Wastewater Operator II- Utilities**Bargaining Unit Position**

Company: Dona Ana County
Date Posted: March 9, 2023
Job Description:

This posting will close at 5:00 pm on the close date.


An Individual whose qualifications exceed the minimum qualifications for the job may be hired above the minimum of the range based on full years of related work experience as presented on the application.


Under the direction of the Wastewater Lead Operator, responsible for inspecting, testing and installing wastewater systems.

(A position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all of the duties which may be found in a position of the class.  An individual must be able to perform the essential functions listed below and a reasonable accommodation may be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job).


Inspects, tests, and aids operations of the wastewater systems to determine compliance with County, State and Federal standards. Ensures and monitors the flow and collection of wastewater samples. Prepares as built drawings and ensures addition of information onto county utility base maps. Responsible for providing 24-hour emergency stand by duties, when assigned. Maintains records of inspections on daily logs and test for legal purposes. Assists the Assistant Utility Operations Manager in all phases of wastewater facility operations.  Locates and maps existing wastewater facilities, as required.  Responsible for completing and maintaining accurate records in compliance with EPA and NMED state and federal requirements.  Inspects new wastewater hook-ups.  Responds to customer odor complaints throughout the County and reports findings to immediate supervisor.  Daily checks on lift stations and cleaning depending on hours used.  Communicates with different agencies, contractors, Engineers (state and federal).  Inspects the wastewater air vents that are established before pipe installation at each county resident.  Responsible for knowing and abiding by all department and County policies and procedures.


Position requires availability for responding to emergency situations on a 24-hour basis.


ADDITIONAL DUTIES.  Other job-related duties as assigned.


Education.  High School Diploma or general equivalency and successful completion of thirty (30) credit credits.  An associate’s degree from a two-year accredited water technology program preferred but not required.


Experience. Two (2) years full-time experience working in wastewater systems.  Experience can include a combination of wastewater laboratory work, utility inspections, operations and maintenance, collections, and/or wastewater treatment plants. 


Education/Experience substitution. Associates degree from a two-year accredited water and/or wastewater technology program with at least six (6) months of experience will be accepted.   


Licenses/Certifications. Must have a valid driver’s license and must maintain a satisfactory driving record in accordance with County policy; Current NM Wastewater Level II certification.     


Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver’s license record, etc.). Must pass a background and driver’s license check. 




Must have knowledge of:  Current wastewater systems and operating procedures; mathematical calculations associated with operation and maintenance of wastewater facilities; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations; Business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and basic arithmetic.


Must have the ability to:  Analyze and evaluate information accurately and express ideas clearly when providing oral and written reports and recommendations; use initiative and judgment in working independently while recognizing matters, which require the awareness of the Utilities Manger; Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.