Plant Operator III

Description : General Statement of Duties

Performs skilled work in the operation of water reclamation systems, while taking great pride in plant cleanliness and appearance. Provides leadership and continuous effort to optimize processes and procedures to improve facility operation.

Organizational Responsibilities

Work under the direction of the Operations Process Lead. 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.
  • Leads in providing a neat and orderly facility.
  • Communicates equipment problems to appropriate staff.
  • 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, WIMS data entry, and daily flows spreadsheet. Provides summary reports at weekly staff meetings.
  • Provides large data reports as required using Excel, WIMS, and SCADA software.
  • Leads in conducting tours of the plant for members of the public, other public agencies, and school groups.
  • Writes and maintains Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assists Operations Process Lead 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 Operations Process Lead in completing annual CDPHE reports.
  • Develops Notice of Authorizations for the reuse and biosolids programs.
  • Orders and maintains process chemicals and operating supplies.
  • May be required to participate in the on-call rotation.
  • Must comply with standard operating procedures and safety standards.
  • May act as ORC in absence of Operations Process Lead, Assistant Authority Manager or Authority Manager
  • 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 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.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and the 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 to determine flow rates, tank volumes, dosing calculations, or other related process control calculations.
  • Ability to observe, monitor and correct as needed, compliance with operating and/or safety standards.
  • Must be eligible for on-call duties which require the Operator to be within 30 minutes of the plant to respond to alarms. Responds to plant emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  • State of Colorado Wastewater A certification.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license with an acceptable MVR.
Desired Qualifications

  • May act as ORC in absence of Operations Process Lead, Assistant Authority Manager or Authority Manager
  • Basic electrical, mechanical and controls training.
  • Certification in basic first aid and CPR.
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.
Salary Range

Annual:   $74,468 - $107,978
Hourly:         $35.80 - $51.91

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Deadline for Applying : Open until filled