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Wastewater Operator I

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City of Boise, Idaho

Boise, ID

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Wastewater Operator I




Wastewater Operator I



Wastewater Operator I


$17.03 - $19.87 Hourly


Boise, ID

Job Type

Full Time Regular


Sewer Operations

Job Number



5/25/2018 5:00 PM Mountain




Summary Statement

Performs skilled work involved in the operation, control, monitoring, adjusting and maintenance of the City's Class IV activated sludge water treatment plant for a designated shift. Holds operational responsibility for ensuring all procedures are performed safely and in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and laws, including permit compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Essential Functions

Maintains and operates plant equipment and processes related to wastewater treatment systems. Samples and analyzes influents and effluents as prescribed by analytical procedures established by supervisors and regulating agencies. Records test results and other pertinent data to identify variations in flow and water quality, and makes appropriate changes. Maintains accurate records of process and lab results to ensure sample protocol and regulatory requirements. Ensures proper operation and control of assigned process area. Operates, monitors, and controls primary and secondary digesters, thickeners, classifiers, transfer pumps, gas boilers, bar screens, clarifiers, sludge pumps, blowers, aerators, control panels, sludge thickening and sludge de-watering equipment. Uses equipment to evaluate plant mechanical operations to ensure automated systems are operating correctly, intervening as necessary. Operates and adjusts controls on equipment, through use of Programmable Loop Controller (PLC) and computerized systems to purify and clarify water, process or dispose of sewage, and generate power. Inspects equipment and monitors operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements, detects malfunctions, and takes corrective action to ensure effective operation. (50%)

Performs preventative maintenance. Conducts routine inspections and troubleshoots equipment failures and identifies maintenance needs. Initiates work orders and coordinates with maintenance staff on all repair and maintenance issues. Performs minor repairs of equipment as necessary to maintain operation. Generates corrective maintenance work orders on equipment and machinery. (20%)

Performs statistical process control (SPC), laboratory procedures, and routine microscopic examinations of wastewater. Records operational data, laboratory test results, as well as meter and gauge readings on specified forms. Reviews lab and operational SPC and inspection results, and initiates any necessary adjustments to ensure regulatory compliance. Adjusts and calibrates automated sampling equipment, dissolved oxygen meters, pH meters, chemical feed pumps, and facility flows. (10%)

Attends training courses, formal classes, short schools, conferences, seminars, and online courses to meet annual educational and safety requirements and to maintain Idaho State Wastewater Treatment Operators license. (10%)

Conducts tours of facilities. Responds to plant alarms and corrects problems or contacts appropriate personnel in any weather related or other plant emergencies, and provides essential services. Maintains a safe, clean and orderly work environment and monitors site security. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training

Requires education and/or experience to attain the following:

One year experience in the operation or maintenance of advanced activated sludge wastewater treatment facility, and a high school diploma or GED.

Functional knowledge of principles used in various processes of advanced wastewater treatment; chemical/physical and biological processes used in wastewater treatment processes; microorganisms and laboratory practices required to properly evaluate treatment processes; machines and tools used in wastewater treatment and their maintenance; statistical process control for problem identification and resolution; PLC's used for automation of electromechanical processes; industrial computer control system such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for facility monitoring, database software (Wonderware, Hansen, spreadsheets, graphs, trend charts) and filing systems.

Working knowledge of wastewater treatment regulations and compliance with NPDES permits and all other federal, state and local requirements; and OSHA guidelines related to large water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Ability to perform all routine operator functions; determine processing requirements; sample the influent and effluent at various stages of processing and identify problems and ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant; perform lab procedures and comprehend laboratory tests and results; perform statistical analysis; comprehend technical information contained in resource materials; enter data or information into a terminal, personal computer or other keyboard device; use desktop office tools such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.; control operations of equipment or systems through telemetry, instrumentation control systems, and mechanical means; operate PLCs, SCADA, and perform SPC for problem identification and resolution; monitor gauges, dials, computer screens, automated alarm systems, or other indicators; conduct tests to ensure equipment, software, or processes are operational; make minor repairs for basic mechanical and electrical problems; prioritize schedule and work tasks and complete work within specified time periods and deadlines; make mathematical calculations and draw logical conclusions; make independent decisions and utilize good judgment; proficiently perform computerized word processing, comprehension, summarizing and writing/editing; attend various plant meetings as required; climb stairs; work in confined spaces; complete necessary OSHA/Safety Training as required; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; and perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Math or related field and three years experience operating or maintaining an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant. Experience with advanced computerized systems utilized in wastewater treatment facilities, and experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting is preferred. Possession of a Class II Wastewater Operator certification is advantageous.

