Arlington, Virginia
Feb 02, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: MULTI-SKILLED WASTEWATER PLANT OPERATOR Closing Date/Time: Thu. 02/15/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $20.34 - $33.65 Hourly
$42,307.20 - $69,992.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: Water Pollution Control Bureau - 3402 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia       This on-the-job training/work program offers both entry-level and experienced operators a career path to the highest level of operator at Arlington County's Water Pollution Control Plant, a state-of-the-art, highly automated, Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) wastewater treatment facility. The program develops and compensates operators for knowledge, expertise, licensure and work performance. New hires move through a multi-grade, multi-year training program that leads to journey level and possibly beyond. For more information on our facility, click on this link:

A journey level operator must:
  • Independently operate all four plant stations;
  • Complete training in and perform common preventive and minor corrective maintenance on plant equipment;
  • Participate in and use safety training, both County-sponsored and required by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) and Virginia OSHA; and
  • Demonstrate satisfactory non-technical skills and abilities (e.g., teamwork, communications, etc.)
The multi-grade plan will reward operators for achieving set goals in a prescribed period of time. The operator will have two years to obtain the Class IV Wastewater License from the Commonwealth of Virginia and other Plant program specific criteria or he/she will be separated from the County. If an operator successfully meets the specified requirements during the first two years, the operator will then move to the next grade where he/she will serve a one-year probationary period. After successfully completing probation, the operator will gain permanent status.An operator may move to beyond journey level if he/she achieves a Wastewater License Level I, Level I certification in all four Plant stations and Level I in both Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Minor Corrective Maintenance (MCM).
 Selection Criteria: Minimum:
• Graduation from high school or GED
• Passed High school level Algebra (grade C or better)
• Passed High school level Chemistry and/or Biology (grade C or better)

In addition to the criteria above, we are expecting an applicant to have:
• A high level of mechanical aptitude;
• Initiative, and the ability to work well independently and with others in a team setting;
• Reading comprehension to read complex technical manuals and follow written directions; and
• Writing skills to complete legally required documentation.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Associate's Degree in engineering, science, or field related to water/wastewater treatment;
  • College courses in an area related to wastewater treatment;
  • Experience using hand and power tools;
  • Experience in water filtration or wastewater plant operations (military or civilian); and/or
  • Experience using work order system or maintenance management system;

 Special Requirements: 1) The applicant must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license from place of residence and authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

2) Physical ability and willingness to safely perform repetitive and intensive manual labor safely, safely lift heavy objects (50 lbs.+), work from ladders, scaffolds and other high places; work outside in inclement weather, in confined spaces, etc.

3) Ability to meet requirements of Virginia Confined Entry Standard, including respirator use.

4) Willingness and ability to work a shift schedule, including nights, and to work after hours in emergency situations.

5) Ability to obtain Virginia Wastewater Operator's licenses.
 Additional Information: Work Hours: All operators are permanently assigned to work with a team on one of four 12-hour shifts. The day shift runs from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the night shift from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. During emergency situations plant operators will be required to work after standard shift hours. The two night shifts alternate four days on and four days off. The two day shifts alternate on a cycling three/two schedule which allows every other weekend off. New operators will be assigned to shifts based on plant needs. Night shift operators receive a shift differential pay now set at $1.00/hour. Overtime is paid at time and a half for time outside standard shift, currently about 4 hours of overtime accumulates every two weeks because of the shift overlap period.

Uniforms and cleaning provided.

This position is part of a Multi-Grade pay band which includes Grades 7, 8 and 9 for trainee, journey, and senior level work. The pay range listed above encompasses entry for trainee, Grade 7, through maximum of Journey level, Grade 9. However, experience will be evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services and applicants with previous related experience, valid licensure, or post high school education may be considered eligible to be hired at a higher pay rate within trainee level.

Salary ranges:
Trainee level: $42,307.20 - $64,646.40
Journey level: $45,822.40 - $69,992.00
Senior level:  $49,337.60 - $75,400.00 (only attained after all program requirements have been met and after years of demonstrated performance, usually encompassing a period of several years)

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Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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