Water/Wastewater Plant Operator Trainee

Pinellas County

Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: St. Petersburg, FL
Contract type: Full time
Pinellas County
Water/Wastewater Plant Operator Trainee

Classification Title: Water/Wastewater Plant Operator Trainee, C16

Location: 2861 110th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Work Schedule: Four (4) days per week, 10-hour shifts. This position will be required to work third shift (10:00 pm – 8:00 am)

Technical work monitoring, operating, and maintaining an Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility. The incumbent independently completes tasks in water and/or wastewater treatment plant operations, monitoring, maintenance, and/or repair of pumps, motors, treatment systems, generators, and related support systems. Types of equipment and systems experienced may include lift stations, switch gear, flow meters, chemical feed systems, overhead cranes and related activities. The incumbent also performs collection, analysis, reporting, and processing of a variety of samples. The incumbent performs work independently, takes initiative to ensure sound plant operations. The incumbent seeks guidance and direction on unusual or difficult assignments or problems. The incumbent is supervised by a manager, plant operations supervisor or designee.

  • Health, vision, prescription, dental, life insurance, and a flexible spending account (FSA) option.
Biweekly Medical Plan Premiums:

Employee Only: $11.43

Employee and Spouse or Domestic Partner: $131.90

Employee and Child(ren): $105.23

Family: $216.12
  • 9-11 paid County holidays; 2 floating holidays and 2 personal days (pro-rated); annual leave (accrue 15 days in first year)
, Employees contribute 3% and the county contributes 5.96% for regular status employees. * Tuition Reimbursement

Essential Task Functions
  • Ensure the safe and efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of the Industrial Water Treatment Facility and surface water intake station to ensure an adequate supply of properly treated water to the Waste to Energy plant.
  • Monitor available water supply and communicate and coordinate with Waste to Energy staff on Waste to Energy water needs and availability.
  • Monitor and maintain appropriate chemical feed and chemical feed system parts inventory levels.
  • Monitor and operate Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for the Industrial Water Treatment Facility.
  • Perform water quality testing as required, review the results, and adjust plant operations as necessary to meet water performance standards.
  • Replace parts and conduct troubleshooting as necessary to maintain plant operations.
  • Prepare correspondence and reports.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records on plant operations, maintenance, and laboratory data.
  • Participate in section and Division meetings and task teams.
  • Performs related work as assigned or required.
Position Specific Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent and agree to complete a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved training course to obtain a passing score on the Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator Class “C” License as set forth in Florida Administrative Code Chapter 62-602, DEP describing Water or Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Water Distribution System Operators license requirements.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.
  • Must obtain Water or Wastewater Plant Operator Class \"C\" license within 2 years of hire; if they do not already have a \"C\" license.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
Highly Desirable
  • Water or Wastewater Plant Operator Class \"C\" license or higher.
  • Two years’ experience with Micro Filtration and Reverse Osmosis technology in water treatment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the functions and servicing requirements of a water or wastewater treatment plant operation, as well as the general operation knowledge of utility specific machinery and equipment, such as filters, pumps, valves, generators, mixers, and filling machines utilized in water or wastewater treatment operations.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry tests and related mathematics.
  • Knowledge of the function and processes of computer control and interface systems.
  • Basic knowledge of potable water production and wastewater treatment processes.
  • Skill in operating and servicing mechanical equipment utilized in operation of water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Ability to apply computer applications and software.
  • Ability to perform basic laboratory tests.
  • Ability to adjust and regulate a variety of automatic or manually controlled auxiliary equipment to ensure safe operations.
  • Ability to anticipate and adjust systems due to changing factors, such as, water quality, weather, and other factors.
  • Ability to operate water treatment plants to pump or treat water for domestic or industrial use.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate courteously and tactfully with members of the public.
Physical/Mental Demands

The work is heavy work which requires exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
  • Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
  • Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
  • Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in an environment requiring decisions that could lead to major community or organizational consequences if the appropriate decision is not made at the time.
This position has supplemental questions. If unable to complete all questions, you may save your answers as a draft during the application process and return at any time prior to the closing date. Please note that the application is complete upon final submission.

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