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Arlington, Virginia
$76,710.40 - $117,187.20 Annually
Oct 08, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County is seeking to fill a professional level process engineering position located at the Water Pollution Control Bureau (WPCB) within the Department of Environmental Services (DES). This Plant Operations Specialist is responsible for monitoring Water Pollution Control (WPC) Plant operations processes and providing technical coordination among operations shifts and other plant units to ensure that the WPC Plant is running efficiently. The specialist provides professional expertise for specific projects, research, or long-term process control function and reports to the Plant Operations Manager.

Specific duties include:
  • Monitoring a quality assurance program that identifies problems on an ongoing basis; including identifying process problems and/or inefficiencies, recommending changes to process and/or retraining in consultation with WPC Plant management;
  • Determining/assessing the impact of issues and alternative solutions, the development and interpretation of project concepts, parameters and implementation guidelines;
  • Evaluating WPCP Operations process statistics in relation to Federal and State safety and legal regulations and standards, ensuring standard operating procedures and regulatory mandates are followed;
  • Reviewing and evaluating daily logs and reports from Operations shifts;
  • Coordinating chemical test trials and monitoring chemicals' performance in operations;
  • Determining the most appropriate methods/procedures to utilize to ensure the optimization of the specific operating systems;
  • Coordinating special activities/testing events with contractors and other WPCP sections, including ensuring normal operating procedures and processes are not adversely affected;
  • Developing, coordinating and/or conducting training opportunities for shift supervisors and lead workers in operational and process issues;
  • Providing oversight of Apprenticeship program including monitoring progress and testing assessment; and
  • Conducting public tours of the Plant and responding to inquiries from the public about Plant operations and coordinating with other departments as necessary.
The ideal candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills with a background in industrial plant operations management including extensive knowledge of wastewater processes.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field;
  • Three years' progressively responsible engineering experience in the wastewater area, specializing in process control processes;
  • Possession of a Class I Operator's License in Waterworks/Wastewater Works.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Industrial Plant operations management with extensive working knowledge of wastewater processes, including preliminary, primary and secondary (biological) treatment, advanced wastewater treatment with chemical addition for phosphorus removal, biological nutrient removal, filtration and disinfection with chlorination/de-chlorination; and
  • Proficiency with database applications and Microsoft Office Suite functions (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

Special Requirements
1) Applicant must possess a Class I Wastewater Operator's License issued by the Virginia State Board of Certification of Operators of Water and Wastewater Works.

2) The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid driver license, and the applicant must 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.