Under the general direction, this position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City's Water Reclamation Facility on an assignment basis. Under the supervision of the Water Reclamation Superintendent, the Water Reclamation Facility Operator I/II/III is responsible for the proper and efficient operation of the Water Reclamation Facility. Duties are performed in accordance with established procedures and standards, but must exercise independent judgment and initiative in regulating treatment to meet changing conditions and handling emergencies. As needed, highly skilled work from Essential Functions may be assigned by the Superintendent to cover any lead Operational work.
Examples of Essential Functions:
-Operates sewer treatment plant by operating filter machinery and pumps, regulating valves and observing flow dials, operating meters, other filtration and treatment equipment.
-Participates in making minor repairs to mechanical equipment.
-Reports major breakdowns to supervisor and take necessary emergency measures as may be needed.
-Institutes or recommends new or improved operation, supervision of maintenance practices or procedures to insure efficient plant operation
-Performs highly skilled work which may involve supervising in the operation of Water Reclamation treatment equipment and facilities on scheduled shifts.
-Plans and supervises shift activities based on information provided by previous shift operators, current and anticipated conditions and special instructions provided by higher management.
-Determines priority of activities for subordinates. Issues both general and specific instructions for shift activities.
-Maintains and supervises the maintenance of intricate records and reports under Federal, State and City mandated guidelines in the form of paper logs and computer data entries.
-Ensures that prescribed Federal and State standards for wastewater/reclamation quality are met.
-Supervises, oversees and monitors wastewater treatment through all phases of treatment and monitors and regulates the transmission and distribution system operations.
-Trains and instructs subordinates in the latest operational techniques. Trains and instructs subordinates in the proper handing of hazardous chemicals, chemical feeders and associated calibration of those feeders.
-Supervises and/or coordinates work related activities with other departments – i.e. electrical, mechanical, distribution, maintenance and deals with contractors as needed.
-Recharges and adjusts chemical feed equipment which includes supervision of samples collection for routine and complex lab analysis.
-Collects water samples at prescribed stages and time intervals in the treatment process and conducts or supervises the conduction of various laboratory analyses which include but are not limited to pH turbidity, jar tests, Dissolved Oxygen, Total and Suspended Solids, etc., to determine adjustment of treatment and/or appropriate amount of chemicals to be fed into the system.
-Operates and/or supervises the operation of mechanical equipment to safely transfer chemicals from delivery trucks to appropriate storage and from storage to feeder hoppers.
-Regulates and supervises the proper feed rate of wastewater treatment chemicals through mechanical feeders, proportion devices or computer controlled feed equipment and issues instructions to subordinates regarding these changes.
-Assists Water Resource Operations Manager and Water Reclamation Superintendent with plant operator performance reviews, job interviews and disciplinary actions concerning personnel on their shift.
-Maintains an effective working relationship with subordinates, co-workers, supervisors and the public.
-Assures coverage of open shifts due to vacations and sick leave use, and consults supervisor as needed. Assists their shift personnel in properly filling out time sheets as needed and assures equitable assignment of overtime to cover open shifts due to annual or sick leave.
-Reads, interprets and records information observed and obtained from lab tests, meters, gauges, recorders and remote surveillance equipment, and other instruments during shift operations.
-Enters and retrieves data into/from personal computers, process control computers and SCADA computers.
-Maintains and monitors inventory levels of chemicals and other related materials and reports status to appropriate personnel. Submits orders to the superintendent for chemicals and supplies as required.
-Supervises building and ground security.
-Maintains and supervises the maintenance of records and reports pertinent to assigned tasks and submits appropriate management reports including unusual activities requiring the attention of operation supervisors or maintenance personnel.
-Implements and assures subordinates' compliance with the City's Process Safety management (PSM), Safety and other related programs.
-Operates a pilot plant as required.
-All employees will have a role in the City's disaster preparation and/or disaster recovery efforts, as may be designated in the City Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
-Follows safe working practices and has a working knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
(These essential job functions are not to be constructed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required)
- Operator I
1.High School graduate or G.E.D.
2.Minimum of one (1) year experience as wastewater plant operator.
3.Possession of a valid Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Class "C" Wastewater Plant Operator's License
1.High School graduate or G.E.D.
2.Minimum of three (3) years experience as wastewater plant operator including at least two (2) years of on-site actual experience with supervision and maintenance at the wastewater plant.
3.Possession of a valid Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Class "B" Wastewater Plant Operator's License.
- Operator III
1.High School graduate or G.E.D.
2.Minimum of five (5) years experience as wastewater plant operator including at least two (2) years of on-site actual experience with supervision and maintenance at the wastewater plant .
3.Possession of a valid Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Class "A" Wastewater Plant Operator's License.
4.Has the interest and potential to perform and accept the duties and responsibilities of a Water Reclamation Superintendent.
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's license. A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check will be made to determine acceptance of past driving record.