Delta Work from Home Jobs |Senior Wastewater Oprator Jobs

By | September 1, 2022

Job Responsibilities : Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Salary : $9,216 – $11,510 a month

Company : Delta Diablo Sanitation District

Location : Remote US

Educational requirements : High School

Essential Function

Under general supervision will assist the Operations Supervisor to oversee and review the work of assigned operators; control and maintenance functions including SCADA Recycled Water Facility (RWF) operation Incident Command (IC) Emergency Response Coordination; schedule and coordinate plant and pump station shutdowns; must demonstrate the ability to train and mentor subordinate operators; assist in the development of a resource recovery treatment plant and processing operating procedures monitor operational details. Interface and communicate with Plant and Consulting Engineers during pre-design and start-up inspections of plant expansions and process modifications to the plant systems.
Distinguishing Characteristics

This is an advanced journey-level (working lead level) classification in the Plant Operator series and is distinguished from the II and III level by having lead responsibility during shift and demonstrated ability to handle the most complex problems that may rise within the resource recovery treatment plant operations including but not limited to start-up and shutdown of major unit processes. Incumbents participate in the routine day to day operational duties of the facilities as assigned.
The Grade IV/V Senior WWTP Operator is distinguished from the Senior WWTP Operator by level of certification.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
This position receives general supervision from the Operations Supervisor. May receive functional supervision from the Plant Manager and other managers.
The Senior Operator may exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level operators and temporary/contract support personnel. Incumbents will assist the Operations Supervisor in guiding training and mentoring lower level operators as necessary for a safe and productive operations.
Primary Duties

The following is a representative list of essential duties performed by the Senior Operator but is not inclusive of all essential duties:
Work Scheduling and Quality Control: Assists in scheduling work and ensures individual operator accountability for assignments (inspect and monitoring of work); supervises critical changes to plant/equipment conditions. Assures appropriate staffing level is on duty; calls in personnel as needed. Adjusts work assignments of on-duty personnel as needed. Operates or directs the operation of direct and remote controls to implement treatment plant and pump station changes. Makes final determinations on all shift operations matters unresolved by on-duty personnel.
Section Operations: Handles emergency and urgent situations and consults off-duty superiors as appropriate. Reviews and initiates actions needed to respond or comply with memoranda and other instructions provided by superiors. Receives service requests and complaints from service users and handles the public relations situations as required. Investigates and takes actions needed to respond to service needs odor complaints. Prepares records of service calls and complaints and submits follow-up reports. Monitors and maintains operating supply inventories; places orders to replenish supplies. Records and submits administrative documentation on activity. Identifies and assists in diagnosing existing and potential repair requirements. Prepares maintenance and repair service requests and recommends updates to the preventive maintenance schedules and actions. Assists external contractors and internal repair crews to locate evaluate adjust maintain and replace equipment systems and facilities. Maintains and oversees the maintenance and proper housekeeping of all central and remote work places including the district maintained pumping stations.
OTHER ASSIGNED DUTIES
General: Provides input to assist immediate superior in evaluating employee performance and other routine personnel matters. Assist with written procedures instructions and other materials for implementation of shift operations. Responds to information requests and conducts operations tours for regulatory inspectors members of the public potential bidders on system projects and District personnel. The Senior Operator assumes the responsibility for covering a part of the work assignments of other operating personnel during absences. Participates in teams engaged with process and customer service improvements cross-training and team evaluations. Prepares and presents formal reports and recommendations as appropriate. Participates in District committees and gives input where needed. Performs all other assigned work consistent with the responsibilities of the classification and necessary to maintain an effective system and District operations. Oversees and ensures that proper safety policies are adhered to at all times.
Qualifications

