• 849 Cove Parkway, Suites C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    928.634-7593

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  • Water System Operator

    Posted: 05/23/2021

    This is a non-exempt, full-time position with full benefits. Level will depend on qualifications. Expected starting salary is minimum of range. 

    Water Systems OP I: Expected hiring range is minimum of range 18; Hiring range: $17.95 per hour - $22.44 per hour. Full long term range of position is $17.95 per hour - $26.93 per hour.

    Water Systems OP II: Expected hiring range is minimum of range 20; Hiring range: $19.79 per hour - $24.74 per hour. Full long term range of position is $19.79 per hour - $29.69 per hour..

    DESCRIPTIONUnder close supervision from the Utility Operations Manager, monitors and maintains water production, treatment, pumping facilities and distribution systems. Ensures all phases of water operations meet or exceed Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Federal water quality requirements to ensure the health, safety and protection of the public; and performs related duties as assigned.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.

    TASKS: Operates and maintains water production, storage and distribution facilities. Performs distribution system field marking of buried utilities (blue stakes); installs and reads water meters of varied types and sizes. Inspects and evaluates equipment for proper operation. Performs maintenance and repairs and of pumps, motors, valves, and other equipment and arranges for repairs by manufacturers when necessary. Analyzes operational data and recommends options for maintaining proper levels of service.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Knowledge of water treatment facilities and distribution system operations.
    • Knowledge of the chemical and biological imbalances, which can occur in water treatment facilities.
    • Knowledge of the safety requirements applicable to water treatment and distribution system operations.
    • Knowledge of the proper maintenance and repair of water production and treatment system equipment.
    • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures.
    • Skill in developing and maintaining effective interpersonal relations.
    • Skill in reading and interpreting equipment manuals, blueprints and electrical diagrams.
    • Skill in reading flow meters and pressure gauges.
    • Skill in analyzing data and drawing valid conclusions.
    • Skill in the proper use of water treatment plant laboratory equipment.
    • Skill in the detection and repair of water leaks.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This classification involves work that requires the ability to traverse uneven terrain, climb ladders, perform repairs on equipment, lift heavy objects up to 60 pounds, ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required, and use utility department equipment such as pumps, generators, pipe locator, pipe repair equipment.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    Operator I:

    A High school diploma or equivalent, a valid Arizona driver’s license, and a Grade I Certification in Water Treatment or Distribution as issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  Selected candidates must be able to obtain a Grade I Certification in Water Treatment within six months from the date of hire.  One (1) year potable water treatment plant operations experience, the possession of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), the ability to operate heavy equipment, and asbestos certification is highly desirable, but not required.

    Operator II:

    The equivalent of a high school diploma or GED, an Arizona Driver’s license, a Grade II Water Treatment and Grade I Water Distribution Certifications as issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and three (3) years potable water treatment and distribution system operations experience. The possession of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), the ability to operate heavy equipment and asbestos certification is highly desirable, but not required.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: May be required to work overtime, holidays and weekends and be on-call 24 hours per day on a rotational basis, per the departmental on-call policy.  Must be able to respond to call out within twenty (20) minutes.  Required to complete physical examination to ensure ability to perform work requirements.

    The position will remain open until filled.

    The first review of applications will be June 4th 2021 at 3:00 P.M.

     

     

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