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The City of Idaho Falls is accepting applications for a Water Supply Operator. This position performs skilled technical duties related to the supply and treatment of City water to ensure water quality standards and City water supply needs are efficiently and effectively provided.
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Conducts well site and distribution system sampling of raw and finished water as directed by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for a variety of contaminants.
Monitors SCADA system data for accuracy or discrepancies; identifies well site problems, data reading discrepancies and need for setpoint modifications; notifies supervisor of recommended changes and repairs.
Monitors, operates, maintains, and completes minor repairs to mechanical systems at well sites; documents operability of pumps, motors, valves, valve actuators, bearings, packing and seals, heating, cooling, ventilation, meters, etc.; informs supervisor of recommended repairs; conducts calibration of well site equipment.
Monitors, operates, maintains, and repairs chlorination systems at well sites; conducts chlorination of City water, ensuring compliance of strict guidelines and procedures for water chlorination and dosage; monitors and records data regarding water pressure, flow, and chlorine usage; gathers data for monthly and annual reports.
Monitors, operates, maintains, and completes minor repairs to electrical and instrumentation systems at well sites, including meters, electrical and motor control cabinets, telemetry cabinets, emergency generators, switch gear, relays, switches, lighting, pressure gauges, water level sensors, security sensors, interface panels, antennas, etc.
Monitors, operates, maintains, and repairs finished water tanks at well sites and pressure monitoring sites within the distribution system; reports data on system operation flows, pressures, electrical readings, etc. to supervisor.
Implements the City’s cross-connection control program, including the annual tracking, monitoring, inspection, and testing of public and private backflow prevention assemblies; provides input and recommendations for changes to program.
Responds to water quality complaints and trouble shoots related problems; responds to after-hour calls while on rotating 24-hour standby.
Conducts public interest tours; explains water supply system and procedures; directs questions from the public through appropriate City channels.
Assists in the plowing and removal of snow from public rights-of-way as may be required.
Performs related duties as required.
1. Education and Experience:
- Graduation from high school or GED and One (1) year of specialized training in electronics or some other related field obtainable through a vocational or technical college;
- Two (2) years of responsible work experience in maintenance and repair of mechanical and electronic equipment;
- An equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working knowledge of electric motors and pumps and related equipment operation, maintenance, and repair; chlorination methods, practices, and procedures; hazards and safety precautions related to the use of chlorine; electrical circuitry and controls; cross-connection control practices and procedures; Some knowledge of City water supply system and interrelationships with overall Water Division; Federal and State regulations and requirements regarding well sites; City geography; interpersonal communication skills; tools and equipment necessary for the repair and maintenance of related equipment.
Skilled in the use of technical hand tools associated with electronics, instrumentation, electrical and mechanical systems.
Ability to recognize mechanical or electrical problems typical to motors, pumps, and related equipment; ability to react effectively in emergency situations and make decisions where an error could produce costly consequences; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to develop effective working relationships with Department and Division Heads, Supervisors, the public, and other City personnel.
3. Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (Class A preferable).
Must possess Class II Idaho Water Operator Licensure or obtain same within one (1) year of hire.
Must possess Idaho Backflow Assembly Testing Licensure or obtain same within one (1) year of hire.
Residency Requirement: Shall be expected, within six months of hire, to establish residence within a 45-minute notification to respond zone from the Water Division Administration Building.
Must complete 0.6 Continuing Education Units in Drinking Water annually and Backflow Assembly Tester refresher course as required by state regulations
Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching. Talking, hearing, and seeing are essential to performing required job functions. Frequent exposure to changing weather conditions. Employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee frequently works in precarious places and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk from moving traffic. Common eye, hand, and finger dexterity are required. Work requires memory for details and verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking. Daily local travel required in normal course of job performance.