Water System Operator

Seattle Public Utilities | Seattle, WA

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Posted Date 2/12/2021

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking an experienced Water System Operator to be a part of the Water/Wastewater Operations Control Center Team. This section is responsible for central control operations of the Regional Water and Wastewater systems. If you are interested in putting your problem-solving skills to work, SPU wants you. 
About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

Enjoy the following benefits (and more):   
• Opportunities for career advancement

• Family- friendly multi-cultural work environment    

• Competitive health care plans    

• Free public transportation options    

• 10 paid holidays and two (2) additional personal holidays  

• 12 paid days of vacation per year      

• 12 paid days of sick leave per year    

• Deferred compensation plan    

• Employer/employee contributions to City pension plan  


• Monitor and control the Seattle Regional water and wastewater systems via a PC-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to ensure uninterrupted delivery of water and proper collection and conveyance of wastewater that meets all regulatory, contractual and customer service level requirements.    

• Operate various water facilities via the SCADA system including pump stations, water storage facilities, and valve stations.  

• Operate various wastewater facilities via the SCADA system including, lift stations, valve stations, surface water facilities and CSO structures.    

• Control system operations during dewatering, filling, repairs and maintenance of pipelines, reservoirs, tanks, standpipes, pumps, and valve stations.    

• Respond to and investigate SCADA system alarms, direct and coordinate field crew responses when emergency repairs are needed. Troubleshoot hydraulic problems and advise field crews in repairs of facilities.    

• Maintain detailed operations logs, data collection and reporting systems. Perform hydrological and meteorological monitoring, data collection and analysis. 

• Grant system clearances for shutdowns during scheduled operations and emergency repairs. Coordinate emergency response with other internal divisions and external groups, including distribution/transmission/fire, wholesale customers and regulatory/resource agencies.

• Monitor dam failure warning systems and perform system testing as required.    

• Read, interpret, and convey information from multiple sources including printed maps, electronic mapping systems (GIS), construction drawings, engineering documents, project specifications, O&M manuals, as well as digital versions of similar information.    

• Coordinate river diversion intake operations, hydroelectric plant operations and dam release gate operations to meet specific river flow requirements.



• One year of waterworks experience in a water utility, or one year of college course work towards an associate degree in Waterworks, Water Management, or equivalent water resources degree (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required for the work of this class.)

License, Certification and Other Requirements:  

• Certification by the State of Washington as a Water Distribution Manager 1, and fulfillment of continuing education requirements.  

• Current Washington State driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within six months of hire.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:  

• Must be able and willing to work rotating shifts that may include nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays.  

• Must be able to lift objects weighing more than 50 lbs.  

• May occasionally be required to work outdoors and/or in hazardous environments such as confined spaces, traffic, heights, and near  electrical/mechanical/chemical equipment.  

• A background check and drug test will be required for all candidates selected for this position.  

The Ideal Candidate Profile:  

• Clear, effective written and verbal communication skills  

• Strong computer skills  

• Familiar with GIS  

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills  

• Ability to work independently, gather and analyze data quickly and accurately, and make decisions with minimal guidance from supervisors  

• Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently under routine and emergency situations while remaining calm and focused  

• Knowledge of field instrumentation, SCADA systems, water treatment practices, water quality and distribution regulations. Knowledge of wastewater and stormwater discharge regulations  

• Ability to read, interpret and understand water/wastewater system maps, construction drawings, and project schedules  

• Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base  

Additional safety measures have been taken for working during COVID-19.  

At Seattle Public Utilities, our job is to protect the area's quality of life. We pledge to meet community and environmental needs by:  
• Maintaining some of the nation's best drinking water     

• Preventing sewer backups, flooding, and landslides      

• Helping Seattle residents and businesses be recycling leaders      

• Protecting local waterways and the Sound from sewage overflows and polluted stormwater runoff. 

We do this while always keeping in mind that we need to spend customers' money wisely. We are also making sure that as Seattle grows, it's even better for future generations. A place where:  
• Less garbage is shipped to the landfill      

• The drinking water is protected     

• Utility infrastructure is well-built and maintained      

• And where salmon thrive in healthy waterways 

Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible. 
Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page www.seattle.gov/util/


http://www.seattle.gov/jobs                                                                                                                                                                                        WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR DS 
Job #2020-01013 

If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.

Seattle Municipal Tower 
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 
Seattle, WA 98104 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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