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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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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

Wastewater Maintenance Worker
City of Owatonna, MN

The City of Owatonna Wastewater Treatment Facility provides wastewater treatment that results in high quality, return flows to the river. The average daily flow through the wastewater system is approximately 3.5 to 4.0 MGD with the maximum peak daily flow of 10 MGD. This Maintenance Worker position performs a variety of routine and preventative maintenance activities at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Training and 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.

Full-Time Position. Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 3:00pm. Hours may vary depending on departmental needs.

Please visit the City of Owatonna’s website for a full job description and to apply. 

Wastewater Project Manager
Sambatek - Minnetonka, MN

Sambatek is currently seeking a Project Manager that wants to be part of our wastewater team to design and execute engineering projects, representing clients such as municipalities, industries, and other agencies. As a Project Manager you will help us grow and expand our wastewater engineering practice by collaborating with other internal disciplines as well as clients, professional organizations, equipment suppliers, contractors, and other firms. We are looking for an entrepreneurial engineer that has a drive to exceed expectations collaborating with a growing firm that has a vision to enhance the lives of its colleagues, clients, and communities! 

Work Location: Hybrid – in-person for client presentations and team interactions. In office as needed; may require occasional evening meeting.

Qualified candidate will: Maintain and expand our design engineering practice; Service as project manager, client manager and/or senior technical resource for clients; Manage and provide professional services for wastewater engineering projects to include facilities planning, design, and construction administration on projects related to wastewater collection and treatment; Oversee client relationships, client development, and client retention; Prepares project work plan, scope, schedule, and budget, and quality objectives; view more.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or related degree (Master’s degree preferred); Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in the State of Minnesota or the ability to obtain one within first 6 months of employment; 8+ years of experience with wastewater facilities planning, design and construction; Proven ability to win wastewater projects; Experience managing large projects or large tasks on big projects; view more.

For more information and requirements, visit the online application.

Water Treatment Plant Operator II
City of Saint Paul, MN

The City of Saint Paul is seeking a Water Treatment Plant Operator II. Performs responsible work for the continuous functional operation of water softening and purification equipment at the water treatment plant. Operates filter units, including backwashes. Controls the flow of water into and through the treatment process. Monitors and controls the appropriate application of all chemicals used during the treatment process. Performs appropriate chemical tests and monitors the resulting data to determine chlorine residual, turbidity, alkalinity, and temperature levels. Monitors performance of plant machinery and makes minor maintenance and emergency repairs. Evaluates water quality parameters during the treatment process to track plant operations and makes necessary adjustments. Maintains treatment operations records. Performs related work as assigned. 

This position is located at the Drinking Water Treatment Plant at 1900 Rice Street in Saint Paul, MN 55113. Shifts are scheduled on an 8 week rotating basis and candidates must be able to work days, nights, weekends, and holidays for a period of 12 consecutive hours. Employees receive a 6.5% night shift differential for all hours worked and may select to work the night shift if rotating isn’t desired. Operators are only scheduled to work 7 shifts over a two-week pay period! Candidates hired now will be joining at an exciting time as a new water treatment facility is slated for commissioning in 2025-2026. 

For more information and requirements, visit the online application.

Entry Level Wastewater Position
PeopleService, Inc. - Braham, MN

We are seeking a strong candidate who is not afraid to work hard, possesses initiative to get the job done, and can repair mechanical equipment such as blowers and pumps. PeopleService will provide on-the-job training and assist in becoming certified in the field of water/wastewater. This is an excellent opportunity for recent WET graduates or candidates looking for a long-term career where you can grow – through increased certification and gaining valuable experience. PeopleService is a family-oriented company providing water/wastewater services to municipalities throughout the Midwest. We offer a competitive wage with excellent benefits which begin on date of hire. For more information and to apply, head over to our website at www.peopleservice.com – we look forward to receiving your application!

