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Senior Water Systems Operator

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City of Seattle,

Seattle, WA

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Position Description

With an annual budget of over $1 billion, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a dynamic and multi-faceted, rate-payer funded utility. Our promise to the community focuses on providing efficient and forward-looking utility services for our residential and business customers and keeping Seattle the best place to live. SPU is committed to the delivery of a high-quality water supply, essential wastewater, storm water and solid waste services to more than 1.5 million customers we serve in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

SPU has the opportunity for a Senior Water Systems Operator for the Shared Services Operations & Maintenance (OM) Division. The position is responsible for the coordination, scheduling and tracking the status of major projects to identity and resolve overlapping schedule conflicts with other projects and maintenance activities. The position serves as a liaison between SPU and the WA Department of Health, other City Departments and community groups on reservoir issues. This position requires strong analytic skills applied to water system operations and water quality parameters.

Job Responsibilities

Responsible for reviewing, coordinating, and scheduling of special projects, Capital Improvement Project (CIP) related and planned maintenance activities that affect the water supply and treatment operations.

Serve as the primary data steward for the OM section coordinating with other internal sections and the Seattle Information Technology department making corrections as needed in the Information Management System (IMS).

Respond to inquiries from the public, wholesale water purveyors, internal work groups, and other agencies.

Perform field work, such as large reservoir valve operations in a lead role as needed to ensure continuous operation of the water system.

Participate in annual sanitary surveys and on-going infrastructure inspections.

Provide technical expertise on systems operations to support water quality management goals.

Perform hydraulic calculation, analyze data, and maintain logs and records.

This position takes a lead role in emergency response.


Three (3) years of experience as a water system operator or equivalent; OR

Two (2) years of college work towards a degree in Waterworks, Water Management, or equivalent, AND One year of related work experience which provides equivalent background to perform the work of the class; OR

A combination of education and experience which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of the class.

Certification as a Water Distribution Manager 2 by the State of Washington (current certification by another state may be acceptable through reciprocity subject to approval by the Washington State Department of Public Health).

Current Washington driver license or equivalent.

Additional Information

The ideal candidate will possess:

The ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and work with diverse groups including other utilities, water purveyor customers, regulatory agencies, internal work groups, and the public.

Ability to operate calmly in emergency situations, handle multiple situations concurrently, gather and analyze data quickly/accurately and make decisions with minimal guidance from supervisors.

Experience conducting operational changes in the field working with large valves, gates, pumps, etc.

Extensive knowledge of hydraulics, water supply systems, and related infrastructure. In depth knowledge of the operations of reservoirs, pump stations, large pipelines, valves, and all related appurtenances.

Ability to read, interpret, and understand water system maps, construction drawings, and project schedules.

Experience with graphical SCADA computer systems and using SCADA date for analysis.

Higher level WDM certification, cross connection certification, and experience in distribution system water quality management.

Special Conditions

Required to be available after hours for standby duty and emergency response.

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 electrical/mechanical/chemical equipment.

A background check will be required for all candidates selected for the position.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page (please use the apply button below) .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: (please use the apply button below)

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