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Plant Operator I, II, or III

FSLA Status: Non-Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

PLANT OPERATOR I, II, or III - WATER & WASTEWATER
KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND

The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently accepting applications for a Water/Wastewater Plant Operator I or Water/Wastewater Plant Operator II or Water/Wastewater Plant Operator III position in the Public Works Department. These positions involve operation of medium weight vehicles, performing water and wastewater facility operation and maintenance and manual physical labor in all types of weather and emergency situations. For the Operator I position, Maryland Water Class 4 and/or Maryland Wastewater Class 5 certification preferred or must be able to pass either certification exam within one year of employment. For the Operator II position, Maryland Water Class 4 and Maryland Wastewater Class 5 certifications are required to be considered, for Operator the III position, Maryland Water Class 4 and Maryland Wastewater Class 5 certifications are required to be considered. Operator II applicants must have a Commercial Driver’s License, Class B with tanker and air brakes endorsements, or must be able to obtain within one year. Operator III applicants must have the Plant Operator II requirements, and also have four years of training under the supervision of a properly licensed superintendent. All Applicants must have the availability to be scheduled for on call duty, weekends and holidays on a rotating basis and be able to work evening and night hours. Applicants must have the ability to work well with the public. Starting salary for the Operator I at Grade 5 is $42,380, starting salary for Operator II at Grade 6 is $46,810, and starting salary for Operator III at Grade 7 is $53,917. All three positions come with a comprehensive benefits package.

Application and job specification may be obtained from the County Commissioners Human Resources Office, 400 High Street, 2nd Floor, Chestertown, Maryland 21620, (410)778-4595, or go to www.kentcounty.com. Receipt of application and COPY OF COMPLETE DRIVING RECORD is required for consideration. This position is open until filled. Screening for illegal drug use will be required prior to appointment to the position. EOE


Plant Operator I:

KENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Job Description

Job Title: Plant Operator I Grade: 5
Department: Water and Wastewater FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Revised Date: 07/22/2019 Approved Date: 9/23/2019

Job Summary: The primary duties of the Plant Operator I are to operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection and water distribution facilities in accordance with pertinent regulations and under general supervision.

Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Operates and maintains water and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection and water distribution facilities.

Responsible for regulating water and wastewater processes.

Reads and repairs water meters.

Mixes chemicals for use in water and wastewater processes.

Locates underground utilities.

Conducts emergency repairs.

Performs plant equipment and machinery maintenance.

Performs building and grounds maintenance.

Inspects wastewater pump stations.

Position requires working a rotating schedule for on call, weekends and holidays.

Position requires evening and night work as needed.

Position is designated as essential personnel in weather related emergencies.

Performs other duties as required.


Supervision: The position reports to the Superintendent of Water and Wastewater. Position does not supervise staff.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Problem Solving: Proactively anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other areas; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions.

Attention to Detail: Is alert in a high-risk environment; follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy; carefully monitors gauges, instruments or processes; concentrates on routine work details. Recognizes and accurately evaluates an indication of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.

Flexibility: Adapts well to changing priorities, scheduling changes, deadlines and directions; is willing to act, under pressure and tight deadlines.

Responsiveness: Responds to customer requests for service in a timely and thorough manner; does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; prioritizes customer needs.

Technical Skills: Working knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plant operations, machinery and treatment processes; of safety, accident prevention and first-aid methods.

Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical plant components and their repair is preferred. Introductory knowledge of chemistry and biology and proper sampling techniques, laboratory analysis and regulations as established within the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.

Project Management: Ability to handle a variety of projects with conflicting deadlines and needs.

Computer Related Skills: Ability to work with MS Office and other software packages, including email and basic internet use. Understands computers and automation used to control machinery and processes.

Additional Requirements: Must be able to pass a urinalysis test prior to employment.


Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or GED required.

Two years of experience under supervision of a properly licensed superintendent.

Class 5 wastewater or Class 4 water operator certificate issued by the Maryland State Board of
Waterworks and Waste System Operators is required.

Valid Maryland driver’s License and an acceptable motor vehicle record.


Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in a variety of settings some which provide comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions; however, some areas will expose the employee to occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less than optimal temperature and air conditions. The position routinely requires lifting or moving of moderately heavy items, such as equipment, boxes (up to 80 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking, climbing stairs or ladders on a routine basis, and/or standing for long periods of time and/or frequently requires stooping and bending.

Work requires special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts or machines; working with irritant chemicals, etc. The position may involve routine exposure to soiled materials and light chemical substances such as cleaning solutions; work may require employees to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields; requires working in adverse weather conditions.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.


The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

This and all County positions are subject to transfer, based on need.
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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
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I have read and understand this job description


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Employee Signature Date


Plant Operator II:

KENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Job Description

Job Title: Plant Operator II Grade: 6
Department: Water and Wastewater FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Revised Date: 07/22/2019 Approved Date: 9/23/19

Job Summary: The primary duties of the Plant Operator II are to operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection and water distribution facilities in accordance with pertinent regulations and under general supervision.



Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Operates and maintains water and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection and water distribution facilities.

Responsible for regulating water and wastewater processes.

Reads and repairs water meters.

Mixes chemicals for use in water and wastewater processes.

Locates underground utilities.

Conducts emergency repairs.

Performs plant equipment and machinery maintenance.

Performs building and grounds maintenance.

Inspects wastewater pump stations.

Prepares regulatory reports.

Position requires working a rotating schedule for on call, weekends and holidays.

Position requires evening and night work as needed.

Position is designated as essential personnel in weather related emergencies.

Performs other duties as required.


