Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-In-Training - Yakima, WA

Employer: City of Yakima

Job Description:
The City of Yakima Wastewater Treatment Plant has received 7+ years of the Outstanding Performance Award from the Department of Ecology! Apply today to become a part of an award winning team!

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:
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage including a FREE healthcare clinic!
WA State PERS pension plan and employer contribution to a 457 deferred compensation plan
Generous accruals for vacation and sick leave
Much more!

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High school graduation or equivalent and three (3) months of relevant experience is required. (e.g. drinking, waste, or agricultural water systems, etc.) Experience at the Yakima Wastewater Treatment Plant is preferred. Three (3) relevant college credits and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be substituted for the three months of relevant experience.

LICENSES, REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATES:
Possess and maintain a valid State of Washington Driver's License. Obtain and maintain a Basic First Aid and CPR certificate within six (6) months of appointment. Possess a Washington State Department of Ecology Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-In-Training certificate within nine (9) months of appointment. Possess and maintain a Washington State Department of Ecology Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group I certificate within twelve (12) months of appointment. Possession of a Class A CDL license with air brake endorsement is desirable.

Job Summary:
Under general supervision, operates and maintains a wastewater treatment plant and associated sanitary, industrial, and storm water lift stations. Routine and repetitive assignments, once learned, may be performed under general supervision.


Essential Functions:
Performs operational duties required to maintain effective preliminary and primary wastewater and biosolids treatment.

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 lift stations.

Monitors preliminary, primary, and solids treatment 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.

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 and pressures for treatment processes.

Bio-Terrorism, Security, and Federal Emergency Management: In accordance with the Bio-Terrorism laws, must be sensitive concerning the security of the wastewater treatment plant and wastewater collections system. Must also comply with the National Incident Management System.

Monitors sensors for temperature, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, lower explosive limit, pH, 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.

Performs routine maintenance and makes repairs to mechanical systems, fences, pipes, and sprinklers.

Cleans and maintains buildings, planted areas, piping, wet wells, bar screens, grit chambers, shredding devices, clarifiers, digesters, tanks, chemical feed equipment, lagoons, and sludge drying beds.

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 entry level position in the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator series and is designed to provide the skills and experience required for eligibility to upgrade certification to the State of Washington Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group I certificate and advancement to the Operator I position. Incumbents receive on-the-job training and experience while performing routine operational and maintenance duties on an assigned shift under the supervision of a qualified operator. Positions at this level are expected to progressively accumulate and demonstrate working knowledge of the principles and practices utilized in the operation and maintenance of a major wastewater treatment facility.

Demonstrate the ability to learn and apply the principles of wastewater treatment processes including preliminary and primary treatment units, solids digestion, biogas handling systems, sludge handling and plant-wide air, water, electrical and hydraulic support systems; mathematics and chemistry; basic hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical theory; flow, pressure, and level control equipment; recording, measuring and testing instruments; biogas, water, wastewater, and sludge sampling and quality tests; basic industrial safety procedures and practices. Acquire knowledge pertaining to the federal Clean Water Act, the Biosolids Rule, and the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.

Ability to operate basic hand and power tools; recognize abnormal operational and mechanical conditions through direct observations and through interpretation of SCADA and laboratory data; 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; conduct preventative and corrective maintenance on plant equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
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.

UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
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 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.

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Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $16.94 - $20.24 HR

Posted on October 21, 2019
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