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Jobs with benefits: Helping people, helping the environment

Wastewater operator. It sounds like a dirty job, but it’s more about using science, collecting data and managing a system. It’s also a vital job for human and environmental health. Wastewater operators make sure water flushed from toilets, sinks, bathtubs, washing machines – all the water from homes and businesses – is cleaned up enough to be discharged to a lake or river.

Small towns. Big cities. Communities across Minnesota are looking for wastewater operators, people who like science, like variety, like a steady job and like making a difference. These are jobs with benefits, including helping people and helping the environment.

You may qualify for this job through:

  • On-the-job training
  • 2-year program at Vermillion Community College or St. Cloud Technical College
  • 4-year degree in chemistry at any accredited college
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For more information, please contact
Wade Klingsporn
Career Opportunities

Duluth, MN


$65,000 - $75,000

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, a national leader in environmental protection and pollution prevention, seeks an Engineer to manage site, facility and process improvements and provide technical and professional engineering support for our collection, wastewater treatment and solid waste facilities.


  • Assists with development of standards related to project development and management and other engineering functions.
  • Provides technical engineering support to various departments and management staff to optimize various system processes and assist with project development activities.
  • Assists with process improvement projects and preparing necessary reports, presentations and communicates results.
  • Assists in the completion of design and preparation of engineering plans, specifications, and reports.
  • Assists with engineering analysis in support of capital project development and delivery.
  • Assists with selection of qualified consultants for projects and prepares consultant contracts.
  • Manages capital project budgets and schedules by; coordinating work performed by consultants and contractors, coordinating District project teams, assisting with project bidding activities, reviewing pay applications submitted by consultants and contractors, and performing other contract administration duties.

Knowledge of recognized and acceptable engineering standards and practice; knowledge of various construction methods common to wastewater treatment plant and underground utility systems; ability to interpret construction plans and specifications; and inspect the same during implementation; knowledge and skill in the use of engineering equipment, charts, maps and tables; ability to understand and interpret mechanical and electrical drawings, diagrams and specifications; ability to estimate labor and materials for proposed work; ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written communications; and the ability to develop effective working relationships with co-workers, other employees, the general public and other governmental agencies.

Possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in either Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, or Electrical Engineering or another engineering field if required by the position. A minimum of two years of post-graduate engineering work experience is required. A desirable qualification is successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineer (FE) exam.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be given a written examination. Final selection will include a panel interview.

Alternative Exam Process: For individuals who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alternative examination processes are available on an individual basis upon prior arrangement. Contact Human Resources at (218) 740-4790.

Work Eligibility: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the WLSSD requires verification of identity and work eligibility.

Veterans: For applicants claiming veterans’ preference, a DD214 must be filed at the time of application.

Non-discrimination: The WLSSD is an equal opportunity a veteran friendly employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.

Drug testing policy: Under WLSSD’s drug and alcohol testing policy, prospective employees will be asked to submit to drug testing. No prospective employee will be asked to submit to testing unless an offer of employment has been made. An offer of WLSSD however, is conditioned on the prospective employee testing negative for drugs and alcohol.

Pre-employment physical: Applicants selected for employment must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination.

Background checks: Offers are conditioned on passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.

Data privacy: Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 requires that you be informed of the following about private data requested on this application. Name, home address and telephone numbers, and email address are used to identify you and to contact you about potential job opportunities. If your name is not provided, we won’t be able to process your application. If your contact information is not provided, we will not be able to contact you and may reject your application. If you are a finalist for a vacancy, your name becomes public data and is available to anyone. Gender, Race/Ethnic group, and Disability Status are used to comply with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements and to evaluate our efforts to ensure legal diversity in the recruitment and selection of employees. If this data is not provided, it will be more difficult for us to evaluate our efforts and to provide accurate data in the required reports.

Reasonable accommodation information is used to provide reasonable accommodations in the testing and hiring processes. If sufficient data is not provided, we may not be able to accommodate you.
You are not legally required to provide any of the private data listed above. WLSSD employees from the Human Resources Department and other departments involved in the selection process may have access to your private data if their work assignments reasonably require access. Others who may legally access the above data are individuals or agencies to whom we are required to release the data by law, rule or court order.

Please complete an application found at www.wlssd.com and return to
WLSSD, Attn: Human Resources
2626 Courtland Street
Duluth, MN 55806
by 4:30 p.m. on October 9th, 2020 the closing date.
Applicants who claim Veteran’s Preference must provide a DD214 at the time of application.

