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Employer: City of Liberal
Job Title: Water Operator (Seasonal)
Salary: $0 

Job Description:



The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform daily monitoring and control of water pumping and disinfection facilities. Incumbents monitor citywide water usage and communicate production needs among the City's water supply stations. Incumbents also are responsible for maintaining operational set points and alarm levels as directed by Water Supply Supervisor and the Water Services Director for the wells, boosters, and storage.  Work assignments are made by the Water Supply Supervisor and the Water Services Director through written or oral instructions. Work is reviewed for results in meeting the operating requirements of the system.


  • Receives and interprets water system data for maintaining water service delivery and historical trending;
  • Orders and adjusts water production rates in response to daily water demands;
  • Orders via telephone or fax raw water for treatment plants;
  • Makes SRP weekly water order forecasts and water orders via direct computer modem hookup;
  • Turns wells on and off remotely;
  • Adjusts flow control valves remotely;
  • Responds to short-term emergency water supply situations;
  • Makes decisions regarding treatment plant productions based on short-term strategies as conveyed by the Supervisor;
  • Maintains SCADA set points for computer controlled wells, booster pumps, pressure control valves, and reservoirs;
  • Controls total water storage levels and plant production rates in accordance with operational strategies developed by the Water Services Department management;
  • Maintains equipment by preventative maintenance programs.
  • Makes daily inspection of equipment and grounds.
  • Works with Instrumentation and Control Technicians and Other Operators in troubleshooting equipment failures and water system operation difficulties;
  • Notifies facility supervisors of equipment malfunctions;
  • Monitors chemical usages at remote (non-manned) facilities;
  • Updates ground water production data base;
  • Inputs data to other water system databases not integrated with SCADA;
  • Initiates computer generated reports for management;
  • Documents daily water deliveries;
  • Diagnoses and identifies SCADA system malfunctions;
  • Communicates with other cities or governmental agencies regarding daily water orders and delivery schedules.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • City of Liberal water production and distribution systems.
  • Computer applications with remote machinery or facility operations.
  • Knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles and procedures.
  • Use hand and power tools used in water works. 
  • Mechanical procedures for activating or controlling a well, booster station, pressure reducing valves, and storage tank operations.

Ability to:

  • Distinguish between the full-range of colors in the color spectrum to work with alarm signal lights.
  • Operate keyboard devices such as calculators, PC, and CRT.
  • Determine the nature and urgency of a problem.
  • Establish priorities for own workload based upon such factors as need for immediate action, work objectives and schedules.
  • Establish and maintain effective communications among superiors, subordinates, other departmental personnel and outside utility agencies.
  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation to effectively perform job duties. This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions in the English language.
  • Communicate orally with other City employees and outside agencies using a telephone, in face-to-face, one-to-one and group settings in the English language.
  • Make decisions in accordance with the rules, regulations, and ordinances, pertaining to assigned organizational unit.
  • Work under pressure (i.e., handling significant problems and tasks which come up simultaneously and/or unexpectedly and approaching deadlines).
  • Read, comprehend, and interpret written material in the English language.
  • Comprehend and analyze spreadsheet reports.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of a Class 1 Kansas water operator certification by the end of the 2nd year.
  • Some positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. In addition, individuals may be required to pass a Kansas Department of Transportation physical exam and possess the appropriate commercial driver's license (C.D.L.). Pre-employment drug testing is required for C.D.L. positions. Employees in C.D.L. positions will be subject to unannounced alcohol and drug testing as a condition of continued employment. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • Some positions require working irregular hours, shifts, emergency call-back, on call status, holidays, and weekends.
  • Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.

Work Environment:

  • Requires physical agility and strength.
  • May require hand digging and other physical labor.
  • Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less).
  • Move light objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time (i.e., maintenance of grounds or facilities).
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation. This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.
  • Lift arms above shoulder level (i.e., place material into a truck or enters the cab of a vehicle.
  • Climb ladders or steps to reach objects.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instruction in the English language.
  • Work cooperatively with other City employees and the public.
  • Enter the cab of a vehicle that is 3.5 feet off the ground.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.


Three years experience in the operation of a medium public water system (serving 20,000 persons or more) including experience with multiple natural gas and diesel engines, 480 volt motors and motor controls, pumping stations, transmission mains, well operations, metering stations, remote chlorination equipment, large diameter control valves, and personal computers. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.


Vacancy Number: 23585

Open Date: 4/2/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: