Wastewater Treatment Plant (operator-in-trianing) - Tacoma, WA

Employer: Environmental Services

Job Description:
The City of Tacoma is accepting applications to provide an opportunity to entry-level candidates for the position of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainee.

The City of Tacoma is committed to training and developing qualified individuals who are pursuing careers in the Wastewater field. As an Operator in Training, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in routine operational duties typical of a wastewater treatment plant.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainees will participate in a supervised 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; oxygen generation; disinfection; effluent pumping; solids handling; methane utilization; laboratory sampling and analysis; electrical systems; instrumentation and control; safety procedures; computer duties; odor systems; regulations; general plant housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Our Ideal Candidate is a person with the following traits:
- Excellent attendance
- Great customer service skills and a positive, friendly attitude
- Positive attitude and willingness to learn by following examples and asking questions
- Enjoys teamwork and proactively pitches in on projects and assignments
- Enjoys working both indoor and outdoor, in a variety of weather conditions
- Self-motivated individual with a positive attitude who has the ability to work independently and within a team.

If this sounds like you, please apply!

When you work for the City of Tacoma, you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program that includes competitive salary, medical, dental and vision insurance, a defined benefit retirement system, optional deferred compensation plans, and more! We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

- The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
- Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
- Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
- Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
- Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
- Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
- Employee Assistance Program
- Personal time off.
- Paid holidays.
- A (98%) well-funded retirement plan
- Portable with other WA State PERS I, II, & III systems, SERS II & III, as well as Seattle and Spokane
- Rule of 80 Retirement (age + years of service or age of 60 and any years of service)
- Guaranteed lifetime pension plan

- Assist Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators.
Clean digesters and grit tanks; pump out sludge; remove rags and sand.
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, plant operation and general clean-up.
Inspect, clean and perform preventive maintenance on buildings, grounds and wastewater treatment plant, process and safety equipment.
Assist in wastewater operations, maintenance and process control (prepping and cleaning of treatment facility equipment and areas, performing laboratory sampling and providing emergency support at assigned facility).
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.
Perform related duties as assigned.

Position requires heavy lifting, climbing and working from heights, climbing stairs, fast reflexes, good eyesight, bending, stretching and standing.
Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to adverse weather conditions. Employees may be required to work night shifts as part of the training program.
Employees in this position may be subject to hazardous chemicals; operate and maintain oily, greasy machinery, climb ladders and scaffolding; shovel coal, sand and rock. Walk up to three miles per shift; climb stairs; lift 50-pound bags of chemicals.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Please note that this is an entry-level job opportunity. Candidates with prior job experience in this area, training and/or certifications as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group 1 or higher, will exceed, and therefore not meet the qualifications for this position, and will not be eligible to proceed in the hiring process.

The City of Tacoma is currently accepting applications for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operator. If you are interested in the WWTP Operator position, please click the link below or check the City of Tacoma job site. https://agency.governmentjobs.com/tacoma/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=2533689&sharedWindow=0

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
Satisfactory completion of training and on-the-job experience to obtain Operator in Training Certification within six months.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of basic mathematics and algebra.
Basic knowledge of mechanical and electrical theory.
Basic knowledge of industrial safety procedures and practices.
Skill in operating basic hand and power tools.
Skill in following basic written and oral instructions.
Skill in communicating effectively with the general public, team members and other work groups.
Knowledge of and ability to maintain compliance with safety rules and procedures.
Ability to write legibly, read with comprehension, and perform accurate algebraic and arithmetic calculations.
Ability and willingness to attend job-related classes and seminars.
Ability to operate and maintain equipment and machinery used in wastewater treatment.
Ability to work closely with others.
Ability to learn to operate and use computer systems.
Skill in the operation of hand and power tools.

An employee in this class must be able to demonstrate continuing progress in gaining the following competencies while enrolled in the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Training Program.

Participate in daily physical activities required of the assigned position.

On a daily bases come to work prepared and ready to learn given assignments. Complete training assignments on time, safely, and accurately.

Demonstrate the desire to learn and work in the trade. Perform all assignments with a high degree of enthusiasm and encourage peers to perform at their highest level.

Report to work on time and prepared. Work during day and night and various weather situations.

Properly and safely operate assigned tools and equipment based upon the methods taught and demonstrated in class and in the field. Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to field of trade.

Read and interpret study material, applicable codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to field of trade. Write in clear and legible hand writing.

Conduct all work and study assignment in a professional and timely manner. Learn and maintain professional skills of the trade that apply to all aspects of field of trade through continued learning, training, and work assignments.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by Livability.com, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the hiring process. Applicants eligible for Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD Form 214, Member Copy 4, to their application when they apply, to be eligible for assessment of points.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a series of four on-line assessments. Applicants must pass the assessments with a combined minimum score of 70% in order to be placed on the Eligible List for interview and hiring consideration.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to passing a background check, pre-employment medical exam, physical assessment test and drug screen.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and the IBEW Local 483/Water Pollution. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Employees in the same Rank on the Eligible List will have the date and time of the submission of their job application used as the tie-breaker to determine which employee has seniority over any others; seniority will be determined by the sequence of application submittals, with the first submittal having seniority over subsequent submittals.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 5:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

Contact Person:
Location: Tacoma, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $26.29 - $29.38 HR

Posted on September 10, 2019
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