Water Treatment Plant Operator III

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 2/08/2024

City of Scottsdale

W/WW Treatment Plant Operator III - CAP Water Treatment Plant

SALARY: $31.35 - $38.92 Hourly

LOCATION: Scottsdale, AZ

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Regular

JOB NUMBER: FY2324-00579



OPENING DATE: 02/08/2024

CLOSING DATE: 3/6/2024 11:59 PM Arizona



At Scottsdale Water, we pride ourselves on delivering superior quality water and service to the Scottsdale community. Our employees ensure a safe, sustainable drinking water system, operate an innovative water reclamation system and help Scottsdale Water consistently maintain its position as one of the nation’s most advanced and efficient water utilities.

We value our employees and challenge them to constantly improve how we do business. Our team is made up of professionals from all disciplines – engineering, finance, operations, laboratory science, chemistry, public relations, hydrology, customer service, electrical, maintenance and so much more.

Click here to be directed to the Scottsdale Water Careers webpage.

About the Position:
The W/WW Treatment Plant Operator III performs mid to high journey-level operational tasks involved in the operation and maintenance of complex water treatment systems, processes and facilities. May provide daily leadership and direction to Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators I & II as delegated by Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator IV. 

Minimum Qualifications 

Education and Experience:

  • A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent.
  • Any combination of training and experience equivalent to three years of operation and maintenance of advanced, complex water and/or wastewater treatment facilities.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

All Assignments:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.  The Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles requires that out-of-state driver's licenses must be surrendered within 10 days of relocating to the State of Arizona.
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.

Depending on job discipline obtain one of the following:

Water Assignment:

  • Must possess upon hire or promotion, and maintain a Grade 3 operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality within the discipline of Water Treatment. 

Essential Functions 

  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of plant equipment and processes related to water, wastewater and advanced water treatment systems during an assigned shift.
  • Supervises employees and coordinates personnel-related activities to include, but not limited to: training, approving work schedules, recommending/approving personnel actions, coaching and counseling, establishing performance goals, and writing performance evaluations.
  • Directs assigned crew, prioritizing activities between the different treatment facilities and systems, including the operation of valves, gates, pumps and machinery manually, locally in automatic mode or remote via computerized control strategy in order to maintain proper facility operation. Assumes responsibility of operations while on assigned shift.
  • Oversees and assists with sampling and analyzing of influents/effluents, source water/product water, feedwater and permeate to detect quality variations; interpret laboratory results, reading sheets, process test, computerized data and informational trends to identify variations in flow and water quality and make appropriate changes.
  • Oversees operation of assigned crew at a treatment facility to maintain day-to-day operation necessary to meet all required Local, State and Federal regulations pertaining to the production of reuse, ground injection and potable water and comply with prescribed operating and safety standards.
  • Works with highly hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide following strict ADOSH and Water Resources Department guidelines.
  • Conducts facility tours for individuals and groups ranging from technical interest engineers to elementary school children.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to remote offsite treatment facilities to perform maintenance of plant equipment. 

Work Environment/Physical Demands 

  • Operate equipment used in a modern conventional water treatment plant.
  • Perform laboratory procedures and maintenance functions requiring manual dexterity and precision movements.
  • Work around or uses potentially hazardous materials requiring the use of specialized equipment.
  • Exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, climbing stairs, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight up to (50 pounds for a distance of 25 feet).
  • Seldom sedentary and includes walking or moving. Work sometimes involves climbing elevations; requires moderate muscular exertion and lifting.
  • Moderate exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, water hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease or pathogenic substances.
  • Work rotating shifts, weekends, overtime and a call-out schedule.
  • Travel to/from various work locations.
To view the full job description, work environment and physical demands, click here.
Benefits Highlights:
The City of Scottsdale offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • 12 Paid Holidays, which includes 1 Floating Holiday
  • Vacation Accrual; starts at 10.3 hours/month
  • Sick Leave Accrual; 8 hours/month
  • Medical (which includes behavioral health coverage), Dental and Vision Benefits
  • City Paid Basic Life Insurance (equal to one times employee annual salary); option of Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement; $2,500/year
  • Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Defined benefit plan with mandatory employer and employee contributions currently at 12.29% which includes a Long-Term Disability benefit
  • Supplemental Retirement Plans through Nationwide; 457 
  • Pet Insurance
  • Bilingual pay compensation
Please visit the Benefits Information page for more information.

Selection Process:
The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state “See Resume” in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.  
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process that may include a panel interview. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening that may include:
  • Fingerprinting search of the national FBI Database
  • Criminal Background screening
  • Drug Screen 
  • 39-Month Motor Vehicle Department Records Check
The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time, potentially without advance notice.
PLEASE NOTE: Years of experience are based on a work schedule of 2,080 hours per year for full-time positions and 1,040 hours per year for part-time positions, and while work experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, depending upon the job classification, education may not be substituted for work experience.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.  Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.


City of Scottsdale
W/WW Treatment Plant Operator III - CAP Water Treatment Plant Supplemental Questionnaire
Do you have a valid driver's license (not expired or suspended/revoked)?
Do you have any of the following restrictions on your driver's license? Please note that this does not include vision correction.
A high school diploma/GED is required for this position. Do you have a high school diploma / GED?
Do you possess a combination of training and experience equivalent to 3 years of operation and maintenance of advanced, complex Water Treatment facilities? NOTE: If you answered yes to this question, this experience must be stated in the Work Experience section of your application.
If you answered yes to question #4 above, briefly describe your training and experience equivalent to 3 years of operation and maintenance of advanced, complex Water Treatment facilities, including the name(s) of the employer. NOTE: If you don't have this training or experience, write "None."
Do you possess, or can you obtain through reciprocity by date of hire or promotion, a Grade 3 operator certification from ADEQ within the discipline of Water Treatment? NOTE: If you possess certification, you must include this information in the "Certifications and Licenses" section of your application.
If you possess Operator certification, indicate the level, discipline and expiration date. NOTE: If you don't have an Operator certification, write "None."
Please indicate how you learned about this job opportunity with the City of Scottsdale.

* Required Question

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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