Wastewater Operator Assistant


Organization : Village of Libertyville
Job Category : Water and Sewers
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Libertyville
Salary and Benefits :

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Wastewater Operator Assistant is responsible for performing a variety of semi-skilled tasks and duties related to the maintenance of the treatment plant components, pump station facilities and equipment in compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Performs treatment plant rounds and inspects lift stations under the guidance of Superintendent, Wastewater Operators or Equipment Technician. Completes work orders and various paperwork; and enters data into the computer. Duties also include maintenance of pump and skim primary clarifiers; hosing and cleaning tanks and weirs; cleaning of buildings, piping, and equipment; painting buildings, piping and equipment; and shoveling sidewalks, snowplowing, snow and ice removal from equipment. Yard cleanup and weed removal control around riprap areas of lagoon, tanks, grounds, lift stations and storm water pump station. Cleaning of vehicles, and upkeep of plant tools, safety equipment, mowers, snow blowers, weed whips, etc. Observing and recording sludge levels, pumping rates, rotating equipment; changing and adjusting chemical feed systems and other specialized treatment plant equipment under the guidance of the Operators; operating sludge processing equipment. Training to perform basic laboratory sampling and testing procedures. Assisting in the performance of regular and unscheduled repairs and maintenance on pumps, motors, blowers, gear drives, chains, sprockets and bearings. Operating pumps, sampling equipment and odor control systems. Reading and recording meters, instrumentation, charts and SCADA systems.

This position responds to emergency calls for service on a call-out basis and works outside of normal hours as needed.  Drives Village vehicles to work sites and transports materials as required. Assist with other functions and responsibilities within the Department of Public Works. Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and ExperienceHigh School Diploma/GED; and one-year of journey level experience in the maintenance and operation of water or wastewater industrial systems; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge Of:  Operation and maintenance of pumps, motors, valves, control systems. Record keeping principles and practices. Concepts, materials and terminology related to wastewater operations. Occupational hazards and applicable safety practices. Tools, equipment, practices and methods used in installing, maintaining and repairing industrial equipment. Standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment. Record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation. Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.

Skill In:  Maintaining accurate and complete records on repair and maintenance of equipment. Ability to learn calibration, alignment and testing of a variety of processes, equipment, instruments systems. Ability to learn analyzation and evaluation of chemical, biological and physical data and advising and coordinating appropriate corrective action when necessary. Identifying and resolving operational, technical and procedural problems. Communicating effectively verbally and in writing. Preparing clear and concise written reports and activity records. Operating an assortment of measurement tools, sampling equipment and laboratory instrumentation. Reading, interpreting and understanding technical manuals and electronic schematics, drawings and diagrams. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Maintaining accurate inventory of parts and tools in stock.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, and REGISTRATIONS: Illinois Class D Driver’s license and ability to obtain a Class B CDL Driver’s license, and Illinois Class 4 Wastewater Operators license within 18 months of employment.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  Mobility to work in an office setting and field setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; strength and agility to traverse construction sites and uneven terrain; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. 

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed in an office setting and field setting. Work is subject to performance under adverse environmental conditions, exposure to hazardous chemicals, electrical currents, noxious odors, gasses and fumes.


Application and resume due no later than November 20, 2017. Apply online at www.libertyville.com/jobs. This is an entry-level position with a starting salary of $42,606. The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


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