Plant Operator Ii

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Lorton, Virginia
$54,695.68 - $91,158.50 Annually
Sep 19, 2023
Sep 29, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Signing Bonus*

Would you like to be part of the team that supports critical wastewater, infrastructure for the largest county in Virginia?

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) seeks a Plant Operator II to assist In Monitoring Equipment And/or Treatment Process I Station to Ensure The Proper Treatment Of Wastewater At The Noman M. Cole Jr. I Pollution Control Plant, An Advanced 67 mgd Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is Required By Law To Meet, On A Continuous Basis, Stringent Effluent I Limitations Established By State And Federal Regulatory Agencies.

DPWES is a diverse, nationally accredited, and award-winning public works agency with approximately 1,000 employees providing solid waste, capital facility development, wastewater, stormwater, urban forestry, and land acquisition management services for the most populous county in Virginia. Join our team to help us protect the environment and serve the people of Fairfax County by creating and preserving a sustainable community that is an ideal place to live, work, and play for everyone.

Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offers comprehensive benefits, including a defined-benefit retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; paid leave; tuition reimbursement; and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Through our LiveWell Program and the County Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of wellbeing that empowers, educates, and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial wellness. Please review our awesome benefits:DPWES is a nationally recognized Utility of the Future responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 miles of sanitary sewers, 60+ pump-stations, and a NACWA Platinum Award winning 67 million gallon per day treatment plant.”

This position works in the DPWES Wastewater Treatment Division, located at 9399 Richmond Hwy. Lorton, Virginia.

  • Assists In Corrective Repairs and Performs an Ongoing Preventative Maintenance Program of Exercising and Rotating Various Process Equipment and Machinery.
  • Works In Team Environment. Exchanges Information with Supervisor and Co-Workers Communicates with Previous Operator at Beginning of Shift to Determine Problems and Status of All Equipment.
  • Operates Plant Equipment to Ensure Proper Operating Parameters and Collects and Composites Samples for Plant Process Testing and Monitoring. Reads Meters, Gauges, And Other Instruments and Records Observations in Operating Log Sheets and Books.
  • Adjusts Chemical Feed Rates, Pump Speeds, And Other Equipment to Maintain Optimum Operating Conditions, And Accepts Chemical Deliveries in Accordance with Verbal and Written Instructions.
  • Makes Frequent Tours of His/ Her Work Area Observing Treatment Systems, Process Equipment and Initiates Required Corrective Actions When Needed.
  • Performs Tests for Ph, Dissolved Oxygen, Turbidity, Settle Ability of Sludge, Moisture Content of Sludge and Other Process Control Parameters.
  • Cleans Process Equipment, Duty Stations, And Operating Areas. Performs Other Duties as Assigned.

*A $2,500 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the Plant Operator II position.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)

  • Basic knowledge of the principles and operation of wastewater treatment;
  • Basic knowledge of the biological, chemical, and physical processes of wastewater treatment;
  • General knowledge of appropriate operational responses to emergency situations;
  • General knowledge of federal, state and local regulations related to effluent limitations;
  • Working knowledge of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA), Computerized Maintenance Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management systems (EAM);
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and applicable safety practices;
  • Ability to evaluate operational process performance and to select appropriate actions;
  • Ability to understand mechanical processes and use mechanical tools and instruments;
  • Ability to write accurate reports and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to pass three plant operations duty station competency exams;
  • Ability to instruct and explain wastewater treatment processes to lower level operators;
  • Ability to work in confined spaces;
  • Ability to comprehend confined space training;
  • Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with customers, employees and supervisors.

Employment Standards

Graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education and one year of experience as an operator in a Class I wastewater facility or higher.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • A Class III Wastewater Treatment Operator's certification issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Appointees within this classification are subject to a criminal background check, driving record check and pre-employment physical prior to employment.

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.

May be exposed to raw waste.

  • Experience in an industrial setting or wastewater treatment plant.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Organized
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, and 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.

Positions within this classification that are general merit may be eligible for a one-time hiring incentive bonus for new county employees only. This bonus program requires a signed payback agreement between the department and employee.

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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