Wastewater Operations Specialist

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/06/2019


The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking a Wastewater Operations Specialist.  This position performs a variety of specialized technical tasks in support of Operations staff within the Wastewater Group of the BES. Work involves the gathering of data from shift reports collected from the treatment facilities, and processing that data into a variety of regulatory and operations reports. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performance of process control functions, NPDES spreadsheet summaries, plant operations records, periodic reports and personnel schedules.  Specialists work on the following within the Operations Division:

  1. Participate in long and short-term projects
  2. Conduct, and oversee process experiments
  3. Carry out product testing
  4. Solve complex operating issues
  5. Support other crafts in performing and preparing for maintenance tasks
  6. Researching new technologies
  7. Conducting facility tours

Wastewater Operations Specialists support the Operations staff by assisting in process areas, planning and carrying out lockout/tag-out procedures, producing SOP's and procedural documents for Operations staff and many other Operations related activities. All work is carried out under general supervision with a heavy emphasis on coordination with all plant staff.
This is a journey-level position and it is desired that the applicant will be able to demonstrate 7-+ years of increasing responsibility in the field of Wastewater Treatment.  It is also desired, but not required, that the applicant possess an Oregon Level III or above Treatment certification.  The successful applicant must have the ability to quickly familiarize themselves on plant processes and act as a system expert within the Operations Division.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Knowledge pertaining to operation of a wastewater treatment facility, including treatment technology, process control, process performance parameters, laboratory sampling and analysis and control system logic.
  2. Skill using computer software, including MS Office and wastewater treatment facility maintenance management programs.
  3. Skills in oral and written communications, including report writing.
  4. Ability to maintain databases and manage software with special attention to regulatory requirements.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and to work constructively as a team.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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