Water Reclamation Chief Plant Operator

  • Location: California - Central Coast
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #247

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Job Description


LOCATION: Central Coast


POSITION: Water Reclamation Chief Plant Operator


CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Valid Grade IV Wastewater Collection Maintenance Certificate issued by the SWRCB 

JOB SUMMARY: Under administrative direction from the Water Resources Manager the Water Reclamation Chief Plant Operator is expected to plans, schedules, assigns and reviews the work of water reclamation system operations staff assigned to the operation and maintenance of the water reclamation and wastewater collections facilities and systems; coordinates, monitors, and provides technical input for assigned water reclamation related projects and programs; provides technical assistance to the Water Resources Manager and assists in the preparation and administration of the division budget; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to the assigned functional area; and performs related work as required.


SCHEDULE: TBD Based off company needs. Must be able to work standby, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.





  • Monitor plant operations equipment and processes to ensure compliance with environmental and public health standards, including monitoring and making adjustments as needed to optimize efficiency, making chemical dosage changes, changing pumping rates, and monitoring all equipment daily

  • Review and analyze automated information and control system data and revises equipment settings as appropriate; notifies supervisor of unusual situations and makes inspections or corrects system problems as necessary

  • Read, record, and calculate readings of meters and gauges; interprets information into operational characteristics; changes flow meter charts; makes process adjustments according to information gathered, samples collected, readings, and records

  • Perform proper usage and handling of chemicals according to industry standards, including performing safety hook-up connections for chlorine and sulfur dioxide cylinders, and handling dry sodium fluorosilicate

  • Operate and assist in preventive maintenance on a variety of treatment plant equipment, such as electric motors, engines, gas and electric powered pumps, air compressors, emergency systems, power generation systems, chillers, pressure and flow regulators, analyzers, filters, chemical feed systems, digesters, chlorinators, chemical valves, agitators, bar screens, and blowers

  • Operates valves, pumps, and automated controls to regulate the flow of wastewater through the system; operates valves to dispose of wastewater effluent

  • Confer with maintenance staff to determine equipment problems; suggests methods of minimizing such problems in an operational setting

  • Lubricate pumps, motors, chains, conveyors, and other machinery and equipment

  • Make minor adjustments on service equipment; maintains tools and equipment in working order

  • May operate heavy equipment such as dump trucks, depending on City needs

  • Maintain accurate records, including calculating the daily use of energy and chemicals, and completing required monthly reports

  • Maintain accurate records of gauge and meter readings, chemical test results, and work performed

  • Maintain facilities, grounds, and equipment in a clean and orderly condition

  • Use a variety of hand and power tools and testing equipment

  • May assist in preventative maintenance and services equipment according to an established schedule; inspects facilities and equipment to determine the need for maintenance or repair

  • Write work orders for repairs

  • Observe safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required

  • Respond to complaints and answers questions from public or escalates to supervisor, as necessary

  • Respond to emergency situations as necessary

  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor



  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade  

  • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbally and written)

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Minimum five years of experience in water/wastewater operations and maintenance with supervisory or administrative experience  




  • Employee frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. Employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

  • Employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds

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