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WTP Operator II/Operator I/Operator-In-Training Apprentice

City of Salem
Keizer, OR 97303
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  • Job Code
    149166418
Salary: $25.24 - $34.70 Hourly
Job Type: Regular (Full-Time)
Job Number: 21-0553-01
Location: Keizer, OR
Department: Public Works Department

Job Summary
The City of Salem is looking for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II/Operator I/Operator-In-Training. The successful candidate must either be a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I or a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-In-Training (OIT). Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I certification must be obtained within 15 months of employment.

Willow Lake is the primary treatment facility for the City with a dry weather secondary treatment capacity of 65 mgd, a wet weather secondary treatment capacity of 105 mgd, and a peak wet weather capacity of 155 mgd. It can be operated in trickling filter/activated sludge, conventional air activated sludge and in a combination of both processes plus selective treatment based on flow and load fluctuations.

The River Road Peak Wet Weather Treatment Facility is a high rate, physical chemical ballasted flocculation facility with ultra-violet disinfection. This facility is operated only when flows at the Willow Lake Facility are above 95 mgd. Operation of this remote facility is permitted for use to prevent sanitary sewer overflows associated with wet weather.

The City's treatment facilities serve a population equivalent of 229,000 within a three city area with an average annual flow of 45 mgd. The facility staff of 53 employees provide Operations, Maintenance, Laboratory, Biosolids, and Administrative Services for both facilities.

The Public Works Department values employees and their professional development. If you are someone that takes pride in collaborating on innovative ideas, proactively responding to community needs, and being a good environmental and financial steward, we look forward to meeting you! The Public Works Department promotes a healthy work life balance, while maintaining the utmost dedication to the health, safety and welfare of our community, including our team!

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I wage: $25.24 - $30.69 Hourly

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II wage: $28.38 - $34.70 Hourly

What are the minimum qualifications?
  • High school graduate or GED; and demonstrated work experience at a wastewater or water treatment plant and/or education as defined by operator certification level.
  • Must pass the pre-employment background check.
  • Must have an Oregon Driver license and meet the City of Salem's driving standards.
  • Must pass a physical abilities exam.
  • If candidate has knowledge or experience to test for grade II Operator Certification, they may do so and upon successful testing/completion of certification, will promote to a WWTP Operator II.
  • Candidates with out-of-state licenses will be required to obtain Oregon certification within six months of hire.


Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I:
  • Experience working in wastewater treatment plant operations in a plant using activated sludge treatment.
  • Grade I Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification. Candidates with out-of-state licenses will be required to obtain Oregon certification within six months of hire.
  • Candidates with the education requirements but little experience will be required to obtain Grade I certification by end of the probation period.
  • If you do NOT have a grade I Operator Certification, successful candidate will fall under the apprenticeship program.
  • Operator-in-Training status candidates must meet the state requirements and timelines to obtain Grade I certification by the end of 15 months.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II:
  • Three years of experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or two years of experience and one year of post high school experience sufficient to have met the requirements for the Oregon DEQ Grade II certification.
  • Grade II Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification. Candidates with out of state licenses will be required to obtain Oregon certification within six months of hire.

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Operator-in-Training status candidates must meet the state requirements and timelines to obtain Grade I certification by the end of 15 months.
  • Candidates who have experience working at a water/wastewater system or a background in industrial equipment, mechanics (engine repair), irrigation, millwright, or a degree in the environmental science who do not currently possess Oregon Grade 1 certification but are otherwise qualified by education may qualify to obtain Operator-In-Training (OIT) status issued by Oregon DEQ. OIT is an apprenticeship position in order to gain the required experience to obtain Grade 1 certification within 15 months of employment. An OIT must complete a DEQ-approved training program, apply for, and successfully pass, the certification examination to receive certification. Each requirement below must be met within the timeframes listed:
  • By end of the 4th month of employment, the OIT must successfully have complete DEQ-approved training (90-hour online course).
  • By end of the 7th month of employment, the OIT must have applied and received DEQ approval to take the examination.
  • By end of the 9th month of employment, the OIT must have taken the examination.
  • By end of the 12th month, the OIT must have successfully passed the examination.
  • By end of the 15th month, the OIT must have received Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment System Operator Certification.
Failure to meet any of the required criteria will result in separation of employment. To learn more about Oregon's DEQ certification process, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/wqpermits/Pages/Wastewater-Operator-Certification.aspx

Where can I find out more about the position?

Go to menu option for Class Specifications and search for the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP) Operator I where the class specification is posted in its entirety, or view by clicking here: WTP Operator I or WTP Operator II .

How can I apply?

The City of Salem invites individuals of all diverse communities and backgrounds to apply for our available job opportunities as we strive to provide the best service to everyone. The City of Salem is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all and has a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, we are better able to serve the community.

To apply, click on the green "Apply" button to complete your application. Hiring managers do not have access to view resumes as part of the application review process, please make sure to include how you meet the qualifications outlined in the class specification in your application.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications as outlined above but not selected for this position may be placed on an eligibility list, and candidates may be hired from the list. Eligibility lists are valid for six months. The City will send email notifications to eligible candidates about potential hiring opportunities so please ensure your email settings accept our system generated email notifications.

You may subscribe for automatic notification of job openings at the City through the Job Interest Cards - sign up today!

For more information about employment at the City of Salem, please visit our website at www.cityofsalem.net/jobs .

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Posted: 2021-10-04 Expires: 2021-11-05

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