Operator II

Irvine, CA 92614

Posted: 10/10/2021 Employment Type: Contract Category: Utilities Job Number: [SA] Operator II Pay Rate: $32.97-$46.92

Job Description

We are seeking an Operator II (Recycling Operations) for a temporary opportunity with our customer a well-known Orange County based public agency, whose mission is to provide high quality water and sewer services in an efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sensitive manner which produces a high level of customer satisfaction! The Operator II will perform work activities related to the operation of sewage treatment and recycling processes and equipment.  The Operator II will be responsible to monitor treatment process operation and performance and adjust as needed. 

The Operator II job duties:

  • Meet reclaimed water distribution requirements and consistently achieve 100% compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal environmental permit requirements. 
  • Perform all assigned operational duties required to operate the plant efficiently and for responding to emergencies and changing conditions within the plant, including:  daily plant process and equipment inspections;  review of process performance;  process efficiency testing;  solids handling and disposal;  maintenance of daily log of operations;  order and receive bulk chemical deliveries; Dissolved Oxygen profile testing;  30-minute settling Sludge Volume Index (SVI) testing; chlorine residual testing;  turbidity testing;  H2S testing;  micro-organism examination; calibration and maintenance of monitoring equipment.
  • Makes adjustments and/or recommend operational changes to maintain and improve treatment efficiency.  Record flow and hour meter readings from gauges, graphs, and related instrumentation and make appropriate calculations as required.
  • Effectively communicate all facts essential to the efficient operation of the reclamation plant and report all operating problems or emergencies immediately to a higher-grade Operator, a supervisor, or a manager as available.
  • Trouble-shoot variations in operating conditions and report findings as directed to prevent a process imbalance or upset.
  • Effectively communicate and interact frequently with other departments.
  • Identify sources of existing or potential operational and mechanical problems with treatment processes and mechanical equipment.  Work efficiently to correct, troubleshoot, diagnose, and process equipment malfunctions.
  • Assist with projects such as tank dewatering, cleaning operations and preparation of mechanical equipment to facilitate repairs and replacement as needed.
  • Perform routine housekeeping and maintenance of assigned treatment plant facilities and equipment.
  • Inspect the operation of sewage treatment plant including recycling pumps, motors, structures, tanks, and equipment and submit work orders for timely and appropriate repair and/or replacement of treatment process mechanical and related equipment.  Utilize Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for the creation of work orders.
  • Submit purchase requests for equipment, materials, and chemicals.  Verify shipments to ensure they are complete and correct.
  • Maintain all recycling plant process systems in an efficient, safe and cost effective manner
  • Safety Responsibilities:  Attend appropriate safety training regarding job duties.  Assist in presenting safety topics at the biweekly department safety meetings.   Report safety violations or safety hazards to management and the Safety Office as soon as possible after awareness. 
  • May be required to serve on the Hazardous Materials Response Team and respond to emergency situations and/or chemical spills.


The Operator II requirements:

  • High School graduation or equivalent, and two years of experience in the operation of a sewage treatment plant, incorporating biological pond treatment, preliminary and primary treatment, Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) activated sludge treatment, tertiary treatment, and solids handling facilities is required. Ability to read and interpret standard operating procedures (SOPs), operational manuals and required facility permits is required
  • Completion of fifteen college level units relating to water/sewage treatment or environmental studies, and/or Water/Sewage Associates Degree is preferred.  Hazardous materials response experience is desirable.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and written.  Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees, management, contractors and vendors in a professional manner. 
  • Depending upon assignment, valid Class 'C' California Driver's License may be required. 
  • Valid Grade II WW Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board is required.
  • Forty-hour Emergency Response, Hazardous Materials Technician Certificate or ability to receive within 12 months from date of hire is required
  • Related Collections System Maintenance, Water Treatment, and/or Water Distribution Certifications highly desirable
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