Posted on Nov 25, 2020
The City of Newport News is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator within the Waterworks department. We are hiring for all levels of Plant Operator. Please visit our Employment Opportunities site at to review the official job description and apply.
What would a typical day on the job be like — what work would I do?
The Water Treatment Plant Operator plays a vital role ensuring that quality water is being received by the City of Newport News! There are multiple levels of this position depending on experience: Water Treatment Operator Trainee, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, and 1st Class, with room for advancement throughout your career!
This position works at the Newport News Water Treatment Plant handling all aspects of the plant to include testing, data collection, maintenance, and even some repairs!  On a daily basis, you would be performing a variety of water quality and chemistry tests to ensure quality of the water and ensure demands are being met.  Record keeping of operational and laboratory data is essential for this position!  Depending on the level of Operator, you would also have the opportunity assume some supervisory responsibilities.  You will be able to contribute to your community in a meaningful way!
How much money can I make?
The salary range for this career track is $28k-$71k, and is competitive based on qualifications and experience. The salary range will vary based on the level of Water Treatment Operator. In addition to salary, the City offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet all of our employee’s needs!
What does career advancement look like in this position?
You will become a well versed expert in your job! This position has the opportunity to train others on the operation of the facility and plant distribution system.  This field also offers career development and advancement opportunities! Climb the ladder and become an expert in the Water Treatment field!
What are the qualifications for this position?
Depending on the level of the Operator, the qualifications will vary.  Please refer to the specific job description to review the qualifications required for the position.
We are hiring for all levels of operators, and will place qualified candidates based on field experience.
Why should I work for the City of Newport News?
The City of Newport News is an organization committed to excellence in public service with strong communication and teamwork.  As an established employer of choice in the Hampton Roads area, the City is also dedicated to maximizing employee potential.  Join the City Newport News and embrace the City’s values of “Commitment, Caring and Collaboration.”
Other stuff that’s good to know:
The City of Newport News offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a Virginia Retirement System defined benefit and defined contribution plan, medical, dental, vision, and a variety of wellness initiatives. We offer great training programs for new and current employees, competitive pay, and paid time off!  Come join a team that treats you like family and emphasizes open communication!