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Job Description: Treatment Plants Director – City of Laurinburg, pop. 15,646, Salary Range: $66,402 – $98,574 + benefits.
The City of Laurinburg is searching for an experienced professional to lead the water treatment plants operation of our City. Responsibilities include complex skilled technical work planning, organizing and directing the operations of water and wastewater treatment plants including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System(SCADA) and well operations, preparing documents for permit renewal, ensuring compliance with regulatory agency requirements, maintaining records and files, preparing reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the City Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all personnel within the department. Individual needs the ability to plan, organize and direct the work of all operational personnel in the water and wastewater treatment plants, wells and lift stations; ensures operations conform with regulatory agency requirements; prepares appropriate documentation for permit renewal. Assists in the recruitment and selection of department staff; enforces the Personnel Policy; assigns, directs, trains, inspects and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; recommends rewards, transfers, promotions, suspensions, demotions and terminations; coaches, counsels and disciplines staff; develops staff schedules. Prepares and administers department budget; reviews and codes invoices for department purchases; orders equipment and parts; approves contracts for large repairs; requests sample kits from contract laboratories. Reviews daily and monthly reports; reviews treatment plant problems; interprets data and provides direction regarding necessary adjustments to plant operations. Troubleshoots electrical issues; repairs electrical and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System; repairs difficult and complex equipment issues. Collects samples; reviews and supervises the land application of sludge process; Composes correspondence and reports; prepares projections on future departmental needs; reviews construction plans for new projects; meets with other entities on larger projects. Attends workshops on rule changes for department facilities; conducts staff meetings on rule changes, safety and general issues; attends management team and City Council meetings. Accompanies regulatory agency representatives during inspections. Receives and responds to inquiries and complaints. May be required to work outside normal work hours in on-call and emergency situations. Provides excellent customer service when working with citizens, elected officials, and/or associates. Supports the overall City organization by executing the directives as set forth by the immediate supervisor and elected officials.

Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with coursework in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or related field and extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment and distribution operations including considerable supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of Grade A Well, Grade IV Wastewater and land applications certifications. Valid driver’s license in the State of North Carolina.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. City of Laurinburg provides a competitive benefits package; that includes participation in NC Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) membership and benefits in health, dental, life, vision insurance; optional life and disability coverage; 401K and 457 deferred compensation plans; paid holidays; and annual and sick leave. Apply online at Position is open until filled. Should you have any questions, please phone the HR Director, Betty J. Galloway, at (910) 291-1739.
The City of Laurinburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:

posted 3/12/19 (063019) 

Assistant Public Utilities Director

Job Description: Located 45 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia in the far northeast of the inner banks of North Carolina, the city of Elizabeth City is a charming community having a population of 20,000 residents.
The City of Elizabeth City is currently seeking an Assistant Public Utilities who strives to provide the highest level of service to the community being a leader of innovative, high quality and professional public works services. The successful applicant directs multiple divisions (Potable Water, Wastewater, and GIS) within the Public Unities Department. The ideal applicant will be ensuring performance of the division at or above Federal and State Regulatory requirements and City Standards. The Applicant will develop and Implement a sound maintenance program, including preventative/predictive/reactive maintenance and inventory control. The successful applicant will be developing and implementing several programs, i.e. short and long range plans for the division, Capital Improvement Programs, Asset Management, and Rehabilitation program for division infrastructure. The ideal applicant will provide design requirements/recommendations to consultants, engineers and architects. The candidate will demonstrate an innovative spirit and a forward-thinking philosophy with the vision and ability to work in a diverse and engaged community. The successful candidate will supervise the work of a large staff, and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other public officials, associates, contractors and the general public.

• Coordinating and supervising the field operations within the Public Works Department; assisting the Director of Public Works with the creation and maintenance of systems, records and files; serving as Director in their absence.
• Assists with planning and implementing services in street maintenance and repair, sewer line maintenance and repair, equipment maintenance, signs, water system repairs and maintenance, and related public works operations;
• Plans and monitors activities to meet the goals and objectives of the department;
• Coordinates public works activities with other departments;
• Evaluates the performance of public works staff;
• Prepares and presents estimates and bids;
• Organizes work to be done and plans work schedules, and delegates assignments;
• Inspects jobs assigned for completeness and accuracy;
• Assists Director in all phases of long term strategic planning;
• Coordinates the repair and preventive maintenance on equipment;
• Assists with the development and management of the departmental operating and capital budgets;
• Signs most department requisitions;
• Supervises division superintendents;
• Performs other related duties as required.

