City of Sioux City WWTP - Operator-In-Training in Sioux City, Iowa

WWTP - Operator-In-Training

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October 13th, 2017

Closing On

October 27th, 2017


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Waste Water Treatment Plant


Waste Water Treatment Plant Sioux City, IA 3100 S Lewis Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51106

Job Type


Pay Rate


Date Adopted

July 11, 2011

Date Revised

October 2016

Approved Res.No

2011-000479 & 2016-0878

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WWTP – Operator-In-Training, $20.13/Hour. Under the general direction of the WWTP Shift Supervisor, is responsible for the operation processes of the WWTP and related facilities and equipment on assigned shift. See full job description in Human Resources.

Job Description


Under guidance and direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor, assists with the operation, maintenance and repair of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and related facilities and equipment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF POSITION (with or without accommodation):

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Operates wastewater system (conventional treatment plant, spray irrigation system, lift stations, holding tanks, grease traps, etc.) to provide compliance with applicable state and federal regulations; conducts routine inspections of all related facilities.

  • Operates, monitors and adjusts chemical dosage control.

  • Operates, monitors and controls the distribution system to meet demands.

  • Collects water samples and conducts field tests and analysis to maintain proper quality control.

  • Performs maintenance and repair work on plant facilities, pumps, wells and related equipment.

  • Monitors facilities and equipment to identify and repair leaks or other malfunctions.

  • Operates water filters, washes and maintains filters.

  • Takes and records system operation readings according to prescribed schedules.

  • Maintains daily logs, records plant operating data as required in logs and operations software.

  • Performs maintenance of the wastewater system including maintaining and calibrating hand-held and on-line monitoring equipment and treatment equipment as required.

  • Perform general housekeeping duties.

  • Follow City’s environmental, health and safety policies and report unsafe conditions.

  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance at work, accept “on-call’ rotations as assigned.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with officials, other agencies, fellow employees, and the general public.

  • Regularly lifts up to 25 pounds and occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.

  • Expected to temporarily perform duties outside of normal classification in the event of a declared emergency. In the event that an employee is excused from work other than being sick, they will be required to report to work in the state of a declared emergency.

Preferred Skills


Cognitive Demands, Skills and Abilities: Ability to speak clearly so others can understand you, ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer), ability to see details at a distance, ability to identify and understand the speech of another person, ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Job Knowledge: Requires a general knowledge of treatment processes that may include: screenings, grit removal, clarification, activated sludge, anaerobic digestion and solids handling, disinfection, septage, and chemical handling. Requires a general knowledge of the maintenance and repair of machinery and related mechanical equipment, the overall pumping and wastewater treatment process and system, computer skills and related software, laboratory equipment and water quality testing. Prepare and maintain accurate paperwork such as records, log orders, surveys, and routine reports as directed. Perform standardized water process control, monitoring, and compliance sampling and testing. Ability to read meters, gauges and charts, and maintain routine records; operate pumps and hand tools.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication: Requires effective communication skills. Requires the ability to write and speak clearly, distinctly and effectively with fellow employees and the general public; read in English and compare similarities and differences between words and series of numbers; apply common sense understanding to the work process, procedures, programs and services; and to provide and follow written instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials and staff, business representatives and the general public.

Physical Requirements: The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and smell. Ability to quickly move hands, hands together with arms, or two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects, ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time; this involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue, ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of body repeatedly or continuously over time without ‘giving out’ or fatiguing, ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with body, arms and/or legs.

Regularly lifts up to 25 pounds and occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Special Requirements: Must be able to obtain the Iowa DNR Grade I Water Operation Certificate and Grade I Water Distribution Certificate within 12 months and an Iowa DNR Grade II Water Operations Certificate and Grade II Water Distribution Certificate within 24 months of the date of hire.


Graduation from standard high school or GED, preferably including course work in algebra, chemistry and biology; and experience working in a wastewater treatment facility or any combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Pre-employment screenings may include but are not limited to: criminal background search and drug and alcohol screen.