CITY OF RADFORD JOB OPENING
Water Plant Operator/Trainee –
The Town of Rocky Mount is currently seeking qualified applicants for the
position of Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Operator/Trainee. Duties of the
position are, but are not limited to, servicing pumps, valves, motors,
controls, and other plant equipment. Performing required laboratory tests
and analyses and monitoring treatment processes. Inspecting and washing
filters, tanks, and screens. Maintaining logs of operational controls and
maintenance. If not certified as an operator at the time of hire, obtaining a
WTP Class IV Operator license is required within 18 months of the date of
employment, Class III within 24 months of employment, and a Class II
within 30 months of employment. Excellent fringe benefits. High school
degree or equivalency required. Residency in Franklin County required
within one year of employment. Salary commensurate with experience.
Candidates must submit Town of Rocky Mount Application for Employment
to Amy Gordon, 345 Donald Ave., Rocky Mount, VA. 24151. Application
and complete job description for the position may be obtained online at
www.rockymountva.org . Reviews begin October 2, 2019; open until filled.
The Town of Rocky Mount is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
See Job Description below -
JOB TITLE: Water Treatment Plant Operator WTP/2
DEPARTMENT: Water Treatment Plant, Town of Rocky Mount
FLSA STATUS: Nonexempt – Salary
JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for testing, treating, and purifying water for
public and industrial use. This position may also be designated as a Water Treatment Plant
Operator Class IV, III, II, or I. This may also be used for a Water Treatment Plant Trainee, but
duties listed below have to be under the guidance of at least a Class II Operator.
o Controls treatment plant chemicals, machines, and equipment to purify and clarify
water for human consumption and industrial use.
o Collects representative water samples from the plant and distribution system; performs
chemical, and physical tests to assure water quality; submits samples for testing as
required by state agencies.
o Determines and adds specified amounts of chemicals such as chlorine to disinfect,
deodorize, and clarify water.
o Performs and records the results of various laboratory tests to assess water quality and
to determine optimal chemical treatment, such as pH, alkalinity, turbidity, chlorine
residual, coagulation, temperature, and other related tests.
o Cleans filter beds using backwashing techniques.
o Maintains the efficiency of plant and laboratory operations, including maintenance of
equipment, pumps, filters, and machinery, testing, quality control, and record-keeping
o Calibrates laboratory equipment and chemical feeders to assure proper operation.
o Maintains plant records, including operations logs, daily diaries, and chemical
inventories; compiles reports as required by regulatory agencies.
o Monitors SCADA, dials, pumps, chemical feeders, laboratory equipment, meters, and
gauges in the laboratory to determine status of various functions of the plant; performs
equipment and laboratory preventive maintenance duties.
o Reads, calculates, and records water usage daily.
o Monitors and maintains pressure and storage tank levels in distribution system.
Water Treatment Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant
o Performs minor repairs, operations adjustments, and preventive maintenance on plant
equipment as needed.
o Maintains pump station buildings, storage tanks, and pump and valve operations.
o Reads and records chemical usage; fills chemical feeders; mixes chemicals; changes
o Maintains safety measures on Blackwater dam.
o Checks motors and pumps for excessive noise and temperatures; reports problems to
o Assists in training new employees (Class I or II Operator only).
o Flushes hydrants and performs testing for water quality issues.
o Responds to citizens’ complaints, some by which results in visiting the customer
location and possibly performing tests.
o Ensures plant is safe and secure.
o Performs grounds maintenance, including mowing, weed eating, and landscaping, as
well as other housekeeping duties as needed.
o Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
o Knowledge of water system and treatment plant operations.
o Knowledge of OSHA safety procedures.
o Knowledge of the handling and application of the chemicals necessary to maintain a
safe water supply.
o Knowledge of standard laboratory principles, techniques, equipment, and materials.
o Knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment.
o Knowledge of basic maintenance concepts and skill with tools.
o Skill in basic chemistry, mathematics, and biology.