Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator-in-Training, I, II, III or IV - Sumner, WA

Employer: City of Sumner

Job Description:
Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator-in-Training, I, II, III or IV
Salary: $5,682.00 - $7,557.00 Monthly
Location: Sumner, WA
Job Type: Full-Time Permanent
Department: Waste Water Treatment Facility
Job Number: 2021OE

Description
The City of Sumner is recruiting a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Training, I, II, III or IV level (DOQ) to fill one position at Sumner's Wastewater Treatment Facility.

2021 Salary Ranges:
Operator in Training (OIT): $5,035 -$5,458
Operator I: $5,682 - $5,476
Operator II (Journeyman): $6,079 - $6,871
Operator III/IV (Senior): $6,597 - $7,557
See Qualifications section for more information.

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate would have an understanding of an Activated Sludge Wastewater treatment plant and solids handling processes. Experience with lift station pumping systems and related controls are desired. Particular interest will be given in the area of equipment maintenance and troubleshooting, with the ability to use maintenance management software and comfortably utilize current technology.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Please make sure to read the job announcement in its entirety prior to submitting your application. Current certifications are required to be submitted with your application in order to determine qualifications. Please see the Supplemental Information section for more information.
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This position is a full-time, Fair Labor Standards Act overtime eligible, non-exempt position. Attendance at evening meetings or other off-duty events is not anticipated. The incumbent in this position is not a Civil Service employee. This position is eligible for representation through the International Union of Operating Engineers.

OPERATOR IN TRAINING:
General Purpose
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainees will participate in an intensive on-the-job training program. The goal of this program is to provide candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to become successful Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators. Under direct supervision, the trainee will learn a variety of functions pertaining to the efficient and safe operation of the facilities. Elements of the training program may include pre-treatment processes; primary treatment; secondary treatment; UV disinfection; effluent pumping; solids handling; methane gas system; laboratory sampling and analysis; electrical systems; instrumentation and control; safety procedures; computer duties; odor systems; regulations; general plant housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Supervision Received
This position reports to the Chief Operator. Daily work may be supervised by a higher level classification.

Supervision Exercised
Supervision is not a responsibility of this classification.

OPERATOR I:
General Purpose
This is an apprentice level (Group I) Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator position within the City's Public Works Department. Work is performed at the City's activated sludge treatment plant. This classification may work different shifts in a rotational schedule involving scheduled weekend and holiday work and may, on occasion, be reassigned on short notice to cover shift absences.

In general, duties include assisting with or, upon gaining necessary skills, independently performing routine tasks common to the operation and maintenance of a secondary wastewater treatment plant and off-site pumping stations. Instructions are provided on new or unusual assignments; however, repetitive tasks are performed independently in conformance with previously established procedures. Work is subject to review for adherence to instructions and conformance with established quality standards. Persons in this classification must demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of safety practices related to treatment works including confined space entry hazards, and mechanical and electrical safety.

Supervision Received
This position reports to the Chief Operator. Daily work may be supervised by a higher level classification.

Supervision Exercised
Supervision is not a responsibility of this classification.

OPERATOR II:
General Purpose
This is a journey level (Group II) Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator position within the City's Public Works Department. Work is performed at the City's activated sludge treatment plant. This classification may work different shifts in a rotational schedule involving scheduled weekend and holiday work and may, on occasion, be reassigned on short notice to cover shift absences.

Under general supervision, duties include assisting with operational and maintenance tasks common to a secondary wastewater treatment plant. Instructions are provided on new or unusual assignments; however, common tasks are performed independently relying upon the operational knowledge of the incumbent and in conformance with established procedures. Work is subject to review for adherence with standard treatment plant operating practices and conformance with required quality standards.

Operators in this classification must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of safety practices related to treatment works including confined space entry hazards and mechanical and electrical safety. In addition, they must be capable of contributing to a safe work environment and directing, as necessary, the safety activities of less knowledgeable employees.

Supervision Received
This position reports to the Chief Operator. Daily work may be supervised by a higher level classification.

Supervision Exercised
Supervision is not a normal responsibility of positions in this classification. Employees in this classification may supervise the work of other Operators, when this person is the highest certified operator working during the shift, or performing work with others.

