Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Operates, inspects and performs preventative maintenance on a variety of primary, secondary and tertiary plant equipment, plant sampling and other activities related to continuous operation of a wastewater treatment plant.

This is the higher-level class in the Wastewater Plant Operations series. Incumbents in this position are capable of operating the full range of plant equipment and may recommend, but are not responsible for making process changes.

The WRD Wastewater Plant Operations Technician II takes direction from the WRD Wastewater Plant Operations Supervisor, or the lead operator or specialist on shift as directed by the supervisor. Incumbents do not supervise any staff, but may provide training to employees in WRD Wastewater Plant Operations Technician I positions as directed by a supervisor.

This examination will establish an Open Competitive and Promotional list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months at either level or may be extended as needed by the Office of Human Resources. 


Education and Experience: Graduation from high school or equivalent AND two (2) years of full-time experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see attached resume" on your application.

Working Conditions: Work day, evening, night, weekend, holiday shifts and standby. Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations. Work with potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances found in the wastewater treatment process. Work out of doors in all weather conditions.

Licensing and Certification: Must possess a valid Nevada Class C driver's license at time of appointment. Must possess a valid Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA) Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade II Certificate, or candidate must possess a valid Plant Operator Grade II Certificate, or equivalent, within another state. If a non-NWEA certification is held the candidate, within one year of hire, must obtain, either through reciprocity or test, a NWEA Plant Operator Grade II Certificate.

Some positions may require confined space entry certification.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Periodically after employment background investigations may be conducted.

Medical Examination: Employment is contingent upon the results of a physical examination performed by our examining physician.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination.


Operates pumps, valves, and other equipment via computer, hand or mechanical means to regulate the flow of wastewater through various primary, secondary and tertiary treatment processes; maintains even flow to ensure maximum efficiency of plant equipment; operates solid dewatering equipment to separate the liquids from the solids for disposal in the landfill; operates, adjusts and performs basic maintenance on chemical mixing and feed equipment to ensure compliance with established guidelines; inspects plant equipment, reports and records any failures or operating difficulties; initiates work orders and requests repairs by writing work orders in computerized maintenance management system; ensures work orders are accurate and complete; stops, starts and isolates equipment for maintenance repairs and for normal operation; takes samples of wastewater, scum, grit, sludge and other materials and properly records chain of custody information for samples being delivered to the main laboratory; coordinates and runs process lab testing to determine daily efficiency of treatment processes and online instrumentation; develops sampling and analytical protocol for the process lab in accordance with applicable regulations; interprets main lab and process data and recommends and/or implements process changes as necessary; enters and maintains process spreadsheets for operations staff; reviews local, state and federal regulations to ensure that required standards are being adhered to; performs and coordinates basic maintenance on equipment as necessary to ensure compliance with discharge standards and operational need; reads meters, gauges, charts and instruments; documents all required information; monitors and maintains chemical inventory; receives and unloads bulk chemicals, for plant operations and stores when appropriate; ensures staff has access and uses materials safety data sheets (MSDS) to determine appropriate safety protocol; may operate heavy equipment on plant grounds such as, but not limited to: front-end loader, forklifts, street sweepers, tractor-trailers, dump trucks and various other types of vehicles as needed; performs record keeping functions such as logging information regarding plant operation, test results from process lab, maintenance work performed and unusual operating conditions in a logbook; prepares written reports and correspondence as required; may clean equipment by using high-pressure water sprayers and associated cleaners; cleans weirs on clarifiers when necessary; uses common hand and power tools in the course of the work; may coordinate and perform basic facility and grounds maintenance in the area of the treatment plant; reads and interprets plant design drawings in order to provide troubleshooting assistance; provides technical direction and assistance to staff; trains staff in specified wastewater plant operation systems areas as assigned by supervisor; maintains accurate records and files of work performed; prepares a variety of periodic and special reports related to the work of the unit; may be required to assist in confined space entries, or may be part of a confined space entry team; contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team; uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; drives District vehicles to work sites, transports materials and assists other staff as required; performs additional duties as necessary.


Mobility to work in a typical plant or related laboratory setting, including operating typical sampling and testing equipment; stamina to perform sustained physical labor, including standing, walking, climbing and working in confined or awkward spaces; strength to lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment; vision to read printed material, computer screen and determine fine color differences; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, or over a radio or telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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