Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $23.03/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $39.80/Hr.
    Post End Date
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Water Reclamation Plant Operations and Maintenance Manager and in cooperation with the Process Control Analyst, incumbent supervises and performs related operations duties at the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). This is a supervisory, technical and operational position. The Lead Operator will work flexible 10-hour shifts, subject to 24-hour emergency call back. During duty shift, supervises operators monitoring and adjusting the WRF and processes. Coordinates with the laboratory, maintenance, and pretreatment sections of the facility when appropriate. Responsible for ensuring facility effluent meets permit and environmental requirements.


    • Under the direction of the Water Reclamation Plant Operations and Maintenance Manager oversees and participates in the day-to-day operations of the WRF. Supervises the operation of wastewater treatment processing equipment, including pumps, filters, digesters, aerators, screens, rag rakes, grit chambers, compressors, blowers, boilers, energy generators, chlorine evaporators, gas collectors, augers and associated equipment according to facility guidelines and procedures. Assists with work assignments when necessary, such as during emergencies or lack of adequate personnel.
    • Responsible for supervision, training, coaching and assignments of duties to the operation staff. Ensures that all records are kept on file, both electronically and hard copies. Assigns operators specific operational, maintenance, training and security tasks in areas of responsibility within the facility. Updates and maintains all training, certification records. Motivates, evaluates, trains and counsels personnel to perform to their best. Recommends and assists with hiring and disciplinary actions. Maintains a positive, productive, respectful, quality working environment.    
    • Performs all duties of a Water Reclamation Facility Operator.
    • Monitors, operates and maintains computer, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for facility process and all related operations and security. Keeping current with the ever changing computer technologies to assist and recommend required system upgrades.
    • Maintains facility Standard Operating Instructions (SOI’s) including those for manual operation of facility equipment, generator operation and facility process re-establishment after power interruptions.
    • Handles emergency situations, including after-hours call backs. Troubleshoots equipment and facility process failures. Properly documents conditions and determines course of action to remedy problems and avoid reoccurrence.
    • Maintains open communications with all WRF sections (e.g., Maintenance, Laboratory, Pretreatment) and other WRF staff to assist in coordinating facility activities, flows, and treatment processes.
    • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget and capital improvement fund for the WRF. Submits the information for approval to the Water Reclamation Plant Operations and Maintenance Manager.
    • Conducts WRF tours explaining the purpose and operations to various groups such as students, citizens, medical and health professionals, engineers, scouts, and other City and State personnel, when appropriate.
    • Troubleshoots operational problems. On shift, decides what equipment to take out of service or put back in service and when. Resolves or recommends resolution of problems referred by subordinate operators.
    • Works closely with the WRF Laboratory and the Process Control Analyst to calculate facility loading and perform or recommend adjustments in pumping, chemical treatment or other factors to keep facility within operational guidelines and EPA discharge permit. Works closely with the Process Control Analyst to make adjustments to treatment system. Coordinates with Maintenance and Lab sections.
    • Monitors telemetry and completes operational logs with responsibility for their accuracy and completeness.
    • Ensures safe working practices and security. Completes accident reports. Supervises changing of chlorine tanks and responds to chlorine systems emergencies.
    • Responsible for clearly documenting and communicating maintenance needs to all operation and maintenance staff. Completes, and ensures accuracy of maintenance work order requests for repairs or installation work utilizing the Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS).
    • As shift supervisor with appropriate management responsibilities, resolves personnel problems, authorizes the use of overtime, and issues disciplinary action. Checks and monitors operators' work to ensure completion; conducts performance evaluations.
    • Serves as acting Water Reclamation Plant Operations and Maintenance Manager during absence of regularly classified incumbent, if management determines individual operator is qualified.
    • Performs other related duties as required.


    • High School diploma or equivalent, plus five years of paid experience as a Water Reclamation Facility Operator or a closely related position. Formal education in wastewater treatment or a related field at an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to two years of operational experience.
    • Possession of a valid Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Operator's Certification from the State of Utah within 18 months of hire.
    • Demonstrated ability to operate and understand computerized facility process control systems (SCADA).
    • Knowledge of management principals, including delegation of work assignments, resolution of grievances and handling of personnel problems.
    • Proven ability to supervise subordinates to achieve objectives, and maintain facility safety and process integrity.
    • Mechanical aptitude and skills in the use and maintenance of heavy equipment, power tools and hand tools. Ability to perform heavy physical labor at times.
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license or driving privilege card.


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