Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Borough of Carlisle

Deadline: October 18, 2023

The Borough of Carlisle is dedicated to providing a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Are you looking for a stable career that doesn’t require a college degree? Do you want to learn a specialized skill and earn a great salary?

If you don’t have experience, the Borough of Carlisle will train you to be a wastewater treatment plant operator!

We seek individuals who take pride in public service and seek long-term employment, great benefits, work life balance, and opportunities to grow and learn.

We welcome and encourage applications from Borough residents and historically underrepresented groups.

Insurance Coverage Starts Day 1 of Employment

Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Life and disability insurance
Professional development and training

Retirement plans
Employee assistance program
Paid leave and holidays

POSITION              Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
DEPARTMENT     Public Works
REPORTS TO        Plant Supervisor
FLSA STATUS       Non-Exempt, Full-time
Rotating 4-week schedule (8-hour shifts plus
30-minute lunch period): Monday through Friday 1st shift: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (3 weeks)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1st shift: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (1 week)

PAY RATE              Trainee/Unlicensed Operator: $23.76/hour – $28.11/hour Licensed Operator: $28.11/hour – $31.20/hour

Position Summary

This is specialized work in the operation and maintenance of a municipal wastewater treatment plant to provide a safe, high quality effluent. The plant operator is responsible for operating the facility in such a manner to meet all Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

The Plant Operator provides exceptional customer service and is expected to uphold the public interest and advance the vision set forth by the Borough and community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions may include the customary duties and responsibilities noted herein, however, the information below is not an exhaustive list of duties and instead serves as a representative sample of the expectations of the position.

  1. Operates the wastewater treatment plant and performs ongoing and preventive maintenance duties which include periodic inspection of mechanical equipment and making adjustments to pumps, motors, chlorinators, and other chemical feed equipment.
  2. Regulates the flow of wastewater and sludge through the treatment processes; puts treatment units in and out of service; regulates the addition of chemicals to the process.
  3. Records meter readings; maintains log sheets and charts.
  4. Collects wastewater and sludge samples and conducts standard chemical analyses of collected samples.
  5. Reports operating characteristics of the plant to supervisors and other plant staff, including recommendations for work to be performed and material/equipment needs.
  6. Performs related work and other duties as assigned; assists other staff and departments as needed.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/QUALITIES: The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Ability to present a positive image and attitude on a daily basis.
  • Desire and ability to learn new skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions accurately and carefully.
  • Ability to operate assigned equipment safely and efficiently; knowledge of the capability, limitation, and hazard of operating any assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the operating principles and practices of a Pennsylvania Class A1 Wastewater Treatment Plant, including chemistry; hydraulics; bacteriology (as applied to the analysis of sewage effluent and to the operating characteristics of a wastewater treatment plant).
  • Ability to understand and utilize computer systems, read plant diagrams and maintenance manuals, read charts and meters, and keep detailed records.
  • Problem solving and taking corrective follow-up action.
    • Working knowledge of basic machinery preventive maintenance and repair.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills in interacting with residents, other borough staff, representatives of regulatory agencies, and various consultants, engineers, and equipment vendors.
    • Work as part of a team, follow instructions accurately, record accurately, write legibly, comply with safety requirements.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFYING CRITERIA: An equivalent combination of credentials and experience to sufficiently perform the duties of the position may be considered:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Any wastewater treatment certifications and/or experience is a plus, but we will train and provide certification for the right individual. This plant requires Pennsylvania Class A1 Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification. Non-certified operators will be provided reasonable time to obtain certifications.
    • Shift work is required. The plant is staffed first and second shift during weekdays and 8 hours per day on weekends; however, all operators are expected be available to respond to emergencies at any time if needed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described below are representative of those required for the position.

  • Ability to stand and walk most of the time with some bending, stooping, squatting, climbing, twisting, reaching, lifting of up to 75 pounds, and working on irregular surfaces or heights above the ground from scaffolding or ladders, entry into confined spaces, work in and around treated and untreated sewage and sewage biosolids, and perform duties in varying indoor and outdoor climates.
    • Must be able to use body to work, move or carry objects or materials; see and communicate effectively.

Ready to apply?

Applications are on our website: www.carlislepa.org

For questions or to request or submit an application:
Contact: Frank Gross, Human Resources Coordinator
Email: fgross@carlislepa.org Call: 717-240-6925   Fax: 717-240-6615

Mail or In-Person:
Carlisle Borough Hall 53 West South Street Carlisle, PA 17013
Stuart Community Center 415 Franklin St.
Carlisle, PA 17013