OPERATOR III / IV:
General Purpose
This is a senior level (Group III or IV) Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator position within the City's Public Works Department. Work is performed at the City's activated sludge treatment plant. This classification may work different shifts in a rotational schedule involving scheduled weekend and holiday work and may, on occasion, be reassigned on short notice to cover shift absences.

In general, duties include but are not limited to independent performance of operational tasks common to the operation and maintenance of an activated sludge wastewater treatment facility. Work is also performed at off-site pumping stations. Work is subject to review for adherence to instructions and conformance with established quality standards.

This is an advanced level position and is responsible for performing facility operations and maintenance work of the wastewater treatment facility and sewage lift stations. The Senior Operator works independently with little supervision in the role assigned. This position is expected to observe and correct plant operational and mechanical problems. They are available to offer direction and assist other operators as needed. Work is reviewed for compliance with facility standards.

About Sumner:Animal Care Technician description image
The City of Sumner's vision is to set the standard of excellence for a progressive small city. Sumner remains a traditional city of just over 10,000 residents with agricultural roots, known for decades as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World. At the same time, its compact, walkable layout aligns perfectly with progressive planning trends, as its classic Main Street becomes repurposed for boutiques, independent restaurants and daily services such as legal offices, financial advisors and doctors. While Sumner retains historic neighborhoods of Craftsman houses and an active high school right on Main Street, it also offers over 10,000 manufacturing and distribution jobs for companies such as REI, Keurig Green Mountain, Amazon.com, and Dillanos Coffee Roasters. With a downtown Sound Transit station with buses and trains, it is well connected to the Puget Sound region while striving to be a full service city with the largest YMCA facility in the state of Washington as well as a link trail system that will connect the Foothills and Interurban trails. Like the community, the city government is large enough to be professional but small enough to be creative. The City has won a variety of awards from the Governor's Smart Planning Award to recognition at the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its groundbreaking police work on victims' assistance. With a strong mayor format, the City has just over 100 employees who operate a cemetery, wastewater treatment facility, accredited police department, animal shelter, parks, full service public works and administration.

About Sumner's Wastewater Treatment Facility:
The Sumner WWTF is a regional facility serving both the City of Sumner and the City of Bonney Lakes sewer systems. The plant recently completed a major upgrade in 2015 increasing its rated flow capacity to 6.10 MGD and increasing its plant loading capacity for 5-Day Biochemical Oxygen Demand to 10,900 lb. /day and Total Suspended Solids to 12,660 lb. /day. The influent headwork includes flow measuring and sampling on both city wastewater influent loadings. Flows then travels to primary clarifiers followed by aeration basins. The aeration basins have selector zones and are operated using a modified MLE process. The aeration basins are followed by secondary clarifiers and finally UV disinfection of the effluent. Wasted sludge is thickened using a Dissolved Air Flotation thickener (DAF).The generated biosolids are processed thru anaerobic digestion with final treatment thru an indirect dryer producing Exceptional Quality Class "A" Biosolids. Biosolids are given away to the public from on-site locations within the plant or delivered in bulk to farmer sites. The WWTF is located between the Puyallup and White Rivers and due to the flood potential recently completed construction of a floodwall to protect the facility.

In addition to the WWTF the staff also service sixteen sewage lift stations throughout the City of Sumner. Fourteen of the lift stations are submersible pump stations and two are drywell wetwell stations. The City of Bonney Lake services its own Lift stations. Most sewage lift stations have flow measuring devices and generators and have been upgraded or replaced within the past 10 years. The sewer system is supported by a SCADA operating system as is the WWTF.

Examples of Duties:
The job duties and responsibilities in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed. Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by a supervisor. While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty with proficiency.

OPERATOR IN TRAINING:
Listed below are examples of typical duties:
- Clean tanks; pump out sludge; remove debris;
- Maintain facilities and equipment in a safe, clean and orderly manner; wash down facility equipment and machinery as required;
- Assist plant operators in lab tests and sampling, plant operation and general clean-up;
- Assist, clean, conduct preventive maintenance on buildings, grounds and wastewater treatment plant equipment and lift stations;
- Perform manual labor using basic hand or power tools or miscellaneous equipment at wastewater treatment plant and associated facilities;
- Participate in continuing education and training programs related to wastewater treatment;
- Operate specialized equipment such as forklifts and portable pumps at wastewater treatment plant and associated facilities;
- Contribute to achieving the department's mission;
- Perform related duties as assigned.

