Principal Plant Operator

County of Chesterfield   Chesterfield, VA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 8, 2022
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Principal Plant Operator

Hiring Range: $55,514 - $94,374
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. December 4, 2022

Chesterfield County's Utilities Department is seeking a Principal Plant Operator to focus on plant operations at Chesterfield County's wastewater treatment plants. We are currently hiring for night shift positions. The shift is from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, on a continuous three days on-three days off schedule. This is a static shift, which does not rotate.

The Principal Plant Operator will perform all operational aspects required to maintain compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing wastewater treatment. This requires observations and/or adjustments of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes at a wastewater treatment plant. This includes but is not limited to the following:

• Operate process equipment and systems associated with wastewater treatment
• Monitor the SCADA system
• Observe and record process trends related to equipment operation and plant performance on daily log sheets
• Monitor and adjust process control instrumentation
• Inventory chemicals and inspect chemical dosing pumps and storage tanks
• Ensure proper operation of samplers, collect process monitoring samples and perform field analytical tests
• Transfer sludge by manually turning valves in correct sequence with operation of pumping equipment
• Perform preventive maintenance
• Work outdoors in the elements
• Perform other work, as required

This position is part of an approved Career Development Plan (CDP) and offers career progression opportunities and salary incentives, as funding permits, based on performance, qualifications, and experience. Successful candidate will possess a high school diploma or GED; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License is required for Principal Plant Operators. Applicants with a Class II, Class III or non-licensed status will receive consideration at lower level plant operator classifications and salary grades/ranges. The hiring range for this position, depending upon qualifications. Through the career development plan operators without or with licenses lower than a Class I license will receive salary increases after passing higher license exams and establishing minimum tenure requirements. Other requirements:

Candidate must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at date of hire. Candidate must be able to perform manual labor in the elements. Required duties include use of ladders, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, and standing or walking for 30 minutes at a time. Current valid driver's license and good driving record required. Based on the Virginia DMV point system, record must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Out of state driving records must be obtained by applicant and presented at time of interview. Records must reflect at least three years of history and be dated within thirty days of interview date.

Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required.

A Chesterfield County application is required and must be submitted online by deadline.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.