Licensing And Other Requirements

Valid Idaho driver's license.

Ability to obtain a valid Idaho Wastewater Treatment Operator Class I or Operator in Training (OIT) license within six months of appointment.

Ability to obtain and comply with annual continuing education requirement for license renewal.

Special Requirements

All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks.

Applicants must be able to pass, or have:

Driving Record Check Drug Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hire. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.

This position is required to handle hazardous materials that if mishandled, place the general public at risk of serious injury.

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment 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.

Physical Efforts

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. Also the employee is frequently pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs. The noise level is occasionally moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, touch and feel. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment

The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees work in/at heights, confined spaces and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes exposure to wastewater and chemical hazards. Employees traverse undeveloped ground or rough and uneven surfaces and will climb and descend stairs. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Additional environmental conditions include: exposure to biomass and wastewater pathogens, vibrations, fumes, and airborne particles. Work involves exposure with safety precautions to sewage, dirt, solvents, cleaners, lubricants, and other chemicals related to work assignments. In case of plant emergencies, these employees will be secondary responders.

This position works: scheduled on call and on various shifts, weekends and holidays. Work may be performed/ assigned at any wastewater treatment plant of the City.

Top talent deserves top notch benefits. The City is among the best in the Treasure Valley when it comes to the benefits and perks we offer our employees.

Most positions are eligible for the general benefits listed here; fire fighters, police officers, senior managers, command staff, and directors may be offered other benefit plans.


Low deductible medical, dental, and vision benefits at no cost for employee-only coverage, up to just $118 per month to cover your whole family as a regular full time employee.

Retirement and Investment Plans

Public Employee's Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI) provides a defined benefit retirement account with 100% vesting after 60 months of eligible service. 6.79% of your pre-tax wages go to the plan, and the City contributes 11.32%. Your retirement benefit is based on a formula which looks at your years of service and income and so creates a predictable retirement benefit not affected by changes in the investment market.

401(k) or 457 investment options are also available to complete your retirement plan with the City of Boise! As a general employee you will receive a match for your contributions up to 2% of your pre-tax wages.

The City puts money into a HRA VEBA for you to use to pay for health expenses after you leave City employment.

Wellness Program

You can earn up to $500 per year by participating in optional wellness program activities and annual hosted health screening event.

Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances and personal issues.

Paid Leave – City employees receive generous paid leave:

8 hours of vacation per month, and this increases the longer you stay with the City

10 paid holidays every year

8 hours of sick leave per month

Up to six weeks Parental Leave

Life & Long Term Disability-

Basic Life insurance at no cost to you

Long Term Disability insurance at no cost to you

Other optional benefits –

Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account

Supplemental Life Insurance

Supplemental Disability Insurance

Rewards for using Alternative Transportation

Tuition reimbursement

Free Boise GreenBike membership

Free local bus pass

Discounted gym membership

AFLAC voluntary coverages

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City of Boise, Idaho
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About Boise: We are dedicated to making Boise the most livable City in the country, our team is 1600 people strong and is one of the largest employers in the area. Guided by a mission that keeps us focused on outcomes that are Lasting, Innovative, and Vibrant, we are passionate professionals who dream big and work hard. Our shared values are simple and we believe in them: One City, One Team – for the Greatest Good, Citizen Experience with “WOW”, and lastly, There’s Nothing We Can’t Do Better. From maintaining parks, to protecting the public, to designing waste water renewal systems, our entire organization is driven by the knowledge that every day when we go to work, we help to enhance what is loved most about Boise for generations to come. To learn more visit

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