Water Treatment Plant Operator I

Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: City of Alachua
  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$19.83 – $29.08
  • Posted Date:12/27/2023 10:27 AM

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This position is skilled work in the operation and maintenance of a Water Treatment System.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Water Treatment Supervisor.


  • Assists in operation of water pollution control facilities and maintenance thereof including taking samples, testing and supervising the running of tests.
  • Performs preventive maintenance and repair of wells, controllers, pumps, chlorine systems, generators, etc.
  • Changes, calibrates, and regulates chemical feed systems.
  • Maintains proper levels and system pressure using SCADA controlled wells and high service pumps.
  • Reviews SCADA operation and pumps performance for previous 24 hours, enters into daily log book.
  • Collects compliance samples to turn into lab and maintains records.
  • Helps design, construct and repairs distribution systems.
  • Assists in distribution system mapping.
  • Installs and repairs backflow devices.
  • Helps to identify and correct malfunctions.
  • Performs general maintenance on water tank/tower areas.
  • Performs mosquito spraying as needed.
  • Remains on standby 24 hours a day.
  • Prepares various records and reports using a computer to enter data, charts and reports.
  • Drives a vehicle.
  • Performs other related duties as required/assigned.


  • High school graduation or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.  Two (2) years’ experience in Water Plant Operations.
  • A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
  • Possession of a valid State of Florida Class “B” Commercial Driver’s license with Airbrake Endorsement.
  • Valid State of Florida Class “C” Water certificate required.


  • Knowledge of the principles, operating procedures and servicing requirements of machinery and equipment of water treatment plant.
  • Knowledge of water treatment operations, policies, procedures and methods.
  • Good mechanical skills.
  • Ability to make and maintain records and reports.
  • Ability to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical equipment.


  • 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 30 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.

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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