Position Information

Please read the job posting below for the preferred way to apply.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II or III
TITLE: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II or III
TYPE: Represented, Non-Exempt, Full-time, DRS PERS Retirement Eligible Position
OPEN UNTIL FILLED: Open Until Filled, First Review February 16, 2024
REPORTS TO: Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor
Salary Range: $36.70 - $51.03/hour DOQ
Position Range Pay Level Pay Range
WWTPO II 9 $36.79 - $48.60
WWTPO III 10 $38.63 - $51.03
Lake Stevens is a residential community with excellent schools, lovely parks, and all of the necessary amenities that make it an ideal place to live and work. The Lake Stevens Sewer District’s mission is to meet the challenge of protecting the environment and to provide quality sewer service for our community. Located in the thriving and scenic community of Lake Stevens, Washington, our team takes great pride in our work and operates efficiently while cultivating a supportive and safety conscious culture to accomplish the mission.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) II or III works under the direction of the WWTP Supervisor and can receive assignments from the Senior Operator via written, emailed, or verbal communication that requires the incumbent to understand, investigate and determine the appropriate procedures to follow to complete the work. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions and work standards. The WWTP Operator II or III can be called upon to serve as Shift Operator in Charge in the absence of the WWTP Supervisor and Senior Operator.

The WWTP Operator II or III evaluates plant operations, monitors the treatment process, conducts basic preventative maintenance and makes appropriate adjustments to ensure safe, effective and reliable wastewater services are provided to customers throughout the District.
The WWTP Operator II or III ensures regulatory compliance in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and guidelines.
The WWTP Operator II or III is expected to perform on-going and special project activities as assigned by the WWTP Supervisor or District Management.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Work is regularly performed at the WWTP. The incumbent will occasionally be exposed to extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time, confined spaces, moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, and various tools and equipment. Work also involves exposure to live sewer systems, human waste, gases, fumes, loud noises, chemicals and pesticides.

Subject to 24-hour call-out for emergencies, computer/telemetry problems, power outages, etc. Incumbent shall maintain no more than a forty-five (45) minutes response time while on-call.
Occasional attendance at meetings, job fairs, training, etc. outside of normal business hours is required.

  • Receives on-the-job training on wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance. Employee learns how to safely and efficiently operate and maintain the facilities and systems daily. Training will be provided by certified wastewater operators.
  • Monitors operation of the wastewater treatment plant using methods such as visual inspection of equipment, reading gauges, instruments, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Performs operational duties, such as process control, plant checks, centrifuge operation, sampling, and laboratory testing safely.
  • Enters empty tanks and other confined spaces to perform inspections, cleaning, and maintenance.
  • Performs general maintenance of plant grounds including mowing, weeding, pressure washing, painting, janitorial, scrubbing, basic carpentry and mechanical repairs, and other duties as required.
  • Records wastewater treatment control data, reviews and completes reports and maintains records as required.
  • Responds to system operations, emergencies and alarms.
  • Performs maintenance activities during normal operation and emergency situations, including cleaning, servicing, repairing and maintaining operational equipment.
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment, such as lubrication, oil changes, and belt changes. Performs routine repair work, such as disassembly, repair, and installation of valves, switches, process instrumentation, motors, and related equipment.
  • Diagnoses problems and takes corrective action as required, inspects and observes facility operations for proper functioning of equipment and machinery, takes meter readings, checks operation of valves and gauges.
  • Gathers, tabulates, and records a variety of data and maintains logs. Follows maintenance schedules and maintains accurate records.
  • Assists with the coordination of specialized repair work with various contractors, suppliers, vendors, and other resources.
  • Maintains a safe work environment including utilizing appropriate policies, procedures, safety devices and equipment.
  • Trains lower level operators as required.
  • Lead plant tours for interested customers or other stake holders.
Other related duties as assigned.
Position: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II or III
Organization: Lake Stevens Sewer District
Location: Lake Stevens,  WA 
United States
Salary: $36.70 - $51.03/hour DOQ
Posting Start Date: 2/6/2024
Date Posted: 2/6/2024
  • District policies, procedures, methods and equipment
  • Operation, repair and maintenance of industrial machinery, pumps, instruments or other mechanical equipment
  • Functions and maintenance requirements of equipment, such as hydraulics, electrical and mechanical devices, generators and pumps
  • Hand and power tools, instruments, equipment, and techniques commonly used in the performance of related tasks
  • Safe handling and disposal requirements related to Biohazards and hazardous chemicals, disposal requirements and read and interpret SDS data.
  • Laws, rules, regulations and guidelines governing wastewater treatment and compliance
  • Computerized applications, Microsoft Office, asset management, CMMS, SCADA, and other related systems and software
  • Operate computer terminals and applied software packages
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with a full scope of knowledge of English, mathematics, legal forms and terms, proper spelling and grammar
  • Work independently as assigned
  • Exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within the scope of assigned responsibility
  • Read, interpret and apply operation and maintenance manuals and maintenance instructions
  • Read, interpret and apply work related laws, rules and regulations
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Analyze and resolve work related problems
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, representatives of other agencies and with the general public
  • Recommend solutions to complex problems
  • Reaching, standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, sitting, walking, grasping, dexterity, hearing, seeing, talking, and repetitive motions may be required. Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 50 pounds may be required.
  • High School diploma or GED; and
    • WWTPO II - three (3) years experience in wastewater technology OR the equivalent combination of education and/or experience acceptable to Washington State Department of Ecology.
    • WWTPO III - five (5) years experience in wastewater technology; OR, Associates degree AND four years of experience in wastewater technology (with at least two years at a Group II or higher WWTP) OR the equivalent combination of education and/or experience acceptable to Washington State Department of Ecology.
  • Vocational training certificate or Associates degree or higher in wastewater treatment technology desirable
  • Must pass job related tests
  • Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group II or III Certification, or ability to earn Group II certification within 6 months of hire
  • Forklift Operator certification will be required
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license required
  • CPR/First Aid certification will be required
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Basic Term Life Insurance and AD&D
  • DRS PERS Retirement and Deferred Compensation (DCP) plans
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA/VEBA)
  • Optional pre-tax and post-tax Supplemental Benefits
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays
 Email resumes and completed job applications to Rosalind.gorc@lkssd.org or send to LKSSD, attention HR, 1106 Vernon Road Suite A Lake Stevens, WA 98258. Prior to employment, a criminal history background check and reference check will be conducted on the top candidates. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies for a drug-free environment. For more information, visit our website at www.lkstevenssewer.org or call (425)334-8588.
The Statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as directed including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Revised 06/2022
Status: This listing expires on: 3/22/2024
Apply Apply for this Position
Send to a Friend  Send to Friend
   Print Job
Return to Job Search  Return to Job Search
Post a Position  Post a Position
Organization Information
Lake Stevens Sewer District
1106 Vernon Road, Suite A

Lake Stevens,  WA 98258
United States
(425) 339-3586
Rosalind Gorc, HR Manager