Water Treatment Chief Plant Operator

  • Location: California - Bay Area
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #965
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.

LOCATION: Bay Area – Napa 
POSITION TITLE: Temporary Water Treatment Chief Plant Operator T4/D2
COMPENSATION PER HOUR: Negotiable ($50-55/hr)

TYPICAL DUTIES:
Water Treatment Chief Plant Operator position is supervisory level position which is responsible for overall production, treatment, delivery, and protection of the client’s water supply which also includes:
  • Supervises, operates, and maintains water production facilities and equipment.
  • Assisting in the preparation and administration of the division budget, evaluates and trains assigned staff.
  • Interfacing with and coordinates assigned functions with other client services and departments.
  • Representing plant operations with government regulatory agencies.
  • Ensuring safe work practices, work quality, and accuracy.
  • Performing related duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Accepts administrative responsibility for the activities, operations, and services of the Water Treatment Division in providing a safe and reliable water supply for the client.
  • Plans, supervises, prioritizes, monitors, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the maintenance and operation of the water treatment plant and related production/storage systems; ensures compliance with state, federal, and local mandates for water quality.
  • Makes plant operation modifications as needed.
  • Supervises and performs tasks related to the maintenance, repair, and construction of water production and treatment plant facilities, wells, reservoirs, tanks, equipment, and related control systems.
  • Inspects the maintenance and repair of equipment for quality, compliance with applicable standards, and proper operation.
  • Oversees laboratory analysis programs for untreated and treated water samples and is responsible for operating and systems modification based on test results.
  • Implements the lead and copper program; supervises and participates in the monitoring of water quality instruments and chlorination to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Prepares a variety of water quality and water use reports for regulatory agencies and internal operations, acts as the liaison to the public on water quality issues.
  • Conducts regular inspections to identify maintenance and repair needs.
  • Schedules, plans, and supervises the installation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Evaluates and recommends the best use of supplies, materials, and equipment; requisitions, inventories, and supervises the use of all materials, supplies, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of water production facilities.
  • Collaborates with the Utilities Operations Manager on the flushing of the distribution system; supervises the taking of well soundings.
  • Utilizes automatic and manual control systems to regulate the flow of water and chemical feed rates to ensure optimum safety and efficiency.
  • Performs plant operation and maintenance assignments, as necessary.
  • Evaluates staffing requirements and utilization of staff; supervises, evaluates, trains, and motivates assigned staff; develops and directs staff safety training programs
  • Oversees safety of assigned staff and monitors work in progress; schedules staff work assignments.
  • Assists the Public Works Director with operating and capital improvement budgets.
  • Analyzes annual operating costs and makes recommendations for budget development and improvements in operating costs.
  • Administers and monitors the approved budget.
  • Prepares project cost estimates and analysis.
  • Attends and participates in organizational and community meetings, as necessary.
  • Stays current on issues relative to water production and treatment technologies.
  • Responds to and resolves community and organizational inquiries and complaints related to treatment system operations.
  • Represents the client’s water production functions in public relations activities and with regulatory agencies.
  • Establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within the division.
  • Performs standby duties for water and wastewater treatment facilities on a routinely scheduled basis.
  • Enforces rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to the operation of the water treatment system and waste discharge requirements prescribed in all applicable sections of the Clean Water Act and the California Water Code.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, client’s leadership team and staff, and the public.
KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of wastewater treatment plant operations, quality assurance, process controls, and systems maintenance.
  • Testing methods and procedures, including qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Principles and practices of wastewater collection.
  • Design, planning, and development of wastewater treatment facilities; cost, time, and materials estimating.
  • Principles and practices of bacteriological and sampling techniques and mathematical analysis; methods and techniques of supervision, training, and motivation.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including those governing wastewater treatments, quality monitoring and control.
  • Methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments.
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing.
  • Use proper English, spelling, and grammar.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Proficient with office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
ABILITY TO:
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of water treatment operations, quality assurance, process controls, and systems maintenance.
  • Testing methods and procedures, including qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Principles and practices of water production, storage, and delivery.
  • Design, planning, and development of water production facilities.
  • Cost, time, and materials estimating.
  • Principles and practices of bacteriological and sampling techniques and mathematical analysis.
  • Methods and techniques of supervision, training, and motivation.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including those governing the production and distribution of potable water; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments.
  • Read, interpret, and record data accurately
  • Organize, prioritize, and follow- up on work assignments.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response.
  • Follow written and oral directions.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIRED:
  • CA Grade 4 Water Treatment Operator Certification
  • CA Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator Certification
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.
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