Water Resources Superintendent
City of Saint Peter, MN

General Duties:
Completing the tasks necessary to effectively and efficiently operate, provide, and maintain reliable and safe sanitary sewer and potable water systems. Achieve Division Mission Critical/High Impact (MC/HI) goals and deliverable while fostering a positive work environment.

Minimum Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent; four years of responsible experience in operation of Class A, B, or C system facility or similar sized industrial facility; possession of a State of Minnesota Class C Water Supply System Operator Certificate or ability to obtain within six months of date of employment with City; possession of State of Minnesota Class C Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate or ability to obtain within six months of date of employment with City; possession of a valid State of Minnesota driver’s license within one month of employment with the City. 

Desirable Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge of: methods, materials, and tools used in construction, operation, and maintenance of water wells, distribution, and treatment systems, stormwater collection systems, detention, and treatment; Demonstrated knowledge of the principle, practices and equipment used in testing water, wastewater, and stormwater; Demonstrated knowledge of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems; Demonstrated experience in supervision of more than three employees for more than three years; Demonstrated knowledge of applicable regulatory codes; Demonstrated ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; Demonstrated knowledge of OSHA regulations and municipal safety policies; Demonstrated knowledge of computer operations; Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory certification procedures; B.S. degree in engineering, public administration or related field; possession of State of Minnesota Type IV Waste Facility Operator Certificate; Possession of State of Minnesota Class B Water Supply System Operator Certificate; Possession of Minnesota Class A Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate; Possession of Minnesota Class B Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate.

Hiring salary range is $87,600 to $101,040. A full job description and required application packet is available from the City Administrator’s Office, 227 South Front Street, Saint Peter, Minnesota 56082-2538 or by calling (507) 934-0663 or online at www.saintpetermn.gov.365/Employment

Completed applications must be received by the City Administrator’s Office no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Interviews to be conducted Monday, June 6, 2022. Faxed or late applications will not be accepted. AA/EOE. 

Public Service Worker - Utilities
City of Woodbury, MN

General Duties:
Completing the tasks necessary to effectively and efficiently operate, provide, and maintain reliable and safe sanitary sewer and potable water systems. Achieve Division Mission Critical/High Impact (MC/HI) goals and deliverable while fostering a positive work environment.

Minimum Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent. A driver’s license, satisfactory driving record and the ability to drive. A valid Class A commercial driver’s license including air brakes and tanker endorsement or the ability to obtain within 6 months of employment. Possession of or ability to obtain within 18 months of employment: Class S-D, MN Pollution Control Agency Collection System Operator certificate; Class D, MN Department of Health Water Supply Operator certificate.

Hiring salary range is $28.81-$32.17 an hour. Full salary range is $28.81-$35.94 an hour. Application and job description are available at woodburymn.gov/employment. Contact Administration at 651-714-3523 (TDD: 651-714-3568) or hr@woodburymn.gov with questions. A drug free, EO, AA employer.

Application deadline is 11:59pm on May 11, 2022.

Public Works Director
City of Crosslake, MN

Crosslake, Minnesota (population 2,394 – approx. 15,000 in the summer) is now accepting applications for the position of Public Works Director. General duties include planning, directing, coordinating, and assisting in the development, operation and maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment and Collection System, City Road System, Cemetery, and City buildings and grounds. Desired qualifications include four years of Public Works experience including experience in wastewater and street maintenance, at least one year of supervisory experience, and possession of a valid Class B Wastewater Operator License. 

Salary range: $75,000-$95,000. Application and job description are available at www.cityofcrosslake.org. Send resume and application to:

13888 Daggett Bay Road
Crosslake, MN 56442

Application deadline is 3:00pm on May 20, 2022.

Wastewater Project Manager I
City of Monticello, MN

The Project Manager plans, manages and coordinates municipal or industrial design/build projects. This position leads strategic planning, proposal coordination, estimating, sales support, contract development/contract relations, and design review and construction management. In addition, this position manages the detailed technical schedule and financial performance of the project in order to deliver a quality product, on time and at the lowest achievable cost consistent with overall business objectives.

