1 functions at a highly proficient level, as well as the following essential functions of this position:
Communicate with the plant's Operations Supervisor and outgoing shift operator for information regarding process control, equipment status and set parameters as required for next shift period.
Diagnose anaerobic digestion process to ensure all elements of heat, gases, acids and alkalinity are in line with set parameters.
Check headworks screens and diagnoses for malfunctions; clean and repair as necessary for proper operation.
Observe grit tanks; inspect grit conveyor, bucket elevator and grit classifier for abnormal operation and make adjustments where necessary.
Monitor the sludge treatment process from raw sludge collection in the primary clarifiers through anaerobic digestion; collect samples and test for solid density.
Flush system when necessary and check equipment for excessive wear.
Ensure secondary treatment process flow meters, totalizers, pumps, motors and valves are all fully Operational and make adjustments where necessary.
Maintain log of treatment operations and record meter and gauge readings.
Input data into the computer such as laboratory results, processes and flow data.
Remove and replace polymer totes using prescribed safety procedures.
Monitor and make adjustments to rotary drum thickeners and centrifuges. Check sludge flow and polymer mixing system. Set polymer feed rate and monitors usage. Sample filtrate and thickened sludge for process adjustments and laboratory analysis.
Collect sewage samples and conduct laboratory tests using appropriate lab equipment.
Effectively persuade, inform, educate, train, solicit information, motivate and direct a wide variety of
individuals or groups.
Operator 3 – This is a third level position within a three-level classification. Incumbents in this classification are expected to perform the Operator 1 and Operator 2 functions at a highly proficient level, as well as the following essential functions of this position:
Operate the Fertilizer Manufacturing Facility (FMF) and its related equipment under the direction of the Operations Supervisor. Use recommended parameters set by the Operations Supervisor to maintain proper product quality. Monitor the process and respond to alarms and take corrective action. Maintain a process log book and process run sheets.
Maintain log of operations and records meter and gauge readings.
Monitor SCADA computers and respond to alarms. Adjust valves to regulate flow of sewage. Observe variations in operating conditions and interpret meter and gauge readings and test results.
Complete computer data entry such as laboratory, process and flow data. Review and interpret data for correctness and process control.
Use safe working practices in the performance of duties. Ensure proper safety practices are used by all operators.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, employees and the general public.
Essential Functions for All Operator Classifications
Perform preventative and corrective maintenance as assigned.
Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at
Meet travel requirements of the position.
Perform the physical requirements of the position; work within the established working conditions
of the position.
Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed. To view the complete classification description, please select from the appropriate link listed below:
High school graduation and a minimum of one (1) year experience working in a wastewater treatment plant is required. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:Must possess a valid Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I License. Satisfactory physical condition, as evidenced by a County-approved physical examination, is required prior to appointment to the position.
NOTE: An employee who is certified as a Washington State Class II Operator may be promoted to the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 2 class after successful completion of a six-month probationary period and after demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities of the higher class.
High school graduate and three (3) years' experience in a wastewater treatment plant with operating experience. Additional education from a vocational/ technical school or community college with coursework in wastewater treatment, general mathematics, chemistry or biology is desirable. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a Washington State Wastewater Operator II certificate requiring yearly renewal. A physical examination will be required from a county approved examiner prior to appointment. A valid Washington State driver's license may be required when travel is required of the position.
NOTE: A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is in place through December 2020 to allow employees who are certified as a Washington State Class III Operator to be promoted to the higher classification of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 3 class after successful completion of a six-month probationary period and after demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities of the higher class.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 3 – Hiring Requirements High school graduation and a minimum of two (2) years of continuing education at a trade school or community college in wastewater treatment processes is required. At least four (4) years of work experience with demonstrated progressive knowledge of treatment plant operations is required. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a valid Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III Certification through the Department of Ecology. Must have the capability to enter and exit confined spaces with a diameter of twenty-four (24) inches.
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.
If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.
This is a competitive selection process. Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.
As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce. Pierce County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.
Position #19-00113 WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATORS
About Pierce County, Washington
Planning and Public Works strives to support a livable Pierce County. Planning and Public works infrastructure, facilities and services protect the environment, improve public health and safety, contribute to economic vitality, and enhance the quality of life in our community. Pierce County Planning and Public Works is responsible for the maintenance, operation, preservation and improvement of 1550 miles of county roads with 145 bridges, a regional sewer system with 100 pump stations and over 700 miles of pipe, a regional stormwater system with 67 miles of levees and over 500 ponds, solid waste facilities, ferries, and airports.