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Rural Water System Operations Specialist – BDM Rural Water System, Inc.

 

Department: Operations

Position Reports To: Operations Manager

Position & Wage Status: Full Time

 

Application: TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION, PLEASE CALL MARK HAGEN @ 1-605-448-5417, OR EMAIL Mark Hagen

 

Position Summary: The Water System Operations Specialist is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the BDM Rural Water distribution and treatment system. Responsibilities include the installation and repair of the distribution system, meter installation, repair and readings, collection and testing of water samples and treatment plant operation and repair. BDM operates in the counties of Brown, Day, Marshall and Roberts counties in South Dakota. Certifications in drinking water distribution and treatment would be preferred, however candidates who desire to obtain the certifications are also encouraged to apply.

 

Essential Functions, Responsibilities and Requirements:

• Performs daily water testing and operation of the treatment plant

• Performs daily operation and maintenance of distribution lines, pumps, valves and reservoirs.

• Responds to customer service requests, emergency repairs and reads and repairs meters

• This position requires climbing steps and ladders, lifting, pulling, bending and kneeling. Must be able to lift at least 70 lbs

• Being able to work with and communicate (professionally and effectively) with the general public is essential

• This person needs to be a self-directed and motivated professional

• Working environment includes indoors and outdoor activities, in all kinds of weather conditions

• Previous water utility experience is a plus, however willing to provide training to the right motivated applicant

• Ability to obtain or currently have a Class II or higher drinking Water Treatment and Water Distribution Certificate. Will require Class I in 1-2 years, Class II in 3-4 years

• In addition to salary, BDM offers a full benefit package

• Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., with rotating on call duty on evenings and weekends and rotating weekend treatment plant operation

 

Closes 3/31/17

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Water Treatment Plant Operator (Class 2B or 3B Montana) – Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Rural Water Office, Montana

 

Salary: Negotiated based on qualifications, experience and benefits.  Range from $39,529 to $47,840 per annum

 

Program: ASRWSS/Coreline Location: Poplar/Wolf Point, MT

 

General Description of Duties:

The Eagle Shield Water Treatment Plant Class II Operator shall perform technical and direct work in the operation and maintenance of a 14 mgd Water Treatment Plant utilizing coagulation, ballasted flocculation and sedimentation, mixed media filtration, and disinfection processes. This position may exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level staff.  A minimum requirement is the possession of a Montana Class 2B or 3B Operator certification, or equivalent certification in other states, or the ability to obtain this certification within six months of becoming eligible. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Senior/Lead Water Treatment Plant Operator.

 

Specific Duties:

1. Participate in and directs lower level staff in the operation of the Water Treatment Plant, including the pumping of raw and finished water, chemical addition, operation of equipment, and interpretation of charts, gauges, and meters;

2. Organize and perform pH, coagulation, turbidity, taste, odor, chlorine residual, and other quality tests as needed on water samples taken at strategic points throughout the treatment process.

3. Compute chemical dosages and adjusts chemical feed machines with the approval of the Senior/Lead Water Treatment Plant Operator for proper operation and application in backwashing of filters.

4. Make necessary process changes as indicated by tests.

5. Unload, store and use various chemicals such as powdered activated carbon, ferric chloride, sodium and potassium permanganate, cationic/anionic/nonionic polymers, corrosion inhibitors, chlorine and ammonia.

6. Maintain plant operating equipment and laboratory equipment in a clean and orderly condition;

7. Perform treatment process mathematical computations to determine proper mixture of chemicals, correct chemical amounts and chemical usage.

8. Respond to chemical emergency alarms wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, such as respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

9. Read and interprets gauges, meters, recording devices, and process change data.

10. Monitor and repair equipment for proper operation.

11. Monitor various components of the mixed media filtration process including filter run times, filtration rates, turbidity breakthrough, headloss, backwash rates, and filter ripening.

12. Perform operation of a wash water recovery system and sludge removal.

13. Maintain and operates the water system’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

14. Participate in complex and technical maintenance and repair tasks. May maintain records and reports required by various laws and permits, as well as those necessary for efficient operation.

15. Perform the ordering, storage and use of supplies needed for general operation of water plant and outlying system responsibilities and their inventory.

16. Review technical journals and other data and disseminate information to employees.

17. Maintain a working relationship with the public and consecutive water systems, and respond to complaints and questions regarding operations.

18. Prepare and present oral and written reports.

19. Maintain certification license by attending appropriate training (water schools, conferences, etc.).

20. Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.

