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City of Des Moines Wastewater Operator Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa

Wastewater Operator Specialist

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Wastewater Operator Specialist


$28.73 - $38.83 Hourly


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time


Public Works

Job Number



7/11/2022 4:00 PM Central

Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy

Wastewater Reclamation Facility



Selection Method

Education & Experience Rating: Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be evaluated and scored based on demonstrated experience and education. Driving Record Check: Driving records of qualified applicants will be reviewed. Applicants not meeting City driving standards will be eliminated from employment consideration. Those applicants deemed most qualified based on the education and experience rating and review of Driving Record, will be considered for certification to an eligibility list for appointment. Qualified applicants who need a reasonable accommodation must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942, by the application deadline date.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Performs a variety of technical duties involved in the operation and maintenance of wastewater processing equipment. Operates and maintains plant processes using an automated process control system. Wastewater Operator Specialists are responsible for assessing operating conditions and equipment making standard adjustments. Performs routine maintenance and assists craftsperson in performing skilled work in the maintenance and repair of plant equipment. Duties can include overall plant coordination without a direct supervisor.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from high school; AND

  • Three years experience in the maintenance and operation of wastewater processing equipment.

Required Special Qualifications


  • Possession of a State of Iowa Grade I Wastewater Operator license within one year of appointment.

  • Possession of valid State of Iowa Class A Commercial driver’s license with tank endorsement and allowing the operation of vehicles with air brakes and State of Iowa Grade II Wastewater Operator license within three years of appointment.

  • Successful completion of Wastewater Operator Specialist Apprenticeship Program.

Failure to meet the above noted license and requirement qualifications will result in termination.

NOTE: If possess an out-of-state Driver's License, submittal of certified driving records is required. All records should be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department; electronically to , by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline date.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Maintains, operates, and assists in the repair of equipment at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility to provide effective plant operations.

  • Make inspections of mechanical equipment and processing areas; grease, oil, and adjust equipment as needed.

  • Monitors recording instruments, flow meters, panel lights and other indicators and listens for sounds from equipment that warn of mechanical malfunction.

  • Maintains records of performance checks and service to equipment in order to anticipate and prepare for future malfunctions.

  • Follows a preventative maintenance schedule on equipment in process area.

  • Troubleshoots and diagnoses equipment when malfunction occurs; suggests appropriate method of correction.

  • Prepares equipment for disassembly and repair or rebuild.

  • Writes work requests and orders using a Computerized Work Management System.

  • Writes Safe Standard Operating Procedures. (SSOPs).

  • Recommends design changes to improve performance or maximize the operational life of equipment and provides input as to the specifications for new equipment.

  • Performs routine maintenance and repairs equipment; assists craftsperson in maintaining electrical and plumbing equipment.

  • Monitors equipment operation, makes adjustments and performs calculations relating to plant processes.

  • Observes variations in operating conditions and makes equipment and process-related adjustments so as to maintain specified operating parameters.

  • Collects samples and conducts tests of wastewater and digested solids, performs calculations and logs data according to established procedures.

  • Places appropriate equipment in operation to meet established operating parameters and production goals.

  • Interprets results and makes adjustments to equipment operations to maintain and improve the quality operations.

  • Maintains log of maintenance and operation; records readings of various equipment outputs.

  • Operates tandem, semi-tractor trailers, and snow removal equipment.

  • Performs routine cleaning and maintenance and repairs to equipment in process areas. Performs routine lubrication procedures.

  • Performs duties of similar nature or level.

  • Observes all required safe work practices and behaviors.