The City of Boulder is a great place to work, grow, and play.
With an ever-expanding network of over 300 miles of dedicated
bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values
and supports active lifestyles and access to nature for all.
Forty-five thousand acres of land provide ample open space for
parks, trails, and a green belt around the city. The University of
Colorado at Boulder and a myriad of world-class restaurants and art
and music venues support diverse culture in our vibrant city.
Respect is one of our fiveCity Values (including Customer
Service, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation),and we are
committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We celebrate and
support our differences across all spectrums, including but not
limited to ethnicity, gender-identity, age, disability and
sexuality. Through our focus onracial equity, ouremployee
benefits,and the many programs and resources offered to staff, we
continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric
of our organization.
Boulder's Water Treatment Department is dedicated to providing a
consistent supply of safe, clean drinking water to support the
health and well-being of our citizens and the economic vitality of
our customers. We are seeking to add engaged, dependable,
innovative team-players to our staff of water treatment
professionals. Take the opportunity to add your voice and talents
to the City of Boulder's Water Treatment Department and help us
grow in service excellence for an inspired future.
We offer an extensive benefit package including:
- Retirement:One of the region's best defined-benefit plans
through Colorado PERA, more information at: https://www.copera.org/. Optional
retirement plans include 401(k) and 457 plans
- Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: Up to 1.5
times annual salary, depending on the employee group
- Medical Insurance: Threemedical options available through Cigna
- Dental Insurance:Two dental options available through Delta
Dental of Colorado
- Vision Insurance: Two vision options available through VSP
- Voluntary Supplemental Benefits:
- Accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity
- Legal assistance
- Identity theft protection available through LegalShield
- Pet insurance available through PetsBest
- Additional life Insurance for yourself and dependents available
through The Standard
Employee Assistance Program: Confidential resources and secure
tools to help employees or guide them through difficult timesLeave
Programs: Vacation leave, paid parental leave, sick leave,
emergency leave and moreHolidays: Nine full-day and two half-day
paid holidaysWell-Being Program: Recreation center passes, wellness
education, training classes, wellness challenges, insurance premium
discounts, and more!Other Benefits: Short-term and long-term
disability, flexible spending plan choices, health savings
accounts, free transportation passes and more!Discounts: Special
savings on various purchasing or services such as childcare,
fitness facilities, computers, phone plans, home and auto
insurance, financial services and more!More information can be
This job posting is "continuous" or "open until filled" and will
close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
Overview of Role
Daily operation of multiple water treatment facilities: to
perform routine maintenance and minor repairs of plant equipment,
direct the distribution of treated water through a system of pipes
and reservoirs, perform appropriate monitoring, operate and control
hydroelectric facilities, and perform related duties as
Work Schedule: Full-time (average 42 hrs/week), working 48 hours
(four shifts)one week and 36 hours (three shifts) the following in
each two-week pay period. Shift hours are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM and
6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, rotating between day and night shifts on a
12-week cycle. The position requires working nights, weekends, and
Location: Water treatment plants - both Betasso WTF and Boulder
Reservoir WTF (63rd)
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Operates the facilities and associated processes in accordance
with state and federal water quality regulations. Obtains and
maintains a Colorado Class A Water Treatment Plant Operators
Certification within five years of hire and updates job knowledge,
- Controls and monitors mechanical and chemical water treatment
processes including the distribution of the treated water at the
City's two water treatment facilities:
- Regulates and/or adjusts raw water sources, preliminary
treatment process, chemicals, sedimentation process, filtration
process, residuals recovery, chemical feeders, pumps, and valves to
control liquid stream and solids treatment processes.
- Utilizes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)
instrumentation and direct observation to continuously monitor and
interpret data transmitted from local and remote equipment
locations. Uses data, facility schematics, and O&M manuals to
identify, locate, and resolve treatment issues.
- Plans for, practices, and responds to emergencies including but
not limited to power outages, chemical spills, and equipment
failures. Provides first response troubleshooting of equipment and
process when emergencies arise.
