The Southwest Cleanwater Plant (SWCWP), located at the confluence of Wilson's Creek and South Creek, is one of two wastewater treatment facilities for the City of Springfield. The SWCWP is a tertiary treatment facility that discharges its effluent into Wilson's Creek, which flows to the James River and ultimately into Table Rock Lake. This means the plant provides additional chemical treatment, beyond the Primary and Secondary treatment, to improve the water quality before it goes to the final ozone disinfection stage before being released to Wilson's Creek. The plant treats residential and industrial waste as well as Oil & Grease removed from restaurants, hauled waste removed from septic tanks, and other wastewater venues.
The plant began operation in 1959 with a flow capacity of 12 million gallons per day (MGD). The plant has undergone several upgrades and expansions to maintain the high quality treatment of its effluent with changing regulations and technology. The plant is a 24 hour operation staffed by Operation, Maintenance, Laboratory, and additional supporting personnel. The SWCWP is a North American Clean Water Association (NACWA) award winning facility maintaining its 8th consecutive year with zero National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violations. The SWCWP is capable of continually treating 42.5 million gallons per day of Springfield's wastewater, and 100 million gallons per day for shorter periods. The average daily flow at this time is approximately 35 million gallons per day. The SWCWP Facility, in accordance with the Clean Water Act, is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and locally by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program to ensure a high quality of water being discharged into the Ozarks water ways. The plant is designed to produce an effluent which can be discharged into Wilson's Creek without having any negative environmental impact on the river water quality.
As a Plant Operator II, you will perform duties in the capacity of a skilled operator in the operation of pure oxygen and air activated sludge plants.
*APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM*
Qualifications and Requirements
Experience, Education, and Training
Two years of college or vo-tech training in wastewater technology, chemical or biological sciences or a related area;
Degree in biology, environmental science, or similar area;
Two years experience in the operation of an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant, or in a closely related area;
Directly related work experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis, and double credit may be given for direct City of Springfield Plant Operator Trainee experience.
Must possess a valid Missouri Class "D" Wastewater Operator's Certificate or equivalent;a Class "C" Wastewater Operator's Certificate is desirable;
Must obtain and maintain a Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with appropriate endorsements within the following guidelines: Pass written portion of exam within 90 days of employment and skills test portion within the probationary period.
About City of Springfield
The City of Springfield offers diverse and challenging employment opportunities to people interested in careers in public service that make a difference and have an impact on the community. Positions offer qualified applicants a variety of opportunities to develop careers in their areas of interest and improve their community.
The City of Springfield, Missouri is currently home to 160,000 citizens. The City Government has 23 different Department with approximately 2,000 City employees working for the citizens of Springfield. The Public Works and Environmental Services Departments work within 80 square miles which includes landfill, wastewater treatment plants, roads, bridges and waterways, just to name a few.
Public Works constructs and maintains the infrastructure of the City to satisfy community needs by providing engineering services, a safe transportation system, effective stormwater management, and public buildings and grounds. The Department of Public Works is an accredited agency by the American Public Works Association. Public Works is responsible for street design, construction, and maintenance. It has also partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation to ...implement a cooperative computerized traffic signal system to improve Springfield's street capacity.
Environmental Services focuses on environmental quality in all areas to ensure all city government actions are performed in an environmentally responsible manner. Springfield's wastewater services protect water quality, safeguard public health and support future development in the community and are also important to the environmental and economic health of the State of Missouri because of the significant water-related recreation and tourism in the Springfield area. In addition to the services provided, Environmental Services is also dedicated to improve the long-term quality of life in our community by empowering our citizens through education, promotion, and modeling of sustainable practices.
Springfield's Landfill receives 200,000 tons of trash a year and generates 3.2MW of electricity which is used to power 2,000 homes from methane gas. The City contains 1,200 miles of sewer pipe and receives 13 billion gallons of wastewater which is treated at the NW and SW Wastewater Treatment Plants. Street Operations maintains 1,935 miles of city street, 575 miles of sidewalks, 64 miles of on-street bike routes, and 35,500 traffic signs.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability and Vet:
The City of Springfield is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment. Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in the United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment. We are committed to diversity and a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug testing is required.