 

Requirements and Qualifications:

1. Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

2. Understanding of modern water treatment methods, theories, and practices.

3. Must understand of modern water treatment methods, theories, practices, equipment, instrumentation and control.

4. Must possess a minimum of a Montana Class 2B or 3B Water Treatment Operator certification, or equivalent certification in other states, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire and upon completion of probationary period.

5. Familiarity with safe drinking water regulations related to the treatment plant and distribution system.

6. Must have knowledge of water treatment plant safety procedures, including OSHA safety standards.

7. Experience with operation, testing, repair and maintenance of pumps and electrical motors.

8. Experience with piping, control systems, chemistry, and bacteriology as related to water treatment.

9. Good leadership styles and skills.

10. Ability to perform arithmetic calculations to determine dosages of chemicals, horsepower and other calculations necessary to operate a water treatment plant.

11. Familiar with detection devices, mobile radio, phone, personal computer including word processing and other software (i.e. spreadsheets, presentation software, etc.), copy and fax machine.

12. Preferred experience in the operation of a water treatment plant utilizing coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and chlorination/chloramination processes.

13. Work in different weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

14. Observe or monitor machinery and equipment to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.

15. Communicate in a group or one-to-one setting.

16. Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

17. Work cooperatively with other employees.

18. Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.

19. Read, comprehend, and interpret written material such as operation and maintenance manuals, equipment manuals and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

20. Must work with chemicals or similar solutions using protective equipment.

21. Must be physically capable of lifting materials up to 70 lbs.

22. The employee will work near moving mechanical parts and will be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes and airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

23. Must have the ability to perform work in emergency situations as necessary, including weekends and holidays.

24. Must possess a valid Montana Driver’s License without any prior history of driving violations.

25. Must have Commercial Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within one (1) year of hire.

26. Must relocate to the Poplar/Wolf Point, Montana area.

 

How to Apply: Submit a complete Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Application for Employment to:

 

Tom Escarcega

ASRWSS Manager

P.O. Box 1027

Poplar, MT 59255

 

With a copy to:

 

Attn: Jeff Ashley, P.E.

Morrison-Maierle, Inc.

1 Engineering Place

P.O. Box 6147

Helena, MT 59604

 

And

 

Mike Watson

4452 Fox View

Helena, MT  59602

 

Mail in applications postmarked on the closing date will be accepted. Attach all pertinent documentation, i.e., copy of High School diploma or GED certificate, copy of official college transcripts and/or college degree, certificate if claiming Indian Preference and DD214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference. Applications may be downloaded from the “Employment” link at http://www.fortpecktribes.org/.

 

Notice: “Applicants tentatively selected for positions with the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Appointment to the positions will be contingent upon a negative drug test result.”

 

Closes: 4/14/17

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Water Treatment Plant Operator (Class 1B Montana) – Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Rural Water Office, Montana

 

Salary: Negotiated based on qualifications, experience and benefits.  Range from $45,760 to 58,240 per annum

 

Program: ASRWSS/Coreline Location: Poplar/Wolf Point, MT

 

General Description of Duties:

The Eagle Shield Water Treatment Plant Operator shall perform technical and direct work in the operation and maintenance of a 14 mgd Water Treatment Plant utilizing coagulation, ballasted flocculation and sedimentation, mixed media filtration, and disinfection processes. This position requires a higher level of technical knowledge, the ability to independently oversee shift operations and coordinate the duties of other Water Treatment Plant operators and laborers, and the possession of a Montana Class 1B Operator certification (surface water using chemical coagulation, filtration, and disinfection) or equivalent certification in other states, or the ability to obtain this certification within six months of becoming eligible. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water Supply System (ASRWSS) Manager.

 

Specific Duties:

1. Oversee, participate in and direct the operation of the Water Treatment Plant, including the pumping of raw and finished water, chemical addition, operation of equipment, and interpretation of charts, gauges, and meters.

2. Direct, organize, and perform pH, coagulation, turbidity, taste, odor, chlorine and chloramine residual, and other water quality tests as needed on water samples taken at strategic points throughout the treatment process.

3. Compute chemical dosages and adjust chemical feed equipment for proper operation and application in enhanced coagulation and backwashing of filters.

4. Make necessary process changes as indicated by tests.

5. Unload, store and use various chemicals such as powdered activated carbon, ferric chloride, sodium and potassium permanganate, cationic/anionic/nonionic polymers, corrosion inhibitors, chlorine and ammonia.

