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Job Opening - Wastewater Trainee





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 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 conditions.
  • Advises immediate Supervisor and regulatory agencies during emergency conditions 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: 

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, Authority employees and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, along with excellent customer service skills, to deal with a broad spectrum of individuals.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Must have a proven ability to maintain professional ethics.
  • Ability to resolve issues tactfully and diplomatically in a positive manner under sometimes stressful and sensitive situations.
  • 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 follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to complete OSHA/Safety training as required.
  • Ability to be flexible in responding to changes in schedules and job priorities.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to present a professional, positive and helpful attitude at all times when interacting with Authority employees, co-workers and the general public.
  • 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 and Education:   

A minimum requirement of a high school diploma or GED.  Advanced courses in science, mathematics, shop, mechanics or electricity are considered beneficial.


Working Conditions: 

Environment: Work is typically performed in an outdoor setting. The employee is subject to outside environmental conditions.  No effective protection from the weather.  The regular workweek is Monday through Sunday. This position will require a flexible schedule to accommodate the business needs of the Department and the County, to include weekend, and holiday hours. 

Physical Effort:  May be required to life 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.  The noise intensity level or exposure is loud.  Atmospheric conditions:  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. 

Special Conditions or Requirements: 

  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be 21 years of age; 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;

    Twelve (12) month probationary period;

  • This position will require a minimum of a Class III Wastewater Operators License.

  • This position may require 24 emergency call or first response during emergency situations.



    This information is of a general nature, and is not intended to be a comprehensive description of each and every duty, responsibility or qualification for this position, including other duties as assigned.  The position will remain open until filled. 

    EOE, September, 2015