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CITY OF AMES Water Plant Student Operator in Ames, Iowa

Water Plant Student OperatorSalaryiSee Position DescriptionLocationi50010, IAJob TypeLess than 20 hours/weekDepartmentWater and Pollution ControlJob Number22-WPSO-01Closing10/3/2022 12:00 PM CentralResidency Requirement?YesDESCRIPTIONBENEFITSQUESTIONSGeneral InformationThe City of Ames is currently accepting applications for a Water Plant Student Operator. This position will typically work 16 hours every other week, primarily on weekends throughout the calendar year. After the training period, the Water Plant Student Operators work independently on their assigned shifts.This position provides an excellent opportunity for practical experience in engineering, chemistry, and environmental science fields. Due to the amount of training provided to the Water Plant Student Operators, we request all applicants be committed to employment with the Water Plant for one school year.Under close supervision, performs work involving primary responsibility for the operation of wells, water treatment plant, and pumping stations to treat and supply the domestic and industrial water supply needs for the Ames community and water service contracts.No License:Starting Rate of Pay: $19.09/hour12 Months of Service: $20.04/hour24 Months of Service: $21.05/hourWith Grade I Water Operator License:Starting Rate of Pay: $20.04/hour12 Months of Service: $21.05/hour24 Months of Service: $22.10/hourIn order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient. Applications submitted for this position by the application deadline may be considered for other openings in this classification for up to 1 year.Please attach a resume and cover letter to your application.Examples of Essential Job FunctionsPerforms increasingly difficult and skilled work as training and education progresses. Conducts laboratory tests and equipment checks to monitor overall treatment process chemistry. Operates a wide variety of pumps, motors, chemical feed equipment, and other related equipment used in water treatment and water distribution; collects samples and tests for water chemistry parameters as assigned; adjusts chemical feed and other equipment to meet prescribed water quality limits; adjusts pumping and plant treatment rates accordingly to maintain adequate water supply and storage; enters process data into computer system; maintains plant operating records by making calculations and completing operating logs; creates reports; observes mechanical equipment to ensure proper operating condition and performance; attends or provides training as required; provides customer service as required; consults with and receives approval from supervisor(s) before making process changes such as plant start-up and shutdown, and well changes. Occasionally perform small maintenance duties during assigned shift; performs extra computer tasks, sampling and laboratory duties in connection with special plant or research projects. Performs related work as required.Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement; inspiring creativity and innovation; being customer driven; making data-driven decisions; committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion; championing employee involvement; striving for excellence; having fiscal stewardship; acting with honesty and integrity; exhibiting leadership; choosing a positive attitude; respecting one another; promoting safety and wellness; and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The p