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. Educating 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

Degree Programs Information

Vermillion Technical College – Website
Wade Klingsporn
Water Resources

St Cloud Technical and Community College – Website

Gregg Kropp
Water Environment Technologies Instructor

Brand new program just starting March 2021

St. Paul College – Website

Carol Kaszynski
Cell:   612-965-1666
Desk:  651-266-6295

Career Opportunities




Water/Wastewater Operator
Breckenridge, MN

General Duties: Performs intermediate technical work maintaining and repairing equipment in the wastewater and water control system, monitoring and maintaining sanitary and storm sewers, responding to emergency or after hour requests, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Water/Wastewater Foreman. Yearly salary $48,010-$57,327 depending on experience.

    • Takes and test samples, adds and adjust chemical feeders in water plant.
    • Maintain and flush sewers.
    • Locate utility lines.
    • Hauls waste to external facility.
    • Assist with other City crews as needed.
    • Position will be on-call for 7-day periods on a rotating basis.

Minimum requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Have or able to obtain a MN Class C Water License within one year of hire.
  • Have or able to obtain a MN Class D Wastewater License within one year of hire.
  • Have or able to obtain a CDL license with tanker endorsement in the State of Minnesota within one year of hire.

To apply: City application on website at or by emailing Liane Mauch at
Phone: 218-643-1431.

Application deadline February 22nd or until filled.


Wastewater Maintenance Worker
City of Owatonna, MN

The second level of the Maintenance Series is responsible for performing routine maintenance and construction activities by operating and maintaining a variety of equipment, machines, or vehicles. Responsibilities may include: setting up work zones; installing and maintaining signs/posts; patching road; plowing snow; clearing trees and bushes; removing trash; performing visual road checks for hazards, service and repair needs; inspecting and repairing equipment when necessary; minor motor vehicle repairs; and performing related duties as assigned.

Required Experience: High School diploma or equivalent (GED) and 1 year maintenance and equipment operation or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the duties such as those listed above. 

Licensing Requirements: State of MN Class B commercial driver’s license with tank vehicle and air brake endorsements; or obtain within 6 months of hire. Wastewater Treatment Plant Class D operator or obtain within 1 year of hire.

Apply online by December 7 at 4pm:

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I
City of Marshall, MN

The City of Marshall is accepting applications for a full-time Plant Operator I based at our Wastewater Treatment Facility.  This position operates and maintains the Wastewater Treatment Facility, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Permit requirements, at its most optimum range on a day shift with a rotating schedule.  This position also performs preventive maintenance and repairs on the related wastewater treatment equipment and vehicles to achieve maximum service life of the equipment.

Pay range:  $22.23 – $29.64 per hour DOQ/E

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Maintain a valid MN Class D driver’s license.
  • One (1) year experience in mechanical maintenance.
  • Must maintain a 30-minute travel/response time while obeying all traffic laws and speed limits to the Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 600 Erie Avenue while in stand-by status.

TO APPLY:  Please visit the city’s website for further information and to complete an online application:
Contact information: or 507-537-6790.
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Wastewater Plant Operator Technician A
City of Mankato, MN

Under supervision of the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, you will perform semi-skilled work as required for the efficient operation, maintenance, and housekeeping of the water treatment plant, wells, reservoirs, and related components.  May be assigned to Shift Operator or Relief Operator functions. Relief Operator performs the functions of the Shift Operator whenever a Shift Operator is unavailable to work his or her shift.  Operators rotate between a day, evening, and on-call shift. Whenever not working on a shift, works days assisting on plant operations and maintenance.

Must possess a high school diploma or GED and have the ability to obtain a Minnesota Class D Water Supply System Operator Certificate within ninety (90) days of eligibility.  Must obtain a Class “B” Water Supply System Operator certification within six (6) years of employment.

Alternative Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or environmental science.

Salary:  $22.05 – $31.75 Hourly / $45,864.00 to $66,040.00 Annually
Job Type:  Regular Full-Time

For more information and to apply:
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm
Contact Person:  Diane Biedscheid, City of Mankato Human Resources, (507) 387-8664, or

Wastewater Plant Manager
Woodard & Curran - Worthington, MN

We are seeking a Plant Manager with a minimum Minnesota Class A Wastewater license and a Type IV Biosolids License. In this role you will be in charge of the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and management, maintaining  close client communications for the project, and other administrative duties.

Typical responsibilities include:

• Day-to-day operations and management of the facilities, including provision of trained staff 24/7.
• Day-to-day operations and management of the remote communications network and assigned SCADA network.
• Implementation and management of an innovative predictive maintenance management program.
• Administration and implementation of all routine and capital repair and replacement projects.
• Emergency response for process upsets, equipment failures, force majeure events, all alarm events, etc.
• Provision of requested / required operations and compliance reporting to regulatory agencies and Town of Hull. 

The Project Manager will coordinate and communicate with assigned staff, client representatives, contractors, and any assigned engineering firms. He or she will also work closely with all parties to ensure effective system operation and optimization. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing hands-on work and producing all required reports. He or she will coordinate the on-going daily operation of the utility system. Competitive and negotiable salary.

This position comes with a $2500 sign-on bonus!

What you will need:

• 7 to 15 years’ experience in managing water wastewater treatment facilities including laboratory. 
• Minnesota Class A Wastewater license and a Type IV Biosolids License or ability to obtain within a year.
• High school or equivalent, with technical/vocational school background; College degree preferred with focus in Environmental Areas. 
• Experience overseeing operating and capital budgets. 
• Participation directly and to a significant extent in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water/wastewater facilities throughout the last ten years. 
• Experience managing a minimum of 3 staff. 
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. 
• Proven track record with regulators and solid understanding of regulations and reporting requirements. 
• Applicant must possess a valid Driver’s License and a good driving record and must be able to lift or move up to 40 pounds on a regular basis. 

Learn more and apply online or email resume to Samantha Robbins at

Wastewater Maintenance Mechanic
Woodard & Curran - Worthington, MN

Be part of a team that treats you with respect and dignity. You will be working in a wastewater plant that treats pre-treated Industrial wastewater from a direct discharge facility. If you enjoy working outdoors protecting nature’s precious resource, water, than this position is for you. Woodard & Curran is dedicated to our employees’ growth and  development and wants to help you on your career path.

The Worthington, Minnesota staff is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant and the building and grounds. The Wastewater Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible not only for process  monitoring and adjustments but will perform basic to advanced mechanical and electrical repairs on pumps,  compressors, valves, HVAC equipment, and various types of electrical equipment including VFDs, power systems,  and much more. Our staff participates in an “on call” rotation for plant coverage outside normal workday hours and  shifts may include weekends and holidays. In addition, operators will be required to respond to emergency situations  and work in inclement weather as needed. The schedule is typically Monday – Friday, with rotating weekends and holiday coverage.

• Minimum of 5 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of pumps, motors, electrical and  automation equipment, plumbing fixtures, boilers, and compressors.
• Electrical experience (wiring, wire diagrams, line diagrams, circuit boards, UPSs, VFDs, PLCs) and power  system experience.
• Experience working in a wastewater treatment facility preferred.
• High School or trade school diploma is required, Associate Degree or higher preferred.
• A valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
• Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions involved in wastewater treatment work. • Knowledge of computer applications, and ability to use & learn various software programs [Hach WIMS,  SEMS CMMS, and Utility Cloud].
• Ability to read, interpret, and apply instructions, drawings, and specifications for work assigned. • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, other personnel, and the  general public.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Must be able to lift or move up to 40 lbs. on a regular basis.

Learn more and apply online or email resume to Samantha Robbins at