Career Opportunities

Water Treatment Operator

Leavenworth Waterworks is accepting applications for the position of Water Treatment Operator. Work involves responsibility for the correct operation of a 6 MGD lime softening water treatment plant. The position checks operating conditions, registers and interprets meter and gauge readings, performs basic water testing at various stages of plant processes, makes equipment and chemical feed adjustments on the tests and interpretations of the process. Position is subject to shift and weekend work, as assigned.

Applicants must possess a valid drivers’ license and high school diploma or GED. A background check, drug screen, and physical capacity profile are required of the selected applicant before a final job offer. Salary range for entry level applicants is $30,000 – $32,500 plus excellent benefits. Experienced, license operators may be hired at a range up to $42,000 – $58,000 DOQ. Includes evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Or submit resume/completed application to nseichepine@lvnwater.org. Positions open until filled.
PDF: Employment Application

Job Descriptions

Operator in Training
DEFINITION:

This one year assignment is where incumbents learn functions as a trainee in the operation of a water treatment plant. During this one year assignment, the incumbent must meet requirements and expectations needed to be certified as Class I operator after one year of hire and Class II operator after two years of experience.

JOB DUTIES:

The list below is intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. These examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.

  • Capturing water samples and conducting tests to determine water quality.
  • Monitor gauges and meters; record necessary data.
  • Operates to the best possible standards to provide an uninterrupted water supply.
  • Annual and daily cleaning of water plants.
  • General water plant and grounds maintenance.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, plant and distribution storage and flow levels.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge of:

  • The chemical and physical processes used to treat potable water.
  • Basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.
  • Standard water treatment operating procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft software, excel and word.
  • Basic knowledge of computer HMI’s.

Ability to:

  • Sample the influent and effluent at various stages of processing to determine the effectiveness of the treatment process and any adjustments that are necessary.
  • Identify problems and ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, co-workers, and the general public.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Work in water treatment or related field preferred.

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or GED Associate degree preferred in Chemistry, Biology, or other related field

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Grade I Kansas Water Certificate after one year.
  • Ability to obtain a Grade II Certificate after two years.
  • Work in extreme heat and cold environments.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger; handle, or reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance.
  • The employee must lift and/or move materials up to and over 100 pounds; frequently lift up to 25 and 55 pounds; and regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Drug testing and physical fitness test.
  • Must be able to work varying shifts, as assigned.
  • Must be available for emergency situations.

SALARY: $30,000 to $32,500

Operator I
DEFINITION:

Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.

JOB DUTIES:

The list below is intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. These examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.

  • Capturing water samples and conducting tests to determine water quality meets the standards and regulations of the Leavenworth Waterworks and KDHE.
  • Monitor gauges and meters; record necessary data.
  • Operates to the best possible standards to provide an uninterrupted water supply.
  • Annual and daily cleaning of water plants.
  • General water plant and grounds maintenance.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, plant and distribution storage and flow levels.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • The chemical and physical processes used to treat potable water.
  • Basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.
  • Standard water treatment operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of disinfection concepts and procedures (e.g., chlorine contact time, residual, demand, dosage)
  • Skill to replace chlorine containers and adjust gas chlorinators.
  • Knowledge of water-borne diseases
  • Knowledge of the chlorine disinfection process, including free/ combined chlorine and chloramines
  • Knowledge of the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
  • Basic knowledge of computer HMI’s
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft software; excel and word

Ability to:

  • Determine processing and treatment requirements.
  • Collect and analyze samples at stages of processing to determine the effectiveness of the treatment process and any adjustments that are necessary.
  • Utilize specialized equipment, chemical feed systems, and various types of pumps, electronic equipment, and laboratory equipment.
  • Utilize computer workstations for data entry, data interpretation, KDHE reporting and on-line calibration monitoring equipment.
  • Identify problems and provide solutions in order to ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, and the general public.
  • Understand basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.

