Senior Water Treatment Operator (Cedar River Intake)

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for two (2) Senior Water Treatment Operators (WTO) to operate at the Landsburg Diversion Dam and ensure compliance with regulated instream flows at the Cedar River downstream. SPU’s Landsburg Operation Center is located on the Cedar River in Ravensdale, WA.

The Landsburg Diversion Dam diverts water from the Cedar River to Lake Youngs and the Cedar Treatment facility. It provides 2/3 of the high-quality drinking water sent to the City of Seattle’s approximately 1.5 million customers. Operations are continuous, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Senior WTO will perform the essential work of monitoring and managing water quality, treatment and flows into the water system.

This position will report to the Landsburg Crew Chief.

About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community-Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high-quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high-quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
Job Responsibilities

Here is some of what you might be doing in this role

  • Manage the diversion and treatment of water from the Cedar River.
  • Utilize supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) computer programs to manage water diversion and treatment operations.
  • Operate, calibrate, and initiate repairs to chemical and mechanical equipment (i.e., pumps, motors, valves) for water diversion and treatment operations.
  • Closely monitor water treatment operations using liquid chlorine and fluoride and adjust treatment processes to ensure concentrations meet water quality targets.
  • Routinely sample, test, and record chemical residuals to ensure compliance with water quality targets.
  • Monitor river flow, water quality in the Cedar River, and shut down diversion before water quality targets are exceeded.
  • Routinely collect and test water quality samples from the Cedar River.
  • Participate in the training of new water Treatment Operators
  • Coordinate the removal and/or passage of large woody debris at the Landsburg Dam with other SPU work units.
  • Operate the Landsburg Dam to comply with regulated instream flows requirements and to provide for the safe passage of adult and juvenile fish in the Cedar River.
  • Maintain appropriate water flow and water elevation in the Landsburg Dam Fish Ladder.
  • Monitor security cameras and respond appropriately to intrusions by unauthorized personnel.
  • Respond to emergency conditions involving equipment failure or power outages.
  • Execute appropriate safety protocols when handling hazardous chemicals and operating water treatment equipment.





  • Three (3) years experience in a water utility, treatment, distribution, or transmission, or as a Water Treatment Operator or (a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).


  • One (1) year of education in an approved waterworks/apprenticeship training program


  • Certification by the State of Washington as a Water Distribution Manager Class II within twelve months of appointment for continued employment.
  • Current and valid Washington State Driver's License.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Position requires working some nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • May be required to lift heavy objects.
  • At times works alone in a remote, but secure location.
  • Required to walk, stand, sit, or bend for extended periods of time and work in confined spaces.
  • Required to work outdoors at times, in all types of weather.


Additional Information

To be successful in this role, a candidate should possess some of the following technical knowledge/experience of utility design, and leadership skills/abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of the principles of river hydraulics and diversion dam operations
  • A background working near or on rivers, streams, creeks, or other open water systems
  • Experience with a surface water intake
  • Practical understanding of physics
  • Demonstrated reliability
  • Critical thinking skills for problem-solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Experience with SCADA
  • Current Water Distribution Manager II Certification

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17.  Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.