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Water & Wastewater Operator I - City of Madison

 

This position is responsible for performing specialized duties in the operation of a water or wastewater treatment plant.

 

MAJOR DUTIES

• Procures water, wastewater, and sludge samples; performs laboratory analysis; collects samples for state and federal agencies.

• Operates and maintains water and wastewater treatment plant equipment.

• Performs repairs of plant equipment and machines.

• Responds to after-hours emergencies.

• Keeps and maintains accurate daily logs and records for plant operations.

• Inspects and maintains wells, pumping equipment, and system piping.

• Maintains plant grounds, including mowing, weed-eating, and snow removal.

• Maintains water and wastewater treatment plants; paints and makes building repairs.

• Provides plant tours for school and community groups.

• Removes lime sludge and bio-solids from drying beds with a wheel loader.

• Completes required training to maintain proper certification.

• Performs work in confined spaces as required.

• Performs related duties.

 

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION

• Knowledge of treatment principles, operations, and equipment.

• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.

• Knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, hydraulics, and biology.

• Knowledge of division and city policies and procedures and federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

• Skill in the interpretation of plans, maps, and specifications.

• Skill in the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electronic equipment.

• Skill in planning, organization, and decision making.

• Skill in the thinking clearly under difficult circumstances.

• Skill in oral and written communication.

 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS

The Superintendent – Plants assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

 

GUIDELINES

Guidelines include federal and state drinking water regulations, OSHA regulations, and other state and federal regulations, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK

• The work consists of related technical duties. Changing water conditions and strict regulations contribute to the complexity of the position.

• The purpose of this position is to perform specialized duties in the operation of a water or wastewater treatment plant. Successful performance helps ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of plant operations.

 

CONTACTS

• Contacts are typically with coworkers, representatives of state and federal agencies, vendors, contractors, and the general public.

• Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

• The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.

• The work is typically performed in an office, at a water or wastewater treatment facilities, and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, or irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

• Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.

• Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.

• Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid commercial driver’s license issued by the State of South Dakota for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

• Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution as appropriate.

 

**Any City of Madison employee interested in applying may do so by notifying their immediate supervisor then contacting the Plants Superintendent. This position is also being posted externally. This position is open until filled.

 

Applications can be found online at www.cityofmadisonsd.com/jobs or are available at the Finance Office.

 

Please return completed applications to Human Resources, 116 W Center St., Madison, SD 57042.

 

The City of Madison is an Equal Opportunity Employer**

 

Closes 12/7/18

 

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