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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


Water Plant Operator Water Plant Operator (I, II, III or IV)

City of Emporia

Under the supervision of the Water Plant Manager, the Water Plant Operator performs technical and skilled work in the operation of the water pumping stations and treatment plant and related equipment. This individual inspects and operates electrical control boards, motors, pumps, meters, clarifiers, and related equipment; calculates dosage and adjusts treatment in accordance with prescribed standards of the laboratory; regulates valves and observes flow dials; keeps daily log of shift operations; reads gauges, and records information shown; draws test samples for water analysis; and assists mechanics in maintenance operations.

Standards for Initial Consideration

  • Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Kansas State Water Certification within one year or already possess certification.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and to communicate effectively and accurately with fellow employees.
  • Flexibility to work rotating shifts.
  • Must possess a valid KS Driver’s License.
  • Must possess high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to pass a physical exam, drug/alcohol screen and background check following a conditional employment offer.
  • City policy requires employees to reside in Lyon or surrounding counties.

Opening Date
March 18, 2020

Closing Date
Open until filled

Salary
Plant Operator I: $13.62 - $19.29
Plant Operator II: $14.85 - $21.03
Plant Operator III: $16.19 - $22.56
Plant Operator IV: $17.97 - $25.45

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Wastewater Plant Operator Water Plant Operator (I, II, III, IV)

City of Emporia

Under the supervision of the Wastewater Plant Manager, the Wastewater Plant Operator performs skilled and semi-skilled labor in the maintenance and operation of the plant facilities. This employee handles the day-to-day operation of the wastewater systems for the city of Emporia, including checking equipment for proper operation and making repairs when needed. The Wastewater Plant Operator records and maintains daily log sheets and records of plant operations. The employee in this position is required to have a Class I Wastewater Operators Certification after one-year experience.

Standards for Initial Consideration

  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions, ability to perform complex manual procedures, ability to perform arithmetic calculations, ability to perform complex problem-solving tasks while working alone;
  • Willingness to be called back to duty with overtime pay, if available, during emergencies or other unusual conditions;
  • Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Kansas State Water Certification within one year or already possess certification.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous manner and to work effectively with other employees, supervisors, and the public.
  • Possess a valid Kansas driver's license
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam, drug/alcohol screen, and background check upon conditional offer of employment.
  • Resident of Lyon or surrounding county.

Opening Date
March 11, 2020

Closing Date
Open until filled

Salary
Plant Operator I: $13.62 - $19.29
Plant Operator II: $14.85 - $21.03
Plant Operator III: $16.19 - $22.56
Plant Operator IV: $17.97 - $25.45

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Maintenance Worker I, II, III – Underground Utilities

City of Emporia

Under the supervision of the Underground Utility Supervisor, the Maintenance Worker is a non-exempt position which performs work in the installation and maintenance of all underground utilities, which includes the potable water distribution system, sanitary sewer system, and storm water drainage system. The employee in this position performs skilled and unskilled work along with heavy manual labor.

Standards for Initial Consideration

  • Ability to operate tapping machines, boom truck, dump truck, backhoe, jet rodders, monitor equipment, friction saw, hand and power tools, metro-tech, and other related equipment.
  • Experience in problem solving and decision making.
  • Must have the ability to climb in and out of and work in confined spaces and trenches, walk over rough terrain. And the ability to perform physical activity such as lifting, bending, stooping, and digging.
  • Ability to read and interpret map books and flow charts.
  • Experience in related construction is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous manner and to work effectively with other employees, supervisors, and the public.
  • Possess valid Kansas driver’s license, CDL license for MW II and MW III
  • A qualified applicant will possess high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to pass a physical exam, drug/alcohol screening, and background check upon conditional offer of employment.
  • City policy requires employees to reside in Lyon or surrounding counties.

Opening Date
March 18, 2020

Closing Date
Open until filled

Salary
Maintenance Worker I: $11.68 - $16.54
Maintenance Worker II: $12.50 - $17.70
Maintenance Worker III: $13.62 - $19.29

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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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