- Performs routine laboratory analyses and appropriately adjusts
treatment processes based on laboratory results and direct
- Orders, loads, unloads, and regulates treatment chemicals and
- Assists maintenance staff in maintenance/operations activities
- Performs troubleshooting of treatment process, equipment
problems, and prepares equipment for repair work
- Assists in maintaining facilities and property, including
cleaning and upkeep of process buildings, equipment, and
- Oversees treatment and distribution system operations on
assigned shifts. This includes the following:
- Controls multi-zoned high-pressure water distribution system
using pumps, valves, and hydroelectric generators; operates raw and
treated water hydroelectric power stations (nine) with pressures
ranging from 100 to 800 PSI.
- Ensures adequate shift coverage for 24-hour operation, which
includes filling shifts as necessary and calling-in necessary
- Effectively communicates operational information to management
- Maintains inventory of operations laboratory supplies,
chemicals and orders supplies as needed.
Maintains logs and records of plant data, including entering and
retrieving data on a PC and reviewing, updating, and ensuring
completion of logs by the end of the shift. Analyzes data utilizing
trending and statistical tools.
Serves on facility committees such as safety, emergency
response, design review, and treatment optimization studies. May
take the lead role on committees and projects and develop
appropriate reports and summaries as requested.
Assists with the development of the annual operations work plan.
Assists in formulating and updating standard facility and process
operating procedures including development and implementation of
safety-related procedures and programs.
Remains alert and attends to conditions and events occurring at
the water treatment facility indicating anticipated or needed
maintenance and repair. Assists in and performs troubleshooting of
plant processes to improve overall treatment quality.
Maintains a clean and safe work environment, including
monitoring work in progress to pinpoint hazards.
Responds to questions from the public about treatment,
distribution system, and hydro-electric stations, and conducts
facility tours as necessary.
Ability to work variable shifts including nights, weekends, and
Remains alert to security of treatment plants, distribution
reservoirs, pump and valve stations, and hydro-electric
Serves as after-hours contact for water-related problems and
citizen concerns. Appropriately responds to citizen concerns and
initiates Department of Public Works call-out procedure when
Trains, directs and reviews the work of other operation staff
including lower-level certified operators and operator
- Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the
- Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe
circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.
- Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and
equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all
safety regulations, policies, and procedures. Reports all accidents
and damage to city property.
- Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and
department policies; participating in professional trainings and
development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
High school diploma.Colorado Water Treatment Plant Operators'
Certification or ability to obtain certification within six months
of hire. Must be able to work under minimal supervision and
exercise good judgment. Possess good verbal and written
communication skills, and good organizational and problem-solving
skills. Mechanical aptitude. Physical ability to work in an
industrial setting to work in and around areas of limited access
and confined spaces requiring standing, walking, bending, and
kneeling; ability to use ladders, stairs, underground vaults, cat
walks, and scaffolding; ability to lift up to 50 pounds; ability to
hear audible alarms at 80 DB and higher; visual acuity, manual
dexterity in using precision and non-precision hand tools, power
tools, and technical devices; an ability to properly utilize and
train others in the use of, storage of, and routine maintenance of
safety equipment. Ability to use technical devices for sample
measurement and equipment calibration. Ability to work variable
hours, including night shifts, as well as being the sole operator
on duty. Ability and willingness to collaborate and work well with
others, including good communication, team building, and conflict
resolution skills. Basic certification in first aid and CPR. Valid
driver's license. Must have and maintain acceptable motor vehicle
criminal history record.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS - In addition to the required minimum
Associate or higher degree in related field. Previous experience
working at a water treatment facility;hazardous chemical response
training;process optimization experience, electrical and mechanical
troubleshooting experience; training/certification in hydroelectric
facility operation; certification in distribution and collection
WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and
In addition to the information listed in the required minimum
Physical and Mental Effort: See "required minimum
qualifications" section for additional information.
Also requires ability to work under stress from demanding
deadlines, limited public contact, and changing priorities and
Work Environment: Works in an industrial setting subject to
continuous interruptions and background noises.
Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the
following: City vehicle, laboratory equipment, sampling and
monitoring equipment, hand tools, power tools, telephone/paging
system, long-handled tools, computers, and various software
programs including supervisory control and data acquisition
(SCADA), computer maintenance management system (CMMS), Microsoft
Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and Access.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions of this position.
Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not
meant to be all-inclusive.
The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to
all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or
any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local