A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation if needed). A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or equivalent supplemented by such educational points as required by State regulations to qualify for the required Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of experience as a Plant Operator III at a comparable wastewater treatment plant while in possession of a Grade III WWTP certificate from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Knowledge of the following is required to perform the essential functions:
  • Current principles practices and equipment applied to water and wastewater conveyance and treatment systems of similar size and complexity to those of the District.
  • Federal State and local legal and regulatory requirements and related technical terminology used in water and wastewater treatment processes and regulatory activities.
  • Specific chemical and biological processes and tests applied in water and wastewater treatment.
  • General intent and specific application of administrative operating policies and procedures common to water and wastewater organizations.
  • General design basic construction assembly and operational norms of hydraulic equipment power generators pumps and controls.
  • Specific safety practices applicable to all aspects of treatment and conveyance processing work; specific situations requiring use of protective gear and equipment; and specific regulations applicable to using and handling hazardous materials chemicals and processes.
Ability of the following is required to perform the essential functions:
  • Interpret and apply the general intent and specific provisions of multiple laws and regulations to particular conditions.
  • Troubleshoot plant process upsets and provide Incident Command during plant emergencies by having the ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally with internal and external parties and emergency personnel.
  • Apply professional principles and water and wastewater treatment and service practices.
  • Exhibit and instill in subordinates a high customer service priority.
  • Provide and present verbal and written direction and advice to a wide variety of people.
  • Communicate ideas and assert a point of view in complex or controversial situations.
  • Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
  • Evaluate plan and establish a sequence of action for multiple work projects to progress simultaneously.
  • Read write and clearly speak the English language.
  • Perform mathematical statistical geometric and algebraic calculations common to treatment quantification laboratory analysis and budget work.
  • Operate automobiles and electric carts office computers and field communications equipment.
  • Operate safety devices and equipment and apply proper safety procedures in hazardous environments.
  • Ascend and descend ladders and stairs.
  • Tolerate physical presence at heights of up to 75 feet on outdoor catwalks and exterior walkways of large structures.
  • Withstand periods of physical exposure to the presence of fumes odors dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect.
  • Safely enter and leave confined spaces.
  • Safely transport lift and handle objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Exposed to outside weather conditions including extreme heat and cold including rain ice fog wind and various terrains
Exposed to confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals.
Risk of electrical shock or mechanical hazards.
Risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
Exposed to power and noise producing tools and equipment. The noise level in the work environment (wastewater treatment plant facilities pump stations field and maintenance shop) varies from moderate to loud.
Occasional work in office buildings with controlled lighting and ventilation and moderate noise levels.
STANDING
Estimated Duration: Up to 2 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to10 minutes at a time.

Cumulative Duration: Up to 6 hours per shift.
Surfaces: Office – tile carpet; field/plant – asphalt concrete metal grating gravel mud grass sloped terrain all possible.
Description: Performs while monitoring the operating of wastewater treatment plant motors digesters and other equipment reading gauges dials and other instruments that require plant operation pressure washing cleaning working in a confined space removing or replacing a manhole lid opening or closing valves operating valves and controls inspecting cleaning and maintaining pumps motors valves filters and other related equipment making visual inspections collecting a variety of samples retrieving trash utilizing a variety of hand and power tools utilizing a water hose to wash equipment.

WALKING

Estimated Duration: 4 ½ to 5 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 15 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift
Surfaces: Office – tile carpet; field/plant – asphalt concrete metal grating gravel mud grass sloped terrain all possible.
Description: Performs while walking within the plant to and from sites relocating tools supplies equipment pressure washing cleaning making rounds within the plant inspecting and monitoring equipment relocating a water hose.

SITTING

Estimated Duration: Up to 2 hours in varying intervals between 15 minutes and 1 hour at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Up to 7 hours per shift.
Surfaces: Cushioned vehicle seats desk or office chair.
Description: Performs while working at a desk station reading writing utilizing a computer operating a pickup truck golf cart forklift during trainings.

KNEELING/CROUCHING/SQUATTING

Estimated Duration: Up to 15 minutes of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 1 minute at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 1 to 2 hours per shift.
Surfaces: Office – tile carpet; field/plant – asphalt concrete metal grating gravel mud grass sloped terrain all possible.
Description: Performs while inspecting or accessing equipment reading gauges opening or closing valves repairing and servicing pumps valves deragging equipment retrieving or setting items on and off lower shelves or ground level cleaning.