Probation Period: 9 months
Duration of Eligible List: 6 months

Equal Opportunity Employer
Women and Minority Applicants Encouraged to Apply


Maintenance Operator
Marshall, MN


The City of Marshall is accepting applications for a full-time Maintenance Operator based at our Wastewater Treatment Facility. This position is responsible for the day to day operation and maintenance of the sanitary/storm sewer lift stations; sanitary/storm sewer cleaning and maintenance; biosolids application; equipment preventative maintenance and repair; assist in sanitary sewer televising; and collecting industrial wastewater samples for laboratory analysis.

Pay range at hire: $21.53 - $24.40 per hour DOQ/E

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Must possess a valid Minnesota Class A CDL driver’s license with tanker endorsement, or obtain licensure and endorsement within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must live within a 30-minute travel/response time while obeying all traffic laws and speed limits to the Marshall Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 600 Erie Avenue.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Good mechanical ability, truck driving experience, welding skills, and wastewater or collection system experience.
  • One (1) year experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of related CDL Class A vehicles, pump maintenance, and electrical equipment.

TO APPLY: Please visit the city’s website for further information: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/marshallmn

Contact information: HR@ci.marshall.mn.us or 507-537-6790

Wednesday, October 5th, 2020

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Enviromental Compliance Specialist
St. Cloud, MN

The City of St. Cloud is accepting applications for the position of Environmental Compliance Specialist. This is technical and skilled work involving environmental compliance program development, implementation and coordination in the Public Utilities Department. Work involves coordinating the Pretreatment and Biosolids Management Programs, performing on-site compliance inspections, sampling and analysis of wastestreams, maintaining records and preparing reports. Reviews and approves requests to discharge and dispose of liquid and/or solid waste to the City’s wastewater treatment system, identifies program violations to ensure compliance with discharge permit agreements, programs, and all local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological sciences, environmental studies, environmental engineering or related field;
  • One year experience in industrial or municipal water/wastewater treatment;
  • Ability to effectively use word processing programs, spreadsheets and multimedia presentation software;
  • Class D driver's license.

Desirable Education and Experience: Knowledge of federal, state and local pretreatment and biosolids regulations; knowledge of monitoring practices and equipment, including sampling and flow measurement and data collection; knowledge of industrial, water and wastewater treatment technologies; skilled in standard laboratory examinations, equipment and procedures; ability to independently initiate and administer program elements; ability to organize and maintain detailed records and documentation and prepare accurate and legible reports; knowledge of OSHA safety regulations.

Apply to:
Obtain and submit completed application to:
City of St. Cloud, Human Resources
400 Second Street South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-255-7217 Fax: 320-255-7261

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020


Operations Specialist
Northern Minnesota


Performs a variety of skilled, technical, supervisory, and administrative work in the planning, operation, repair, and maintenance of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure including treatment plants, distribution systems and collection systems in Northern Minnesota. Opportunity for advancement and cross-training into other aspects of our business for the right candidate, including industrial infrastructure operations, design support, and construction.


Performs a variety of skilled, technical, supervisory, and administrative work in the planning, operation, repair, and maintenance of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure including treatment plants, distribution systems and collection systems in Northern Minnesota. Opportunity for advancement and cross-training into other aspects of our business for the right candidate, including industrial infrastructure operations, design support, and construction.


  • Perform routine inspection and maintenance tasks of water and wastewater facilities.
  • Perform daily checks of SCADA.
  • Assist in annual routine maintenance items.
  • Perform regular line locates and maintain accurate records of cleared/completed requests.
  • Assist in keeping accurate records, logging data, and providing reports as required.
  • Assist in maintenance and light repair of infrastructure.
  • Advise regarding repair and/or replacement of needed equipment.
  • Assist client staff and AE2S engineers when planning system improvements and expansions for AE2S clients.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
  • Keep accurate records on time spent, mileage driven, and expenses incurred during execution of duties.
  • Be available for routine on-call activities, including scheduled night and weekend calls.
  • Must be able to respond to after-hours emergencies


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving
  • Self-motivated to deliver top-tier client service
  • Ability to routinely lift up to 75 pounds unassisted, bend, climb stairs, and perform heavy maneuvers such as moving chemical drums or work with heavy mechanical and power tools
  • Knowledge of health and safety practices and regulations


  • MN Class B Wastewater
  • Class B Driver’s License
  • Type IV Biosolids (Able to achieve within 6 months of employment)


  • 5+ years relatable experience
  • Knowledge of various water and wastewater treatment technologies
    • Wastewater
      • Primary: Activated sludge processes, Type IV Biosolids
      • Secondary: BioMicrobics FAST, Recirculating sand filters, Ponds
  • Knowledge of methods and materials of water and wastewater system repair and maintenance
    • Wastewater: Gravity and low-pressure collection systems, Lift stations

Qualified applicants can apply online at

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