Thorough knowledge of public works administration and operations; thorough knowledge of modern construction, repair and maintenance methods; thorough knowledge of the use of construction and maintenance machinery; ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of department employees; courtesy and tact in dealing with the general public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates and the general public; skill in the operation of a variety of construction equipment.

Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field and considerable experience in the public works field.

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Possession of Drinking Water and/or Wastewater certifications preferred. Registration as an Engineering Intern by the State of North Carolina required. Professional Engineer preferred.

How to Apply: For more information on completing your application materials please visit our employment webpage of our City website at If you are ready to join the exciting Team Elizabeth City and you meet the requirements detailed above, please submit your application via standard mail to the address listed below. For more information contact the Department of Human Resources at 252-338-3981. Department of Human Resources 302 E Colonial Avenue Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Applications will be accepted until filled. The City of Elizabeth City reserves the right to accelerate or extend the “Closing Date” of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

posted 3/12/19 (063019)

Water Treatment Plant Consultant

(Environmental Specialist II)

Job Description: This position is physically located at 3800 Barrett Drive, Raleigh NC. This position provides technical and regulatory assistance to public water supply systems in the 16 North Carolina counties served by the Raleigh Regional Office. These activities include monitoring water system treatment facility operations and monitoring and reporting activities, providing assistance and training to water plant operators, providing support to water systems during emergencies and enforcing the North Carolina Drinking Water Act and the “Rules Governing Public Water Systems”. The employee performs a wide range of duties such as conducting sanitary surveys, water treatment trouble shooting, field investigations, water plant and water system inspections, source water assessments and approvals, technical and regulatory assistance to operators, engineers, water supply staff and utility personnel. This position requires employee to currently hold a Certification as an A-Surface Water Treatment Plant Operator by The North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board.

Other Requirements:
– Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and database systems
– Valid driver’s license is required
– Some overnight travel is required

How to Apply:

posted 3/7/19  (032619) 

Water Treatment Plant Operator

General Duties and Responsibilities:
An employee in this position is responsible for participating in the operation and maintenance of a 2 MGD water treatment plant. Must have knowledge of the practices of water treatment and water purification analysis. Needs to have knowledge of chemical tests applicable to water treatment, equipment repair, maintenance techniques, appropriate safety precautions and procedures, mathematics applicable to plant operations, and fundamentals of computer operation. Performs a variety of water quality laboratory tests. Adjusts chemicals as necessary to maintain optimum plant performance. Monitors water tank levels, makes periodic checks of equipment, including feed pumps, flocculators, flash mixer, basins, filters, raw pump building and high service pump building. Retains plant records as required. Backwashes filters as required. Refills chemical day tanks. Maintains facility, which includes general housekeeping and grounds maintenance. Operates the SCADA system to control plant operation and keep up distribution system requirements. Works directly under the supervision of the Superintendent.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have working knowledge of North Carolina state regulations, standard practices, and testing procedures in the treatment of water. Must have a working knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of machines and equipment used in water treatment. This position requires the physical ability to lift approximately 55 lbs, reach overhead, twist, climb, kneel and squat. Must be willing to work holidays and during inclement weather. This position is rotating day/night shift, and will include some rotating weekend work.

Job Requirements:
Completion of high school or GED required. Prefer candidates with at least a grade (C -SURFACE) certificate in water treatment or be willing/able to obtain within one year of employment. Possession of a driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina required.

