Plant Operator

West County Wastewater District | Richmond, CA

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Posted Date 9/08/2020

West County Wastewater (WCW) is looking for a dynamic, journey-level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator who is a strong worker, strategic thinker, results-driven individual, and thrives on personal accountability.  The District is seeking a candidate to fill one (1) vacancy and create an employment list that may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list. 

Plant Operators are expected to perform semi-skilled and skilled work in the inspection, operation, and maintenance of the District's wastewater treatment plant, and related lift stations including primary, secondary, tertiary and solids treatment processes. It is critical that the chosen candidate be committed to contributing to further developing and participating in a production-based environment where workflow is measurable, task based and includes not only typical operational duties but housekeeping, maintenance, painting, and other duties as necessary or assigned.

The ideal candidate is safety oriented, self-directed and possesses one (1) or more years of experience in municipal wastewater treatment plant operations.  At a minimum holds a current, valid Grade I California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. 

In addition, the ideal candidate:

  • Will apply safe working practices, recognize safety hazards and take appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • Participates in safety training and safety program implementation as necessary for the position.
  • Will show their passion to work with others in a positive environment.
  • Has well rounded knowledge of wastewater treatment processes, including primary, secondary, and solids processes; hazardous gases associated with sewage; and standard practices, materials, tools and equipment used in mechanical or electrical repair of minor and major mechanical equipment systems.
  • Can inspect plant equipment and recognize inefficient, unusual, or dangerous operating conditions.
  • Can perform process control tests, troubleshoot and adjust plant operations accordingly and understands basic laboratory, tests methods and routines.
  • Can adapt and adjust their work schedules to meet changing conditions or emergencies.
  • Can perform mathematics as required to perform the responsibilities of the position including fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Can perform tasks needed to enter data and pull reports related to computer-based maintenance program.
  • Can maintain records and prepare clear and concise written and oral reports of work performed.
  • Can understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Can read, understand, and follow work rules and procedures.
  • Has the ability to learn standards and operational processes and work effectively within a fully functional team framework.
  • Can establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all work divisions contacted in the course of work and interacts effectively with the public.

WCW wastewater operations are staffed 24 hours per day in shifts running from 6 AM to 6 PM and 6 PM to 6 AM.  Operators are required to periodically rotate through all shifts. 

West County Wastewater District (WCWD) is an award-winning wastewater treatment and resource recovery agency that collects and treats wastewater for reuse. Both district headquarters and the treatment plant are located in Richmond, CA, several miles from one another. The WCWD customer base of approximately 100,000 residents is within a service area that incorporates 34,000 residences and 2,450 commercial/industrial businesses within the cities of Richmond (northern subdivisions & north Richmond, San Pablo and designated sections of Pinole). It also serves the communities of El Sobrante, East Richmond Heights and the surrounding unincorporated areas.

The District operates a 12.5 MGD wastewater treatment plant and maintains 249 miles of sanitary sewer collection lines, 17 lift stations and six miles of pressure force mains. The District's Strategic Plan was updated in 2018 and continues to serve as the road map for upgrading and maintaining the District's infrastructure and operations moving forward.

Our Mission and Values: We protect public health and the environment by safely and responsibly collecting and treating wastewater for reuse. 

  • Service
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

To learn more about joining the District, click here: West County Wastewater District


Experience: A minimum of one year of experience in the operation, repair and maintenance of equipment such as pumps, motors, and related apparatus in a wastewater treatment plant comparable to the Operator-In-Training level.

Education:  Equivalent to the completion of high school supplemented by courses necessary for certification.

License OR Certificate

Possession of a Grade I California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License.  The incumbent must continue to meet all of the provisions of the Driving Policy as a condition of continued employment.



If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please visit our website at WCWD to apply online.  Applications must be filed online by no later than September 27, 2020 by 11:59 PST.
Oral Examination: October 14, 2020

The most highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate to the next phase of the selection process and will consist of any or all the following: oral interview and performance or written exercise.

The District will evaluate each applicant's qualifications based solely on the information provided on the application. Failure to fully complete the application may eliminate you from consideration for the position. You may attach a resume, but it is not a substitute for completing the application. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.

Supplemental questions are an integral part of the application and examination process. Please answer them as fully as completely as you can. "See Resume" or "same as above" will not be considered responsive answers. The selected candidate must undergo all applicable post-offer medical, drug, and physical examinations prior to appointment.

Notification and correspondence will be sent via e-mail only. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a correct e-mail address is provided and that correspondences are being received. Some e-mail accounts recognize these e-mails in the spam/junk folders. Please check your e-mail spam/junk folders or allow e-mail correspondences from e-mails ending in

Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to Tanya Williams at  

West County Wastewater District is not responsible for the failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing

WCWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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