Feb 18, 2020
$37,461 - $44,866 yearly
WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACTILITY (WWTF) OPERATOR I Town of Christiansburg Public Works Department Code 45025 JOB SUMMARY Under direct supervision of the Operations Crew Supervisor, the WWTF Operator I operates the Town WWTF; monitors facility operations and processes; checks buildings and equipment; identifies problems and makes necessary adjustments; ensures continuous and effective operation; assists with maintaining compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations. The purpose of this classification is to develop leadership and management skills, while performing troubleshooting skills and specialized/technical work functions associated with the daily operation and maintenance of the Town WWTF. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Monitors chemical feeds and distribution, flow rates and other productions, collection and treatment processes; maintains appropriate chemical dosing by adjusting system controls and/or replacing chemicals in the facility’s systems and their components; recommends improvements. • Reads meters, gauges, and dials; records readings, chemical levels, water properties data; maintains and prepares a variety of logs, records readings/results including flowcharts, bench sheets, and logs. • Performs a variety of physical, chemical and bacteriological tests to determine the composition of wastewater, ensure effective treatment, and trend performance. • Collects samples; performs process control and is fully certified in laboratory analysis of pH, E. coli, dissolved oxygen (D.O.), total suspended solids (TSS), and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) parameters; maintains records of findings and sample characteristics; calibrates test equipment; cleans and maintains laboratory equipment; assists with corrective action measures. • Inspects and performs preventive maintenance to treatment equipment and related system components; advises maintenance with the operational needs pertaining to maintenance/repairs; assists with larger maintenance projects/repairs; maintenance and repairs to grounds and buildings; maintains cleanliness of buildings and grounds; removes debris, snow, etc.; makes minor electrical and/or plumbing repairs as needed; reports any problems or need for complex equipment repair. • Assists with the biosolids program and the land application of biosolids; monitors biosolids treatment and loading operations; maintains associated records and documentation. • Prepares and/or completes various forms, lists, logs, bench sheets, storm water inspections, production reports, equipment checklist, charts, graphs, spreadsheets, or other documents. • Performs work activities related to compliance of other permits or programs; provides materials and support; completes inspections; inspects spill kits; collects and documents rainfall sampling; maintains related records; may serve as a primary contact in emergency situations; may conduct related training. • Receives and prepares various forms, reports, lab bench sheets, policies, procedures, manuals, handbooks, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, provides feedback, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate. • Maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate. • Communicates with supervisors, fellow operators, and maintenance staff to review status of work, provide guidance, recommend improvements, exchange information, and give/receive advice. • Performs other duties as required or necessary. JOB CONTEXT The WWTF Operator I will perform tasks involving the regular and at times sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds). Unscheduled overtime may be mandated as circumstances and workload dictates. Essential functions require working with wastewater and may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, toxic agents, disease or pathogenic substances. The WWTF Operator I is considered an essential employee. Essential employees may be asked to assist with on-call duties and/or required to work during an undeclared emergency and/or declared emergency. On an incident-by-incident basis, the department or division supervisor(s) will make the determination as to who will be required to work during a given instance. WORK PERFORMANCE The WWTF Operator I is required to follow departmental expectations and adhere to all rules, regulations, policies and procedures in the Town of Christiansburg Personnel Handbook. Work performance is reviewed utilizing the Town employee performance review program following first 6 month introductory period. During this introductory period, the employee must demonstrate a strong understanding of all that the job requires. JOB REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION • High school diploma or GED is required; Three (3) years of experience commensurate with the abilities and certification as required by the Virginia DPOR, which may include some course work in the area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS • Class I Wastewater Operator License • Valid Virginia driver’s license, with the ability to meet and maintain Town insurability requirements and a minimum of two (2) years driving experience KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES This class is certified at the Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator’s level and expects full knowledge of wastewater treatment practices, as well as developed troubleshooting skills. Positions at this level require advanced knowledge of wastewater treatment processes, demonstrated ability to perform the full range of WWTF maintenance and repair duties, as well as the full range of complex plant operations duties. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned, including providing instruction and assistance to lower level Operator positions and participating in developing goals and procedures for the operations group. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained. After hire • Have knowledge of Town Code, policies and procedures. Ability to • Review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data; exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships • Work independently, receiving only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise; be fully aware of the standard operating procedures. • Provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations • Exchange information for the purpose of clarifying details within well-established policies, procedures and standards • Operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment and machinery, requiring the monitoring, adjustment, regulation, and/or setting of multiple conditions • Utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, descriptive and/or design data and information as applicable • Perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate decimals and percentages; utilize the principles of fractions; calculate surface areas, volumes, weights and measures • Interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form. • Exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria • Apply principles of rational systems, interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, taste, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. • Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT • Hand tools/drill press/hydraulic press/belt sander/band saw/all types of drills/bench grinder/volt meters/skid steer/fork lift/lawn equipment/pumps/valves/meters/oven/muffle furnace/lab equipment/incubator/spectrometer • Cell phone • Desktop computer/laptop • Microsoft Office and various software applications • Various office equipment SAFETY The employee shall adhere to Town of Christiansburg policies regarding safety precautions and the use of safety equipment that is necessary for the health and safety of all employees and citizens. If a safety concern arises, the employee must stop any life-threatening problem immediately and in other cases immediately inform the employee’s supervisor. DISCLAIMERS The job description is: • Intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and behaviors required of employees in this job title. • Not an employment agreement or contract. The Town of Christiansburg has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. • Intended to describe the essential functions of the position that a qualified individual must be able to perform, either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Town of Christiansburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town of Christiansburg will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time without notice.
Town of Christiansburg Christiansburg, VA, USA Full-Time