How to Apply: Download an application at and mail or fax to: Town Of Pittsboro Po Box 759 Pittsboro, NC, 27312 Ph# 919-542-3530 Fax# 919-542-0298

posted 3/4/19  (033019) 

Maintenance Worker I/II/III

Job Description: Join Team Salisbury as a Maintenance Worker. We are seeking motivated candidates who will perform work participating in water and sewer repair and maintenance with the Salisbury-Rowan Utilities Department. Main duties for this position include but are not limited to: operates water and sewer utility maintenance equipment including shovels, small engine portable and stationary tools, pumps, and various hand and battery powered tools; performs a variety of utility repair work including shoveling, sweeping, flagging traffic and plumbing; installs and maintains water and sewer lines and all equipment necessary for the proper operation of the water and sewer systems, including manholes, fire hydrants, and valves; installs and maintains new service connections to the water or sewer systems and repairs existing service connections; and performs preventative maintenance activities including valve exercising, CCTV inspection of lines, jetting, and flushing. Join the City of Salisbury for a rich benefit plan and the opportunity to work with a fast paced team that aims to exemplify the City’s values by showing purpose, passion and priority.

Minimum Requirements:
• High School diploma or GED and minimal experience in utility maintenance, repair and/or construction, or equivalent combination of education and experience • Must have a valid NC Driver’s License, Class A or B CDL preferred • Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time • Ability to work after normal business hours in on-call and emergency situations

How to Apply:

posted 3/4/19  (040119)

Western NC Small Community Water System Operation and Maintenance Technician

Job Description: Western NC- Read Master Meters, Add Chlorine in specified ratio to mixing equipment, Maintain chemical feed pumps, Collect Samples for Analysis as needed, assist with water line installation and repair, pump and control trouble shooting and repair.

How to Apply: by email (  and phone 828-837-2997

posted 2/20/19  (043019) 

Operator II- New Bern NC

Job Description: Under general supervision, performs routine tasks related to the operation of water and/or wastewater treatment facilities. Maintains plant compliance with EPA standards and state water Commission. Performs general cleaning of grounds and buildings. Ensures plant safety and sanitary requirements.
Requires HS Diploma or GED and valid NC Drivers License. Successful candidate must hold, at minimum, second-level operator certification in water and/or wastewater treatment, may be in the process of obtaining third-level certification and 3 – 5 years experience in treatment of water and/or wastewater.

CWSNC provides a competitive salary and benefit package, company vehicle, and a dynamic work environment.

How to Apply:

posted 2/12/19  (040119) 

Operator I- Morehead City NC

Job Description: Under general supervision, performs routine tasks related to the operation of water and/or wastewater treatment facilities. Maintains plant compliance with EPA standards and state water Commission. Performs general cleaning of grounds and buildings. Ensures plant safety and sanitary requirements.
Requires HS Diploma or GED and valid NC Drivers License. Successful candidate may hold first-level operator certification in water and/or wastewater treatment or be able to obtain within 12 months of employment and 2 – 4 years of mechanical experience with at least one year in treatment of water and/or wastewater.

CWSNC provides a competitive salary and benefit package, company vehicle, and a dynamic work environment.

How to Apply:

posted 2/12/19  (040119) 

Water Treatment Plant Operator (part time)


General Statement of Duties

An employee in this class performs intermediate semiskilled work in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant. Emphasis of the work is on efficient and effective operation and maintenance of the plant, control and performance of treatment and testing processes. Performs general plant and grounds maintenance tasks; maintaining records and logs. Position may be subject to shift work as necessary to complete treatment process. Treats contaminated water through a series of processes that remove or destroy harmful materials and microorganisms. System operators ensure that the purification process goes smoothly and efficiently. Controls high-tech equipment, such as control pumps, valves, and computers that move the water through the numerous treatment processes. Responsible for testing the water at various stages of treatment; interpreting and adjusting meters and gauges; and performing chemical and biological laboratory analyses. Must follow the water pollution standards set by the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Must be familiar with all federal and local regulations, laws, and standards regarding the quality of drinking water. Employees are subject to hazards associated with water plant operations including working both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, moving electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, working in small spaces such as sewer pipes, and oils. Work around water is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed Work is performed under the supervision of the Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator and is reviewed by observation, conference, and the reviewing records for adherence to operations standards, instructions, and safety practices. Position may be subject to shift work as necessary to complete treatment process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks
Performs general plant and grounds maintenance tasks; maintaining records and logs.
Makes regular tours of the plant and checks engines, generators, pumps, aerators, tanks, filters, chlorinators, chemical feeders, and other equipment for proper functioning.
Documents amount of water treated, amount of chemicals used and records chemical pump dial settings; calibrates equipment as needed.
Collects water samples; performs tests such as pH, alkalinity, turbidity, etc., completes lab analysis of treated and untreated water to ensure quality; makes chemical and other adjustments as needed.
Records readings from meters and instruments; maintains various records and logs on plant operations.
Regulates and adjusts motors, pumps, blowers, valves and other apparatus to meet changing operating conditions; back washes filters to ensure plant sludge collection systems are operating properly.
Performs minor maintenance and lubrication on equipment.
Performs general custodial and grounds maintenance work.
Requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm’s length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities.

