Water/Wastewater Quality Control Operator III

First Review Application Deadline - September 27, 2019
$5,146 - $6,022 per month
Job Description

*The Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility (LPWRF) operates 7 days a week with rotating shifts (shift schedule is located in the Teamsters Collective Bargaining Agreement)*


Under the general direction of the Water Reclamation Facility Lead Operator, the Water/Wastewater Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) Operator III is responsible for drinking water sample collection, and laboratory analysis and coordination with outside entities.  In addition, this position is responsible for wastewater quality control/quality assurance, and data documentation for the Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility (“facility”). Performs difficult and complex, as well as regular, preventative and recurring operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, modifications and repair work of the facility and its equipment to enhance the purification of sewage into Class “A” Reclaimed water for public contact.  Work requires a high degree of accuracy since error or negligence may have serious consequences to the health of citizens and the environment and would affect the city financially and legally. May serve as the Responsible Operator-in-Charge of the facility during absences of the Lead Operator. Works independently under the general supervision of the Water Reclamation Facility Lead Operator and Public Works Director in compliance with Washington State regulations and procedures specific to a class III water reclamation facility producing Class “A” reclaimed water for resale.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Requires working knowledge of computer based SCADA systems, Device Net, and Ethernet as in use at the Water Reclamation Facility.  Proficiency in computing including word processing, spreadsheet calculations, and data base maintenance and updates.
  • Requires skill in troubleshooting and correcting system and equipment malfunctions.
  • Requires skill in using hand tools and a detailed knowledge of safety procedures as related to sewage and monitoring operations and ability to identify and resolve problems on a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Requires ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Ability to read and work from blueprints, flow schematics and shop diagrams, understand general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Requires ability to correctly add, subtract, multiply, divide and perform basic algebraic calculations.
  • Requires knowledge of the principles and practices of activated sludge process, tertiary wastewater purification utilizing proprietary membrane bio-reactors, and reclaimed water production.
  • Requires ability to monitor multiple activities, interpret operating data, prioritize tasks, conduct operations simultaneously and complete quality control checks.
  • Requires ability to provide fast, friendly and effective customer service, maintain a close working relationship with Public Works staff and other City departments. Effectively resolve conflicts and maintain harmonious relationships with City staff and with the general public while effectively achieving departmental goals.
  • Requires thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of activated sludge process, tertiary wastewater purification utilizing proprietary membrane bio-reactors, reclaimed water production and of pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations specific to all facets of assigned tasks.

Education and/or Experience

  • Requires high school graduation or equivalent supplemented by course work in chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental studies and/or a related field.
  • Minimum Three (3) years of increasing responsible experience in wastewater treatment facility.

License and Certificates

  • Valid State of Washington Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Group III Certification.
  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License and a driving record free of any significant moving violations.
  • Pass appropriate background checks.
  • First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Ability to pass pulmonary function testing required for SCBA use.
  • Confined Space Entry Training or Certification.
  • Valid State of Washington Water Distribution Manager 1 Water Works Operator.
  • Valid State of Washington Department of Health Cross Control Specialist certification.
Salary is $5,146 - $6,022 per month. The position is a member of the Teamsters bargaining group. The City offers an excellent benefit package including:
  •  Participation in WA State Retirement
  •  Health benefits at 90-percent 
  •  Vision care benefits at 100-percent
  •  Dental benefits at 100-percent
  •  12 paid holidays (10 plus 2 floating)
  •  13 paid vacation days starting (up to 26 days)
  •  12 annual sick leave days
Qualified individuals should submit a City of Blaine employment application, cover letter, resume, qualifications checklist, and supplemental questions form via email to Samuel Crawford, 435 Martin Street, Suite 3000, Blaine, WA 98230. First review deadline for applying is 4:30pm, Friday, September 27, 2019; open until filled. 

The first review deadline is 4:30 pm on Friday, September 27, 2019; open until filled.

The City of Blaine is an equal opportunity employer.