EXPERIENCE:

1 year experience in water treatment operations

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or GED

Associate degree in Chemistry, Biology, or other related field preferred.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession a valid Kansas driver’s license
  • Possession of a valid Grade I Kansas Water Certificate. Ability to obtain a Grade II Certificate within 18 months.
  • Ability to attend continuing education classes every two years – 10 hours of water related courses necessary to keep license valid.
  • Work in extreme heat and cold environments
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger; handle, or reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance.
  • The employee must lift and/or move materials up to and over 100 pounds; frequently lift up to 25 and 55 pounds; and regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Drug testing and physical fitness test
  • Must be able to work varying shifts, as assigned.
  • Must be available for emergency situations
  • SALARY: $30,000 to $40,000

Operator II
DEFINITION:

Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.


JOB DUTIES:

The list below is intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. These examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.

  • Capturing water samples and conducting tests to determine water quality meets the standards and regulations of the Leavenworth Waterworks and KDHE.
  • Monitor gauges and meters; record necessary data.
  • Operates to the best possible standards to provide an uninterrupted water supply.
  • Annual and daily cleaning of water plants.
  • General water plant and grounds maintenance.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, plant and distribution storage and flow levels.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Inspect equipment for proper operations and calibrations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • The chemical and physical processes used to treat potable water.
  • Basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.
  • Standard water treatment operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of disinfection concepts and procedures (e.g., chlorine contact time, residual, demand, dosage)
  • Skill to replace chlorine containers and adjust gas chlorinators.
  • Knowledge of water-borne diseases
  • Knowledge of the chlorine disinfection process, including free/ combined chlorine and chloramines
  • Knowledge of the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
  • Basic knowledge of computer HMI’s.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft software; excel and word.

Ability to:

  • Determine processing and treatment requirements.
  • Collect and analyze samples at stages of processing to determine the effectiveness of the treatment process and any adjustments that are necessary.
  • Utilize specialized equipment, chemical feed systems, and various types of pumps, electronic equipment, and laboratory equipment.
  • Utilize computer workstations for data entry, data interpretation, KDHE reporting and on-line calibration monitoring equipment.
  • Identify problems and provide solutions in order to ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, and the general public.
  • Understand basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.

EXPERIENCE:

2+ years’ experience in water treatment operations

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or GED

Associate degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession a valid Kansas driver’s license
  • Possession of a valid Grade II Kansas Water Certificate. Ability to obtain a Grade III Certificate within 18 months.
  • Ability to attend continuing education classes every two years – 10 hours of water related courses necessary to keep license valid.
  • Work in extreme heat and cold environments
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger; handle, or reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance.
  • The employee must lift and/or move materials up to and over 100 pounds; frequently lift up to 25 and 55 pounds; and regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Drug testing and physical fitness test.
  • Must be able to work varying shifts, as assigned.
  • Must be able to respond to emergency situations.

SALARY: $38,000 to $50,000

Operator III
DEFINITION:

Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.

JOB DUTIES:

The list below is intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. These examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.

  • Capturing water samples and conducting tests to determine water quality meets the standards and regulations of the Leavenworth Waterworks and KDHE.
  • Monitor gauges and meters; record necessary data.
  • Operates to the best possible standards to provide an uninterrupted water supply.
  • Annual and daily cleaning of water plants.
  • General water plant and grounds maintenance.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, plant and distribution storage and flow levels.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Inspect equipment for proper operations and calibrations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • The chemical and physical processes used to treat potable water.
  • Basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.
  • Standard water treatment operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of disinfection concepts and procedures (e.g., chlorine contact time, residual, demand, dosage)
  • Skill to replace chlorine containers and adjust gas chlorinators.
  • Knowledge of water-borne diseases
  • Knowledge of the chlorine disinfection process, including free/ combined chlorine and chloramines
  • Knowledge of the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
  • Complete understanding of the Water Treatment process and be prepared for diversified maintenance on equipment, facilities and grounds.
  • Working knowledge of computer HMI’s.
  • Proficient with Microsoft software; excel, word and outlook.

