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Employer: City of Valley Center
Division: Valley Center
Job Title: Wastewater Operator I
Salary: $0 

Job Description:



Under the direction of the Chief Wastewater Operator, and occasional supervision of the City Public Works Director, the Wastewater Operator I is a non-exempt position under FLSA. This employee is responsible for all duties related to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and collections of sewage. This employee should possess mechanical and communication skills.


  • Assists in operation and maintenance of Wastewater Treatment Plant;
  • Assists in taking of wastewater samples & testing for water quality;
  • Maintains tools & departmental equipment;
  • Performs grounds maintenance.


  • Operates sludge hauling equipment;
  • Assists other departments as the need arises;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.


EXPERIENCE: One year of similar or related experience is desired. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably within six months of employment.

EDUCATION: A high school diploma or GED is required.  Technical education or degree in related field is preferred. Certification as a Class I Wastewater Operator from KDHE is required within 18 months of employment. A valid Kansas commercial driver’s license is required within 18 months of employment.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: A working knowledge of laboratory testing techniques, water supplies, equipment maintenance, mechanics, and mathematics is desired.  This employee must be able to learn how to operate departmental equipment. The ability to read and interpret manuals and written instructions is required. This employee should possess communication and mechanical skills.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Some minor problem solving is a factor in this position. This employee encounters problems with equipment malfunctions and plugged sewer pumps and lines.

DECISION MAKING: Some minor decision making is a factor in this position. This employee follows instructions on equipment repairs and how to perform duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

SUPERVISION: This employee works under the direction of the Chief Wastewater Operator and occasional supervision of the City Public Works Director.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: This employee is responsible for safe operation of departmental equipment. This employee does not participate in the annual budget process and has limited authority to purchase necessary supplies.

PERSONNEL RELATIONS: Daily contact with the general public, co-workers and direct contact with supervisory personnel is expected.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Some adverse working conditions exist within this position. Exposure to hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery, excessive noise, heights, and work in confined spaces is expected.  Occasional nights/weekend hours may be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Manual labor including lifting and carrying heavy objects, and the ability to operate heavy machinery is required daily in this position.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Vacancy Number: 112818

Open Date: 11/28/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/14/2018 11:59:59 PM