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Plant Operator A-D

Company: City of Boulder
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


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: 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 Healthcare
  • 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 found here

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 required.

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 holidays.

Location: Water treatment plants - both Betasso WTF and Boulder Reservoir WTF (63rd)

Salary Range:$22.00-$44.23/hr

Hiring range:$22.00-$27.50/hr


  1. 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, as necessary.

  2. 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 observations.
  • Orders, loads, unloads, and regulates treatment chemicals and supplies.
  • Assists maintenance staff in maintenance/operations activities as needed.
  • 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 grounds.
  1. 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 coverage.
  • Effectively communicates operational information to management team.
  • Maintains inventory of operations laboratory supplies, chemicals and orders supplies as needed.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Maintains a clean and safe work environment, including monitoring work in progress to pinpoint hazards.

  6. Responds to questions from the public about treatment, distribution system, and hydro-electric stations, and conducts facility tours as necessary.

  7. Ability to work variable shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  8. Remains alert to security of treatment plants, distribution reservoirs, pump and valve stations, and hydro-electric stations.

  9. 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 necessary.

  10. Trains, directs and reviews the work of other operation staff including lower-level certified operators and operator trainees.

  11. Other:
  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • 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 policies.



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 qualifications:

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 system operation.


WORKING CONDITIONS - Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

In addition to the information listed in the required minimum qualifications section.

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 conditions.

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 law.

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