6. Maintain plant operating equipment and laboratory equipment in a clean and orderly condition.

7. Operate heavy equipment – backhoe, track hoe, bulldozer, forklift, loader and tractor-trailer.

8. Perform treatment process mathematical computations to determine proper mixture of chemicals, correct chemical amounts and chemical usage.

9. Respond to chemical emergency alarms wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, such as respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

10. Read and interpret gauges, meters, recording devices, and process change data.

11. Monitor and repair equipment for proper operation.

12. Monitor various components of the mixed media filtration process including filter run times, filtration rates, turbidity breakthrough, headloss, backwash rates, and filter ripening.

13. Oversee operation of a filter backwash water recovery system and sludge removal.

14. Maintain and operate the water system’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

15. Supervise all operations and maintenance procedures. Participate in complex and technical maintenance and repair tasks. Maintain all records and reports required by various laws and permits, as well as those necessary for efficient operation and those required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

16. Supervise the ordering, storage and use of supplies needed for general operation of water plant and outlying system responsibilities and their inventory.

17. Train, supervise and discipline employees performing duties in daily operation of the water plant.

18. Review technical journals and other data and disseminate information to employees.

19. Maintain certification license by attending appropriate training (water schools, conferences, etc.). Oversee and coordinate employees’ training to maintain and advance certification.

20. Keep records and information on the complete system.

21. Maintain a working relationship with the public and consecutive water systems, and respond to complaints and questions regarding operations.

22. Prepare and present oral and written reports.

23. Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

 

Requirements and Qualifications:

1. Must possess a High School Diploma/GED.

2. Must understand of modern water treatment methods, theories, practices, equipment, instrumentation and control.

3. Must have a Montana Class 1B Water Treatment Operator certification, or equivalent certification in other states, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire and upon completion of probationary period.

4. Familiarity with safe drinking water regulations related to the treatment plant and distribution system, including Surface Water Treatment Rule, Stage 1 and 2 Disinfectants / Disinfection Byproducts Rule, Filter Backwash Recycling Rule, Long Term 1 and 2 Surface Water Treatment Rule, Total Coliform Rule, Lead and Copper Rule, Chemical Contaminant rules, Microbial Contaminant rules, Consumer Confidence Reports and Public Notification Rule.

5. Familiarity with water treatment plant laboratory procedures (jar testing), analytical methods, equipment, and safety protocols.

6. Knowledge of water treatment plant safety procedures, including OSHA safety standards.

7. Experience with operation, testing, repair and maintenance of pumps and electrical motors.

8. Experience with piping, control systems, chemistry, and bacteriology as related to water treatment.

9. Good leadership styles and skills.

10. Ability to perform mathematical calculations to determine dosages of chemicals, horsepower and other calculations necessary to operate a water treatment plant.

11. Familiar with detection devices, mobile radio, phone, personal computer including word processing and other software (i.e. spreadsheets, presentation software, internet, etc.), copy and fax machine.

12. Experience in the operation of a water treatment plant utilizing coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, media filtration, and chlorination/chloramination processes.

13. Must provide supervisory skills and perform a wide range of responsibilities over others.

14. Must work in difficult weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

15. Observe or monitor machinery and equipment to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.

16. Communicate in a group or one-to-one setting.

17. Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

18. Work cooperatively with other employees.

19. Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.

20. Read, comprehend, and interpret written material such as operation and maintenance manuals, equipment manuals and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

21. Must work with chemicals or similar solutions using protective equipment.

22. Must be physically capable of lifting materials up to 70 lbs.

23. The employee will work near moving mechanical parts and will be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes and airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

24. Must have the ability to perform work in emergency situations as necessary, including weekends and holidays.

25. Must possess a valid Montana Driver’s License without any prior history of driving violations.

26. Must have Commercial Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within one (1) year of hire.

27. Must relocate to the Poplar/Wolf Point, Montana area.

 

How to Apply: Submit a complete Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Application for Employment to:

 

Tom Escarcega

ASRWSS Manager

P.O. Box 1027

Poplar, MT 59255

 

With a copy to:

 

Attn: Jeff Ashley, P.E.

Morrison-Maierle, Inc.

1 Engineering Place

P.O. Box 6147

Helena, MT 59604

 

And

 

Mike Watson

4452 Fox View

Helena, MT  59602

 

Mail in applications postmarked on the closing date will be accepted. Attach all pertinent documentation, i.e., copy of High School diploma or GED certificate, copy of official college transcripts and/or college degree, certificate if claiming Indian Preference and DD214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference. Applications may be downloaded from the “Employment” link at http://www.fortpecktribes.org/.

