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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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Career Opportunities

Program Manager, Wastewater Facility Commissioning
St. Paul, MN


Metropolitan Council
Environmental Services Division (MCES)
St. Paul, MN


Join an award-winning wastewater industry leader in protecting our environment!

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is an operating division of the Metropolitan Council. MCES operates and maintains the wastewater collection and treatment system for the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area, which includes approximately 600 miles of regional sanitary sewers and eight regional wastewater treatment plants. MCES treats an average of 250 million gallons of wastewater daily, providing cost-effective service to more than 2.6 million people in 109 customer communities. MCES treatment plants consistently earn state and national awards for complete compliance with their environmental permits. MCES also is nationally renowned for its superior work monitoring air and water quality and planning for a long-range water supply to meet future demand. To find out how the Metropolitan Council and the Environmental Services division serve the Twin Cities region, please click on the links for more information:

This position will lead and manage the development and implementation of an Environmental Services wastewater facility commissioning program for wastewater treatment plants and interceptor capital projects to ensure that the projects meet contract requirements and the business needs of operations and maintenance. The person in this role should have experience with operation and commissioning of various wastewater treatment plant systems. They should have a strong resilience in navigating through issues and problems that may arise due to new or unforeseeable situations and enjoy field service work.

Salary: $81,785 - $116,001 Annually


Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a related field AND six (6) years of experience working with the design, construction and/or operation of a large wastewater treatment facility or other heavy industrial facility (i.e. refineries, chemical plants), including leading the commissioning of the facility.
Master's in Science Degree with a minimum of four (4) years and more experience working with the design, construction and/or operation of a large wastewater treatment facility or other heavy industrial facility (i.e. refineries, chemical plants), including leading the commissioning of the facility.

Desired Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Direct hands on experience in commissioning and trouble-shooting chemical, biological and mechanical wastewater treatment systems.
  • Experience working on wastewater projects for municipal, city, and/or state government.
  • Experience with Oracle's Work order and Asset Management system (WAM).
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Experience serving as the liaison with clients, regulatory and/or funding agencies and others to obtain and determine project requirements and approvals.
  • Experience with Design-Build and/or Design-Build-Operate project delivery.
See complete job posting and application instructions https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/metrocouncil

Enviromental Sustainability Coordinator
Mankato, MN


Salary: $31.98 to $37.58/hr. ($66,518.40 to $78,166.40 annually)

General Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant to the City Manager and the indirect supervision of the General Superintendent. The Environmental Sustainability Coordinator works collaboratively with staff, committees and citizens to coordinate, facilitate, and advises the development, implementation, monitoring, and improvement of local government policies, programs, and initiatives that promote local environmental sustainability. This position will be responsible for organizing activities, events, enforcement, and conducting research that promotes environmental sustainability through education, citizen engagement and habit transformation. In addition, this position will provide direct oversight to the city chemists to include the Water Treatment Plant Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Process Chemist and Water Quality Specialist.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science or closely related field; and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience managing/coordinating an environmental or natural resource program; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in professional chemical analysis.
  • Experience working in a water or wastewater treatment plant.
  • Experience with storm water programs, source water or similar programs.

Apply: More detailed information and to apply: https://www.mankatomn.gov/jobs
Contact Person: Diane Biedscheid, City of Mankato Human Resources, (507) 387-8664
Deadline: Sunday, July 21, 2019-11:59pm


Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
Sauk Rapids, MN


The City of Sauk Rapids is seeking a self-motivated, energetic individual for a full-time position for the Assistant Maintenance Supervisor. As an on-call member of the Public Works management team, this individual is responsible for participating in and supervising the installation, maintenance, and repair of the City's streets, recreation areas, water and sewer lines and water treatment plant.

Work is performed with considerable independence under general supervision of the department directors. This position is an exempt/non-union position with the responsibility of assisting in the supervision of the Public Works and Utilities department staff. This position is categorized as a Grade 15 which corresponds to a 2019 salary range of $56,529 - $78,467.

A cover letter, resume, and completed city application form must be received at the Sauk Rapids Government Center—City Hall by 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Electronic/Faxed submissions will not be accepted.

Send completed materials to
Ross Olson, City Administrator, Sauk Rapids Government Center
250 Summit Avenue North
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379.

Application materials, eligibility requirements including salary and benefit information are available on the City website at www.ci.sauk-rapids.mn.us as well as at Sauk Rapids Government Center.

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