Waste Water Treatment Operator - Othello, WA

Employer: McCain Foods

Job Description:
We are expanding our existing operations at McCain foods in Othello, making it an exciting time to join our team! McCain Foods USA, Inc., a division of McCain foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen french fries, announced a $300 million investment in its Othello, Washington facility in May of 2019. This expansion adds a 170,000 square-foot expansion and brings 180 new jobs to the Othello community. In line with our values and our overall global commitment to sustainability, this investment also brings environmental efficiencies, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint while doubling its production, underlining McCain’s commitment to sustainability.

Come and grow with us at McCain in Othello where we offer a safety-first mindset, competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package; which includes medical, dental, vision, PTO, and a 401(k) with Company match. Further, McCain foods supports our personnel to develop, cross-train and more. Apply today!


Under the direction of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Technician, the successful applicant will become part of the Engineering and Maintenance Team that provides the highest level of equipment reliability to sustain a large potato processing operation. The successful candidate will participate in the safe and efficient operation of an anaerobic digestion system. This will include a biogas collection system. Some activities associated with this position will be, data collection of treatment plant operating parameters, sample collection, sludge handling and biogas production. This position is well suited for a results-oriented team player, requiring minimal supervision of daily work activities, excellent communication skills and strong problem solving abilities.


Strict adherence to all safety-related policies, rules, and regulations, along with the McCain Code of Conduct.

Operate and maintain all Waste Water Treatment equipment: which includes operation of a Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL), waste collection systems, rotary screens, clarifier, aeration basin, biogas collection and distribution systems, and ancillary equipment.

The Waste Water Treatment Operator shall perform the following functions:

Collect waste water samples from various locations

Analyze samples using various lab equipment while following McCain testing procedures

Ability to rationalize test results and follow procedural adjustment strategies for efficient operation of the anaerobic system

Daily inspection of equipment and buildings, while recording on specified checksheets

Make process adjustments after consultation with the Waste Water Treatment Lead and/or Environmental Control Supervisor

Under the guidance of the Environmental Control Supervisor, the operator shall manage solids inventory of the hoppers, tanks and sludge storage areas

Perform all tasks related to routine equipment inspections, preventative maintenance, and predictive maintenance

Ability to identify potential process upsets and notification to WWT Lead

Ability to learn operation of a biogas generation system, which includes monitoring and testing biogas quality.

Monitoring final effluent quality and distribution to irrigation holding pond

Complies with all state regulations that pertain to:

State of Washington Waste Water Permit

McCain compliance requirements and recordkeeping

Adhere to strict safety policies while operating a biological waste water treatment system program, and strict adherence to biogas production safety measures.

Ability to calibrate Waste Water Treatment laboratory instruments

Performs basic preventative maintenance activities such as:

Lubrication and inspection of waste water treatment equipment

Equipment cleaning

Repair or replace parts on a variety of waste treatment area equipment, including but not limited to pumps, blowers, augers, bearings and gearboxes

Actively troubleshoot biological treatment system upsets, with the goal to minimize upsets that can halt the biological treatment activity

Possess communications skills that enable prompt input and corrections to plant Production Team.

Maintain compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices, promote Environmental Awareness and energy/water conservation.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Experience related to the biological waste water treatment process

Must have or be able to attain certification of the following equipment, within the first 60 days of hire:

McCain Forklift Certification

McCain Scissor Lift Certification

McCain Boom Lift (Genie) Certification

McCain Confined Space Certification


1+ years of Biological Waste Water Treatment experience

Familiarity with the use of a structured CMMS, such as SAP PM.

Ability to complete a training program for anaerobic digestion and biogas generation

Proficient in operation of an anaerobic digestion system

Experience working in a food manufacturing environment, and complying with food safety rules and regulations.


The Waste Water Treatment Operator participates in a Skills Matrix which defines progression between levels IV, III, II, and I. Within the Skills Matrix, levels achieved are based on qualifications, education, ability to meet job expectations, and certifications.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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Contact Person: Brett Murray
Phone: 509 331 7759
Email: brett.murray@mccain.com
Location: Othello WA
Application Method: Email
Base Pay: entry level $19.05, DOE

Posted on May 20, 2022

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