Principal Plant Operator - Night Shift at Falling Creek WWTP

Chesterfield - Virginia (VA),

Chesterfield County, VA

$45,379 - $53,407 a year

Job Description:

Minimum Qualifications
Who We Are

The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities is a public water and wastewater utility that
uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest quality service to its more than 93,000
wastewater customers. Chesterfield County owns and operates two award-winning wastewater
treatment plants (WWTPs): the Proctors Creek WWTP and the Falling Creek WWTP. We have a
culture that is invested in making a difference in the community by meeting or exceeding water
quality standards to ensure public health and protect the environment of the James River and
Chesapeake Bay. We pride ourselves in being fiscally fit, being one of only a handful of water
and wastewater utilities nationwide to have achieved AAA ratings on its revenue bonds from
each of the three top ratings services.

What You Do and How You Do It

This position is for a Principal Plant Operator for operation of the Falling Creek Wastewater
Treatment Plant. This is night-shift position from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., three days on then three days off on a continuous schedule. The Principal Plant Operator will perform all operational aspects required to maintain compliance with federal, state and local regulations that govern wastewater treatment. This requires operational observations and/or adjustments of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes at a wastewater treatment plant. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • operate process equipment and systems associated with wastewater treatment
  • monitor the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to ensure proper operation
  • observe & record process trends related to equipment operation and plant performance on
daily log sheet
  • monitor & adjust process control instrumentation
  • inventory chemicals and inspect chemical dosing pumps and storage tanks
  • ensure proper operation of samplers, collect process monitoring samples as needed, and
perform field analytical tests as needed
  • transfer sludge by manually turning correct valves in correct sequence and operating correct
pumping equipment or using automated processes as needed
  • perform preventative maintenance
  • working outdoors
  • perform other work as required

Here's What You Need

High school diploma or GED; three years of experience in wastewater treatment plant
operations or maintenance; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Associate's or bachelor's degree in a science or engineering related field and five years of
experience preferred. A Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License is
required. Applicants with a Class II, Class III or non-licensed status will receive consideration
at lower level plant operator classifications and salary grades/ranges. College graduates with a
degree in biological, chemical or engineering science may start as a Class III. Other non-licensed applicants will start as an Unlicensed Operator. Unlicensed Operators and licensee with
lower than a Class I license will receive salary increase after passing high license exams and fulfilling requirements of the Career Development Plan.

Other Requirements

Good driving record required. Must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the
twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit
points within the preceding thirty-six months.

Candidate must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at date of hire.

Candidate must be able to perform manual labor in the elements. Required duties include use of
ladders, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, and standing or walking for 30 minutes at a time.

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of the operation, including chemical and
physical processes, equipment and materials used in wastewater plants and stations; knowledge
of biological nutrient reduction; and familiarity with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System (NPDES) reporting requirements; ability to safely perform inspections of pumps, valves,
gauges and other mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as general building maintenance.

Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree
verification required.

The hiring range for this position, depending upon qualifications, is as follows:

$45,379 - $53,407 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater
Operator's License

$39,723 - $46,750 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class II Wastewater
Operator's License

$34,766 - $40,916 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class III Wastewater
Operator's License or hold a bachelor's degree in biological, chemical or engineering

$30,430 - $35,813 for non-licensed applicants will start as an Unlicensed Operator.

What's in it for You:

If you are passionate about making a difference in the community, join our team. We offer a
competitive compensation and benefit package, including the Virginia Retirement System
defined benefit plan. We work hard to achieve our mission, but we also value work-life balance
through paid-time off. We support professional development through career development
plans, tuition reimbursement program, our award-winning learning and development programs,
and opportunities for advancement within the organization. For more information, please
visit Chesterfield County Utilities Department at

We Would Love to Talk with You!

6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.; three days on/three days off; continuous schedule

Work Location

Utilities - Falling Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

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