Wastewater Treatment Operator/Lab Technician maintains and operates
plant equipment and processes related to wastewater and advance
wastewater treatment systems. This position involves working extended
hours, holidays, and weekends to meet work requirements. Under limited
supervision, performs a wide variety of skilled, semi-skilled, and
unskilled Wastewater Treatment Plant operation functions and oversees
employees performing a variety of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled
wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance for the Village of
Ruidoso. Non-exempt FLSA
Duties and Responsibilities:
|Essential Job Functions
essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as
illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The
omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the
position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to
- Oversees the maintenance and operation of the
Village’s 2.6 million gallon-per-day secondary process (activated
sludge) wastewater treatment plant, including effluent quality sampling
and testing, and adjusting wastewater treatment processes to produce
desired effluent quality.
- Coordinates and oversees the
maintenance and repair of the wastewater treatment plant including
headworks, primary clarifier, activated sludge process, digesters,
aeration basins, membrane filters, ultraviolet disinfection, gravity
belt thicker, and sludge press. Ensures equipment is safe for repair or
maintenance; assists with repairs or maintenance as appropriate.
wastewater treatment plant processes by checking gauges and reports,
and adjusts treatment processes to maintain desired quality.
- Samples sewage and effluent at various treatment stages.
microscopic and chemical tests for various water quality factors such
as bacteria, biological oxygen demand, fecal coli form, chlorine, pH,
and suspended solids.
- Follows discharge permit guidelines to determine types and frequency of required testing and analysis.
- Performs and oversees scheduled checks on equipment and processes.
plant processes; adjusts processes as necessary based on laboratory
results or instrument readings; ensures disinfection and effluent
requirements meet or exceed NPDES requirements.
- Prepares operations reports; enters data from reports on operations; reviews laboratory reports.
- Reports safety deficiencies; ensures corrections are made.
- Attends safety meetings and instructs employees on safety practices and procedures.
- Prepares daily, weekly, and monthly effluent testing and quality records for management and state oversight agencies.
reviews, and updates the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) program, including
inspection of existing grease interceptors and traps, to minimize the
effects of grease buildup in sewer lines.
Other Responsibilities or Job Requirements
for completing personal timesheets based on actual hours worked and
submitting accurate time into the Employee Self Service software by
timeline set by Department Director.
- Assists with report
preparation for New Mexico Environmental Department, federal
Environmental Protection Agency, and Village management.
- Assists in enforcing the FOG (fats, oil, and grease) program.
- Assists with cleaning and maintaining wastewater treatment plant and laboratory.
- May handle department purchasing projects or procedures.
- Responsible for maintenance of assigned vehicle.
- Shares on-call responsibilities for after hour’s problems.
- Ensures that any on-the job injury is reported immediately and followed up with appropriate forms and actions.
- Ensures any reports of harassment are immediately reported to WWTP Manager.
for complying with all Village of Ruidoso policies and procedures
including but not limited to Procurement, IT, Personnel Manual, Safety
- Reports any suspected fraud and/or abuse to the WWTP Manager or Deputy Village Manager or Village Manager
above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and
duties performed by employees in this job. As a condition of
employment, employees are required to perform other related duties and
special projects as assigned.
to maintain physical condition and stamina appropriate to the
performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include
sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time, driving or
riding in vehicles and perform other duties as assigned.
- Moderate physical activity
- Occasional pushing, pulling, lifting and/or moving up to 50 pounds.
- Occasional crawling, bending, climbing, kneeling, squatting, and working in confined spaces.
functions primarily in a plant environment; outdoor work involves
exposure to all weather conditions; exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors,
gases, raw wastewater, sludge and mechanical/electrical equipment
hazards; protective clothing includes a safety harness, SCBA, face
shields, eye protector, hard hats, safety shoes, hearing protection and
- Possess ability to adapt to inclement weather conditions and/or situations.
- Ability to drive, occasionally long distances.
to perform duties and adapt to flexible work schedules as established
by management which includes a fairly irregular schedule, long hours,
weekends, holidays, may be called when needed and subject to being on
- Noise level could be moderate to loud in work environment.
- Ability to work in stressful environment and deal effectively with stress.
travel – ability to travel for activities such as meetings, classes,
and workshops in and out of the area. Must be able to travel by air as
needed to attend training, conferences, related activities and overnight
travel as required.
|Associates in Water and Wastewater field
preferred or a High School Education or equivalent is required. Prefer
five years’ experience in wastewater treatment plant. Must be able to
pass criminal history checks and must be willing to take and pass a
drug/alcohol test and comply with agency “Drug Free” Policy. This
position is required to maintain a source of communication for off duty
Licenses and/or Certifications
Mexico Wastewater Level IV certification preferred; will accept NM
Wastewater Level II, but must obtain a NM Wastewater Level IV
certification within 4 years from date of hire. New Mexico Lab Tech
level 3 certification preferred.
Must possess and maintain
valid New Mexico motor vehicle operator’s permit of appropriate
classification and endorsement as required. Must agree to maintain a
satisfactory MVR and minimum requirement of insurability as required by
law. MVR background checks will be conducted by the Village.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
|Knowledge of: the Ruidoso
Municipal Code pertaining to wastewater; state and federal wastewater
treatment and water quality regulations; the Village of Ruidoso’s
contract with the City of Ruidoso Downs to provide wastewater treatment
services; Wastewater Treatment Department policies and procedures;
Village of Ruidoso purchasing and personnel rules and regulations;
safety policies and practices for wastewater treatment plant operations;
the wastewater treatment principles and practices, including wastewater
treatment plant operation and maintenance, water quality sampling and
testing methods, and industrial pretreatment requirements; operations
and maintenance of wastewater treatment equipment; characteristics and
safety requirements of various treatment chemicals; sampling techniques
Skill in: establishing and
maintaining effective working relationships with citizens, contractors,
outside agencies, businesses, and employees; processing testing
equipment; performing basic mathematical calculations.
perform wastewater analysis; read and interpret instrumentation; make
sound judgment calls and decisions during malfunctions or other
emergencies; maintain accurate records ; maintain constant alertness and
concentration; perform the day-to-day operations of a wastewater
treatment plant; perform technical chemical sampling and analysis for a
wastewater plant; stay within compliance of the Village of Ruidoso’s
NPDES permit; understand and interpret complex statutes, ordinances,
regulations, standards, and guidelines; communicate in person and in
writing; balance a variety of duties, prioritize, and meet deadlines;
make fair and concise decisions; understand complex statutes,
regulations, guidelines, and procedures.