OPERATOR I:
Listed below are examples of typical duties:
- Clean tanks; pump out sludge; remove debris;
- Maintain facilities and equipment in a safe, clean and orderly manner; wash down facility equipment and machinery as required;
- Perform assigned lab tests and sampling;
- Perform tasks associated with plant operations including but not limited to conducting inspections of sewage lift stations by observing equipment operation, listening for unusual noises, odors, vibrations, etc. and reporting equipment malfunctions;
- Perform and assist with preventive maintenance on buildings, grounds and wastewater treatment plant equipment and lift stations, including associated record keeping;
- Perform manual labor using basic hand or power tools or miscellaneous equipment at wastewater treatment plant and associated facilities;
- Participate in continuing education and training programs related to wastewater treatment;
- Load and deliver biosolids to customers;
- Operate specialized equipment such as forklifts and portable pumps at wastewater treatment plant and associated facilities;
- Contribute to achieving the department's mission;
- Perform related duties as assigned.

OPERATOR II:
Listed below are examples of typical duties:

- Perform all duties listed under the Operator I classification;
- Eligible for on-call assignments and/or weekend shift assignments;
- May serve as the "in-charge" operator in the absence of a higher level operator;
- Monitor the plant operations including daily equipment checks;
- Perform N.P.D.E.S. laboratory tests and enter data on daily lab sheets;
- Gather and record data to the daily operations report;
- Preform plant and sewage lift station maintenance;
- Read and apply technical procedures related to the operation of facility equipment;
- Contribute to achieving the department's mission;
- Perform related duties as assigned.

OPERATOR III / IV:
Listed below are examples of typical duties:
- Perform all duties listed under the Operator I and II classifications;
- Eligible for on-call assignments and/or weekend shift assignments;
- May serve as the "in-charge" operator;
- Responsible for identifying and correcting any maintenance or operational problem observed;
- Read and interpret N.P.D.E.S. laboratory test results;
- Collect, record and review data related to the daily operations report;
- Maintain and prepare a variety of records, reports and logs required by management and regulatory agencies;
- Manage required safety training and policy adoption;
- Review the biological process of the facility and recommend process changes as necessary;
- Review and or lead preventative maintenance projects, including proper documentation;
- Conduct part inventories and order parts as required;
- Contribute to achieving the department's mission;
- Perform related duties as assigned.

Qualifications
OPERATOR IN TRAINING:
Required Minimum Qualification
- Satisfactory completion of training and on-the-job experience to obtain Operator in Training Certification within six months.
- Graduation from high school or equivalent.
- Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Desired Special Qualifications:
- Possession of, or the ability to obtain, standard first-aid/CPR certification within six-months of employment;
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Flagging Card within six-months of employment;
- If necessary, a Commercial Driver's License with a minimum Class "B" endorsement upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a Public Applicators (Herbicide) License upon the request of the City
- Two years college level course work in wastewater technology, environmental sciences, microbiology, chemistry, or mathematics;

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
- Safe operation of power and manual hand tools;
- Basic mathematics and algebra;
- Basic mechanical and electrical theory;
- Basic safety procedures, practices and rules.

Ability to:
- Perform tasks within the physical requirements listed below;
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisor and the public;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Take and carry out both oral and written instructions;
- Perform work following city and state safety practices;
- Follow city personnel policies;
- Operate power and manual hand tools;
- Perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations.
- Attend job-related classes and seminars.
- Operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in wastewater treatment.
- Operate and use computer systems including but not limited to Microsoft Office products.
- Contribute to achieving to the Department Mission.

OPERATOR I:
Required Minimum Qualifications:
- Graduation from high school or equivalent, including training or course work in wastewater plant operation and one years' experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
- Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
- Valid Washington State certification as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Group I plants at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Desired Special Qualifications:
- Two years college level course work in wastewater technology, environmental sciences, microbiology, chemistry, or mathematics;
- Possession of, or the ability to obtain, standard first-aid/CPR certification within six-months of employment;
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Flagging Card within six-months of employment;
- If necessary, a Commercial Driver's License with a minimum Class "B" endorsement upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a Public Applicators (Herbicide) License upon the request of the City.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
- Safe operation of power and manual hand tools;
- Basic operating and equipment maintenance requirements of an activated sludge secondary wastewater treatment facility;
- The location, operating and maintenance requirements of the city sewage lift stations and related equipment;
- The methods used to conduct assigned laboratory tests;
- Occupational hazards and required use of safety equipment and safety practices for such things as; Lockout Tagout, Confined Space Entry, and any other required safety training deemed necessary to this position by the WWTF Superintendent;
- Basic mathematics and algebra;
- Basic mechanical and electrical theory.

