Plant Operator III

Description :

Plant Operator III

General Statement of Duties

Performs skilled work in the operation and maintenance of water reclamation systems, while maintaining maximum efficiency of plant equipment including preventative, predictive and emergency maintenance while taking great pride
in plant cleanliness and appearance.

Organizational Responsibilities

Work under the direction of the Chief Operator. This position requires a 40-hour work week and is an on-call position. Must live within 30 minutes of the plant and be able to arrive at the plant within 30 minutes of an alarm.
Maintaining an acceptable MVR is required as this position may use a company vehicle.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Controls and monitors, both manually and through the use of a process control computer, mechanical equipment designed to operate water reclamation systems, to maintain NPDES effluent and EPA Biosolids permit compliance.
  • Monitors unit process variables and initiates process control changes as determined through calculations, test procedures and independent judgment in order to achieve effluent quality goals.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes and works cooperatively to provide quality effluent.
  • Collects samples in compliance with NPDES and EPA permit sampling requirements; collects samples for process control analysis and reporting.
  • Performs maintenance on all mechanical and electrical equipment, systems, and structures of the wastewater treatment facility including buildings, pumps, motors, HVAC, vehicles, and heavy equipment.
  • Diagnoses faulty equipment operation.
  • Assists in providing a neat and orderly facility. Communicates equipment problems to appropriate staff.
  • Assists in determining and specifying maintenance and repair requirements to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Observes, inspects and analyzes the installation, testing, operation, and operating conditions of all plant equipment for compliance with specifications.
  • Coordinates with staff and participates in major maintenance operations and projects.
  • Performs process control and other laboratory testing as required.
  • Operates heavy equipment such as the loader, skid steer, forklift, tractor, mower, and trailer jockey.
  • Performs data processing functions including process control tracking, maintenance data management and daily flows spreadsheet. Provides  summary reports at weekly staff meeting. Provides large data reports as required.
  • Assist with conducting tours of the plant for members of the public, other public agencies, and school groups.
  • Writes and maintains Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assists Chief Operator and Maintenance Supervisor in training and leading Operators.
  • Coordinates with reuse users and the contracted hauler for solids handling schedule.
  • May participate in CDPHE workgroups.
  • May perform or supervise inspections of reuse, biosolids, and stormwater in accordance with CDPHE guidelines and regulations.
  • Coordinate and assist the Chief Operator in completing the annual CDPHE reports for reuse, biosolids, and stormwater programs.
  • Develops Notice of Authorizations for the reuse and biosolids programs.
  • Orders and maintains process chemicals and operating supplies.
  • May participate in the on-call rotation, which requires them to be within 30 min of the plant to respond to alarms. Responds to plant emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  • Must comply with standard operating procedures and safety standards.
  • Performs other duties as required
These duties are not all inclusive, but represent items that are critical to successfully accomplishing this particular position.

Education and Experience

  • Associate’s degree in wastewater technology or bachelor’s degree in the sciences – preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 3 years’ experience in wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough, detail oriented, well organized.
  • Very good written/verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and under limited supervision.
  • Demonstrates initiative to take on new tasks.
  • Ability to motivate others in pursuit of PCWRA goals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of wastewater, biological and chemical processes.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of wastewater operations.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to interpret charts and flow diagrams.
  • Ability to use algebra.
  • Ability to observe, monitor and correct as needed, compliance with operating and/or safety standards.
  • State of Colorado Wastewater A certification.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license with an acceptable MVR.
Desired Qualifications

  • May act as ORC in absence of Chief Operator, Assistant Authority Manager or Authority Manager
  • Basic electrical, mechanical and controls training.
  • Certification in basic first aid and CPR.
  • Leadership skills
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed indoors, outdoors and in a shop environment
  • May be exposed to various weather conditions including wet, hot and cold.
  • May be exposed to various environmental conditions such as excessive noise; solvents, grease and oils; and slippery or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Must follow all safety programs including, but not limited to, confined space and respiratory requirements.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Moderate and occasional strenuous physical work
  • Activities requiring full range of body movements including sitting, bending, stooping, kneeling, walking, squatting, crawling, twisting and climbing.
Job Description/Salary Range

TITLE: Operator III
SALARY: Non‐Exempt
Annual:  $59,853 ‐ $86,786
Hourly:  $28.78 ‐ $41.72

An equivalent combination of education, training and/or relevant job experience may be substituted.

Associate’s degree in wastewater technology or bachelor’s degree in sciences ‐preferred

3 years’ experience in wastewater treatment plant operations

Must possess and maintain a State of Colorado wastewater A certification

Must maintain valid Colorado driver’s license with an acceptable MVR


Performs skilled work in the operation of water reclamation systems while maintaining maximum efficiency of plant equipment.

Assists the Chief Operator in leadership and training of Plant Operators, report writing and ensuring compliance with all permit requirements.

Working Conditions

  • Indoor Office Setting
  • Outdoor – All‐season
  • Pungent Emanation
  • Potential Confined Space
  • Must be in on‐call rotation
  • Possible work in WW influent
  • Exposure to blood borne
Physical Requirements

  • May require some physical work with lifting, kneeling, bending, sitting, etc.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Potential Respirator Use
  • Hearing & visual acuity to safely operate equipment & identify hazards/technical problems


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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled