Posted on Feb 26, 2024
Chesterfield County Government is seeking a Principal Plant Operator for the Falling Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The shift is from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This is a static shift, which does not rotate.  The Principal Plant Operator will perform all maintenance aspects required to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing wastewater treatment.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. March 24, 2024
This includes but is not limited to the following:
  • pumps, valves, compressors, and various other equipment associated with wastewater treatment
  • cleaning process tanks, grit chambers, clarifiers, digesters
  • general plumbing repairs
  • perform general building maintenance
  • housekeeping
  • perform relief plant operation shifts as needed
  • working outdoors
  • perform other work as required 
PLEASE NOTE: Position is open until filled (first review to begin February 5, 2024).  This position is part of an approved Career Development Plan (CDP) and offers career progression opportunities and salary incentives, as funding permits, based on performance, qualifications, and experience.
Successful candidate will possess a high school diploma or GED and three years of experience in wastewater treatment plant operations or maintenance field. A Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License is required for Principal Plant Operators; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Applicants with a Class II, Class III or non-licensed status will receive consideration at lower-level plant operator classifications and salary grades/ranges. The hiring range for this position, depending upon qualifications, is as follows:
  • $56,485 - $96,026 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License.
  • $50,991 - $86,685 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class II Wastewater Operator's License.
  • $46,031 - $78,253 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class III Wastewater Operator's License or hold a bachelor's degree in biological, chemical or engineering Science or related field and one year of related experience.
  • $41,554 - $70,641 for non-licensed applicants will start as an Unlicensed Operator.
Through the career development plan, Unlicensed Operators and operators with licensees with lower than a Class I license will receive salary increases after passing higher license exams and establishing minimum tenure requirements.  
This position is considered Safety Sensitive and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.  Current valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Based on the Virginia DMV point system, record must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Out of state driving records must be obtained by applicant and presented at time of interview. Records must reflect at least three years of history and be dated within thirty days of interview date.  Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required.
A Chesterfield County application is required and must be submitted online by deadline. Visit to view instructions and to complete and submit an application. (804) 748-1551.
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