ABOUT THE POSITION: The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a critical future staffing need for experienced and technically proficient Wastewater Treatment Operators. WTD and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 recognize the need for recruiting diverse entry level candidates to fill future openings in the Wastewater Operator job classification series. The Operator-In-Training (OIT) Program has been established to prepare for succession planning, and transfer and retention of critical organizational knowledge held by current long term employees.
These entry level OIT positions are intended for those interested in starting or continuing a career in wastewater treatment operations, and for current King County career service employees as a Special Duty opportunity.
The initial six months in the OIT position will provide the successful candidate the on-the-job and classroom training necessary to earn a Washington State Department of Ecology OIT Certification. Successful candidates who already possess a WA State OIT certification will work in the OIT role for six months as well, learning WTD plant operations and safety procedures. Those who earn their OIT Certification within their first six months may be invited to continue for an additional two years in the OIT position. After 1 year of wastewater experience treatment plant operation experience, candidates are eligible to earn their Washington State Wastewater Treatment Operator Group I certification, and compete for Wastewater Treatment Operator positions as they become available.
WORK SCHEDULES and LOCATIONS: The Wastewater Treatment Plants are operated 24/7. After 8 weeks of Monday-Friday day scheduled, initial training, these positions will rotate through locations on day and rotating shift schedules. Day schedules are four, 10 hour days. Shift schedules consist of two 11.7 hour day shifts, followed by two 11.7 hour night shifts, followed by four days off. Applicants must be available to work any and all locations and assigned shift schedules. This position is overtime eligible, and will receive additional compensation for working rotating shifts and for night shifts. Operators-In-Training may be assigned to any of the Division's treatment plant locations:
South Treatment Plant, 1200 Monster Road S.W., Renton 98057
West Point Treatment Plant, 1400 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle 98199
Brightwater Treatment Plant, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville 98072
WHERE TO APPLY: Go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. of the closing date to be considered.
In addition training provided in a classroom environment, the responsibilities of an OIT include job shadowing and assisting with a wide variety of entry level maintenance and labor tasks in the operation of wastewater (primary, secondary, reuse and conveyance) treatment facilities. Successful candidates will safely perform tasks associated with training and learning entry level aspects of how to operate, monitor and maintain biological, chemical, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment at wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities. These tasks include but are not limited to:
Assist staff in carrying out minor preventative maintenance functions.
Operate a variety of basic hand and power tools and equipment, machinery, and motorized vehicles.
Assist in performing digester cleaning and sludge and sedimentation tank cleaning functions, assist in carbon changing activities at odor control facilities, assist with storm drain and catch basin cleaning, and influent containment channel cleaning at in-plant and off-site locations.
Assist in emergency response as necessary.
Use of, and work with chemicals associated with wastewater treatment facilities, buildings, and grounds; such as disinfecting chemicals, dechlorination chemicals, polymers, pH neutralizing chemicals, cleaning agents, solvents, fertilizers, and herbicides, etc.
Maintain daily written and/or computerized logs and complete work requests for assignments.
Perform work according to industry and team standards; comply with all safety guidelines, policies and regulations.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Achieve a passing score on the OIT qualifying exam covering basic math and science skills
Ability to lift and move 50 pounds
Ability to work in confined space areas
Ability to work at heights up to 30 feet
Ability to work any shift at any Wastewater Treatment Division location
A pre-employment physical will be required upon contingent job offer with the cost covered by King County
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local... governments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water quality activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.