W/WW Treatment Plant Operator II - RECLAMATION SERVICES

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 6/18/2020


Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east.  Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale

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. 

About The Position
Performs intermediate-level operational tasks involved in the operation and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment plant equipment and processes.

Selection Process:
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of this position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include oral board interview and skills assessment. Final selection is contingent upon a background check which includes: 

  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years
  • Drug Testing
  • Physical, to include an Audiogram and Pulmonary Function Test.

The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

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Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) equivalent.
  • Two years' experience in the operation of advanced, complex wastewater treatment facility.
  • Experience with advanced computerized systems utilized in wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Scottsdale Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator Apprentice Program will meet the required years of experience for the Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
The Scottsdale Water Resources Division offers an Operator Certification Incentive Program for those employees who obtain certifications above what is required of their positions. The department recognizes the intrinsic value of operator certifications and the added value to the city of having a workforce that possess them.

Depending on job discipline, obtain and maintain one of the following:

  • Wastewater -
    • Must possess upon hire or promotion and maintain a Grade 2 operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality within the discipline of Wastewater Treatment.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

  • This position requires satisfactory results of a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical that includes a pulmonary/respiratory exam.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: 

  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, rules, and/or ordinances.
  • Principles, practices, methods and tools used in wastewater and reclaimed water plant operations.
  • Laboratory methods, including sampling techniques and procedures.
  • Basic biology, chemistry and wastewater treatment principles.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Occupational hazards with wastewater.
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting.
  • OSHA guidelines related to large treatment facilities.
  • Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.
  • Wastewater Assignment:
  • Laboratory practices required to properly evaluate treatment processes, such as Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), DO, pH, jar test, CL2 residual, turbidity,
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), color, hardness, TSS, TDS, fecal coliforms and total coliforms.
  • Chemical/physical and biological processes used in wastewater treatment processes, such as coagulation, flocculation, settling, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection and activated sludge.
  • Basic operational practices and principles of advanced water treatment processes such as micro-filtration and reverse osmosis.


Essential Functions


  • Maintains and operates plant equipment and processes related to wastewater and advanced water treatment systems on an assigned shift.
  • Prioritizes 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.
  • Samples and analyzes influents/effluents, source water/product water, feed water, and permeate to detect quality variations, interpret laboratory results, reading sheets, process test, computerized data, and information trends to identify variations in flow and water quality and make appropriate changes.
  • Oversees operation of an assigned 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.
  • Uses a variety of standard testing procedures to determine problems and any adjustments needed in the treatment process.
  • Conducts tours of facilities; responds to plant emergencies; and maintains a safe, clean and orderly work environment.


Work Environment/Physical Demands


  • Most work is performed in plant/field settings, with occasional work done in an office environment.
  • Operate equipment used in a modern conventional water or wastewater treatment plant.
  • Perform laboratory procedures and maintenance functions requiring manual dexterity and precision movements.
  • Works with highly hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, sulfuric acid and sulfur dioxide following strict Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health(ADOSH) and Water Resources departmental guidelines.
  • Operate a variety of equipment and machinery requiring continuous or repetitive arm and hand movements.
  • Enter data into a terminal to calculate chemical usage.
  • Use common hand tools such as: hammers, screwdrivers and pliers to operate equipment and perform maintenance tasks.
  • Clean work area and equipment.
  • Work around or uses potentially hazardous materials requiring the use of specialized equipment.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds both short and long distances.
  • Lift and carry heavy (up to 100 pounds or more) equipment, drums and chemicals for distances of 20 feet or more with the assistance of a hand cart or power equipment.
  • Perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth and visual cues or signals.
  • Exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, climbing stairs, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate a motor vehicle, equipment, hand tools and computer.
  • 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.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand, and eye movement.
  • Work rotating shifts, weekends, overtime and a call-out schedule.

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 Receptionist 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 Receptionist 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.

Deadline: June 30,2020


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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