Ability to:
- Perform tasks within the physical requirements listed below;
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisor and the public;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Take and carry out both oral and written instructions;
- Perform work following city and state safety practices;
- Follow city personnel policies;
- Operate power and manual hand tools;
- Perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations;
- Attend job-related classes and seminars;
- Operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in wastewater treatment;
- Operate and use computer systems including but not limited to Microsoft Office products;
- Contribute to achieving to the Department Mission.

OPERATOR II:
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Graduation from high school or equivalent, including training or course work in wastewater plant operation and a minimum of two years' experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
- Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
- Valid Washington State certification as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Group II plants at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Desired Special Qualifications:
- Two years college level course work in wastewater technology, environmental sciences, microbiology, chemistry, or mathematics;
- Possession of, or the ability to obtain, standard first-aid/CPR certification within six-months of employment;
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Flagging Card within six-months of employment;
- If necessary, a Commercial Driver's License with a minimum Class "B" endorsement upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a mobile crane operator certification upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a City of Seattle Grade IV boiler operator license upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a Public Applicators (Herbicide) License upon the request of the City.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of:
- Safe operation of power and manual hand tools;
- Basic operating and equipment maintenance requirements of an activated sludge secondary wastewater treatment facility;
- The location, operating and maintenance requirements of the city sewage lift stations and related equipment;
- The methods used to conduct assigned laboratory tests, including specifics of the City's N.P.D.E.S. permit;
- Occupational hazards and required use of safety equipment and safety practices for such things as; Lockout Tagout, Confined Space Entry, and any other required safety training deemed necessary to this position by the WWTF Superintendent;
- Basic mathematics and algebra;
- Journey level mechanical skills;
- Basic electrical theory.

Ability to:
- Perform tasks within the physical requirements listed below;
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisor and the public;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Take and carry out both oral and written instructions;
- Perform work following city and state safety practices;
- Follow city personnel policies;
- Operate power and manual hand tools;
- Perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations;
- Attend job-related classes and seminars;
- Operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in wastewater treatment;
- Operate and use computer systems including but not limited to Microsoft Office products;
- Contribute to achieving to the Department Mission.

OPERATOR III / IV:
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Graduation from high school or equivalent, including training or course work in wastewater plant.
- Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
- Group III Senior Operator: Valid Washington State certification as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Group III plants at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter. A minimum of four years' experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant combined with education, generally with two years' experience at the City of Sumner or similar facility.
- Group IV Senior Operator: Valid Washington State certification as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for Group IV plants at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter. A minimum of four years' experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, generally with two years' experience at the City of Sumner or similar facility.

Desired Special Qualifications -
- Associates or Bachelor's Degree in wastewater technology, environmental sciences, microbiology, chemistry, or mathematics preferred;
- Possession of, or the ability to obtain, standard first-aid/CPR certification within six-months of employment;
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Flagging Card within six-months of employment;
- If necessary, a Commercial Driver's License with a minimum Class "B" endorsement upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a mobile crane operator certification upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a City of Seattle Grade IV boiler operator license upon the request of the City;
- If necessary, a Public Applicators (Herbicide) License upon the request of the City.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -
Knowledge of:
- Safe operation of power and manual hand tools;
- Operating and equipment maintenance requirements of an activated sludge secondary wastewater treatment facility;
- Process shutdowns and tank transitions;
- The location, operating and maintenance requirements of the city sewage lift stations and related equipment;
- The methods used to conduct assigned laboratory tests, including specifics of the City's N.P.D.E.S. permit;
- Occupational hazards and required use of safety equipment and safety practices for such things as; Lockout Tagout, Confined Space Entry, and any other required safety training deemed necessary to this position by the WWTF Superintendent;
- Basic supervisory skills;
- Basic mathematics and algebra;
- Advanced level mechanical skills;
- Basic electrical theory.