Supervision: The position reports to the Superintendent of Water and Wastewater. Position may act as lead operator if needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Problem Solving: Proactively anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other areas; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions.

Attention to Detail: Is alert in a high-risk environment; follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy; carefully monitors gauges, instruments or processes; concentrates on routine work details.

Recognizes and accurately evaluates an indication of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.

Flexibility: Adapts well to changing priorities, scheduling changes, deadlines and directions; is willing to act, under pressure and tight deadlines.

Responsiveness: Responds to customer requests for service in a timely and thorough manner; does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; prioritizes customer needs.

Technical Skills: Working knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plant operations, machinery and treatment processes; of safety, accident prevention and first-aid methods. Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical plant components and their repair is preferred. Introductory knowledge of chemistry and biology and proper sampling techniques, laboratory analysis and regulations as established within the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.

Project Management: Ability to handle a variety of projects with conflicting deadlines and needs.

Computer Related Skills: Ability to work with MS Office and other software packages, including email and basic internet use. Understands computers and automation used to control machinery and processes.

Additional Requirements: Must be able to pass a urinalysis test prior to employment.


Education and Experience:

High School diploma or GED required.

Three years of experience under supervision of a licensed superintendent.

Requires Class 5 wastewater and Class 4 water operator certificates issued by the Maryland State Board of Waterworks and Waste System Operators.

Valid Maryland driver’s license and an acceptable motor vehicle record required.

Valid class B commercial drivers license with tanker and air brakes endorsement required.


Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in a variety of settings some which provide comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions; however, some areas will expose the employee to occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less than optimal temperature and air conditions. The position routinely requires lifting or moving of moderately heavy items, such as equipment, boxes (up to 80 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking, climbing stairs or ladders on a routine basis, and/or standing for long periods of time and/or frequently requires stooping and bending.

Work requires special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts or machines; working with irritant chemicals, etc. The position may involve routine exposure to soiled materials and light chemical substances such as cleaning solutions; work may require employees to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields; requires working in adverse weather conditions.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.


The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

This and all County positions are subject to transfer, based on need.
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Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
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I have read and understand this job description

________________________________________ _________________
Employee Signature Date


KENT COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Job Description

Job Title: Plant Operator III Grade: 7
Department: Public Works Dept / Water and Wastewater Division FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Revised Date: 09/16/2015 Approved Date:

Job Summary: The primary duty of the Plant Operator III is to operate water purifications plants, pumping stations, wastewater collection and treatment sites in accordance with pertinent regulations and under general supervision but at the full performance level.



Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Handles the maintenance of plants and facilities assigned.

Instructs plant operators through plant process adjustments and daily operation of water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure the compliance of state and federal regulations.

Conducts pre-construction site visits to outline the connection to public water and sewer managed by the department with property owners and or private contractors.

Oversees the installation and connections to the department’s public water and sewers systems done by private contractors.

Organizes the repair efforts of infrastructure either in-house or by private contractors.

Organizes repair efforts to utilize private contractors and County resources.

Manages major weather events utilizing County resources and private contractors to prevent sanitary sewer overflows, plant bypasses; and also maintaining compliance with the national pollutant discharge elimination system permits.

Performs process changes, changes operation set points and monitors operation of 11 sewage pumping stations, three water treatment plants and three waste water treatment plants.

Handles a variety of clerical duties assigned.

Conduct research and reporting to management as assigned.

Responsible for supervision, management and training of staff.

Position is scheduled for on call work as needed.

Acts as essential personnel in weather related emergencies.

Performs other duties as required.


Supervision: The position reports to the Superintendent. Position serves as lead worker to other Plant Operator staff.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Problem Solving: Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other areas; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions.

Attention to Detail: Is alert in a high-risk environment; follows detailed procedures and ensures accuracy; carefully monitors gauges, instruments or processes; concentrates on routine work details. Recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.

Flexibility: Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; works to eliminate all processes which do not add value; is willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines; takes informed risks.

Responsiveness: Responds to requests for service in a timely and thorough manner; does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; prioritizes customer needs.

Technical Skills: Working knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plant operations and machinery and of the treatment process; of safety, accident prevention and first-aid methods.

Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical plant components and their repair is preferred.

Introductory knowledge of chemistry and biology and proper sampling techniques and required laboratory Analysis as outlined in the latest edition of "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater" and regulations as established within the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.

Project Management: Ability to handle a variety of projects with conflicting deadlines and
needs.

Computer Related Skills: Ability to work with MS Office and other software packages, including basic internet use.

Additional Requirements: Must be able to pass a urinalysis test prior to employment.

Education and Experience:

High School Diploma or GED required.
Four years of training under supervision of a properly licensed superintendent.
Certification as a Class 5 Wastewater Treatment Operator required.
Certification as a Class 4 Water Treatment Operator required.
Valid Maryland Driver’s License and an acceptable motor vehicle record.
Valid Maryland Commercial Driver’s License.
Flagger Certification required.
CPR and First Aid Certification required.


Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in a variety of settings some which provide comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions, however some areas will expose the employee to occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less than optimal temperature and air conditions. The position routinely requires lifting or moving of moderately heavy items, such as equipment, boxes (up to 80 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking on a routine basis, and/or standing for long periods of time and/or frequently requires stooping and bending.

Work requires special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts or machines; working with irritant chemicals, etc. The position may involve routine exposure to soiled materials and light chemical substances such as cleaning solutions; work may require employees to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields; may require working in adverse weather conditions.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.


The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

This and all County positions are subject to transfer, based on need.
________________________________________
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
________________________________________
I have read and understand this job description.

____________________________________ ___ _______________________
Employee Signature Date

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Please email the completed applications to hr@kentgov.org
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