Additional Job Duties
Position may be subject to shift work as necessary to complete treatment process.
Performs related work as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a water treatment plant;
Working knowledge of hydraulic, chemical and mechanical principles pertinent to water treatment plant operations;
Working knowledge of State rules and regulations governing water treatment; some knowledge in maintaining documentation and records;
Working knowledge in the use of standard office equipment and associated software;
Ability to make arithmetic computations;
Ability to compute rates, ratios and percentages;
Working knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work, and the necessary safety precautions; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
Ability to read meters and charts accurately;
Skill in the use and care of hand tools;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and hearing.
Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently; and or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Must possess the visual acuity to read gauges, dials, observe moving parts of machines, and to be able to record and review written records.

Education Requirement
Graduation from high school supplemented by coursework in chemistry or biology and water treatment with related experience in a water treatment plant and minimal experience in the operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license upon hire.
Obtain a North Carolina “C” Surface Water Treatment Operator certification within eighteen (18) months of employment.
Obtain a North Carolina Physical/Chemical certification within twenty-four (24) months of employment.
Must meet and maintain all certification, license and training requirements for position.

Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.

How to Apply:

posted 1/7/19  (040119) 

Distribution System Operator

Job Description: Distribution System Operator Position Vacancy

Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Deadline: Open until filled.

Orange-Alamance Water System, Inc. has a Distribution System Operator position vacancy. We rely on employees with professional communication and problem-solving skills to work closely with all staff and when providing assistance to our customers, contractors and vendors. This role applies technical judgement working in partnership with other staff and requires a high degree of interpersonal skills with the ability to make judgement calls; exercising professional and safe behavior at all times. The successful candidate must be able to operate the tools and equipment required for the position and work during all types of weather. Overtime/standby/recall is required when responding to emergencies or when scheduled. We seek those who are team-oriented, motivated with a good work ethic who takes pride in their work.

Applicants can expect to cross-train in the various work groups listed below:

• Customer Service
• Water Treatment Plant
• Wells


• Operates heavy equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, tractors, mowers, trailers etc.
• Communicates work-related needs and issues by estimating needs; evaluation and approval of work site performance; and providing progress reports to supervision.
• Hauls, loads, unloads, delivery/installation of project-related materials, tools and equipment by reviewing orders; confirming delivery; storing and/or installing as required.
• Installs, repairs and maintains water meters.
• Performs maintenance of specialized equipment.
• Repairs water service connection and water main breaks.
• Installs, repairs and flushes fire hydrants, new service connections, air release valves, etc.
• Opens, closes valves to effectively operate distribution system.
• Flushes system and collects water samples.
• Locates water lines.
• Water Pump Station operations.
• Elevated Tank Operation & Maintenance.
• Water distribution system SCADA.
• Reads meters.
• Patches roadways and sidewalks at completion of task; repairs landscaping.
• Performs after-hours work as required.
• Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

• High School Diploma or GED equivalent and minimum of 18 years of age.
• Possesses a valid Driver’s License, preferably an A-CDL license or acquires within 90 days of hire.
• Minimum 3 years related experience
• Must be reachable by phone and subject to week-long on-call shifts on a regular basis.
• Competency with software, phones, tablets, hand-held devices, etc. for record-keeping, work communications and meter reading.
• Experience as a Heavy Equipment Operator using a backhoe, dump truck w/ trailer and hauling equipment.
• Experience with hand tools such as shovels, rakes, mattocks, augers, chain saws, tampers, etc.
• Knowledge of blueprint reading.
• Knowledge of relevant safety procedures and guidelines.
• Knowledge of standard water & wastewater materials and procedures.
• Knowledge of traffic laws and regulations.

