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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.

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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
218-235-2145

Wade.Klingsporn@vcc.edu


St Cloud Technical and Community College – Website

Gregg Kropp
Water Environment Technologies Instructor
320-308-5952
Gregg.kropp@sctcc.edu

Brand new program just starting March 2021


St. Paul College – Website

Carol Kaszynski
Cell:   612-965-1666
Desk:  651-266-6295
Carol.Kaszynski@ci.stpaul.mn.us


Career Opportunities

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02

Feb
2021

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 www.breckenridgemn.net or by emailing Liane Mauch at lmauch@breckenridgemn.net.
Phone: 218-643-1431.

Application deadline February 22nd or until filled.

EOE

This position will remain open until filled with the first review of applications beginning on February 1,  2023. 

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan  area providing essential services to our region: transportation, wastewater treatment, growth and  development of local communities, affordable housing programs, and regional park systems. More  information at www.metrocouncil.org

The Metropolitan Council’s Environmental Services Division (MCES) operates and maintains the  wastewater collection and treatment system in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. More information  at https://metrocouncil.org/Wastewater-Water.aspx

MCES has two (2) vacancies for an Interceptor Service Worker Trainee. Will provide routine operation,  preventative maintenance, and emergency repair of the regional wastewater collection system and pumping stations. Must be able to work independently as well as in teams. Must have the ability and  desire to work in all types of outdoor conditions and perform physical labor.  

Starting Salary: $29.16 hourly / $60,653 annually 

Location: Regional Maintenance Facility – Eagan, MN 

Requirements: 

High school diploma or equivalent AND one (1) year of verifiable work experience. 

License Requirements: 

  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) a plus but  not required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a CDL with Tanker and Air Brake  endorsements within six months. 
  • Must obtain and maintain a MN Wastewater Operator S-D Level certificate or higher within 18 months.
  • NOTE: Training pertinent to both license/certifications will be conducted while on the job. 

  • COMPLETE JOB POSTING AND APPLY: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/metrocouncil.

Salary: $33.48 – $45.56 Hourly / $69,638.40 to $94,764.80 Annually

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

City Name: Mankato

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of Superintendent of Water Treatment Plant, this position supervises, performs, plans, and organizes preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance of repairs of water treatment, supply, and storage facilities. This position will be designated to work directly with the maintenance and operational staff directing daily operations as well as maintaining facility treatment goals. Must be able to assist in operating the facility. This position is classified as supervisory but requires hands on activities as necessary to accomplish the job.

Minimum Requirements:

Must possess a high school diploma or GED, a current Minnesota Class C Water Supply System Operator certification, at least three (3) years of experience in the field of water treatment operations and/or maintenance or similar type of work, and experience supervising employees or leading a work team. 

In addition, must possess a valid Minnesota CDL Class B driver’s license and be able to drive; and obtain a Minnesota CDL Class A driver’s license within one hundred and twenty (120) days of employment; and must possess a Special Engineer Boiler Operators license or obtain one within six (6) months of eligibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance and construction of treatment and pumping operations equipment, structures, and buildings.
  • Minnesota Department of Health Class B (or A) Water Operators Certificate.
  • Additional technical college course work in operations and maintenance of water plants and related equipment.


Apply Today! We’d love to see your application!

For more information and to applyhttps://www.mankatomn.gov/jobs

Application Deadline:  Monday, February 13, 2023-11:59pm

Contact Person:  Diane Biedscheid, City of Mankato Human Resources, (507) 387-8664, or dianeb@mankatomn.gov

Salary: $33.48 – $45.56 Hourly / $69,638.40 to $94,764.80 Annually

Job Type: Regular Full-Time

City Name: Mankato

Job Summary:

Under general direction of Superintendent of the Water Resource Recovery Facility, the Utility Maintenance Supervisor – WRRF supervises, performs, plans, and organizes preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance of repairs of the water resource recovery facility. This position will be designated to work directly with the operational staff, direct daily operations as well as maintain facility treatment goals, and oversee biosolids spreading operations.  Must be able to assist in operating the facility. This position is classified as supervisory which may require hands on activities as necessary to accomplish the job. May be assigned to one or more functional areas within the department.

Minimum Requirements:

Must possess a high school diploma or GED, a current Minnesota Class C Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator certification, at least three (3) years of experience in the field of wastewater treatment operations and/or maintenance or similar type of work, and experience supervising employees or leading a work team.  In addition, must possess a valid Minnesota CDL Class B driver’s license and be able to drive; and obtain a Minnesota CDL Class A driver’s license within one hundred and twenty (120) days of employment; and must possess a Special Engineer Boiler Operators license or obtain one within three (3) months of employment; and obtain a Second Class (2C) Boiler Operators license when first eligible by the Department of Labor and Industry.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of progressive responsibility in the field of maintenance and construction of liquid process equipment, structures, and buildings.
  • Possession of a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Class B (or A) Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate.
  • Possession of a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Type 4O waste solids handling certificate. 
  • Additional technical college course work in operations and maintenance of wastewater plants and related equipment.