Educational Background

  • MPCA Wastewater Operator Class A License or Class B who is qualified to test for a Class A. If from another state, must achieve certification within one year of appointment to Project Manager.
  • Degree in Construction management or seven to ten years progressive experience within a water/wastewater treatment environment with thorough knowledge of the methods, techniques, principles, and practices of water/wastewater treatment, water distribution and wastewater collection.
  • Must be able to serve rotational 24-hour emergency on-call if necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record and be able to pass a physical and drug screen and criminal background check. 
 

Wastewater Operations & Maintenance Technician I
City of St. Michael, MN

The O&M Technician I performs a variety of operation and maintenance functions at water production and related facilities. This is an entry-level position that performs basic operational duties under the direction of a certified operator, performs maintenance and laboratory tasks, janitorial and laborer duties. Days and hours of duty may vary as required to fill other O&M Technician shift schedules, or under unusual circumstances.

Educational Background

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • MPCA Wastewater Operator Class D license or higher preferred, not required.
  • The ability to perform tasks requiring standing and walking for extended periods of time, climb stairs, squat, and work with hands extended above head and in front of body, lift up to and carry 50 pounds, work outside and inside environments with noise and all temperatures and climatic conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record and be able to pass a physical and drug screen and criminal background check. CDL preferred or ability to obtain a CDL within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be able to serve rotational 24-hour emergency on-call if necessary.
 

Wastewater Operations & Maintenance Technician I
City of Spencer, IA

The O&M Technician I performs a variety of operation and maintenance functions at water production and related facilities. This is an entry-level position that performs basic operational duties under the direction of a certified operator, performs maintenance and laboratory tasks, janitorial and laborer duties. Days and hours of duty may vary as required to fill other O&M Technician shift schedules, or under unusual circumstances.

Educational Background

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • MPCA Wastewater Operator Class D license or higher preferred, not required.
  • The ability to perform tasks requiring standing and walking for extended periods of time, climb stairs, squat, and work with hands extended above head and in front of body, lift up to and carry 50 pounds, work outside and inside environments with noise and all temperatures and climatic conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record and be able to pass a physical and drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Must be able to serve rotational 24-hour emergency on-call if necessary.
 

Wastewater Operations & Maintenance Technician I
City of Chisago City, MN

The O&M Technician I performs a variety of operation and maintenance functions at water production and related facilities. This is an entry-level position that performs basic operational duties under the direction of a certified operator, performs maintenance and laboratory tasks, janitorial and laborer duties. Days and hours of duty may vary as required to fill other O&M Technician shift schedules, or under unusual circumstances.

Educational Background

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • MPCA Wastewater Operator Class D license or higher preferred, not required.
  • The ability to perform tasks requiring standing and walking for extended periods of time, climb stairs, squat, and work with hands extended above head and in front of body, lift up to and carry 50 pounds, work outside and inside environments with noise and all temperatures and climatic conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions, and must be able to work under adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record and be able to pass a physical and drug screen and criminal background check.
  • Must be able to serve rotational 24-hour emergency on-call if necessary.
 

Project Manager/Technical Assistance Provider
Midwest Assistance Program, Inc.

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.
 
 

Maintenance Mechanic
City of Moorhead, MN

Salary / Pay Rate: $45,938 to $65,626
Job Type: Full Time 

The City of Moorhead is accepting applications for a Maintenance Mechanic in the Engineering Department, Wastewater Division. This position will conduct preventative and corrective maintenance on wastewater and stormwater equipment, inspect facilities and lift stations, identify and repair deficiencies, maintain records and files, and related work as required.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • One year experience in operating and performing minor maintenance of heavy duty trucks and equipment along with experience in the maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical and pumping equipment.

Special Requirements:
  • Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Facility Class D Operator or S-D Certificate or 2-C Boiler License within one year of hire.
  • Valid class A commercial driver’s license with tanker and air brake endorsement within one year of hire.