CLIMBING/BALANCING

Estimated Duration: 8 to 10 times of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 1 minute at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Up to 20 times per shift.
Surfaces: Ladder or stair steps.
Description: Performs while ascending or descending a fixed vertical ladder up to 10 feet to access pump station equipment or chemical storage facilities stair steps up to 75′ at the plant location or pump station equalization storage tanks ascending or descending 1-2 steps to enter or exit a vehicle or forklift cab.
REACHING

Above Shoulder Level:
Estimated Duration: 1 to 2 times of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 2 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 15 minutes to 1 hour at a time per shift.
Description: Performs while opening or closing valves including circular valves or chains repairing valves replacing gauges in conjunction with utilizing a variety of hand or power tools. Unilateral or bilateral upper extremities from a less than full-to-full extensions at each occurrence.

Between Waist and Shoulder Level:

Estimated Duration: 4 to 5 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 15 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 5 to 6 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while operating equipment plant motors digesters and other equipment dials and other instruments that require plant operation pressure washing cleaning removing or replacing a manhole lid opening or closing valves operating valves and controls inspecting cleaning and maintaining pumps motors valves filters and other related equipment collecting a variety of samples utilizing a variety of hand and power tools utilizing a water hose to wash equipment operating equipment including a pickup truck golf cart forklift in conjunction with maneuvering levers or steering wheel relocating tools supplies equipment. Unilateral or bilateral upper extremities from less than full-to-full extensions on each occurrence.

Below Waist Level:

Estimated Duration: Up to 15 minutes of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 1 minute at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 1 to 2 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while inspecting or accessing equipment opening or closing valves repairing and servicing pumps valves de-ragging equipment retrieving or setting items on and off lower shelves or the ground level cleaning. Unilateral or bilateral upper extremities from a less than full-to-full extensions on each occurrence.

PUSHING/PULLING

Estimated Duration: Less than 15 minutes to ½ hour of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 1 to 2 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while utilizing a shovel a rake to level rags located in a dumpster (less than 10 minutes) utilizing wrenches to remove or secure bolts utilizing a push broom while cleaning pry bars to open and close slide gates 4-wheeled cart to relocate equipment or supplies opening valves including a chain or circular valve handle relocating a pressure washer utilizing an electric drill relocating hoses while washing equipment utilizing a metal hook to remove or replace a manhole lid utilizing a pry bar. Unilateral or bilateral arm use.

TWISTING/ROTATING

Waist:

Estimated Duration: Up to 15 minutes seconds at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 15 minutes to ½ hour per shift.
Description: Performs while opening or closing valves utilizing a shovel or rake to level rags in a bin accessing or inspecting equipment driving. The motion is from center to right back to center or center to left back to center up to 20-degrees.

Neck:

Estimated Duration: 2 to 3 hours of varying intervals between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift.
Description: Performs while inspecting or monitoring equipment utilizing basic or power tools during normal body mechanics driving. The motion is from center to right back to center or center to left back to center up to 45-degrees.

Wrists:

Estimated Duration: Up to 15 minutes of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 15 minutes to ½ hour per shift.
Description: Performs while utilizing basic hand tools including screwdrivers pliers utilizing a shovel or rake to level rags in a bin utilizing a metal hook to remove or replace a manhole lid. Unilateral or bilateral hand use.

BENDING

Waist:

Estimated Duration: 15 to ½ hour of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 1 minute at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 1 to 2 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while inspecting or accessing equipment reading gauges repairing and servicing pumps valves deragging equipment retrieving or setting items on and off lower shelves or the ground level cleaning. The motion is in a forward direction up to 65-degrees.

Head/Neck:

Estimated Duration: 2 to 3 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes.
Cumulative Duration: 3 to 4 hours per shift.

Description: Performs while monitoring the operating of wastewater treatment plant motors digesters and other equipment reading gauges dials and other instruments that require plant operation pressure washing cleaning working in a confined space removing or replacing a manhole lid opening or closing valves operating valves and controls inspecting cleaning and maintaining pumps motors valves filters and other related equipment making visual inspections collecting a variety of samples retrieving trash utilizing a variety of hand and power tools utilizing a water hose to wash equipment during normal body mechanics.

