Operator Job Description

West Montrose Sanitation District

Job Description

Job Title:        Wastewater Treatment / Collection System Operator

Reports To:    District Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Date:               November 2016

Job Summary:
To perform duties associated with the operation and maintenance of the District’s wastewater treatment plant, wastewater collection system and septage receiving station; to ensure compliance with District and mandated water quality standards; to monitor and maintain system operation equipment; to perform routine maintenance around District facilities and offices; to respond to emergencies, keep accurate records and in general any other tasks assigned to that individual by the Manager or assigned supervisor.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

 Essential Job Functions: include the following: Other duties may be assigned and the District Manager retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time.

  • Operation of all mechanical and biological processes throughout the wastewater treatment plant, collection system and septage receiving station, in order to maintain effluent quality within State and Federal standards and guidelines.
  • Obtain wastewater collections and wastewater operator licenses as required.
  • This position requires on call duties which would include up to two hours of routine checks of equipment on weekends and holidays.
  • Respond to emergency calls as required in less than 30 minutes.
  • Operate heavy equipment as needed.
  • Perform weed spraying around District facilities.
  • Perform snow removal around District Facilities
  • Service, repair and replace various types of electrical and mechanical equipment used in the plant; troubleshoots for cause of breakdown and initiate repairs.
  • Keeps plant equipment and collection system clean and in excellent operating conditions; makes routine and general repairs or adjustments to equipment or circuits; performs all necessary work to keep structures, equipment, buildings and grounds neat and clean in appearance.
  • Read and decipher engineered plans for inspecting construction projects for the District.
  • Perform sewer locates.
  • Attend classes for continued education related to job duties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

III. Qualifications: Fulfilling the essential job facets requires that employee have the following qualifications or ability to learn the following.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, monitoring, and maintenance of a wastewater treatment facility and collection system processes and maintenance programs.
  • A variety of machinery and equipment used in the operation of a wastewater treatment facility and/or a collection system.
  • How to diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action to adjust systems according to needs.
  • Complying with mandatory wastewater treatment procedures and methods.
  • Inspections and preventative maintenance of treatment plant facilities and equipment related to collection systems.
  • Computer programs used to track treatment processes and maintain records.
  • Preparation and maintenance of accurate record keeping.

Ability to:

  • Organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up assignments with a minimum amount of direction.
  • Develop and carry-out program goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Communicate with the public and other employees effectively.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain knowledge and abilities would be:


Wastewater treatment plant and collection systems operations and maintenance experience is preferred but not essential to the position.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade

License or Certificate:

  • Valid Colorado Driver’s license.
  • Within first year of employment; obtain State of Colorado Class “1” Collection Operator Certificate
  • Within first year of employment; obtain State of Colorado Class “D” Wastewater Operator Certificate

Environmental Conditions:
Wastewater treatment plant environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, and inclement weather conditions, work in or with water and wastewater; work on slippery surfaces; work in confined spaces.


Physical Requirements:

  • Primary functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.
  • While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds; routinely lift up to 50 pounds.

General Terms Applicable to this Position:

  • Employed At Will. This job position is at-will, meaning that either the employee or the District may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause or prior notice.
  • Not a Contract.   This job description is not a contract of employment and is subject to change by the District at any time without prior notice to employee.
  • Duties Not Inclusive. The duties listed above are examples of essential functions of the job position but are not all-inclusive.  The District may require the employee to perform additional duties not listed and may modify the duties listed.
  • Handbook. The Employee Handbook contains important guidelines regarding employment with the District that apply to employee.  Employee is responsible for reading and abiding by the Employee Handbook guidelines, which Handbook may be modified from time to time by the District.
  • Reliability. This position requires that the person be reliable in terms of attendance.  This is essential to performing the job satisfactorily.