  • Apply online at www.cityofmoorhead.com/jobs.

    Facility Operator
    City of Moorhead, MN

    Salary / Pay Rate: $47,799 to $68,284
    Job Type: Full Time 

    The City of Moorhead is accepting applications for a Facility Operator in the Wastewater Division of the Engineering Department. This technical position performs intermediate work operating a wastewater treatment plant, collecting samples, performing tests, monitoring and ensuring regulatory and permit requirements are met, evaluating and troubleshooting facility operations and maintenance, preparing and maintaining records and files, and related work as required.

    High school diploma or GED and two years’ experience working in a wastewater treatment facility or related field OR Associates/Technical degree in water and wastewater or related science field. Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Facility Class C Operator license within 18 months of hire required. Valid driver’s license required.

    Apply now at www.cityofmoorhead.com/jobs

    Infrastructure Technician A
    City of Mankato, MN

    Salary:   $21.58 to $29.92 Hourly / $44,886.40 to $62,233.60 Annually
    Application Deadline: Wednesday, 05/19/2021-11:59 p.m.

     

    Performs skilled work in the operation and maintenance of water distribution system, and wastewater collection system, including lift stations, storm water and flood control systems.

     

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must possess a high school diploma or GED; and five (5) years of experience in the field of plumbing or underground utility construction and maintenance or similar type of work.


    Preferred Qualifications:

      • Degree or certification in plumbing, construction, or related field.

     

    • Two (2) years of supervisory experience in the field of plumbing or underground utility construction and maintenance or similar type of work.
    • Possession of a Minnesota Class D Water Supply System Operator’s certification, and a Minnesota Class S-D Wastewater Collection Facility Operator’s certification.
    • Conditions of Employment:
      Must possess a valid Minnesota CDL Class B driver’s license and be able to drive in the state of Minnesota; and obtain a Minnesota CDL Class A driver’s license within one hundred and twenty (120) days of employment.
    • Must obtain a Minnesota Class D Water Supply System Operator’s certification, and a Minnesota Class S-D Wastewater Collection Facility Operator’s certification within one hundred eighty (180) days of eligibility.
    • Must register with the Department of Labor and Industry as an unlicensed maintenance electrician.
      Satisfactory completion of pre-employment personnel assessment, background examination, physical examination, and drug testing.
    • Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.

     

    Contact Information:  Diane Biedscheid, Human Resources, (507) 387-8664

    More Information and To Apply: www.mankatomn.gov/jobs

    Water Plant Operator Technician A
    City of Mankato, MN

    Full Time – $46,966.40 – $67,641.60 Annually

    Under supervision of the Facility Supervisor, performs semi-skilled work as required for the efficient operation, maintenance, and housekeeping of the water treatment plant, wells, reservoirs and related components.  Position will be designated as a Maintenance/Relief Operators with typical hours of 7:00AM-3:30PM.  Relief Operator performs the functions of the Facility Operator whenever a Facility Operator is unavailable to work his or her shift. Operational shifts are a day (7:00-3:30PM), evening (4PM-Midnight), a three-day weekend shift (7:00AM-7:00PM).  May be assigned to one or more functional areas within the department.

    Performs maintenance tasks around the facility including, but not limited to; oil changes, greasing pumps, rebuilding pumps, rebuilding motors, rebuilding mixers, repairing and replacing pipe of various sizes, repairing electrical panels, repairing HVAC equipment, repairing boilers, maintaining clean workspaces, and other assigned tasks associated with maintaining mechanical equipment at the facility.

    Performs tasks around the facility while operating include, but not limited to; utilization of SCADA system, utilization of tablet, paper and electronic reporting, pumping rate changes, chemical dosage changes, bacteriological testing, lime waste handling, lime softener operations, membrane filter operations, tank level controls, tank cleaning, online analyzer cleaning and maintenance, maintaining clean operational spaces, and other task associated with treatment of the facility.

    Learn more and apply online.