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Located along the I-84 corridor, Troutdale is considered “The Gateway to The Columbia River Gorge."  Troutdale is a thriving and growing community of over 16,000 people that sits on the south bank of the Columbia River, 15 miles east of Portland.  Incorporated in 1907, the City has over 50 employees who provide a full range of municipal services including street construction & maintenance, water, sanitary & storm sewer, parks, land use, planning & zoning, public improvements, municipal court and administrative services.

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Wastewater Services Chief Operator (Open Positions: 1)

Closes On: August 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST

Department: Public Works
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $28.03 - $34.07
Status: Open
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Purpose of Position

In a lead capacity, operate and maintain City's Water Pollution Control Facility including continuing operation and routine maintenance of plant, collection system and related sewer system facilities; oversee City's bio solids program; oversee the Water Pollution Control Facility SCADA system, input data to computer and generate various reports related to all wastewater treatment programs. In conjunction with plant personnel, ensure proper operation and maintenance of all waste treatment.

Essential Functions

a) In a lead capacity, assign and review work of laborers and operators. Provide orientation and training to employees assigned to area. Recommend and implement work schedules, task priorities, methods and procedures to be followed. (10%)

b) Assist Environmental Specialist in inspection, coordination, and compliance with City's pre-treatment program. Conduct inspection of grease traps and oil/water separators, assist in facility inspections; investigate problems related to discharge, non-compliance, and maintain complete and accurate records. (10%)

c) Inspect and test equipment such as pumps, motors, valves, generators, gauges, compressors and other related sewer system equipment and connections for proper operation. Review plant operations, including all wastewater processes daily. (15%)

d) Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment to ensure efficient, reliable operation. Clean weirs, screens, tanks, sewer lines, and other equipment and machinery. Perform routine custodial/maintenance duties to keep buildings, furnishings, and grounds clean and in good appearance. Supervise operation and maintenance of motorized vehicles in performing duties, e.g. vac-con to flush sewers and tank truck to dispose of bio-solids. (20%)

e) Evaluate data and make process control adjustments in treatment processes to ensure that effluent discharged meets permit limits. (25%)

f) Maintain and create logs and records as required by law, regulation and procedure regarding wastewater flow and treatment plant and pump station operation and maintenance activities. Create reports and maintains records. (10%)

g) May be required to perform on-call duties after normal working hours on average of once every 4 to 5 weeks.

h) Maintains safe work habits and contributes to the safety of self, co-workers and the general public.

i) Maintain consistent and regular job attendance and adherence to working hours,

j) Effectively and clearly communicate to others verbally and in both electronic and physical written form.

k) Develop and maintain positive working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and customers.

Auxiliary Job Functions

Locate, and prepare purchase orders for supplies.

Collect samples and perform field and laboratory tests as required for permit compliance.

Maintain accurate inventory of equipment.

Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.

Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.

Maintain and operate a City-provide cell phone/tablet, or other communication device.

Must be able to report to place of duty within thirty (30) minutes of notification during on-call status.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Qualifications -

Advanced knowledge of:

Principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in wastewater collection systems and treatment plant operations and maintenance.

Principles of wastewater treatment processes.

Waste water sampling techniques.

Safety and biohazards associated with sewage treatment.

Analytical procedures for wastewater laboratory.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Intermediate level and/or demonstrated supervisory skills.

Physical Demands of Position - Position duties regularly require the movement of materials weighing up to 25 pounds. Some duties are physically demanding requiring exertion equivalent to moving materials weighing up to 100 pounds. Requires frequent standing and walking.
Working Conditions - Work is performed in a wide variety of environments including laboratory, treatment plant, confined spaces, outdoor weather conditions, and may be exposed to fumes, oils, chemicals, raw sewage, etc. Position may be required to perform "on-call" services after normal work hours.
Supervisory Responsibility - In a lead capacity, assist in performance evaluations, hiring and onboarding new employees. Provides recommendations to Superintendent regarding employee objectives.
Supervision Received - Work under the general supervision of the Wastewater Services Superintendent.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to high school education plus broad additional specialized training equal to two (2) years of college in wastewater treatment and related fields and six (6) years experience at Class III or higher wastewater treatment facility, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the above duties.

Desired: Prior supervisory experience, and/or course work or training in supervisory practices.

Special Requirements/Licenses

Possession of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III certification or ability to obtain within 18 months of appointment, Waste Water Collection System d Operator III certificate or ability to obtain certification within 18 months of appointment, current CPR/First Aid card, and possession of Traffic Control Certification.

Possession of a valid driver’s license and CDL, and acceptable driving record. Must be able to obtain a CDL within six (6) months of hire.