Ability to:

  • Determine processing and treatment requirements.
  • Collect and analyze samples at stages of processing to determine the effectiveness of the treatment process and any adjustments that are necessary.
  • Utilize specialized equipment, chemical feed systems, and various types of pumps, electronic equipment, and laboratory equipment.
  • Utilize computer workstations for data entry, data interpretation, KDHE reporting and on-line calibration monitoring equipment.
  • Identify problems and provide solutions in order to ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, and the general public.
  • Understand basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.

EXPERIENCE:

3+ years’ experience in water operations

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma or GED

Associate or BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession a valid Kansas driver’s license
  • Possession of a valid Grade III Kansas Water Certificate. Ability to obtain a Grade IV Certificate within 18 months.
  • Ability to attend continuing education classes every two years – 10 hours of water related courses necessary to keep license valid.
  • Work in extreme heat and cold environments
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger; handle, or reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance.
  • The employee must lift and/or move materials up to and over 100 pounds; frequently lift up to 25 and 55 pounds; and regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
  • Drug testing and physical fitness test.
  • Must be able to work varying shifts, as assigned.
  • Must be able to respond to emergency situations.

SALARY: $40,000 to $54,000

Operator IV
DEFINITION:

Controls treatment plant machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and for industrial use.

JOB DUTIES:

The list below is intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. These examples of work performed are neither restricted to nor all-encompassing of the duties to be performed under this job title.

  • Capturing water samples and conducting tests to determine water quality meets the standards and regulations of the Leavenworth Waterworks and KDHE.
  • Monitor gauges and meters; record necessary data.
  • Operates to the best possible standards to provide an uninterrupted water supply.
  • Annual and daily cleaning of water plants.
  • General water plant and grounds maintenance.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, plant and distribution storage and flow levels.
  • Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Inspect equipment for proper operations and calibrations.
  • Be available for on-call duties.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • The chemical and physical processes used to treat potable water.
  • Basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.
  • Standard water treatment operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of disinfection concepts and procedures (e.g., chlorine contact time, residual, demand, dosage)
  • Skill to replace chlorine containers and adjust gas chlorinators.
  • Knowledge of water-borne diseases
  • Knowledge of the chlorine disinfection process, including free/ combined chlorine and chloramines
  • Knowledge of the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
  • Complete understanding of the Water Treatment process and be prepared for diversified maintenance on equipment, facilities and grounds.
  • Working knowledge of computer HMI’s.
  • Proficient with Microsoft software; excel, word and outlook.
  • Ability to:

    • Determine processing and treatment requirements.
    • Collect and analyze samples at stages of processing to determine the effectiveness of the treatment process and any adjustments that are necessary.
    • Utilize specialized equipment, chemical feed systems, and various types of pumps, electronic equipment, and laboratory equipment.
    • Utilize computer workstations for data entry, data interpretation, KDHE reporting and on-line calibration monitoring equipment.
    • Identify problems and provide solutions in order to ensure proper and efficient operation of the treatment plant.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, and the general public.
    • Understand basic algebra and chemistry and being able to apply the knowledge to the water treatment process.

    EXPERIENCE:

    3+ years’ experience in water operations

    EDUCATION:

    High School Diploma or GED

    Associate or BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred.

    NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Possession a valid Kansas driver’s license
    • Possession of a valid Grade IV Kansas Water Certificate.
    • Ability to attend continuing education classes every two years – 10 hours of water related courses necessary to keep license valid.
    • Work in extreme heat and cold environments
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger; handle, or reach with hands or arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, climb or balance.
    • The employee must lift and/or move materials up to and over 100 pounds; frequently lift up to 25 and 55 pounds; and regularly lift up to 10 pounds.
    • Drug testing and physical fitness test.
    • Must be able to work varying shifts, as assigned.
    • Must be able to respond to emergency situations.
    • SALARY: $42,000 to $58,000