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Wastewater Trainee (Full-Time)

 Louisa County Water Authority is accepting applications for a full-time Wastewater Trainee.  The successful applicant will report directly to the Chief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and is responsible for performing a variety of duties related to operational and support functions in the treatment of wastewater.    

 Candidates must have a high school diploma, or equivalent.  Prior wastewater treatment experience IS a plus. Bachelor’s degree in environmental science is preferred. Related technical coursework or any equivalent combination of training and / or experience is acceptable.  This position requires general computer knowledge, communication skills, both oral and written. 

A completed application with an original signature, resume and reference list is necessary for consideration.  Contact our office at 540-967-1122 or visit our website www.louisacountywaterauthority.org for an application and Job Description. EOE

Reporting directly to the Chief Wastewater Plant Operator, the Wastewater Operator Trainee provides operational support functions in the treatment of wastewater. This is a non- exempt level position.
Essential Functions of the Position:
• Monitors and evaluates gauge, meter and control panel readings.
• Performs laboratory analysis, interprets data and makes appropriate process adjustments.
• Determines and coordinates need for outside laboratory testing.
• Continuously inspects and fine tunes treatment plant equipment and processes to provide optimum control.
• Suggests and implements plant design changes necessary to improve plant performance.
• Demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the safe use of toxic chemicals used for plant process and laboratory.
• Demonstrates the ability to take appropriate precautions when handling toxic chemicals.
• Demonstrates the ability to take immediate action and follow procedures during emergency situations.
• Advises immediate Supervisor and regulatory agencies during emergency situations as soon as reasonably possible.
• Performs equipment and instrumentation preventative and corrective maintenance activities.
• Maintains operational log and data sheets used in the preparation of monthly regulatory reports.
• Maintains housekeeping standards of grounds and plant facilities.
• Maintains laboratory and equipment supplies.
• Advises Supervisor of chemical supply status.
• Provides assistance in daily operations.
• Provides assistance to maintenance workers, when needed.
• Demonstrates, knowledge, skills and abilities to seek outside assistance during emergencies or equipment failure.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, along with excellent customer service skills, to deal with a broad spectrum of individuals.
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.
• Ability to perform job requirements in a timely, accurate manner, including follow-through on tasks.
• Ability to complete on-the-job, safety and specialized training as required.
• Ability to work on rotating shifts and be flexible in responding to changes in schedules and job priorities.
• Ability to respond quickly as needed while on 24-hour emergency call or as a first responder during emergency situations.
• Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Knowledge of computer skills.
• Knowledge of mathematics.
• Requires regular attendance and adherence to Authority policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness and requesting time off from work.

Training, Education and Job Development:
• Formal Education - Minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
• Advanced courses in science, mathematics, shop, mechanics, or electricity are considered beneficial.
• Develop job skills and increase knowledge through on-the-job training.
• Participate in workshops, webinars, and other opportunities to further industry knowledge and increase job skills.
• Must obtain a Virginia Class IV Wastewater Operators License within 12 months from the date of hire.
• Must obtain a Virginia Class III Wastewater Operators License within 18 months from the date of hire.
Working Conditions:
Environment: Work is typically performed both indoors and outdoors. The regular workweek is Monday through Sunday. This position will require a flexible schedule to accommodate the business needs of the Department and the Water Authority, to include weekend, and holiday hours.
Physical Effort: May be required to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform the physical demands of the job to include some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling.
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Hearing and speech required to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio. Any employee may be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency. Must be available for regular standby assignments and work scheduled for regular standby assignments; for work scheduled off-hours; and for emergency overtime as required.
Hazards: Exposure to cleaning solutions, chemicals, solvents, oils, petroleum products. Exposure to dust and strong offensive odors. Exposure to inclement weather. Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dust, mist, gases and poor ventilation that affects the respiratory systems, eyes or skin. Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals; exposure to possible injury from toxic or caustic chemicals.
Professionalism and Work Ethic:
• Understands and consistently implements all Louisa County Water Authority policies and procedures.
• Maintains a high level of professionalism and demonstrate strong work ethics.
• Must be a “team player” and exhibit a positive, helpful attitude.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships with co-workers, other LCWA employees, contractors, consultants, and the general public.
• Ability to resolve issues tactfully and diplomatically in a positive manner under sometimes stressful and sensitive situations.
Special Conditions or Requirements:
• Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid Virginia Driver’s License.
• Must be willing to submit to a background check, including criminal history, and a Motor Vehicles check;
• Must consent to drug testing consistent with Louisa County Water Authority’s Drug Free Workplace Policy;
• This position includes a twelve (12) month probationary period;

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by the General Manager, department supervisor or other manager. Louisa County Water Authority reserves the right to revise or change job descriptions, job duties or working schedules based on their duty to comply with local, state, and federal regulations. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
I have read, understand, and accept the duties, standards and expectations required of this position. I hereby affirm
my good faith compliance with all Louisa County Water Authority policies and procedures.
Employee: ________________________________________________
Date: ____________________________________________________
EOE: Updated on 01/11/2022