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Water Plant Operator I

Salary -$16.85 – $27.80 Hourly
Location -Burlington, NC
Job Type- Full-time
Department-Water Resources
Job Number- 2020-00111
Closing-  12/4/2020 5:00 PM Eastern
Hiring Range -$16.85 – $18.53

Job Description
FLSA: non-exempt
Inclement Weather Classification: Essential

An employee in this class is responsible for monitoring and treating the city’s drinking water and water supply. Emphasis of the work is on performing routine tests to ensure the highest possible quality of water. Primary work responsibilities include conducting hourly rounds of the plant, maintaining records, performing tests, adding any necessary chemicals to the water, troubleshooting mechanical problems, assisting customers, and performing related water treatment plant tasks. Work is differentiated from the Water Plant Lead Operator by having a lower level of certification and no supervisory or lead worker responsibility. Work is performed under the supervision of the Water Plant Lead Operator or Chief Water Plant Operator, and is evaluated for accuracy in tests performed, accuracy in results documented, and the sufficient operation of the plant. Work is checked by reviewing log book and observation of work in progress. This classification is considered non-exempt in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Examples of Duties
Makes hourly tours of plant and checks and documents gauge readings and calibrations; adjusts chemical feed rates of plant equipment
Checks meters and pumps for proper functioning
Checks filtered water for excess color by performing a color test and records results
Conducts tests for turbidity in raw, settled, and filtered water, chlorine residuals in filtered water, alkalinity levels in raw and filtered water
Records all results; calibrates fluoride meter and tests fluoride residual in raw and filtered water and records results
Backwashes and rewashes filters using a backwash pump
Checks levels of alum, caustic fluoride, corrosion inhibitor, carbon, coagulant aid, and other chemicals and adds chemicals as needed
Calculates chemical dosage, average readings, and plant performance and records in log book
Reports equipment failures to supervisor
Assists customers, answers phones, and responds to questions as needed
Performs related duties as required
General knowledge of the operating characteristics and maintenance requirements of a water treatment plant
General knowledge of state and federal water treatment and water quality regulations
General knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and necessary safety precautions
Ability to make decisions about water quality and water supply in the absence of a supervisor
Ability to detect problems in the operation of mechanical equipment and report those problems to a supervisor or the appropriate employee
Ability to conduct routine water quality tests and read meters and charts accurately, and record results
Ability to perform algebraic calculations and to keep detailed records
Ability to receive and carry out instructions provided by a supervisor
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with other city employees and the general public

Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED equivalency and some work experience with basic laboratory bench work. Prior experience in water treatment facility is desired. Preferred qualifications would include State “C” Surface Water Operator Certification or ability to obtain within one year of employment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Supplemental Information
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
Work in this class is described as strenuous. Work typically involves the ability to physically perform the basic life operational functions of balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions. Work necessitates visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned in preparing and analyzing figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal viewing and extensive reading, conduct visual inspection of small defects or parts, operate a machine, use measurement devices, and to assemble parts at distances close to the eyes. Employee is subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, noise, vibration, oils, and atmospheric conditions. Employee is required to wear a respirator when necessary. Employee may frequently work in close quarters, crawl space, shafts, man holes, small enclosed rooms, small sewage and water lines, and other areas which could cause claustrophobia. Employee is required to function in narrow aisles, passage ways, and catwalks. Working conditions include both inside and outside environmental conditions

Apply at http:/    Operators may also contact Dennis Thomas directly at 336-584-1393.

posted 11/18/2020  (121820)

Assistant Public Utilities Director 

Job Description: 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 Utilities 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: Visit our city webpage at and navigate to the employment tab 

posted 8/31/20  (010121)