Apply Today! We’d love to see your application!

For more information and to applyhttps://www.mankatomn.gov/jobs

Application Deadline:  Monday, February 13, 2023-11:59pm

Contact Person:  Diane Biedscheid, City of Mankato Human Resources, (507) 387-8664, or dianeb@mankatomn.gov

City of Austin, Minnesota
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Relief Operator

Relief Operator wage range; dependent on qualifications $26.75 – $38.21; non-exempt
Operator wage range; dependent on qualifications $30.11 – $43.01; non-exempt
Deadline for application is Friday, February 3, 2023

General Duties:

Relief operator performs technical and maintenance work in the operation, maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment facilities and systems; and operates heavy equipment. This position also provides relief to the WWTP Operators on weekends, days off, vacation, sick leave and holidays.  Relief operators are part of an on-call rotation process.

Operator performs work in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities and systems, including monitoring and operating equipment, collecting samples and recording sample statistical data.

Candidates with proper wastewater licensure may be hired as an operator; candidates without a wastewater licensure would be hired as a relief operator and receive necessary training.  

Minimum Requirements:

Relief Operator – High school/GED; three (3) years’ experience in wastewater utility or equipment maintenance; CDL with air brake and tanker endorsement.  

Operator – Associate’s Degree or equivalent training at a technical or vocational school with a focus on Wastewater Technology or related field; two (2) years of experience in wastewater, Class B Wastewater Operator License, or ability to obtain and CDL with air brake and tanker endorsement.

Apply:
City of Austin application is required and can be found on the City’s website at www.ci.austin.mn.us under the employment/application tab.  

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area providing essential services to our region: transportation, wastewater treatment, growth and development of local communities, affordable housing programs, and regional park systems. More information at www.metrocouncil.org.

We are hiring five (5) experienced Plant Operators.

The Plant Operator is an experienced position performing operations, monitoring, and maintaining MCES wastewater treatment plants in the seven-county metro area to ensure the highest quality water and air standards possible for the region.

We have nine wastewater treatment plants located in: Cottage Grove, Eagan, Empire Township, Hastings, Rogers, Shakopee, St. Paul, Stillwater, and East Bethel. Operators could be assigned to any of the nine plants at hire and then bid for positions based on seniority.

Work Schedule for Plant Operators: Treatment plants operate 24/7 year-round. Plant operators work 8-hour, 10-hour, or 12-hour shifts. Plant location and work shift are determined through a job bid process. Most operators work a 12-hour shift (7am to 7pm -OR- 7pm to 7am) on one of the following schedules: First week: Friday to Sunday — Second week: Thursday to Sunday.

The following link is a video overview of the history and operations of MCES: MCES Overview

SALARY: $74,380.80 – $74,380.80 Annually

Requirements: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to be considered.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Minimum of six (6) months of verifiable work experience in wastewater treatment plants, public utilities, wastewater collection systems or heavy industrial environment.

Experience Equivalency: Completion of the Wastewater Certification Program or a Water Environments. Technology degree may take the place of six months of work experience.

License Requirements: Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.

COMPLETE JOB POSTING AND APPLY: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/metrocouncil

Maintain, operate and repair residential, commercial and community septic systems.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school education or equivalent. Licensure or education in the sewer/septic system field preferred, or two years of experience in the service industry.

License:
Class D minimum. Must obtain within 1 year MN Class B driver’s license with tanker and air brake endorsement. Hold or able to obtain MPCA Septic System Service Provider, Maintainer, and/or Installer licenses along with Wastewater and Water Well operator’s license.

Learn more and apply online.

Classification is based upon experience and/or certifications.
Class IV starting salary: $40,000 (Entry Level Experience)
Class V starting salary: $50,000 (Intermediate Level Experience)

The Project Manager/Technical Assistance Provider (PM/TAP) generally works in one of MAP’s nine states. the PM/TAP will work with project communities and utilities to provide guidance, training and technical assistance to improve or develop water, wastewater, solid waste systems and other related programs or services.

Primary responsibilities include: project management; provide technical guidance; plan and/or deliver training; perform outreach and networking; program development; perform research and analysis; general administrative duties; contract management/mediation; assist with codes/ordinances/grants and grants management; promote system operational standards to meet regulatory compliance; identify cost savings and promote system longevity/sustainment; and assist communities with drafting of by-laws, policies, procedures and rate setting. Work performed is generally in the capacities of technical, financial and managerial.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required (Qualifying experience is equally important to education preferences.)
  • Any combination of applicable experience in environmental policy management, water, wastewater or solid waste facilities development or planning.
  • Advanced personal computer skills are critical to success. Must be familiar with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, and Excel. Should also be familiar with Adobe Pro.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Financial and Managerial certifications, training or experience is helpful.
  • Certain positions may require water and/or wastewater operator certification.
 

More info and apply: https://www.map-inc.org/employment.html.