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Careers in Water/Wastewater

The following positions have been submitted to KWEA for posting. Please contact the organization for each listing with any questions or follow-up. If you would like to add an open position to our list, please send us an email.

Open Positions


Public Utilities Director

City of Augusta

The Director of Utilities is a professional position that oversees the operations of the electrical generation and distribution, water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collections divisions. Work involves planning, directing, and coordinating the activities of different utility divisions through their respective superintendents. The Director of Utilities exercises considerable independent judgment and has supervisory responsibility over all department personnel. The Director of Utilities serves as city representative on various boards and organizations related to public utilities. The Director of Utilities is responsible for ensuring that all policies and directives from the City Council and City Manager are implemented, ensuring that utilities sustain regulatory compliance, and any other duties as assigned.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Range: Up to $83k, DOQ

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Treatment Superintendent I

Johnson County Wastewater

Johnson County Wastewater is looking for qualified candidates to fill the position of Treatment Superintendent. This position oversees operations of the New Century Air Center Industrial Pretreatment Wastewater Complex in Gardner. Johnson County provides excellent benefits, including health insurance, wellness programs and discounts, retirement programs, and various other discount programs. This position will work in a team and values based environment with a mission of protecting the environment, serving our customer, and enhancing our communities.  This position will remain open until filled. The Treatment Superintendent is responsible for tasks associated with operations of the facility, including supervision, training, and development of staff.

Job Duties

  • Ensures optimal operations; monitors and implements operational strategies in order to continuously meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge regulations of treatment facilities; monitors treatment processes; ensures process control testing data is accurate and utilizes data gathered through plant operations, process control testing and environmental lab testing to determine optimal plant operations; evaluates treatment process and equipment status, directing staff on implementation of adjustments or rescheduling of repairs; coordinates equipment maintenance priorities; manages solids inventory; verifies information in operational database is accurate and analyzes data; summarizes plant operations using treatment process control data for monthly reports.
  • Serves as a technical resource and provides technical expertise to plant staff, maintenance personnel and 1-2 assistant superintendents; maintains state-of-the-art knowledge of new and emerging processes, equipment, and technologies impacting operations and regulations; manages overall operations of assigned plant(s) while providing guidance to assistant superintendent(s) and seeking recommendations to ensure optimal plant operations; assists staff with training opportunities in mechanical, operational and technical fields; maintains a safe working environment and enforces safe work practices.
  • Ensures Computerized Maintenance Management System and asset management data is current and correct and used to its full potential; evaluates equipment condition/status in equipment maintenance program and integrates data into equipment repair/replacement decisions; manages preventive maintenance program
  • Oversees the annual budget for each treatment facility within assigned area; confirms purchases are within County policies and procedures; ensures purchases required for process control are being completed in a timely manner to consistently meet discharge requirements; participates in budget preparation for improvements and capital purchasing.
  • Understands and manages the diagnosis and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment plant operations; responds to calls for emergencies, assigning staff, and providing oversight; confirms equipment operation logs and records are accurate; produces reports that identify system problems or confirms proper operating conditions; ensures competency levels of mechanical skills; assesses quality of workmanship and provides feedback to staff to encourage improvement and development.
  • Compiles information needed for reports and analyzes data to ensure optimal operations; works with vendors, contractors and other stakeholders responding to technical questions from the general public; answers complaints from the general public and ensures proper actions are taken; oversees contractors and vendors by ensuring work is complete, accurate, within budget, and meets regulatory requirements.

Range: $27.71 - $41.56

Date Opened: January 31, 2020

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Water Plant Operator I

City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa, Kansas is recruiting for a Water Plant Operator I. Under the supervision of the Water Plant Superintendent, the Water Plant Operator I performs skilled and semi-skilled work in connection with water pumping and filtration in order to provide the City of Ottawa with safe potable water. The employee in this position is responsible for operating water treatment equipment on an assigned shift, collecting and testing water samples, recording data, adjusting chemical feed equipment for proper operation, and performing general maintenance of the Water Plant to meet all requirements of the Kansas Departments of Health and Environment. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Certification is required.

Hours: Noon to midnight shift; Thursday-Saturday and every other Sunday

Range: Grade 09 - $17.43 to $24.41

Date Open: December 23, 2019

Date Closed: Open until filled

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