Under Supervising Wastewater Plant Operator/Chief Plant Operator’s direction, operates and maintains wastewater treatment plant equipment and machinery; completes recycled water and wastewater treatment processes, and performs related duties as required.
• Maintain the settling ponds including the removal of weeds; draining the ponds and removing sludge, mixing the sludge with wood chips, composting to Title 14 standards, and spreading the mix of sludge and wood chips on fields located at the treatment plant. Typical Duties:
• Maintain and operate the District’s treatment plant.
• Inspect, operate, monitor, maintain and repair treatment plant facilities, equipment, and systems
• Maintain and repair a variety of equipment including inspect, remove, clean, lubricate, repair, maintain, and reinstall equipment related to the treatment plant.
• Maintain the settling ponds including the removal of weeds; draining the ponds and removing sludge, mixing the sludge with wood chips, composting to Title 14 standards, and spreading the mix of sludge and wood chips on fields located at the treatment plant.
• Monitor plant operations through visual observation and through the SCADA system.
• Perform a variety of process control duties, collecting samples from various plant processes for chemical / biological analysis. Conduct daily laboratory tests for process control (e.g., DO and pH) including the discharge of effluent into the creek.
• Investigate and acknowledge plant alarms throughout the plant.
• Monitor and respond to lift station alarms. Read the meters at the lift station generator; check the oil levels for the generator. Test the generator monthly. Clean the impellers for the submersible pumps. Administer the annual cleaning of the wet well by contract.
• Regulate and control flows of wastewater effluent through the plant and discharge.
• Perform a variety of record keeping duties. Take readings throughout the plant (e.g., electrical power consumption).
• Check the irrigation fields and the settling ponds daily.
• Maintain the tertiary treatment system (e.g., use chemicals to remove scale from the pasteurization system). Monitors and controls the operation of the wastewater treatment plants, in accordance with federal and state regulations by controlling flow and processing of wastewater biosolids and effluent.
• Operates pumps, valves, chlorinators, telemetry controls, sludge dewatering, generators, filtration, disinfection, composting and other water and wastewater flow regulating controls and equipment.
• Inspects treatment plants, pump stations, and related equipment and facilities for proper operating activities.
• Adjusts and maintains process control variables, reads and records information from voltmeters, ammeters, water pressure gauges, water flow meters, chlorine residual recorders, pump cooling pressures, operating equipment temperatures, reservoir water levels, motor bearings oil levels, and accumulator pump pressures.
• Manually operates and adjusts wastewater treatment processing valves, gates, motors, pumps, and chemical feed systems, including chlorine, caustic, and polymers.
• Set up and monitor irrigation systems for reclamation.
The Wastewater Operator – Level II is a full working, journey level class. On assigned shifts, incumbents perform the full range of tasks associated with the operations, including minor mechanical maintenance, of wastewater treatment plant equipment and machinery, lift station and collection systems, and treated wastewater disposal facilities. Single shift assignments and potential emergency actions require the operators to use independent judgment, initiative, and perform essential activities within established operational parameters.
Experience operating suspended air flotation units, fuzzy filter filters, and pasteurization of wastewater is desirable. Any combination of education, training and experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. High school education or equivalent. Associate Degree in Science or above desired.
License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license at the appropriate level, including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Certificates: Possession of a California Wastewater Plant Operator Grade II certificate is required.