Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

The City of Augusta, WI, has an opening for a full-time Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in the Water & Sewer Department. The preferred candidate will have Wisconsin-issued Wastewater Operator certification or the ability to acquire certification within 18 months of employment. A technical program degree or 2 years of experience is also preferred.  Primary responsibility will be the operation of a relatively new Biological Nutrient Removal (activated sludge) facility. Applications are due by 6/26/2024. Job Description and application are available at Augusta City Hall, 145 West Lincoln Street, Augusta, WI  54722 or by emailing the City Clerk at [email protected].

CITY OF AUGUSTA

WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR

REPORTS TO: PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT

 

MISSION:

 

To perform the operation, service, and maintenance of the sanitary sewer facilities including the wastewater treatment plant under the general supervision of the Public Works Superintendent.

 

SUMMARY:

 

Produce a clean/quality effluent prior to discharging to Bridge Creek. Remove waste materials which could create a demand on the receiving stream and possible pollution and health hazards. Perform a variety of semi-skilled and technical maintenance work in the operation, maintenance and repair of the Wastewater Treatment facilities and sewer collection system. Assist in general City maintenance duties such as snow plowing and street work.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

 

Operations:

 

Wastewater

 

  • Operate the process control tank, screen, oxidation ditch, and various pumps
  • Utilize motors, mixers, and blowers
  • Operate electrical equipment, standby generator, piping and valving, and ultraviolet disinfection equipment
  • Operate heavy equipment as needed
  • Balance mixed liquor suspended solids
  • Control recirculation and wasting
  • Track sludge inventory for plant performance
  • Collect samples
  • Trouble shoot process
  • Prepare & apply herbicides and pesticides
  • Clean and maintain main lift station, headworks, aeration basins, splitter boxes, clarifier, UV lamps
  • Run daily equipment and trouble shoot check list
  • Perform necessary minor/major repairs
  • Perform daily records and calculations

 

Biosolids Handling and Removal:

 

  • Transfer biosolids from the treatment tank to sludge holding tank
  • Mix, monitor and decant biosolids to desired concentration
  • Coordinate hauling by contract hauler
  • Sample for solids characteristics
  • Maintain records of all biosolids inventory

 

Laboratory Testing and Sampling:

 

  • Perform laboratory testing and sampling for process control
  • Coordinate analysis by contract laboratory

 

Equipment Maintenance and Lift Station Maintenance:

 

  • Trouble shooting, maintenance, and repair of treatment plant equipment
  • Maintenance of lift pump stations and equipment

 

Collection System Maintenance:

 

  • Assist and coordinate preventative maintenance
  • Assist with collection system construction

 

Building Maintenance:

 

  • Perform janitorial duties at all lift stations and treatment facility buildings
  • Perform building repairs and painting

 

Grounds Maintenance:

 

  • Perform landscaping, mowing, tree trimming; maintain sprinklers, and general grounds at the lift stations and treatment facility

 

Record Keeping:

 

  • Maintain treatment plant records
  • Maintain plant equipment and supplies inventory
  • Report weather daily
  • Assist in O& M updates

 

Treatment Plant Tours:

 

  • Administer guided tours to students and general public
  • Explain treatment plant operations
  • Answer questions

 

Miscellaneous:

 

  • Perform winter snow plowing and snow removal
  • Serve as acting foreman as necessary
  • Ability to enter confined spaces
  • Attend periodic safety meetings
  • Attend Board and Committee meetings on request
  • Perform on call/call outs as required, and resolve problems of high water level, power outages, lift station failures, pumps and motor failures.

 

Other duties may be assigned.

 

This is a representative sample and is not to imply a complete listing of responsibilities and tasks.

 

Qualification Requirements:

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education and/or Experience:

 

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and two years of experience in wastewater or related field; education may be substituted for experience. An Associate degree in Water Quality Technology is preferred.

 

Language Skills:

 

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to speak effectively before groups.

 

Mathematical Skills:

 

Ability to work with fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions.

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

 

Wisconsin Wastewater Operator Certification preferred in the following categories:  Solids Treatment,  Biological Treatment (Suspended Growth Processes), Disinfection, Nutrient Removal (Total Phosphorus), Solids Separation.

 

Must accumulate required continuing education to maintain Wastewater Operator certification.

 

Valid State Driver’s license with Commercial Driver’s License endorsement.

 

Necessary Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:

 

(A)    Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in wastewater treatment plant maintenance and operation activities; working knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices;

 

(B)    Skill in operation necessary tools and equipment.  

 

(C)    Ability to perform process control calculations; Ability to work safely; Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public; Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.

 

Tools And Equipment Used:

 

Motor vehicle, generators, pumps, gauges, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, calculator, a variety of lab equipment, computers, security equipment, testing instruments, air compressors, hydraulic motors,  welding and cutting torches, spray equipment, pneumatic hand tools.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

 

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

 

Must be able to report for duty within 30 minutes for standby and callout. This will require residence within or near Augusta.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

 

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee may work in confined spaces.

 

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

 

Some weekend and evening work will be required.

 

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

 

The key relationships described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will provide information to, collect information from, and solve problems involving the public, the DNR, and other City departments. Contact will be made by telephone, in writing, and through teaching or formal instruction.  

 

NOTICE: The above job profile does not include all essential and nonessential duties of this job. All employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Mayor to review and discuss the essential and nonessential functions of the job. An employee with a disability can evaluate the job in greater detail to determine if she/he can safely perform the essential function of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

DISCLAIMER: Job profiles are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, tasks, skills, efforts, working conditions or similar behaviors, attributes or requirements associated with a job. A job profile is not a comprehensive job description. It is intended for the sole purpose of acquainting a person who is unfamiliar with such position with a brief overview of the position’s general direction and scope. This position profile is confidential, is intended for internal use only and may not be copied or reproduced by anyone for any purpose without written permission from the City Clerk.

Application link below:

https://cityofaugusta.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Employment-Application.pdf