Wastewater Operator Trainee

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Pensacola , FL 32501

Posted 2 months ago

Responsibilities/Pay Grade

We will be filling one position at the Pensacola Beach Water Reclamation Facility on Pensacola Beach as a Wastewater Operator Trainee. The position at Pensacola Beach works 8-hour rotating shifts.

Please note for the WW Op Trainee position: Successfully screened & selected applicants will be testing at ECUA on Thursday, January 30th from 1 pm - 3 pm.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday morning, February 6th at our Pensacola Beach Water Reclamation Facility. Candidates will be chosen after testing results are completed and reviewed. Those with the top passing test scores will be given first consideration.

Your availability for both the testing and interview is required for you to be considered. No online testing is available, no alternate test dates are available. You must be present in Pensacola to test.

JOB SUMMARY: PG 21 Starting pay for Wastewater Operator Trainee candidate selected will be $16.29 hour.

Performs routine, semi-skilled work in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant and maintenance of associated equipment. Work is performed under direction of a licensed operator.


Tours plant and facilities, inspects and observes equipment and machinery. Records readings, adjusts and regulates the operation of gauges, meters, and specialized equipment.

Operates motors, pumps, valves, generators, and specialized equipment and machinery.

Performs minor maintenance or informs supervisor of major repairs needed.

Collects samples from designated points, performs physical and chemical tests and records results.

Performs environmental tasks related to water quality.

Performs routine maintenance and custodial duties. May clean and maintain treatment plant grounds when necessary.

Enters data into computer program. May use computer to prepare reports.

All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent. (Educational documentation will be required upon offer of employment.)

Basic level of experience in use of computers.

Any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

All Operators are required to work rotating shift work. For example: 28 day rotation of 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7; and/or 6am to 6pm for two weeks and 6pm to 6am for two weeks.

Licenses and Certifications:

Requires the possession of a valid Driver License.

Possession of or ability to obtain a Class "C" Domestic Wastewater Operator's License as issued by the Department of Environmental Protection within 24 months. (Requires completion of licensing coursework within 13 months of hire.)

A written test will be administered to determine mechanical aptitude, knowledge of safety practices, knowledge of tools and reading of scales and gauges, knowledge of elementary chemistry and general science, understanding and interpreting written material, and basic mathematics.

Testing scores will be a contributing factor for selection.

Employment offers to all new hires are contingent upon the job candidates successfully passing background, motor vehicle and reference checks, nicotine screening, drug screening, and post job offer physicals (that may include pulmonary testing). Offers of transfers or promotion to current ECUA employees are not subject to nicotine screening. All applicants are subject to physical assessments as required by job.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment

The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, turn, reach with hands and arms, bend body downward and forward by bending legs and spine, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

The employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes and/or airborne particles, noxious odors, dust, mist, and/or gases; work near moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, and toxic, acidic, or caustic chemicals.

The incumbent's working conditions are moderately quiet and occasionally loud.

As a disaster team member, the employee is required to be available to work before, during, and after any disaster as directed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Supplemental Information


Light Truck or Other Motor Vehicle, Boat, Utility Vehicle, Riding Lawn Mower

Various Power and Hand Tools

Various Specialized Plant Equipment and Machinery

Lab Testing Equipment

Computer equipment.

Knowledge of:

Operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

Occupational hazards and safety precautions.

Environmental and biological systems

Skill in:

Operating equipment and machinery.

Performing general maintenance and labor activities.

Using power and hand tools.

Operating a motor vehicle.

Maintaining accurate records and files.

Basic computer knowledge

Ability to:

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Read and record meters and gauges.

Perform basic mathematical calculations.

Record activities during workday in logs and or computers

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Wastewater Operator Trainee

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority