Wastewater Operator 1/2

City of Eugene   Eugene, OR   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on January 19, 2023
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MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED. ACCEPTING ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS FIRST REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS - 02/03/2023

Do you want to be part of a dynamic organization well known for excellence and commitment to highquality and effective services?  The City of Eugene Public Works Wastewater Division is recruiting for multiple Wastewater Operation 1 /2 positions. 

The Wastewater Operator 1/2 performs journey-level operator duties in all phases of activated sludge process plant at a large complex facility and related off-site locations; expected to assume the Wastewater Operator 2 role with minimal instruction and supervision.  Lead role responsibilities upon assignment.

Depending upon the knowledge, skills, licenses, and abilities possessed by the successful applicant, this position may be filled at either a Wastewater Operator 1 or a Wastewater Operator 2.

Salary Range: 

WW Operator 1 - $26.66 - $33.24/hourly - $55,452.80 - $69,139.20/annually

WW Operator 2 - $29.12 - $36.31/hourly - $60,569.60 - $75,524.80/annually

The City of Eugene determines starting pay within the range based on relevant education and experience as provided by the applicant in their application materials. This process is consistent with the Oregon Equal Pay Act (OEPA). You can learn more about our process by clicking the apply now button.

Department/Division: Public Works Department / Wastewater Division

Work Schedule:   Day shift for training purposes then rotate to Swing shift after 6 months.  3:30pm -2:00 am.  Positions designated to work a Swing shift or Graveyard shift receive an $0.80 per hour shift differential.

Benefits: The City of Eugene is a Total Worker Health Affiliated employer. We value your wellbeing and strive to create and maintain a work environment where all employees feel a sense of belonging. Our benefits are just one way we show our commitment to your health and wellbeing. The City of Eugene offers robust and competitive benefits. For more info, click the apply now button.

Must reside in the state of Oregon and be able to report onsite for work as needed in Eugene, OR to meet business needs.

The City of Eugene will follow all required COVID vaccinations, exceptions, and guidelines based on the essential functions of the position.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

  • Performs routine inspections for proper equipment operation. Monitors instruments, gauges, and other equipment indicators.  Starts and stops process equipment and monitors a variety of process areas for maximum efficiency.  
  • Operates centrifugal blowers, pumps, methane-fired electrical generators, grit collection system, clarifiers, chemical feed pumps, calibrates instruments, gravity belt thickeners, and anaerobic digesters. Troubleshoots and isolates problems in malfunctioning equipment as necessary.
  • Performs corrective and preventive maintenance of plant equipment as necessary.   
  • Makes necessary equipment adjustments as established by Operations and Maintenance procedures and guidelines.

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Qualifications

Introduction to Qualifications:  Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences.

The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

 A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Training:

Associate's Degree in Wastewater Treatment or related field and/or a combination of course work, experience, and training which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

License or Certificate 

A valid Oregon driver's license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Wastewater Operator 1:  

  • One year of experience and training in activated sludge process of wastewater treatment, or equivalent.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within two years, Grade II State of Oregon Wastewater Systems Operator's Certificate or equivalent.  

Wastewater Operator 2: 

  • Two years of experience and training in activated sludge process of wastewater treatment, or equivalent.
  • Possession of a Grade II State of Oregon Wastewater Systems Operator's Certificate or equivalent required, Grade III or IV highly preferred.   Incumbent must obtain Grade III Certification prior to advancing to Salary Step 5 on the six-step salary range.

The ideal Candidate will process the knowledge and abilities below:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of activated sludge processes including aeration system, secondary clarification, return flow rate control, and wasting strategies; biological, carbon, ammonia, and phosphorous removal.
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permit, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) air quality permit, and stormwater permit.
  • Solids processing to include theory and operation of gravity belt thickening and anaerobic digestion.
  • Principles of sample collection and preservation.
  • Wastewater chemistry, biology, instrumentation, and automated control.
  • Disinfection process using sodium hypochlorite and bi-sulfite for dechlorination purposes.
  • Proper safe handling techniques when using sodium hypochlorite and bi-sulfite.

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Supplemental Information

What to Expect from our Selection Process:

Our recruiting goal is the find the best candidate to help us grow and serve.  In order to do that, we are very intentional and mindful throughout each element of the process.  We know that means a little more time to get to the end, but we believe that making sure each employee is in a role that they can succeed in is important to our community's success.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The City of Eugene is committed to a respectful work environment and we value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion we desire to welcome, respect, and create a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.