Water Plant Operator I-IV

City of Lake Oswego Published: 27/3/2018
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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The Position: The City of Lake Oswego is seeking a Water Treatment Plant Operator to operate, monitor and maintain mechanical, chemical, instrumentation and process control systems as necessary to ensure the Water Treatment Facility is operated in a manner, which maximizes the protection of the public’s health and the return on the public’s investment in the City’s water system. This position is represented by the Lake Oswego Municipal Employees Association (LOMEA)/ American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Note: There is only one job vacancy.  Depending upon the individual’s qualifications, a candidate may be hired at any level after meeting the necessary job requirements.   Operator shifts are on a 4/10 schedule but may be subject to change in the future. Shift work is required.


Monthly Salary:

Operator 1:          $3,987 to $5,087

Operator 2:          $4,276 to $5,458 Operator 3:          $4,770 to $6,082

Operator 4:          $5,165 to $6,595


Background: The Lake Oswego Water System, in partnership with the City of Tigard recently completed a construction project to expand, upgrade and replace major water production and distribution facilities including the Water Treatment Plant and new Operations/Administrative Facilities.  It is the responsibility of the Operations staff at the WTP to operate and maintain the new facilities and equipment and provide safe reliable drinking water to the Cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard, population 100,000.  For details about the facilities, go to http://lotigardwater.org/?p=lo-water-treatment-plant .

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operates the WTP facility as required, maintaining water quality by ensuring compliance with State and Federal drinking water standards;
  • Shift work including work on weekends and holidays is required;
  • Monitors and controls water treatment and distribution system using Computer control system;
  • Makes operational decisions in emergency situations;
  • Maintains pumps, instrumentation and chemical feed equipment for the WTP and river intake;
  • Troubleshoots operational problems, equipment and control system failures;
  • Performs chemical tests and determines chemical dosage for water treatment;
  • Receives and assists in unloading and storage of chemicals used in the treatment of water;
  • Writes reports, maintains records & performs mathematical computations of chemical consumption, water production, water quality and weather conditions;
  • Responsible for “Operational Decision Making” that affects public health
  • Serves periodically as the Operator on-call
  • Knowledge of OR-OSHA safety rules relating to maintenance and repair of equipment and handling and storage of chemicals used in the water treatment industry.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Education and Qualifications: A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Water Environment Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering Technology or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Candidates must be able to communicate with the public and City employees in a clear, tactful and courteous manner.  Qualification for each Grade level is dependent on possession or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Operator License as follows:

  • Operator 1 Water Treatment Level 1
  • Operator 2 Water Treatment Level 2 and Filtration Endorsement
  • Operator 3 Water Treatment Level 3
  • Operator 4 Water Treatment Level 4.

For a complete list of the essential duties, knowledge, skills and abilities required, and physical and mental demands please review the complete job description http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/hr/job-descriptions .


Application Process: You may visit our web site at www.ci.oswego.or.us to access the online application process.   Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application. All applications must be submitted before