The City of Tacoma is seeking highly motivated people with proven leadership skills to join our team as a Senior Operator for the City's two Wastewater Treatment Plants. Senior Operators work under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor, and are responsible for providing work direction to staff on an assigned shift. They are also responsible for inspecting, operating and maintaining various equipment, and operational laboratory analyses.
Our ideal candidate is a person who has an excellent work record in Wastewater Treatment, proven leadership skills, the ability to multi-task, direct the work of others, and excel in a team environment.
The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.
Perform lead duties on an assigned shift; assign work; train, instruct and provide work guidance and technical assistance to others; inspect and monitor work and operations in progress.
Inspect, operate, maintain and make basic repairs on wastewater treatment plant equipment; make necessary adjustments in accordance with established guidelines.
Oversee and perform operational duties such as starting and regulating electric motors and pumps used to control sewage and sludge flow; operate and control mechanical rakes, grit and sludge withdrawal equipment, boiler/heat exchangers, circulatory and transfer pumps and related equipment.
Perform routine laboratory analyses of water and wastewater treatment plant products; make basic engineering calculations and prepare analysis reports as required.
Analyze wastewater treatment operation and recommend improved methods and practices accordingly.
Operate and maintain field sampling equipment; assure proper and efficient repair of various equipment as needed.
Maintain and prepare a variety of records, reports and logs required by management and regulatory agencies.
Clean and maintain equipment facilities and grounds to assure plant is in a safe, clean and orderly condition.
Contact various departments, sections, outside agencies and organizations to provide and receive information and services related to wastewater treatment plant activities; communicate by telephone with general public to answer inquiries.
Attend a variety of meetings and classes; conduct tours as required.
Three years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
Must possess a valid Washington State Group III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification at time of appointment.