Water Treatment Operator II – Lab Specialist

City of Walla Walla
Published
6/4/2021
Location
15 N. 3rd Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington
Category
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Job Type
Job Post Expires On
2021-07-05

Description

NATURE OF POSITION

Perform technical journey-level duties related to the City's Water Treatment Plant and lab; perform work duties related to the Water Treatment plant, Intake Facility, wells, and other water infrastructure; assist in ensuring that the City water quality meets or exceeds Washington State Department of Health including physical, chemical, and microbial standards and regulations; collect water samples, perform water quality analysis, document, and report the results as required. Operate and maintain the City water treatment plant to assure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in science majoring in microbiology/ bacteriology, or Bachelor’s degree in science with a minimum of 2 years 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 2 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.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Valid class B commercial driver’s license with hazardous materials endorsement; pesticide applicator’s license; one year’s experience in water quality laboratory work and a strong electrical/mechanical and environmental professional background.  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 and consumer report.  Completed application packages can be mailed to:

CITY OF WALLA WALLA - HR

15 N. Third Avenue

Walla Walla, WA  99362

Email to hr@wallawallawa.gov or faxed to (509) 524-7935.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: 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.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS: To obtain a copy of the full job description and class specification for this position, please contact us at: hr@wallawallawa.gov 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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT EMPLOYER.

THE CITY OF WALLA WALLA DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.

MINORITIES AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

General direction and oversight are provided by the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Employees of the City of Walla Walla are expected to model and foster the City’s core values: Customer Focus - Excellence - Stewardship - Communication - Leadership - Integrity
  2. Responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment at the Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant including adjusting operating and regulating chemical feed equipment, chlorinators, flow control, and recording meters to maintain plant and system operations.
  3. Perform skilled and unskilled operations and maintenance tasks. Troubleshoot and resolve complex system problems.  Authorized to make routine decisions without immediate or detailed direction and/or supervision in the day-to-day treatment plant operations.
  4. 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 to include starting and stopping of wells, adjustments of flows and treatment doses after hours, weekends and on holidays on a rotating on-call basis.
  5. Monitor, adjust, and test pumps, motors, compressors, process piping, and electrical equipment to insure safe and efficient operation.
  6. Troubleshoot and repair 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.
  7. Perform a wide range of complex and sophisticated microbial and inorganic tests, growing pathogens, using pour plates, and maintaining a proper environment using water bath and air oven incubators and autoclave sterilization equipment. Lab tests include Membrane Filtration, Presence Absence, Heterotrophic plate counts, and various water physical tests including pH, conductivity, TDS, alkalinity, hardness, turbidity, and ammonia content.  Produce numerical value results as required by State and Federal requirements.  Collect daily and weekly water samples within the Treatment Plant and the Distribution System; deliver samples for lab testing; perform all quality control tests and performance evaluations to maintain lab certification. Conduct annual performance evaluation to support state lab certification.
  8. Ensure lab equipment is calibrated as required and in working order to conduct proper measurement of samples. Ensure required equipment certifications are current and documentation is in order.  Monitor and maintain supplies and chemical inventories supporting Laboratory and Plant operations and reporting when replenishment of supplies is required.
  9. Perform inspections to check the general operating conditions of all equipment; report unsafe conditions; and ensure appropriate maintenance, repair work, and corrective action is completed in a timely fashion.
  10. Read and record meters, gauges, analyzers, and charts. Maintain a log of plant operations, test results, maintenance work performed and unusual operating conditions. Prepare daily, weekly, and monthly reports of the plant operations.
  11. Check and adjust disinfection, quenching and other water quality chemical dosages as necessary and assist in adding chemicals to incoming water as needed for adjustments. Maintain accurate records and logs of tests for reporting to state and federal agencies.
  12. Receive treatment process chemicals and supplies delivered and ensure they are examined and stored properly and safely. This includes the safe handling and changing of 150# and 1-ton chlorine cylinders per current risk management guidelines.
  13. Assist with the operation and maintenance of the City's Hydro Generation Plant, the City's well sites, aquifer storage and recovery system. Operate the SCADA control equipment related to the Water Treatment Plant and Water Distribution system.
  14. Engage in risk management protocols and procedures as required and participate in review and updating of current program.
  15. Perform grounds maintenance duties including watering, mowing, weeding, and or spraying in areas around Water Treatment Plant and all well sites, and reservoirs. Repair irrigation systems.
  16. Perform building maintenance duties including general housekeeping, painting, plumbing, mechanical, welding, and electrical repairs.
  17. Assist in the maintenance of plant records for reporting to the Department of Health.
  18. Assist in the maintenance of the Well Head Protection Program.
  19. Compile technical information, data and evaluate and recommend actions to improve water treatment operations and water quality within established guidelines.
  20. Respond to consumer inquiries, complaints, problems and/or emergencies relative to the water quality, quantity, and availability. Conduct plant tours for schools, regulators, professionals, and the public upon request.
  21. Work with local contractors in the loading, disinfection and subsequent testing of all new water mains and services in the Distribution System.
  22. Assist with training and oversight of new operators with current plant operations and all regulatory requirements. This will include familiarizing operators with all major equipment operations, maintenance, calibrations, recordkeeping, and reporting.
  23. Collaborate with co-workers and provide guidance as necessary to maintain consistency with operational goals and objectives.
  24. Provide recommendations and assist the Supervisor with planning, prioritizing, and assigning work activities for scheduled maintenance, shutdowns, and repairs.
  25. Provide technical and operational input to engineering staff and outside consultants related to plant upgrades and scheduled maintenance projects.
  26. Assist with the reviewing and writing of SOP’s related to operations and Chlorine Risk Management.
  27. Assist with budget preparation as requested by the Supervisor.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Demonstrate punctual, regular, and reliable attendance which is essential for successful job performance.
  2. Present a positive, professional image; maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; assure excellent customer service with internal and external customers.
  3. Execute assignments, projects, and job responsibilities efficiently and within defined timeframes; work independently and effectively with little direction.
  4. Demonstrate good judgment and employ critical thinking to execute duties, identify issues, seek solutions, and recommend improvements in support of departmental goals.
  5. Provide assistance to staff and higher-level management; participate in resolving operational or interpersonal concerns; participate in training, meetings, and on committees as assigned.
  6. Respect the value of diversity in the workplace and the community.
  7. 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, including test 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.
  • Analysis of water quality, including the use of a variety of test kits and equipment per State and American Water Works Association.
  • Recognize and respond to operational emergencies.
  • Learn and operate applicable electrical, mechanical, and piping systems including gauges, meters, and valves.
  • Interpret, analyze, and apply new technology.
  • Read schematics and blueprints.
  • Troubleshoot and repair a variety of different equipment.
  • Prepare reports, record, and maintain accurate logs and operating information.

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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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; pushing, pulling; kneeling and crouching; seeing, hearing, and speaking to exchange information. Perform strenuous physical tasks.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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.