Water Operations Specialist
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is routine, but important, work that involves being responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant, which may have facilities for the application of chemicals to the water or other means of treatment. A Water Operations Specialist is in responsible charge of the operation of the water treatment plant at a community water system. ‘In responsible charge’ means accountability for, and performance of, active regular on-site operation, maintenance and supervisory functions. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate employees in the performance of their assigned duties. Employee performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative Only)
• Operates pumps, valves, motors and related machinery and equipment.
• Performs maintenance work and makes minor repairs to machinery andequipment.
• Records readings of meters, gauges and scales.
• Regulates and adjusts chlorinators and other water treatment equipment.
• Takes samples of water for testing regulated by NYS.
• Makes necessary tests for control of plant operation.
• Provides a monthly report of operations to Utilities Superintendent.
• Works, independently, with other staff, individuals and government agencies to resolve routine issues, problems and emergencies.
• Assists in the instruction of trainees.
• Keeps a log of plant operations and related records and reports.
• Performs custodial duties in connection with maintenance of buildings and grounds.
• May operate a motor vehicle and/or heavy machinery.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good knowledge of application codes, rules and regulations; good knowledge of the practices used, and equipment required, in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant; working knowledge of the principles and application of physics, chemistry and bacteriology, as they relate to water purification; skill in the operation and repair of pumps, valves and related mechanical and electrical equipment; ability to read, understand and record data from gauges, scales and meters; ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operation; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; mechanical aptitude; alertness; dependability.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: Five (5) years experience in utility maintenance or water plant operations.
Certificates: Candidates must have a current NYS Water Operators License Grade IIB or C.
If you do not have a current license you must be able to obtain one within a timely manner. Ability to do so if required for permanent employment. (Also see page 3)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: If the position requires operation of a motor vehicle and/or heavy machinery, then the following special requirement applies:
Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at time of appointment. License must remain valid throughout appointment.
1. Pursuant to NYS State Sanitary Code, Subpart 5-4, an operator’s certification must be renewed every three years. Appointees must maintain a current certification for the duration of their employment in this title. 2.
Operator must be available at all times to respond, within one (1) hour, to emergencies OR must establish other approved supervision coverage available to respond to emergencies, e.g., assistant operator, contractual or in-kind assistance from neighboring communities.