Preferred Certifications:

• Minimum NC Grade C Distribution Operator certification
• Trenching/Shoring
• Competent Person
• Meter Technician
• Backflow Cross-Connection

Supplemental Information:

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently/repeatedly required to stand; walk; use hands and exert forces needed to handle various types and sizes of tools, equipment and objects; reach with hands and arms to perform elevated/lowered work for periods of time; climb ladders and balance; climb into vehicles and equipment; stoop; kneel; half-kneel; squat, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift, push, pull and/or move more than 100 pounds. An employee is this position will have successfully passed a health screening administered by a third-party health professional.

Safety Sensitive: This position has been identified as safety-sensitive. The employee in this position will be part of a random drug testing pool. The methodology for choosing the random test subjects is handled by an outside, impartial third-party vendor.

Work Environment: The work is typically performed outdoors, occasionally in cold, hot or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, mud, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, and irritating chemicals. The work will require the use of personal protective equipment.

How to Apply: Employment applications are available:

• On our website at

• At the OAWS, Inc. Administrative office at 5900 US 70 Hwy. Mebane, NC 27302

posted 1/3/19  (070119) 

City of Elizabeth City – Wastewater Laboratory Supervisor

Job Description: Located 45 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia in the far northeast of the inner banks of North Carolina, the city of Elizabeth City is a charming community, having a population of 20,000 residents.

General Definition and Conditions of Work:
Performs difficult technical work in conducting chemical and bacteriological tests and overseeing the operation of the laboratory; does related work as required. Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Treatment Plant Superintendent. Limited supervision is exercised over operators assigned to the laboratory.

• Writes standard operating procedures that conform with Standard Methods of Analysis and State laboratory certification requirements.
• Collecting samples, conducting chemical and bacteriological tests to ensure compliance and conformity with requirements and regulations, supervising the laboratory operation.
• Performs standard chemical and bacteriological tests on water samples and effluent for conformity to regulations.
• Conducts special tests requested by supevisors.
• Analyzes test results; prepares records and reports.
• Recommends changes in chemical dosage or other treatment methods, as indicated by test results.
• Records test results on prepared forms and maintains records.
• Provides training to plant operators on required sampling and testing.
• Assists in the sampling, preserving and shipping of samples from City and several pretreatment locations.
• Cleans and sterilizes glassware and other laboratory equipment.
• Prepares and calibrates equipment and reagents.
• Enters data into eDMR program and provides quality control check of report.
• Completes Quality Control Testing.
• Ensures laboratory equipment is maintained.
• Programs and maintains composite sampling equipment.
• Ensures sufficient supply of laboratory reagents.
• Ensures proper disposal of lab samples and reagents.
• Performs as plant operator when needed.
• Performs related tasks as required.

Thorough knowledge of chemical principles, terminology, techniques, equipment and laboratory tests pertaining to analysis of water and wastewater samples; thorough knowledge of the processes and treatment stages involved in water and wastewater treatment; ability to use laboratory and related equipment and to compute and record test results; ability to plan work load to meet time requirements; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

Education and experience sufficient to meet the state requirements for a supervisor of a municipal wastewater treatment laboratory. A B.S. or A.B. degree in chemistry or closely related science curriculum from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of six months laboratory experience in analytical chemistry, or a two year associate degree from an accredited college, university, or technical institute in chemistry technology, environmental sciences, or closey related science curriculum plus a minimum of two years experience in analytical chemistry. Non-degree supervisors must have at least six years laboratory experience in analytical chemistry.

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina. Within six months of employment, the employee must obtain a Grade 1 NC biological wastewater treatment operator license.

How to Apply: If you are ready to join the exciting Team Elizabeth City and you meet the requirements detailed above, please submit your City application found at the following link: For more information contact the Department of Human Resources at 252-338-3981 ext. 381 email to

posted 10/9/18  (040119)