Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III - Yakima, WA

Employer: The Ciry of Yakima

Job Description:
Job Title: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 07/26/21 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $28.24 - $33.92 Hourly
$4,894.93 - $5,879.47 Monthly
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Wastewater Plant: 2220 East Viola Yakima, Washington

Overview and Minimum Class Requirements Benefits Supplemental Questions

The City of Yakima is a premier employer in the Yakima Valley with extensive opportunities for training and growth. The City offers a competitive benefit package including:
- 3% Bilingual/Biliterate English/Spanish special pay
- Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage
- FREE healthcare clinic!
- WA State PERS pension plan
- 1% contribution to a 457 deferred compensation plan
- Generous accruals for vacation and sick leave
- Much more!

Must possess a Washington State Department of Ecology Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group III certificate or equivalent with at least twenty-four (24) months of experience as an operator in a wastewater treatment plant at the time of application. Operating experience at the Yakima Wastewater Treatment Plant is preferred.

Possess a Washington State Department of Ecology Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group III certificate or equivalent at time of application. Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License. Possess or obtain a Basic First Aid Certificate within six (6) months of appointment. Incumbents are expected to possess a Washington State Department of Ecology Wastewater Treatment Plant Group IV certificate within thirty-six (36) months of appointment. Possession of a Class A CDL license with air brake endorsement is desirable.

Job Summary:
Under limited supervision operates and maintains a wastewater treatment plant and associated sanitary, industrial, and storm water pumping stations. Provides technical direction and oversight to other Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, based on policies and procedures outlined by Process Control Supervisor while serving as operator in charge of shift.

Essential Functions:
- Performs and/or directs operational and maintenance duties required to maintain effective preliminary, primary, and secondary wastewater and biosolids treatment.
= Calculates plant performance parameters from monitoring data and compares values to permit limits to determine regulatory compliance.
- Utilizes the computerized plant asset management system to prepare and submit work orders for equipment maintenance.
- Complies with a variety of safety and environmental mandates; shares responsibility for instructing and training new employees in a wide range of safety and operational matters; inspects plant equipment and grounds for safety.
- Provides technical supervision, oversight, and training to other operators. Performs in a leadership role, providing effective guidance and direction. May assign, direct and/or organize work of subordinate operators.
- Collects and interprets process data and recommends process changes and adjustments to meet federal, State, and local regulations and permit requirements.
- Independently follows established Standard Operating Procedures to perform process adjustments on all wastewater treatment and solids handling equipment.
- Assists in developing and modifying Standard Operating Procedures.
- Acts as operator in charge of shift to direct operational duties in the absence of Process Control Supervisor and Chief Operator.
- Provides feedback to supervisory staff regarding performance of other operators.
Uses direct observation and the plant Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control the levels, flows, and pressures of biogas, wastewater, storm water, re-use water and sludge at the treatment plant and at pumping stations.
- Monitors treatment plant processes by collecting biogas, sludge, wastewater and re-use water samples at multiple treatment plant process units and by performing physical and chemical field and laboratory sample analyses in accordance with Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
- Maintains effective preliminary and primary wastewater and sludge treatment processes by adding correct amounts of several chemicals for odor control, disinfection, de-chlorination, alkalinity/pH, and sludge coagulation. Monitors and adjusts chemical feed rates directly or remotely through SCADA. Handles, mixes and stores a variety of chemicals used for wastewater and sludge treatment including polymers, sodium hypochlorite, calcium thiophosphate, and sodium hydroxide.
- Monitors and operates hot water boilers and hot water heating ancillary systems including boiler fuel sources, heat exchangers, and hot water mixing valves to maintain correct temperatures for anaerobic sludge and industrial wastewater digestion.
- Monitors, adjusts and performs minor repairs on mechanical equipment including air compressors, valves, gates, pumps, and motors to maintain proper flows, levels, and pressures for treatment processes.
- Bio-Terrorism, Security and Federal Emergency Management: In accordance with the Bio-Terrorism law, must be sensitive concerning the security of the wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collection system. Must also comply with the National Incident Management System.
- Operates, maintains, trouble shoots and calibrates sensors for temperature, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, lower explosive limit, pH, dissolved oxygen, oxidation-reduction potential, turbidity, level, and pressure.
- Provides verbal and written status reports concerning plant operations. Enters information into daily logs and computer system; records meter readings and laboratory test data; prepares computerized time sheets
- Cleans and maintains plant process structures and equipment as needed.
- Operates trucks, truck and trailer combinations, backhoe, tractor, and forklift.
- Requires regular and reliable attendance.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.

