Wastewater Operator - Senior

City of Surprise | Surprise, AZ

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Posted Date 8/09/2019

Incumbents perform skilled activities related to the operation of water reclamation facilities (including Bio solids handling), reclaimed water systems, and recharge basins and wells. Incumbents are responsible for complying with regulations and permit conditions. Incumbents monitor treatment processes, perform laboratory analyses, inspect equipment, perform troubleshooting activities, take compliance samples, keep regulatory records, perform minor maintenance, and use a computerized maintenance management system.

The hiring pay range is $23.88 - $29.85 per hour


This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.

  • Monitors and operates water reclamation facilities (including Bio solids handling) reclaimed water systems, and recharge basins and wells to ensure regulatory compliance and proper operations, which includes: monitoring automated computer system (SCADA), controls, and instruments; reading meters, gauges, and instruments; cleaning samplers; checking for mechanical failures; ensuring equipment is operating within specified parameters; inspecting equipment; operating pumps, valves, blowers, oxidation ditches, MBRs, , clarifiers, filters, belt thickeners, centrifuges, emergency power generators, odor scrubbers, chemical feed systems, recharge basins, recharge wells, etc.; and observing plant influent for signs of toxic waste loads
  • Collects compliance and process samples in accordance with regulatory requirements utilizing proper sampling techniques and accurately completing chain of custodies
  • Analyzes analytical laboratory results and performs field analyses then recommends adjustments to processes to achieve permit requirements
  • Prepares and completes data sheets, logs, flowcharts, and/or reports, which includes: compiling and calculating information and data; inputting data into a database; checking, recording, and updating records; and/or, preparing other related information
  • Performs troubleshooting activities on treatment processes and equipment and recommends adjustments and/or prepares related service requests
  • Performs minor maintenance on equipment such as calibration of field analyzers and changing filters
  • Utilizes a computerized maintenance management system to initiate service requests and complete work orders; utilizes an environmental management system to schedule and complete sampling related tasks
  • Participates in training and startup of new equipment, systems, and processes; participates in training to maintain ADEQ operator certification; trains lower level technicians and general maintenance staff on work methods and procedures
  • Responds to emergency calls, callouts, inquiries, and complaints
  • Performs the essential duties of the job in the conditions described in the physical  demands and work environment sections below
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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
  • Sampling techniques and procedures
  • Basic biology, chemistry, and wastewater treatment principles
  • Safe work practices
  • Occupational hazards with wastewater

Skill in:

  • Using computers and related software applications
  • Using equipment and tools typical in wastewater plant operations

Ability to:

  • Operate wastewater and reclaimed water treatment processes and equipment
  • Collect and analyze samples and interpret results
  • Collection and report on data
  • Interpret plant performance data and make process and equipment adjustments as directed
  • Use SCADA/PLC systems, computerized maintenance management system, environmental management system, and other similar computer programs
  • Read, understand and apply technical manuals and work instructions to maintenance and operation activities
  • Read and understand various drawings and schematics
  • Detect, identify, and report operational malfunctions and problems and offer recommendations for resolution
  • Perform analytical test methods
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools
  • Troubleshoot treatment processes and equipment and recommend appropriate actions
  • Operate motor vehicles and equipment such as forklifts
  • Perform mathematical calculations
  • Work with minimum supervision
  • Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

High school diploma or GED, and two years of wastewater utilities experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Additional education cannot be substituted for experience.

Must possess a valid Arizona Driver License, and have an Arizona State Grade 2 Wastewater Treatment and Grade 1 Wastewater Collections


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

May be required to wear respirators and enter confined spaces.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Local Government
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