 

Notice: “Applicants tentatively selected for positions with the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Appointment to the positions will be contingent upon a negative drug test result.”

 

Closes: 4/14/17

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Water Treatment Operator/Distribution System Operator – B-Y Water District

 

Position Overview:

This full-time position is responsible for operating and maintaining all water treatment equipment. The applicant will also perform testing and chemical adjustments, maintain records and make adjustments to water treatment processes to ensure the quality of water. The position will also require the candidate be capable of maintaining electrical and mechanical equipment which measure, control and regulate water flows, pressures and levels.  xperience in the coordination, supervision, installation and repair of distribution systems is desirable.  The applicant should be able to read blueprints, diagrams, technical manuals and wiring schematics. The candidate will be required to work varying shifts, overtime, weekends and holidays. The applicant must be dependable, courteous, possess a mechanical and electrical ability. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision plans, SDRS pension, 457 plan, paid sick leave and vacation.

 

Essential Job Functions:

The duties include but are not limited to:

• Maintenance of the water treatment plant as to insure a safe drinking water supply.

• Prepare water report analysis and report to manager.

• Prepare water samples.

• Prepare all reports pertaining to water treatment plant operations.

• Conduct laboratory tests and be able to react to the analysis and make adjustments to provide a consistent supply of quality water.

• Conduct plant operation rounds during shift checking pumps, motors, filters, meters, piping, levels and all related equipment.

• Monitor chemical inventories, record inventories, report needs and safely receive chemical deliveries.

• Maintain all equipment in treatment plant in operational manner.

• Maintain all equipment in intake structures in operational manner.

• Operate remote distribution sites from a master control center.

• Repair various leaks on the distribution system.

• Service and repair water pumps and pumping equipment.

• Secure easements.

• Record accurate as-built documentation.

• Preform system locates based on system records.

• Repair and service of customer meter installations.

• Maintain water plant facilities and operational equipment in a clean and orderly manner.

• Assure proper and timely response to service calls.

• Attend meetings as necessary.

• Complete all functions in a safe and quality workmanship like manner.

• Operation of system facilities during peak times on an evening/night shift.

• Implement any other directive designated by the manager or immediate supervisor.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

The qualifications include but are not limited to:

• To preform effectively in this position the applicant must have a broad working knowledge of water treatment principles and practices.

• The completion of more than one (1) year of experience in the operation of a Class II level or higher water treatment plant is desirable.

• Graduation from high school or GED certification is required.  Supplemental or vocational education/training or any such combination of education, experience and training as may be acceptable to the hiring authority.

• Excellent oral, technical writing, written communication skills.

• Team building skills.

• A valid driver’s license is required.

• Preference may be given for the possession of a valid South Dakota Water Operator’s Class II Certificate or the ability to attain the equivalent within 18 months.

• Preference may be given for the possession of a valid South Dakota Water Distribution Class I Certificate or the ability to attain the equivalent within 18 months.

• Knowledge of the machines, equipment and operations used in lime softening, filtration and disinfection of water.

• Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions relating to the safe handling of hazardous chemicals such as chlorine and lime, and the safe operation of mechanical and electrical equipment.

• Knowledge of electrical equipment and instrumentation.

• Knowledge in the construction, assembly, installation and repair of machinery and equipment.

• The willingness to work varied schedules and rotating shifts to accommodate system needs depending upon water usage.

• The flexibility to work overtime, weekends and holidays as required.

• A general working knowledge of computers, Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office software suite.

 

Physical Qualifications:

The position may require the ability to be outside much of the day, often in adverse weather conditions.  The job will require walking, standing and sitting often for long periods of time.  The candidate will also need to stoop, bend, squat and lift weights from 20 lbs. and occasionally up to 100 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Work Environment:

The work environment will often be loud and dirty.  The weather conditions will at times be adverse, such as extreme heat or cold, rain, snow and wind.  During operations the work environment will be varied based on system demands and will be spread between the treatment plant and distribution system.  The candidate will travel regularly within the service area with occasional overnight travel required for training purposes.

 

To apply for this position:

Submit a cover letter, resume, professional references list and completed application including salary history to the address below.  An application is available by calling (605) 463-2531. The position will be open until filled. Submit to:

B-Y Water District

Attn: General Manager

PO Box 248

Tabor, SD 57063

 

B-Y Water is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

MADISON OFFICE

203 W. Center Street | PO Box 287

Madison, SD 57042

605.556.7219 (p) | 605.556.1497 (f)

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301 Seaton Circle | PO Box 815

Spearfish, SD 57783

605.642.4031 (p/f)

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