Major Worker Characteristics:
- This is the senior level position in the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator series. Employees at this level are required to be fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Employees in this class will monitor, operate, adjust and maintain all treatment plant processes, will provide training and technical direction to other operators, and may act as the operator in charge of a shift. Operators at this level are required to understand the treatment plant's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit reporting requirements and treatment process operation to ensure permit compliance.
- Ability to train staff in procedures and operations; instruct, oversee, and evaluate the work of other operators; schedule the work of others.
- Knowledge of established supervisory principles, practices, and techniques.
- Knowledge of the operation and equipment of preliminary, primary, and secondary wastewater treatment processes including the physical and chemical processes of anaerobic sludge digestion, screening, grit settling and classification, primary and secondary clarification, and trickling filter treatment, activated sludge, and high rate anaerobic digestion; mathematics, chemistry, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical theory; flow, pressure, and level sensing and control equipment; recording, measuring and testing instruments; biogas, water, wastewater and sludge sampling and quality tests; confined space entry, fall protection, and bloodborne pathogen exposure. Knowledge of the federal Clean Water Act, the Biosolids Rule, and the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
- Ability to work independently; make fast and accurate decisions leading to corrective actions for the operation and maintenance of the treatment plant; accurately read meters and gauges and detect faulty characteristics; keep logs and records of operations and input into the computer; collect samples and set up and perform laboratory and field analysis of wastewater and sludge samples to determine adjustments; manually start and stop equipment, systems, and processes; conduct preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment; recognize and report abnormal operational and mechanical conditions and to initiate measures to correct preliminary, primary, and secondary treatment processes; establish and maintain effective working relationships; follow oral and written instructions; perform moderately strenuous work.
- Must possess well developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of business English including correct grammar, letter composition, spelling, and punctuation; and excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Sufficient physical ability to work in both plant and field settings and to operate assigned equipment. Frequent use of both hands in reaching/handling/grasping/fingering while performing duties operating on various vehicles, equipment and machinery. Occasional bending/twisting at knees/waist/neck while performing related activities. Occasional kneeling/crouching/crawling while making repairs in confined spaces and awkward positions. Occasional heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to fifty (50) pounds. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, ladders, and inclines while maintaining balance. Physical strength and ability sufficient to perform manual labor for extended periods under wet, cold, and generally unpleasant conditions. May require continuous moving, sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Continuous use of all senses including feeling/talking/ hearing/seeing while performing duties and while communicating with co-workers, the general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to maintain long-term and short-term memory. Must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction. Must be able to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Will be required to wear safety protective gear when necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

May work outside in all weather extremes and be exposed to dust, smoke, electrical hazards, noxious odors, fumes, or chemicals, raw sewage, waterborne disease and noxious and combustible gases. May work at heights, alone, with others, or in noisy work area. Work and/or walk for long periods of time on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Subject to twenty-four (24) hour emergency callbacks and standby and requires working varying hours, overtime, weekends, and holidays. Work environment is team-oriented, having both routine and variable tasks with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed both inside buildings and in outdoor plant areas and collateral facilities.

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Online: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/yakimawa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=3137265&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=%3CwddxPacket%20version%3D%271%2E0%27%3E%3Cheader%2F%3E%3Cdata%3E%3Cstruct%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27TRANSFER%27%3E%3Cnumber%3E0%2E0%3C%2Fnumber%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27CATEGORYID%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%2D1%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27FIND%5FKEYWORD%27%3E%3Cstring%3E%3C%2Fstring%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3Cvar%20name%3D%27PROMOTIONALJOBS%27%3E%3Cnumber%3E0%2E0%3C%2Fnumber%3E%3C%2Fvar%3E%3C%2Fstruct%3E%3C%2Fdata%3E%3C%2FwddxPacket%3E
Base Pay: $28.24 - $33.92 HR

Posted on July 07, 2021

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