WATER RECLAMATION PLANT OPERATOR IV NATURE OF WORK

WATER RECLAMATION PLANT OPERATOR IV NATURE OF WORK
WATER RECLAMATION PLANT OPERATOR IV
NATURE OF WORK
This is responsible technical and participatory work involving the safe and efficient operation of water reclamation
facilities and wastewater lift stations on an assigned shift, including the lead supervision and training of skilled
operators, semi-skilled and unskilled employees.
Work involves responsibility for water reclamation facilities and wastewater lift stations on a regular or rotating
shift. Work requires considerable technical knowledge and independent judgment in operating equipment related to
the treatment and production of a high quality reclaimed water product. Employees in this position are expected to
be able to perform any and all work tasks and comply with any work schedules, attendance, or duty requirements
which may be established by City or department rules, or applicable union contracts. Work is reviewed by an
administrative supervisor and is reviewed through observation, conferences and analysis of operating reports.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
Supervises, assigns work, and participates in the proper operation, maintenance and efficiency of water reclamation
facilities and wastewater lift stations equipment and machinery, including plant procedures
Participates in the selection, promotion, training, appraisal, and discipline of assigned employees; enforces plant
safety standards and regulations.
Reviews laboratory reports and performs laboratory analysis of wastewater and biosolids to determine extent of need
for treatment and effectiveness of treatment: collects samples of wastewater and bio-solids at various stages of the
treatment process.
Instructs operators and adjusts control devices to provide effective and efficient wastewater treatment on the basis of
laboratory results.
Inspects, monitors and reads computer generated human/machine interfaces (HMI), gauges, and meters to control
treatment processes, determine production rates, chemical feed rates, equipment operational statuses; performs
adjustments to processes, control gates, valves and other equipment to ensure that the treatment and production is in
accordance with standard operating procedures.
Adjusts and operates treatment plant equipment such as chlorinators, digesters, clarifiers, blowers, aerators, filters,
chemical feeders, conveyor systems, screens, odor control systems, digester gas cleaning systems, diesel and
compressed natural gas or biogas engine driven generators, biosolids processing equipment, and biosolids
dewatering equipment, if necessary deploys alternate methods of operation to bring plant conditions back to normal
and informs management of actions taken.
Performs light maintenance services on a variety of plant equipment and machinery and may assist mechanics in
major repairs and installation work.
May perform in other operator capacities during times of absences, including acting as Plant Chief.
Reviews previous shift logs, status boards and SCADA trend files to become cognizant of equipment and process
issues; finds alternative methods to operate plant equipment during equipment malfunctions.
WATER RECLAMATION PLANT OPERATOR IV
Requisitions supplies and makes recommendations concerning alterations to plant operations and equipment;
maintains files and records; inputs data into computers; prepares periodic summary and special reports of operations.
Performs related work as assigned.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the operating principles and theories of wastewater lift stations, wastewater treatment
facilities, biosolids treatment and disposal and reclaimed water distribution pumping.
Thorough knowledge of established routines, practices and procedures in the operation of the equipment and related
testing and measuring devices utilized in wastewater treatment facilities.
Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions required of the work.
Some knowledge of the preventative maintenance practices applicable to equipment operated.
Ability to organize, supervise and inspect the work of operators and others engaged in treatment operations.
Ability to maintain accurate records, prepare clear and concise reports of plant operations and perform involved
mathematical calculations; interpret blueprints, charts and graphs.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and to communicate in a pleasant and courteous
manner with employees, other departments, outside contractors and the general public, as necessitated by the work.
DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
High School graduate or GED equivalency, supplemented by courses in mathematics and science with considerable
experience in the operation and maintenance of a water reclamation facility or wastewater lift stations with some
lead supervisory experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Wastewater Operator ”A”
Certificate at time of appointment or may have an equivalent out-of-state license, however, if employed with the outof-state license, must within six months after appointment, obtain a Class "A" license from the State of Florida.
Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida driver’s license.
Must have and maintain a home or mobile telephone or be able to be contacted in the event of an emergency work
situation.
Date Issued: 11/13
City of St. Petersburg
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