Water & Wastewater Operator - Bend/Redmond, Oregon

Suburban Water Systems Redmond , OR 97756

Posted 2 weeks ago

At Oregon Water Utilities, we provide water and wastewater services to our community and ensure that our customers have good, clean water. We are proud of our team and what we do, and we hope you'll consider sharing in our mission.

We are looking for a new team member for our Bend/Redmond location. This position performs a variety of tasks including routine monitoring and testing of water and wastewater to assist with facility operation, maintenance, and service. Employee Success is one of our core values. Our team members are provided with on-the-job training, and we also help them achieve operator certifications for water and wastewater.

Essential Job Functions

This is a full-time position, with hours Monday-Friday and on-call hours outside of the regular working hours. This position primarily works outdoors.

  • Operate the utility's potable water production, distribution and storage to meet customer demand, minimize water production and energy costs, and maintain safe drinking water quality. Maintain records. Perform construction activities required to repair the water system. Perform repairs and replacement of mechanical equipment and perform preventative maintenance programs. Execute valve inspection and exercising program

  • Read meters and perform activities required to remove existing and install new water meters using materials from inventory.

  • Respond to customer service calls and visit customers to checks water leaks, respond to customer inquiries regarding high/low pressure, no water, high bill complaints, and turn customer services on and off.

  • Respond to customer calls and make service calls to check sewer backups, flushes lines, and locate sewer line problems.

  • Operating, maintaining and cleaning waste water treatment plant equipment and processes.

  • Maintaining water quality in effluent holding ponds through monitoring, sampling, and application of chemicals to inhibit algae growth. Maintain and operate recycled water reuse pump station.

  • Collect samples and perform routine monitoring and testing of wastewater (including but not limited to effluent samples, flows, settleable solids, dissolved oxygen), and calibrating instruments and logs data, and checks chlorine residual. Maintains daily data log for reports to regulator.

  • Daily inspection of plant sites to determine that equipment is running within desired limits. Responsible to establish and maintain communication processes to trigger appropriate action if equipment is found to be running outside of desired limits or has failed. Responsible for the collection of operational data during daily inspection.

  • Routine inspection of plant sites and the identification and correction or safeguarding of unsafe conditions. Responsible to maintain appearance and integrity of landscaping, structures, fencing and other improvements at Company facilities.

Position Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED required

  • Ability to obtain necessary water and wastewater certifications within 18 months of hire

  • Ability to lift or carry up to 90 pounds, walk up to 5 miles per day, and constantly stoop, kneel, crouch, and stand

  • Ability to work on-call hours

  • Valid Oregon driver's license with acceptable driving record

What We Offer

  • On-the-job training

  • Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, life, vision, and more)

  • 401(k) plan with company match

  • Holidays, vacation, and paid sick leave

  • Certification bonuses

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