Ability to:
- Perform tasks within the physical requirements listed below;
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisor and the public;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Take and carry out both oral and written instructions;
- Perform work following city and state safety practices;
- Follow city personnel policies;
- Operate power and manual hand tools;
- Perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations;
- Attend job-related classes and seminars;
- Operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in wastewater treatment;
- Operate and use computer systems including but not limited to Microsoft Office products, and software specific to facility operations;
- Contribute to achieving to the Department Mission.

Physical Requirements:
- The physical demands/work environment described is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Requirements may be subject to modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for employment in this position. However, some requirements may exclude individuals who post a direct threat to significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Description of Work Environment:
- Typically work is performed both in and out of door in adverse weather conditions. Where appropriate, personal protective equipment will be issued to the employee for use, with the employee being trained in its application and use. Exposure to hazards is an integral part of the job.
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Supplemental Information
- Selection Guidelines
- Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check; job-related tests may be required.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
- Current Drivers Record -
- Operating a City vehicle is a requirement of this position therefore candidates must have a driving record clear of major violations. Candidates who pass the interview phase will be asked to submit their driving record that is no more than 30 days old prior to recieving an offer of employment from the City.
- To consistently evaluate driving records, the City has adopted the following Driver Evaluation System to screen applicants:

Driver Evaluation Chart
A = Acceptable
B = Borderline
P = Poor

Major Violations include:
- DUI – Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including marijuana)
- Vehicular Homicide
- Vehicular Assault
- Driving while license suspended or revoked
- Reckless driving
- Negligent driving 1st degree
- Hit and run (bodily injury and/or property damage).
- Moving Violations include speeding and other moving traffic infractions, see WAC 308-104-160. Traffic photo enforcement and parking tickets do not appear on driving records as Moving Violations. If multiple citations are issued on the same day, they will be counted as a single violation. (Sumner Personnel Policy 3.2.1)
- Operator Certificate -
- Applicants must attach their current Washington State Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate with their application prior to submission if they would like to be considered for a position higher than OIT.
- Background checks will include:
- Prior Employment Verification: confirms applicant's employment with the listed companies, including dates of employment, position held and additional information available pertaining to performance rating, reason for departure and eligibility for rehire. This verification will be run on the past three employers or the previous five years, whichever comes first.
- Personal and Professional References: calls will be placed to individuals listed as references by the applicant.
- Employment Eligibility Verification: Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.
- Educational Verification: confirms the applicant's claimed educational institution, including the years attended and the degree/diploma received.
- Criminal History: includes review of criminal convictions and probation. The following factors will be considered for applicants with a criminal history:
- The nature of the crime and its relationship to the position.
- The time since the conviction.
- The number (if more than one) of convictions.
- Whether hiring, transferring or promoting the applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees or its customers and vendors.
- The following additional background searches will be required if applicable to the position:
- Motor Vehicle Records: provides a report on an individual's driving history in the state requested. This search will be run when driving is an essential requirement of the position.
- Credit History: confirms candidate's credit history. This search will be run for positions that involve management of City of Sumner funds and/or handling of cash or credit cards.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

General Hiring Process Information:
- If multiple applications are received for the same candidate, only the most recently submitted, complete application will be considered.
- Applications received by the review date will be screened for minimum qualifications and then submitted to a Subject Matter Expert to select which candidates will be invited to interview.
- Candidates who are invited to interview will receive notification by email and will be provided at least 1 weeks' notice prior to the scheduled interview date.
- Candidates who are not invited to interview will be notified by email.
- Panel interviews will be held at Sumner City Hall and are typically no more than 30 minutes in duration. Interview candidates can expect to spend about an hour at City Hall. Interviews may be remote depending on the current pandemic phase of the County.
- Candidates who pass the interview process may be invited back for a second interview with the department heads or for a walking interview through the department.
- Candidates who did not pass the interview will be notified by email.

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Location: Sumner, WA
Application Method: Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sumnerwa/jobs/2980868/wastewater-treatment-facility-operator-in-training-i-ii-iii-or-iv
Base Pay: $5,682 - $7,557 MO

Posted on February 11, 2021

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