Posted on Jul 26, 2023
Under direct supervision, this position performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Town’s Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Plant with its associated wells and pump houses, storage tanks, and distribution lines. Serves as the lead worker within the RO Plant.
Date Posted:     July 10, 2023
Close Date:       Open Until Filled
Status:              Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Salary Range:   $32,738.85 - $69,768.26 DOQ for Licensed Operators
                         Starting at $31,105.80 for a Trainee
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  • Monitors and controls the RO Plant using computer control system and visually surveys the process to ensure efficient operation and water quality standards are maintained. Monitors well operations and adjusts the pumping rates and blend ratio. Monitors and adjusts chemical feeds. 
  • Performs mechanical work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water mechanical, alarm, and control systems. Diagnose operational and mechanical problems within all Town water production, storage, and distribution assets. Performs regularly scheduled preventative maintenance and repairs on plant equipment, including cleaning and painting.   
  • Collects water samples and performs tests for conditions such as turbidity, conductivity, fluoride, chlorine levels, and pH levels. 
  • Tests motors and equipment for proper operation, including pumps, generators, transfer switches. Repairs or replaces pumps, motors, and associated equipment. Diagnoses problems and assists with repairs and overhauls by others. Flushes distribution lines and exercises valves on town system.  
  • Obtains materials, supplies and equipment needed to perform scheduled/assigned repairs, and maintenance work. Performs maintenance on equipment and tools and ensures their proper working condition. 
  • Performs a variety of administrative work to include maintaining an inventory of process chemicals and other supplies and ordering these items as necessary, initiating work orders and documenting maintenance activities; compiling data and uses computer applications to include word processing, data base management, spreadsheet software to prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and other documents. 
  • Assists in operating and maintaining other components of the Town water system including back up emergency well facilities, elevated storage tanks, altitude valves, and distribution lines.  
  • Subject to on-call rotation and shift work, including weekends.
  • Performs work safely in accordance with Federal, State and Departmental/Town safety procedures, policies, and programs.  Operates equipment safely and reports any unsafe work condition or practice to supervisor. 
  • Performs work outdoors in all weather conditions and indoors at the RO Plant.  Performs manual labor utilizing hand tools and power operated equipment and handles hazardous chemicals. 
  • Drives a truck to and from Town facilities and sites. Operates computer, radio, telephone, and other communication equipment. 
  • Maintains area around work sites, both inside and outside. Performs cleaning functions. 
  • Gives tours of water treatment plant to the public and answers questions from citizens; and
  • Performs other assigned duties.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Four (4) to six (6) years previous experience and/or training that includes water treatment plant and water system maintenance work is preferred; (will consider a Trainee)
  • Valid Virginia Class Waterworks Operator’s License is preferred but will consider a non-licensed applicant as a Trainee.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.  
  • Must be able to work shift work, including weekends, and participate in the on-call rotation on a regularly scheduled basis.  
  • Must be willing/able to carry a pager/phone 24 hours a day to respond to problems with components of the water treatment plant, and storage and distribution systems.  
  • Must be able to perform duties under disagreeable and sometimes hazardous conditions.
  • Must be able to successfully complete a physical, background check, and drug screening.
  • Must be detail oriented and highly organized. 
  • Must possess the ability to work individually and as a team.
  • Or equivalent training, education, and/or experience.
Note:  This is a safety-sensitive position that participates in the Town's Random Drug Screen program.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Isle of Wight County and the Town of Smithfield.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the County and surrounding areas. 
  • Knowledge of First Aid and CPR.
  • Knowledge of operating, maintaining, and repairing heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge safe working practices.
  • Knowledge in the fields of mechanical maintenance, plumbing and basic electrical work. 
  • Knowledge of water treatment plant operations and maintenance, processes, procedures and state and federal regulations pertaining to water treatment.
  • Knowledge of water chemistry, water sampling, and test techniques involved in determining conductivity, chorine residual, turbidity, ph., alkalinity, and other similar tests.
  • Knowledge of computer word processing, data base and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Skill in the use of precision hand tools.
  • Skill in planning and organizing work.
  • Ability to complete assigned work within established deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards, and prescribed procedures.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to maintain the professional expertise required to perform the job effectively.
  • Ability to make timely and sound decisions.
  • Ability to adhere to all established safety standards and ensure such standards are not violated.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to perform difficult mathematical calculations in calculating chemical dosages, converting units of weights and measures, and performing laboratory tests.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with Town officials, fellow employees, and the public.
  • Skill in communicating and working effectively with a team.
  • Skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in clarifying authority, responsibilities, and expectations; and
  • Ability to meet regular attendance requirements.
This is a moderately physically demanding role. Tasks typically involve some combination of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling; and that generally involve lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials is required. This would require the ability to perform coordinated movements involving placing and turning motions, such as operating equipment, and tools for the purpose of installing, maintaining, and repairing water and sewer system components. The amount of weight to lift, push or pull would not exceed 75 pounds.
Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate odors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate depths. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. 
Tasks are regularly performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions. Tasks may risk exposure to traffic hazards, adverse weather conditions, dust, pollen, odors, and loud noise.