Wrists:

Estimated Duration: 2 to 3 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 10 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 3 to 4 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while utilizing a variety of tools including wrenches screwdrivers to assemble or disassemble equipment de-ragging equipment pressure washing utilizing a rake or a shovel to relocate debris turning valves relocating samples operating equipment in conjunction with maneuvering a steering wheel or levers during normal body mechanics. Unilateral or bilateral hand use.

LIFTING/CARRYING

0 to 10 lbs.
Objects: Writing utensil paperwork telephone handset metal hook wrenches screwdrivers pliers valve keys empty trash containers drills bolts nuts small parts samples 1 hose end shovel clipboard pry bar ratchet.
Estimated Duration: 4 to 5 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 15 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift.
Distance: Less than 100 feet.
Height: Ground to shoulder or above.
Description: Performs while utilizing a variety of hand tools inspecting and cleaning equipment utilizing a writing utensil handling paperwork utilizing a telephone relocating a metal hook parts samples clipboard pry bar ratchet.

11 to 25 lbs.

Objects: Valve key.
Estimated Duration: 5 to 10 times of varying intervals of a few seconds at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift.
Distance: Less than 50 feet.
Height: Ground to chest level.
Description: Performs while utilizing a valve key to open or close valves.

26 to 50 lbs.

Objects: Garbage container water cannon winch confined space entry tripod.
Estimated Duration: 1 time per week of varying intervals of a few seconds at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift.
Distance: Less than 10 feet.
Height: Ground to waist level.
Description: Performs while retrieving and relocating a water cannon garbage containers or sump pump winch confined space entry tripod. Setting up trash pumps by carrying suction and discharge hoses

SIMPLE GRASPING

Estimated Duration: 3 to 4 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 15 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 4 to 5 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while operating equipment including a forklift pickup truck golf cart in conjunction with maneuvering levers or steering wheel retrieving and relocating samples relocating tools wrenches screwdrivers pliers etc. utilizing a pressure washer or water hose to wash equipment holding a clipboard in conjunction with completing notes relocating tools. Unilateral or bilateral hand use.

POWER GRASPING

Estimated Duration: Less than 15 minutes to ½ hour of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: 1 to 2 hours per shift.
Description: Performs while utilizing a shovel a rake to level rags located in a dumpster (less than 10 minutes) utilizing wrenches to remove or secure bolts utilizing a push broom while cleaning pry bars to open and close slide gates 4-wheeled cart to relocate equipment or supplies opening valves including a chain or circular valve handle relocating a pressure washer utilizing an electric drill relocating hoses while washing equipment retrieving and relocating tools supplies equipment utilizing a pry bar to relocate equipment. Unilateral or bilateral arm use.

FINE MANIPULATION

Estimated Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours of varying intervals ranging between a few seconds to less than 5 minutes at a time.
Cumulative Duration: Estimated duration is per shift.
Description: Performs while handling bolts nuts screws small parts turning dials utilizing a computer keyboard mouse monitor writing utensil pressing telephone buttons to make outgoing calls. Unilateral or bilateral hand use.

MACHINES/TOOLS

Wrenches
Screwdrivers
Hammers
Alan wrenches
Pry bars
Gas detectors
Lowering tools
Confined space entry tripod and winch operation
Ratchets
Sockets
Valve key
Winch
Tripods
Slide gates
Metal hook
Pressure washer
Sump pumps
Fire cannon
4-wheeled cart
Golf cart
Electric drills
Clipboard
Writing utensil
Computer
Office equipment
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Depending on the exposure the employee is required to wear head hearing eye foot face hand and fall protection equipment
Required Licenses Certifications and Registrations

A valid California State Class C license must be maintained at all times. Continued maintenance of valid driver’s license in compliance with established District vehicle operations standards and the ability to be insured for the operation of a vehicle/District vehicle in accordance with the terms and conditions of the District’s insurance program are conditions of continued employment.

A valid State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade III Certification or higher is required at time of hire or promotion.

