Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprentice

Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: City of Alachua

Type:Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate:$17.42/HR
Posted Date:10/23/2023 11:20 AM

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This position is entry level work going through a training program in water pollution control facilities, leading to certification by the State of Florida as a Certified Operator and the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Supervisor.


  • Under the supervision of a certified operator, the apprentice performs works associated with the wastewater treatment plant lift stations and collection systems assigned.
  • On-the-job training includes learning laboratory procedures, the nature of tools, industrial machines and equipment at the wastewater plant.
  • Assists with installation of new sewer service lines.
  • Performs routine maintenance work as assigned.
  • Performs general maintenance and labor work such as mowing, digging, cleaning, and laying pipe.
  • Works on-call on a rotation basis on weekends and nights.
  • Maintains records and reports.
  • Performs other related duties as required/assigned.


  • High school graduation or GED.
  • A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
  • Must obtain Class “C” certificate within two (2) years of employment.
  • Florida CDL License preferred.


  • Knowledge of tools and their use.
  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical computations.
  • Ability and aptitude to learn complicated laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to work, learn and progress in a career-type position.
  • Must possess a good physical condition and sound mental alertness.
  • Ability to learn methods and practices of modern wastewater treatment standards and normal operating procedures applicable to treatment.


  • Works inside.
  • Works outside in various weather conditions with: noise, chemicals, electrical energy or radiant energy, odors.  Slippery surfaces.
  • Uneven surfaces.
  • Vibrations.
  • Heights up to 15 feet.
  • Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction).
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without hearing aid).
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Heavy (45 pounds and over) lifting and carrying.
  • Climbing.
  • Depth perception.
  • Distinguish colors.
  • Walking.
  • Smelling.
  • Driving.
  • Ability to learn the functions and mechanics of pumps and other plant mechanical equipment.
  • Ability to learn to read meters and charts accurately; to maintain simple records of shift operations; perform simple chemical analyzes accurately.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.  

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