Plant Operator I

Lorton, Virginia
$49,526.46 - $82,543.97 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Signing Bonus*

Would you like to be part of the team that supports critical wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, and capital facility infrastructure for the largest county in Virginia?

Fairfax County’s DPWES, Wastewater Management Program is a nationally recognized Utility of the Future and its wastewater treatment plant, the 67 million gallon per day Noman M. Cole Pollution Control Plant, is a multiple year NACWA Platinum Award winning facility. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then Wastewater Management is the place for you.
  • Operates wastewater treatment processes at the Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Plant, a 67 MGD advanced wastewater treatment facility.
  • Collects samples for plant process testing and monitors process flows.
  • Assists higher level plant operators in monitoring operations via computer, visual and audio inspections.
  • Collects samples of wastewater and sludge at prescribed stages and time intervals in the treatment cycle and performs basic tests.
  • Monitors alarms and by-passes pieces of equipment in case of emergency.
  • Understands mechanical process and use of mechanical tools and instruments.
  • Maintains accurate logs and carries out applicable safety practices.
  • Performs general housekeeping and cleaning duties
  • Position requires working split shifts and you are paid shift differential.
*A $2,500 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the Plant Operator I position.

Employment Standards

Graduation from high school, or a GED issued by a state department of education.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator - Class IV certification within 24 months of hire.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a pre-employment physical examination, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Positions within this classification are considered essential to the maintenance and continuity of core county operations during the activation of an emergency or critical incident.

Work Environment:
May be exposed to raw waste.

  • Experience working in a wastewater facility.
  • Effective communication.
  • Ability to read, write and understand directions.
  • Knowledge of mechanical processes, tools and instruments.

Ability to lift 50 to 75 pounds in a safe manner. Subject to working in adverse weather conditions, may be exposed to raw waste. Must be able to bend, stoop, climb stairs and climb up and down 40-foot ladder. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


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