Completion of the District’s in-house Qualifying Standards (Qual Standards) for the Operator III training requirements is required at time of appointment or must be obtained prior to completion of the probationary period.

Employment Conditions

Fair Labor Standards Act Classification: Non-Exempt classification qualifies for overtime compensation in accordance with federal and state wage and hour laws
Collective Bargaining Representation Unit: Operations and Maintenance Bargaining Unit
Appointment and Removal Authority: General Manager
Job Specifications approved by: Board of Directors on 03/20/2008
Job Description Amendments approved by: General Manager on 05/07/2014

BENEFITS OF EMPLOYMENT

In addition to providing challenging and interesting career positions the District offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:

Healthcare Insurance: The District contracts with CalPERS to provide medical coverage to qualified employees their eligible spouse/registered domestic partner and/or dependent children through the Public Employees’ Medical and Health Care Act (PEMHCA) and pays 100% of the monthly premium cost for the plan selection for the active member and their eligible dependents. The District also provides vision and dental coverage for qualified employees their eligible spouse/registered domestic partner and/or dependent children and pays 100% of the premium.

The District participates in the federal Social Security (6.2% – FICA and 1.45% – Medicare) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs.

Life Insurance: The District provides fully paid basic life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance. The District also provides Long Term Disability coverage and an Employee Assistance Program.

Retirement: The District participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)

  • CalPERS Classic Member – pension formula of 2% @ 55

A member who established CalPERS membership for the first time
prior to January 1 2013 and who is hired by a different CalPERS employer
after January 1 2013 with a break in service of less than 6 months.

The employee pays 100% of the employee’s contribution which is 7% of base salary.

  • CalPERS New Member – pension formula of 2% @ 62

(1) A new hire who is brought into CalPERS membership for the first time
on or after
January 1 2013 and who has
no prior membership in any other California public retirement system.

(2) A new hire who is brought into CalPERS membership for the first time
on or after January 1 2013 and who is not eligible for reciprocity with another California public retirement system.

(3) A member who established CalPERS membership
prior to January 1 2013 and who is rehired by a different CalPERS employer
after a break in service of greater than six months.

The employee pays 100% of the employee’s contribution which is currently 7.25% of base salary.

Retiree Medical: Under the terms of the MOU the District contracts with CalPERS to provide post-employment medical coverage to qualified employees their eligible spouse/registered domestic partner and/or dependent children in accordance with the requirements of CA Government Code Section 22893. Employees contribute 3% of base salary into the District’s Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Fund to help fund this benefit.

Leave Allowance: Vacation accrual begins with 10 days and increases to a maximum of 25 days annually; 96 hours of sick leave annually; and 14 paid holidays (11 fixed and 3 floating) annually.

Deferred Compensation: Eligible employees may participate in the District’s 401(a) and 457(b) Plans. Employees who participate in the program are eligible to receive a matching contribution into the 401(a) Plan. Classic members (2% @ 55) are also eligible for an applicable percentage contribution (1.297% for FY 2018/19) into the 401(a) Plan.

Additional Benefits: Employees can also participate in an IRS Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan a Sick Leave buy-back program and a comprehensive Wellness Program including gym membership discounts.

Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Delta Diablo are by State and Federal law Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency any employee may be assigned activities that promote protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local or their own community pursuant to State Government Code Sections 3100-3109.

Other Important Employment Information: Employees of Delta Diablo are required to maintain a valid California State Class C license. Continued maintenance of valid driver’s license and the ability to be insured for the operation of a vehicle/District vehicle in accordance with the terms and conditions of the District’s insurance program are conditions of continued employment.

Equal Opportunity: All aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regards to sex physical handicap race religious creed color national origin or age. The District encourages applications from qualified minorities and women interested in employment with the District. Reasonable accommodations are accessible to all individuals as part of the recruitment process. Applicants requesting an accommodation should submit their requests to Human Resources.

All final candidates for employment with the District are subject to a background check. Acceptance of an employment offer is contingent upon successfully passing a District pre-employment physical examination and drug screen.

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