Water Treatment Plant Operator

North Clackamas County Water Commission | Oregon City, OR

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Posted Date 2/18/2020

The North Clackamas County Water Commission (NCCWC) owns and operates a 20 million gallon per day potable drinking water plant located along the Clackamas River in Oregon City, Oregon. The plant consists of combined slow sand and membrane filtration treatment, serving wholesale water to Oak Lodge Water Services, Sunrise Water Authority and the City of Gladstone (a total population of 90,000 customers). The plant is normally staffed by three (3) full-time operators who cover operations 24-hour a day, 365 days a year through a combination of on-site and remote work assignments via scada.

Salary: $29.00 to $37.00/hr or higher DOE and Certifications

The NCCWC is seeking a permanent, full-time Water Treatment Plant Operator. This individual will serve as part of the regular plant staff and be responsible for its daily operation, including maintenance and repair of various mechanical and hydraulic systems (e.g. pipes, pumps, blowers, filters, air compressors and other equipment); water quality testing and reporting; . The job also requires the person to conduct basic water quality sampling and testing related to plant operations and required water quality monitoring and reporting.

How to Apply:
For an application and further instructions please visit https://www.oaklodgewaterservices.org/jobs For your application materials to be considered for the first round of interviews, materials must be submitted by 03/02/2020. No incomplete or faxed applications will be accepted. Materials can be emailed to aleah@olwsd.org or mailed to:

North Clackamas County Water Commission
Attention: Aleah
14496 SE River RD
Oak Grove, OR 97267

The required materials to be turned in for this recruitment are:
1. Application
2. Resume
3. Cover Letter

*Eligible candidates MUST MEET the minimum qualifications. Applicants with additional experience and qualifications are also encouraged to apply. Salary DOE and certification.

Essential Duties of the Position:


  • Operate and control electric motors, and pumps to regulate flow of raw water into treatment plant.
  • Perform laboratory quality control checks to maintain plant processes and maximize water quality.
  • Collects water samples and analyzes samples to determine alkalinity, hardness, pH, turbidity and chlorine residual.
  • Compute and record data such as chlorine residual, water turbidity in daily logs.
  • Perform equipment checks on screens, pumps and motors; make minor repairs and adjustments as needed.
  • Reads and interprets technical data and information (e.g. design plans, equipment specifications, and operational manuals).
  • Monitors and controls water treatment system through SCADA systems.
  • Identifies problem and taking immediate corrective action to resolve problem.
  • Maintains the operational integrity of the water treatment facilities through daily inspection and identification of needed repair and maintenance.
  • Conducts preventive and general maintenance on a variety of small and large water treatment process equipment and system instrumentation.
  • Maintains and purchases spare parts inventory for treatment process-related equipment.
  • Maintain plant grounds including mowing, weeding, and trimming trees and vegetation
  • Attends continuing education programs to enhance knowledge of water treatment and supply.
  • Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:
Knowledge and skill in the operation and maintenance of water treatment facilities and related processes; understanding of federal and state regulations regarding water treatment and related reporting; skill in laboratory sampling and analytics; implementation of laboratory QA/QC; knowledge of OSHA safety standards and other occupational safety precautions; skills with computer software applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and other common office applications); skill in use and operation of SCADA interface and remote control systems, maintenance and repair of complex mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems; use of basic power tools and hand tools; read and interpret blueprints and maintenance manuals and apply that information to maintenance procedures; able to perform common math and chemistry skills related to water treatment (e.g. dosage, concentrations, etc), pumping, flow rates and other operational criteria; able to manage multiple tasks assignments and effectively work independently and in groups; able to communicate clearly in both oral and written forms; professionally interact with staff, vendors, consultants and other relevant parties; possess good judgement skills and effectively respond during periods of emergency or irregular operations; able to be on-call (work after hours) to respond to system emergencies and alarms (remotely or on-site) in a timely manner (preferably under one hour); and ability to work weekends and some holidays.

Experience and Training Preferred:
The ideal candidate will possess an associate degree in Water Treatment or related advanced post-secondary training and at least five (5) or more years of experience in water treatment plant operations; or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Candidates with prior experience operating slow sand or membrane filtration systems are preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Currently possess an Oregon Level 2 Water Treatment Operator certification (or higher) or be able to obtain this level of certification within six months of hire.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing and establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, customers and staff.
  • Proficient in data entry, data gathering, and reporting information frequently using MS Office suite and database applications.
  • Ability to work alternate shifts, perform physically demanding tasks (lift at least 50 lbs) in both indoor and outdoor environments under adverse weather conditions.
  • A valid Oregon driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
  • All applicants must also successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening and background check prior to employment.
  • Or an equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities

Physical Requirements:
This position requires moderate to heavy physical work which must be performed with or without accommodations including:


  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, working with computers and office equipment
  • Climbing, entering confined spaces, standing, balancing, stooping or kneeling
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds
  • Requires good hearing to communicate with other staff members, hear audible alarms and listen to equipment to detect possible problems
  • May be required to work under difficult and strenuous conditions, including working outdoors in varying and inclement weather conditions.

Ranking and Selection:
The ranking and selection of applicants to proceed in the process for this recruitment includes experience, education, or an explanation of transferable skills and experience and meeting the qualifications of this position. Selection will be based on an individual’s credentials, interview skills, and other factors deemed relevant (as determined at the sole discretion of the NCCWC).

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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