Water Treatment Lead
Opening Date: June 24, 2022
Salary Range: $ 28.212- $ 36.006 per hour
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
NATURE OF POSITION
Perform lead duties assisting in providing oversight of the City's Water Treatment Plant operations, staff, lab, intake facility, wells, and other water infrastructure; assist Water Treatment Supervisor in ensuring that the City water quality meets or exceeds Washington State Department of Health Standards. Perform lead duties to provide operational oversight of work crews including scheduling, training, reviewing, assisting, and providing work direction to assigned staff.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Any combination equivalent to: Bachelor’s degree in science majoring in microbiology/ bacteriology or Bachelor’s degree in science. Minimum of 4 years’ experience in Water Treatment Plant Operations and laboratory experience in microbiology/ bacteriology and minimum of 2 week’s specialized training in microbiological analysis of drinking water from an approved certified drinking water microbiology laboratory. Valid driver’s license. Valid State of Washington Water Treatment Plant Operator Class 3 certificate or ability to obtain within two testing periods after acceptance for testing by the State Department of Health; first aid/CPR certification; and confined space certification from City-approved organization obtained within one year of hire. Maintain necessary educational credentials to support state lab certification.
Valid class B commercial driver’s license with hazardous materials endorsement; Bilingual in Spanish.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
A completed City application and resume are required to apply. Applications are available on the Human Resources page of the City of Walla Walla website: https://wallawallawa.gov.
Applicants whose experience most closely meets the requirements of the position will be invited to continue in the selection process which will consist of an oral panel interview, reference inquiries and may include a criminal background check. Completed application packages can be mailed to:
CITY OF WALLA WALLA-HR
15 N. Third Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Email to email@example.com or faxed to (509) 524-7935.
The City of Walla Walla will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled applicants if requested. Please notify the Human Resources office at least 5 days prior to the need.
To obtain a copy of the full job description and class specification for this position, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.527.4475.
NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.
THE CITY OF WALLA WALLA COMPLIES WITH TITLE VI, ADA, AND OTHER APPLICABLE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, RELIGION, VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR SEX IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / MINORITIES AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
General direction and supervision provided by the Water Treatment Supervisor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Employees of the City of Walla Walla are expected to model and foster the City’s core values: Service - Integrity - Collaboration - Equity - Leadership - Community
- Assist in providing oversight of operation and maintenance of equipment at the Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant.
- Assist the Water Treatment Supervisor in the coordination of day-to-day operations of the Water Treatment Plant; assist with planning and scheduling of work crews and assign work; train, provide work direction and oversight to assigned staff to maintain consistency with operational goals and objectives.
- Recognize and respond to operational emergencies, troubleshoot, and resolve complex system problems and determine appropriate actions within defined guidelines. Make routine decisions without immediate or detailed direction and/or supervision regarding day-to-day treatment plant operations.
- Responsible for maintaining a continuous supply of quality, safe drinking water to the City without detailed supervision or direction. Responsible for monitoring, operating, and maintaining the Water Treatment Plant operations including starting and stopping of wells, adjustments of flows and treatment doses after hours, weekends and on holidays on a rotating on-call basis.
- Perform water quality testing and various lab tests.
- Operate applicable electrical, mechanical, and piping systems including gauges, meters, and valves. Troubleshoot and repair a variety of different equipment.
- Monitor, adjust, and test pumps, motors, compressors, process piping, and electrical equipment to insure safe and efficient operation.
- Assist in providing oversight to Water Treatment Staff in troubleshooting and repairing at the journeyman level complex mechanical and electrical systems vital for the operation of the Water Treatment Plant, wells, and reservoirs. This includes calibration and repair of various process instruments and analyzers.
- Assist in providing oversight of a wide range of complex and sophisticated microbial and Water Quality Laboratory including collection and delivery of daily and weekly water samples within the Treatment Plant and the Distribution System. Oversee the process of annual performance evaluation to support state lab certification.
- Assist in providing oversight of lab equipment calibration.
- Engage risk management protocols and procedures as required and participate in review and updating of current program.
- Prepare reports, record, and maintain accurate logs and operating information. Maintain plant records for reporting to the Department of Health.
- Maintain Well Head Protection Program.
- Respond to consumer inquiries, complaints, problems and/or emergencies relative to water quality, quantity, and availability. Conduct plant tours for schools, regulators, professionals, and the general public upon request.
- Work with local contractors in the loading, disinfection and subsequent testing of all new water mains and services in the Distribution System.
- Plan and assign work activities for scheduled maintenance, shutdowns, and repairs.
- Assist in providing technical and operational input to City Engineering staff and outside consultants related to plant upgrades and scheduled maintenance projects.
- Assist with reviewing and writing new Standard Operating Procedures related to operations and Chlorine Risk Management.
- Assist with budget preparation and provide Water Treatment Supervisor backup approval related to MUNIS.
- May be assigned to respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis and call back provisions of the City.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS
- Demonstrate punctual, regular, and reliable attendance which is essential for successful job performance.
- Present a positive, professional image; maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; assure excellent customer service with internal and external customers.
- Execute assignments, projects and job responsibilities efficiently and within defined timeframes; work independently and effectively with little direction.
- Demonstrate good judgment and employ critical thinking to execute duties, identify issues, seek solutions, and recommend improvements in support of departmental goals.
- Provide assistance to staff and higher-level management; participate in resolving operational or interpersonal concerns; participate in training, meetings, and on committees as assigned.
- Respect the value of diversity in the workplace and the community.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- State-approved water quality testing methods and procedures.
- Risk management program protocols and procedures.
- Confined space entry regulations and procedures.
- Hydraulic principles as affects operations.
- Disinfection principles as affects operations.
- Basic laws, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the assigned duties.
- Basic operating principles of electrical and mechanical equipment.
- Programmable logic controllers.
- Basic mathematical calculations.
- SCADA panels and water plant instrumentation.
- Aquifer storage and recovery principles and procedures.
- Chlorine handling, storage methods, and precautions.
- Electrical and mechanical test equipment.
- Sampling and water testing techniques.
- Analysis of water quality, including the use of a variety of test kits and equipment per State and American Water Works Association.
- Interpret, analyze, and apply new technology.
- Read schematics and blueprints.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Office equipment including telephones, copiers, facsimile machines, and computers; sophisticated and complex laboratory equipment including spectrophotometer, water baths and oven incubators; chlorine color meters and turbidity testing equipment; hand and power tools including a volt/amp meter, hi-pot meter, hydraulic press and bearing heater; pneumatic jackhammer; gas powered landscape equipment including riding and push-behind lawn mowers and weed eaters; loaders and backhoe.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of specialized equipment and tools; climbing ladders and working from heights; standing for extended periods of time; bending at the waist; lifting and carry heavy objects generally weighing 75-100 pounds with assistance; pushing, pulling; kneeling and crouching; seeing, hearing, and speaking to exchange information. Perform strenuous physical tasks.
Indoor and outdoor work environment; noise from equipment operation; seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions; exposure to gases, chemicals, various acids, and acidic compounds; handling of microorganisms; work around pressurized systems and equipment having moving parts; work at heights and in confined spaces; perform work around electrical equipment and high voltages; subject to responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis and call back provisions of the City.