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Job Title: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Category: Public Utilities Department
Status: Open
Additional Status Information: Full Time

The wastewater treatment plant operator is responsible for the specialized work in the operations and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant.  Incumbent must know the characteristic of wastewater chemical/biological analysis, motors, pumps, and other equipment related to wastewater treatment, read, understand, and follow written job instructions/materials as well as technical manuals; written standards operation procedures.  The duties include the following:


  1. Operates and checks all pumps, chemical stations, blower stations, oxidation basins, digester basins, biological nutrient reactor  basins, generators, cloth media filters, belt filter presses, gravity belt thickeners, clarifiers, head works, lift stations and all electrical instrumentation;
  2. Inspect equipment and monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauges to determine load requirements and detect malfunctions;
  3. Collect and test wastewater samples, using wastewater analysis methods and instrumentations;
  4. Operates and adjust controls on equipment and assure wastewater is potable and save for environmental disposal, process or dispose of sewage, and sludge produced during the process;
  5. Will assign, perform, assist in the repair and maintenance of plant equipment as well as keeping all structures and grounds neat and clean;
  6. Inspect equipment and monitor operating conditions, meters, and gauge readings on specified forms;
  7. Will maintain and ensure that all daily logs; and
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.



Must have a High School diploma or GED or as required by TCEQ regulations. Prefer an associate or bachelor degree in biology/chemistry. Must obtain a TCEQ Wastewater “D” License within one (1) year of employment and TCEQ Wastewater “C” license within two (2) years of employment. Must be able to work shifts, weekends and holidays. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Special Requirements:

Employee in this job must use good judgment to work safely and use equipment properly; lift and carry up to 50 lbs; pull, push, or drag up to 150 lbs of maintenance equipment; climb, crawl, kneel, squat, twist, and stoop for extended periods of time while monitoring, recording, or participating in maintenance work, must be able to swim, work in confined space, work indoors and outdoors in extreme temperatures including hot and cold temperatures, including inclement weather; some exposure to mechanical, electrical, chemical, and dust hazards; and the ability to follow proper safety precautions.


Prefer TCEQ License “D” or Higher. Please submit all applications & certifications to the City of Pharr’s Human Resources Office, 118 S. Cage Blvd., 2nd floor, Pharr, Texas.


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