Sr. Plant Operations Specialist II (Third Shift)

City of Durham, NC - Water Management | Durham, NC

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Posted Date 10/01/2020


Hiring Range: 45,198 – 48,900.80  (+ 1.50 shift differential)
Work Day/Hours: Third Shift  - 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.

More than 300 talented, dedicated employees in the City of Durham’s Water Management Department work to keep safe drinking water flowing throughout the City and manage wastewater effectively. We lead long-term water and wastewater planning and infrastructure development, regularly treat and test systems for environmental compliance, and engage the public in water conservation to ensure all of our customers have clean, safe water every time they turn on the tap. If you share our passion for managing vital water resources, bring your skills and talent to Durham!

We have a Senior Plant Operations Specialist (Water Plant Operator 2) vacancy available on the third shift 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. M – F.  This position is responsible for the operation & maintenance primarily located at the Brown Water Treatment plant with potential coverage and assistance at the Williams Water Treatment Plant when needed.   Assigned duties include work at two water supply facilities, elevated and ground storage tanks, and two pressure zones including the associated pump and storage facilities.  Certified operators are required to monitor treatment process components to ensure efficient and effective operations and to work without direct supervision or solo on a shift.  You must be readily available by phone with the ability to work stand-by/recall when needed. 

This position is devoted to the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities through the performance of skilled labor and technical work.  The position serves in full journey-level capacity as operators of a water or wastewater treatment plant.

Responsible for monitoring plant operations; performing a variety of maintenance tasks; operating and adjusting equipment; maintaining records; performing plant preventative maintenance activities, such as minor repairs and maintaining lubricant levels in equipment; performing physical inspections; receiving and unloading chemicals; obtaining and interpreting data from instruments and lab results and making process adjustments based on data; participating in reviewing policies; collecting samples and conducting lab analysis as assigned; and observing all work safety rules and procedures.


 Performs as a journey-level plant operator; monitors operational processes and conditions; operates, adjusts, and performs routine predicted maintenance on plant equipment; collects samples and conducts lab analysis as assigned; obtains and interprets data from instruments and lab results; reviews data and makes process adjustments; and ensures compliance with applicable safety and operational policies and procedures.

  • Inspects plant equipment and systems; calibrates equipment; performs predicted preventative maintenance, including performing minor repairs and maintaining lubricant levels in equipment; ensures proper working conditions and functioning of equipment and reports additional maintenance needs.
  • Participates in reviewing operating policies and making recommendations; cleans equipment and assigned areas, including washing filters and removing sludge; and receives and unloads chemicals.
  • Prepares, maintains, and reviews reports, records, logs, work orders, and other documentation; maintains databases and online systems; enters, updates, compiles, and submits information; and proofs and reviews work to ensure accuracy and completeness.

 Minimum Qualifications & Experience

 High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC)

  • Two years of water or wastewater treatment and/or operations experience based on assignment.
  • North Carolina Grade C Surface Water Treatment Operator’s License
  • North Carolina Grade II Wastewater Treatment Operator’s License
  • Must be readily available by phone with the ability to work stand-by/recall when needed. 
  • Must have intermediate math & chemistry skills to accurately read meters & charts, maintain required records, & interpret readings to make necessary adjustments to treatment processes. This includes multiplication, addition, subtraction, & division of whole numbers, decimals, & fractions
  • Must have a valid, unrestricted, North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another state driver's license, are you willing to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire

 Additional Preferred Skills

 Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  • NC Grade B (or higher) Surface Water Treatment Operators License
  • Familiarity working with a water or wastewater plant/system via a SCADA interface.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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