Athabasca County is presently accepting applications for a full time, permanent Water & Wastewater Utility Operator.
Reporting to the Director of Infrastructure Services, the Water & Wastewater Utility Operator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of all water and wastewater utilities infrastructure of the County; including but not limited to, Water Distribution Systems, Wastewater Collection Systems and Wastewater Treatment Lagoons.
Successful applicants will have mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and hands on knowledge of plumbing and construction. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience and/or a supplemental post-secondary diploma, degree, or certification.
A valid class 5 drivers license with a clean abstract is required. Some overtime and weekends, and availability to be on call on a rotational basis is required.
The current salary range for this position is $77,481 - $90,641. Athabasca County also offers an attractive total compensation package including company paid benefit package and contributions to the Local Authorities Pension Plan.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Provide technical and operational recommendations to the Director of Infrastructure Services respecting the municipal utilities systems.
Ensure utility operations are compliant with the Government of Alberta (Alberta Environment) Code of Practice for the respective utility.
Ensure that appropriate reporting to provincial government departments with respect to the water and wastewater systems takes place.
Complete schedule sampling of all aspects of the water and wastewater systems to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and reporting of operational contraventions.
Operate, maintain, and perform routine maintenance on the County’s 3 Water Distribution Systems to distribute potable water as per the Code of Practice for Water Systems.
Operate, maintain, and perform routine maintenance on the County’s 4 wastewater collection systems and 5 wastewater treatment lagoons as per the Code of Practice for Wastewater Systems.
Operate, maintain, and perform routine maintenance on the County’s 3 potable water truck fills.
Perform routine maintenance on all equipment including but not limited to water distribution main valves, hydrants, services, sewage lift stations.
Maintain detailed logs and reports on inspections, monitoring and maintenance of all County water and wastewater systems.
Collect and submit water samples from random locations in the water distribution systems.
Perform installation, repairs and maintenance of water meters and as well monthly readings.
Responsible for coordinating of and completing emergency repairs to County water and wastewater systems in conjunction with other County employees and/or contractors.
Interdepartmental co-operation regarding duties such as: line repairs, replacement and repair, maintenance, and replacement of hydrants, and flushing of systems.
Assist with the development and implementation of maintenance programs for all Water and Wastewater Utility Systems, as well as investigating the efficiencies of those systems and make recommendations for necessary upgrading, considering all financial implications.
Ensure that up to date as-builts, site plans and records related to the County’s water and wastewater systems are available.
Locate underground water and wastewater utility systems infrastructure for development and construction purposes.
Assist in preparation of annual budget estimates and long-range plans for all water and wastewater utility systems.
Approve all invoices for the respective systems and coding of same.
Perform other duties as required.
Mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity.
Valid Class 5 driver’s license with clean and safe 5-year driver’s record.
Strong focus on safety, quality of work and environmental awareness.
Hands on knowledge of plumbing and construction.
Proficiency in MS Windows and Office suite.
Some overtime & weekends.
Availability to be on call on a rotational basis.
Post-secondary program or degree in Water and Wastewater, Science, Environmental Studies, Engineering, or Hydrogeology, or equivalent work experience.
Successful completion of Level One (1) or higher Water Treatment and Distribution Operator certification (valid in Alberta).
Successful completion of Level One (1) Wastewater and Collection Operator (valid in Alberta).
A combination of education and previous experience in the water and wastewater industry.