The Utilities Operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Wheatland County’s various water treatment plant, wastewater treatment facilities and associated distribution systems to ensure that residents have safe, clean water and a dependable sewage treatment disposal system.
Reporting to the Utility Operator Foreman, the Utility Operator maintains the water and wastewater treatment plant and facilities to ensure the availability of a clean community water supply and environmental protection.
Working hours are 8 hours per day, five days per week including Saturday and Sunday.
Work is primarily outside of the Wheatland County Administrative office with outside duties including, but not limited to, physical inspection of facilities and sites.
Occasional overtime, modified shifts or on call may be required.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Conduct maintenance of the water treatment plants including daily sampling, testing, flow controls, chemical dosage and accurate recording as per water plant permits.
Conduct maintenance, perform record keeping and report as required and necessary to applicable authorities for all water points.
Operate and maintain wastewater collection and wastewater treatment systems.
Prepare accurate reporting on water and wastewater environmental compliance as per license requirements.
Meter reading and maintenance for water and wastewater systems.
Assist with capital planning.
Establish preventative maintenance schedules.
Keep a daily log.
Recommend the purchase of goods and equipment.
Maintain inventories of chemicals.
Provide information for use in reports to government agencies, departments and other organizations as required.
Ensure records are maintained.
Back up and helping current operators in their designated hamlets.
Turn on and off customer services as directed.
Water well monitoring and maintenance.
Assist with budget preparation.
Assist with 5-year capital replacement and maintenance plan.
Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
Ensure compliance with OH&S including attendance at safety meetings, being properly trained in OH&S related topics, and ensuring work is completed in a safe manner.
Appropriately, and in a timely manner complete all administrative tasks.
Relate to and communicate with co-workers, management, ratepayers, and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly, and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of a high school diploma.
Must maintain the appropriate level of certification in each of the following: Water Treatment II, Water Distribution I, Wastewater Treatment I, and Wastewater Collection I.
Post-secondary education or training in water and wastewater treatment preferred.
SCADA experience is considered an asset.
Minimum 3 years of experience in water treatment plant operations preferred.
Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence.
High degree of quality, accuracy, timeliness, and precision required.
Ability to work accurately with mathematics daily, including percentages, calculating dosages and dilutions.
Effective computer skills including Excel, Word, Outlook, and accounting software programs.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with other team members, the public / County citizens, external agencies, etc.