Water and Wastewater Operator

Harris County | Houston, TX

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Posted Date 1/16/2023

The Water/Wastewater Operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of water treatment/distribution and wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal of utility infrastructure to include OSSFs, water wells, and lift stations at Precinct 3 facilities. Candidate will work alongside a team of water and wastewater operators providing services to Harris County Precinct 3 parks, community centers, road and bridge camps and administrative buildings. Candidate must be responsible, hard-working, and willing to learn.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and repair water and wastewater facilities. Inspect and conduct maintenance on utility repairs, meter leaks, and tap line leaks.

  • Respond to and investigate service calls. Review service orders for accuracy, details, materials, and comments. Initiate service orders as needed.

  • Observes and monitors equipment and operations daily; assesses problems, diagnoses equipment failures.

  • Orders supplies as needed to maintain inventory.

  • Performs daily analyses of effluent samples; makes any adjustments necessary to keep facility within permit limits; sets up sampler for required regulatory samples.

  • Maintain daily log of data for EPA and TCEQ reports.

  • Disaster/Recovery activities as needed to include temporarily closing and reopening facilities.


Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net




Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and a minimum of two (2) years' experience in water/wastewater utility operations or construction; or an equivalent amount of experience in similar operations (construction, maintenance, etc.)


  • Associate degree in Construction Technology or Project Management-related field, or related fields.


  • Valid TCEQ water or wastewater license, or the ability to obtain a license within one year.

  • Valid TX driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be able to read and understand engineered plans, collect, compile, and summarize varied information, consider alternatives, and reach sound conclusions.

  • Maintain accurate records and files.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

  • Must have excellent verbal and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound work ethics.


NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


General Information


Position Type and Typical Hours of Work:

  • Monday - Friday | 6:00 am - 2:30 pm (earlier or later as required) or adjusted 40-hr workweek schedule as needed.

  • Subject to Early Mornings, Evenings, Weekends, and/or Holiday Work as Needed.

  • This position is on-call for utility-related emergencies, on-call assignment split between a 3-person team.


  • Depends on Qualifications 
  • Based on 26 pay periods

Close: 2/12/2023 


Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.


Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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