Junior Plant Operator

Herndon, Virginia
We offer comprehensive salary and benefits package.
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 23, 2020
Full Time

About Fairfax Water

Fairfax Water is a respected leader in the drinking water industry, supplying drinking water to nearly two million people in the communities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Herndon, Vienna, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax City.  We are Virginia’s largest water utility and one of the 25 largest water utilities in the country, serving one of every five Virginians who obtain their water from public utilities. We aim to uphold customer trust by providing water of exceptional quality and reliability at a reasonable price, supporting the high quality of life and economic vitality of Northern Virginia.

Description – Junior Plant Operator

Fairfax Water has an immediate opening for a Junior Plant Operator.  This position will perform routine operational and general maintenance tasks involved in the operation of water treatment plant equipment and facilities on a rotating shift basis.

Essential functions include:



  • Making regular and continuous tours of the treatment plant facilities and monitoring the performance of operating equipment and the effectiveness of the treatment process. Reporting any unusual conditions to Lead Operator.
  • Performing maintenance on chemical feeders, valves, pumps and other associated equipment.
  • Collecting water samples and conducting laboratory tests to include: pH, turbidity, chlorine, hardness, alkalinity, color and other related tests at prescribed stages and time intervals in the treatment cycle.
  • Assisting in the reading and recording of information observed and obtained from computers, lab tests, meters, gauges and other instruments during shift operations.
  • Entering recorded data into computer systems to monitor treatment effectiveness.
  • Under the direction of a Lead Operator, assisting with the adjustment of chemical feeders, start/stop motors, pumps and other treatment equipment to control the physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics of water purification.
  • Writing maintenance notifications as required. Submitting appropriate operational reports to the Lead Operator including unusual activities or incidents requiring attention or corrective action.


Graduation from high school or GED. Candidate should have knowledge of computer basics and the functions and servicing requirements of mechanical equipment and machinery.  Candidates should also have the ability to learn the technical process relating to water purification including the accurate reading, interpreting and recording of instrumentation and laboratory data.

To review the full requirements for the position please go to our website at www.fairfaxwater.org and apply online.  Fairfax Water offers competitive salaries as well as a comprehensive benefits package, including excellent health insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible spending accounts, and a defined benefit retirement plan. The salary range for this position is $44,638 to $73,127 per annum.  Applications must be received by November 23, 2020.

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