Water Treatment Plant Operator

Public Utility District #1 of Skagit County
1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon, Washington
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Public Utility District #1 of Skagit County is seeking a Water Treatment Plant Operator to join our team. This is skilled work involving the operation and maintenance procedures at a 21 MGD direct filtration plant and related facilities.

This position reports directly to the WTP Superintendent, and operators follow regulations and procedures for efficient and thorough water treatment as set forth by the EPA, WA State, and the District.

Our goal is to attract, retain and motivate committed, hard-working, creative and thoughtful employees will support the Mission, Vision and Values of the district, and who work hard to exceed the expectations of our community, not only in the supply of necessary services but in building a better place for all of us to live and work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran's status, disability, or any other protected characteristic under federal, state or local law. The District is committed to providing a workplace where people are treated with dignity, decency, respect and professionalism.

Essential duties will include:

  • Operate the treatment facilities to process raw and finished water.
  • Monitor gauges, meters, and control panels and interpret to assure proper operations & determine processing needs.
  • Maintain shift logs and record meter and gauge readings; interpret test results.
  • Collect water samples and perform routine laboratory tests and analysis.
  • Maintain disinfection feed systems (including chlorine dioxide, chlorine gas, and ammonia), the chlorine gas scrubber and emergency electrical generator.
  • Perform cleaning tasks for filter bays, flocculation basins, backwash recycle basins, sludge lagoons and reservoirs.
  • Receiving/unloading supplies & equip.
  • Perform tasks required in the maintenance of facilities and grounds.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must currently possess at least a WTPO2 Certification or above.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for Cross Connection Control Specialist (CCS) certification and get certification within twelve (12) months of hire.
  • Valid driver's license & the ability to swim
  • Ability to work rotating shifts including nights/weekends/holidays.
  • Ability to read and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to do mathematical equations.
  • Working knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to a water treatment plant.
  • Working knowledge of: Pumps, electric motors, piping, control systems, mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic principles.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with other operators and departments within the District.

For a full listing of all minimum qualifications and the job description for this position, visit: www.skagitpud.org

Starting Wage: Union scale. Starting hourly pay range: $33.05 - $41.28 depending upon previous experience and level of certification.

Benefits Package:

The District offers a complete benefits package including medical/dental/vision (cost to employee/dependents is free), life and disability coverage, PERS and Teamsters pension, deferred compensation options, generous paid time off, holidays, and more (equivalent to an additional 40% in total compensation).

To Apply Online (only online applications will be accepted): www.skagitpud.org

Online application packet must include: Completed (full) online application; updated resume; cover letter summarizing the work experience relevant to this position as described; and three professional references to include name, title and contact information (phone and email.)

Applications that do not contain all of the required information will not be considered.

Successful candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 3rd, and position will remain open until filled. Priority given to applicants who submit their information by the due date.