Water/Waste Water Operator

Washington Water Service Company Published: 13/2/2018
Orcas Island, Washington
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Washington Water Service Company invites you to pursue a career with the largest investor-owned American water utility west of the Mississippi River and the third largest in the country. Formed in 1926, the San Jose-based company was named one of the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces several years in a row. Washington Water employees pride themselves on sharing a commitment to being the leader in providing its customers and communities with traditional and innovative utility services.

Washington Water offers a generous total compensation package. We have competitive salaries and match a portion of employees' contributions to their Company 401(k). In addition, we provide a Company-funded pension plan, great healthcare benefits that provide coverage to employees and dependents, and generous tuition reimbursement. In addition, employees receive 11 paid holidays and three floating holidays per year, and two weeks of sick leave and vacation.

We are committed to hiring the best candidates, developing current employees, and promoting from within. Continuous improvement and employee development opportunities allow employees to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to progress and reach your career goals.

The Water/Wastewater Operator (WWO) performs work in both water and wastewater operations including: operation and maintenance of water distribution systems and water production facilities; operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, lift stations, and sewer collection systems; reading water meters, and providing customer service; works in other Washington Water Service (WWS) systems as assigned. The position is located in Orcas Island, Washington.

• Operates and maintains water systems, including wells, pumps, booster pumps, water mains, service lines, meters and meter cans, valve boxes, chlorination and treatment equipment, fire hydrants and valves
• Operates and maintains wastewater systems including treatment facilities, well, lift stations, filters, pressure tanks, and other appurtenances and equipment
Utilizes equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks, vactor trucks, compressors, jackhammers, tampers, tractors, and jetters
• Monitors the operation of water and wastewater systems in accordance with state, federal and other regulatory requirements, and Company practices and procedures
• Monitors gauges, dials, meters, control panels, and other recording instruments; interprets results to determine processing requirements; records data and maintains routine and daily records and shift logs
• Collects samples, performs laboratory analyses; interprets results, and troubleshoots water and wastewater quality issues as necessary
• Performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on all equipment
• Installs, repairs, and replaces water and wastewater mains and service lines
• Performs fire flow testing and hydrant maintenance
• Locates and marks underground facilities
• Repairs and performs maintenance on sewer collection system and appurtenances.
• Reads meters, delivers disconnect notices, and completes work orders
• Assists customers in person and by telephone, addressing questions regarding billing, payments, conservation and water quality
• Coordinates with other operators to ensure continuity of job duties
• Operates centrifuge to process sludge, cleans wells with pressure washer, and decants/refills wasting tanks
• Completes door hangers and distributes them to inform customers of impending disconnections or work taking place
• Performs general plant and grounds maintenance work
• Participates in the on-call rotation as required
• Participate in and supports the Company’s Continuous Improvement program
• Performs work safely by adhering to Washington Water Service Safety programs and policies as well as reporting hazards and unsafe conditions
• Performs other duties as assigned in order to fulfill business operational needs and Company objectives
• Attend meetings and training as directed by Washington Water Service
• Performs a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time sensitive deadlines
• Attends meetings and training as directed by Washington Water Service

• High school diploma or possession of a GED
• One year experience in a water facility desired
• One year of experience working in a Group 1 wastewater plant
• Basic First Aid certification (2 years)
• Washington State Water Distribution Specialist certification
• Washington State Water Treatment Plant Operator Level 1 certification (must acquire WTPO 2 within 3 months of employment)
• Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Level 1 certification
• Cross Connection Specialist certification
• Communicates clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
• Must be available for call-outs evenings, weekends and holidays and rotating on-call duty
• Valid Washington driver’s license

Deadline to submit resume is Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity. California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service Company, New Mexico Water Service Company and Washington Water Service Company do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.