St. Helena

Wastewater Chief Plant Operator | Plant Operator III (20109302)

The City of St. Helena is seeking to fill an opening for a Chief Wastewater Plant Operator position or a Wastewater Operator III looking to promote to a Chief. The City will place at the CPO based on qualifications.
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Utilities
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Northern Bay Area
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Full-Time
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Until filled or until 300 applicants
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$81,765.00-$99,387.00 Annually
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Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Location

1 Chaix Lane St. Helena, 94574

Description

Employment Opportunity

The City of St. Helena has an exciting opportunity to fill a position in the Public Works Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This is a great opportunity to become part of a team of dedicated individuals that take pride in serving the local community. The City of St. Helena is seeking to fill an opening for a Chief Wastewater Plant Operator position or a Wastewater Operator III seeking an opportunity to promote to a Chief. The City will place at the Chief level based on qualifications. Additionally, the City will also establish a pool of qualified candidates to be place on a one-year eligibility list that will used to place potential future vacancies upcoming in the department. 

Distinguishing Characteristics: The Plant Operator III is the advanced journey level class responsible for the full range of treatment plant responsibilities and for the performance of the most complex and difficult assignments within the series. Incumbents in this classification provide training to less experienced staff. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Chief Utility Operator in that the latter is responsible for the overall operation and supervision of the wastewater treatment program.

The Chief Plant Operator – Wastewater Treatment is a supervisory level class within Public Works responsible for assigning and supervising the day-to-day operation, development, repair, and maintenance of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities, and incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of assigned duties. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Utilities Operations Manager in that the latter is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Utilities Division.

Examples of Duties: (include but are not limited to the following)

Operates , monitors and maintains all plant equipment and components, including but not limited to pumps, valves, gearboxes, fans, blowers, aerators, flow controls; reads and interprets meters, gauges and charts; maintains and upgrades mechanical and electrical systems.

Conducts regular on-site inspections of plant and system operations making appropriate adjustment to process controls ensuring that operational problems are identified and corrected; ensures that plants are operating within safety standards established by federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations.

Performs basic and skilled water and wastewater pollution control and laboratory testing and analysis; takes samples and coordinates detailed testing with outside laboratories; adheres to quality assurance programs for laboratory analysis and instrumentation; prepares and updates reports, including records and logs in compliance with state and federal mandates for reporting.

Performs maintenance and construction work as directed on the water and wastewater treatment system and related facilities; maintains plant facilities and grounds in a safe, clean and orderly condition; loads and unloads equipment and materials.

KAS (Knowledge, Ability and Skills):

See Job Description posted on the Human Resources Department website at:

https://www.cityofsthelena.org/hr/page/job-description

Ideal Candidate

Qualifications: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Utility Operator III - Wastewater Treatment. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of:

Plant Operator III - Wastewater Treatment

Three years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant, one year of which must have been while in possession of a Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate, and a high school diploma or equivalent.

Chief Plant Operator – Wastewater Treatment

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Chief Utility Operator – Wastewater Treatment. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of four years of experience in the operation, mechanical maintenance, and repair of a wastewater treatment facility, at least two of which were while in possession of a Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate, and possession of a high school diploma or equivalent with 24 continuing education units needed to renew certification.

License/Certificate:

Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver's license.

Plant Operator III - Wastewater Treatment

Possession of a Grade II Certificate as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator from the California State Water Quality Control Board.

Chief Plant Operator – Wastewater Treatment

Possession of a Grade II Certification as a Wastewater Plant Operator from the California State Water Quality Control Board and a Grade II Certification as a Water Treatment Plant Operator from the California State Department of Health Services.

Requirements:

  • Follow detailed oral and written instructions.
  • Compile and record data; maintain accurate and detailed logs and records.
  • Respond to emergency situations outside of normal working hours.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
  • Work cooperatively with others and contribute to a successful team effort.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to work weekends.

Benefits

Compensation and Benefits

  • Chief Plant Operator - Wastewater:  $81,765—$99,387 annually ($39.31—$47.78 hourly)
  • CalPERS defined benefit retirement: 2% at 60 formula for current members; 2.0% at 62 for new members. The employee is responsible for payment of the employee share of the pension cost.  *City employees also participate in the Social Security system.
  • City-paid health, dental and vision insurance coverage for employee and dependents. 
  • Vacation accrues at varying rates for full-time employees.  The beginning accrual rate is ten working days per year, increasing with tenure.
  • Twelve holidays annually.
  • Two personal convenience days per year (increases to five day after five years).
  • Sick leave (twelve days per year).
  • Life Insurance.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Dependent Care program.
  • Employee Assistance program.
  • Bereavement Pay - 3 days in state/5 days out of state
  • Longevity Pay and Bilingual Pay

Special Instructions

Application and Selection Procedure:

To apply for this position please submit the following documents and forms on CalOpps at www.calopps.org/st-helena. This is an open until filled position.

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed resume
  • City application form

All resumes will be reviewed to select those applicants whose training and experience most  closely match the requirements of this position.  A limited number of qualified applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase of the evaluation process which may include interviews, written exercises, or simulated work problems. 

Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. 

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
(707)967-2737