Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In Training
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR IN TRAINING (OIT)
The Carpinteria Sanitary District is seeking candidates to apply for an entry level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Training (OIT) position.
We are seeking a motivated, resourceful individual who is eager to learn the job duties of the OIT position. Under general supervision, the Operator-In-Training will perform a variety of tasks in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant including monitoring wastewater treatment plant processes, performing routine laboratory tests, and other key tasks necessary to maintain and operate a state of the art wastewater treatment facility. The selected candidate will participate in a comprehensive training program and will be required to obtain an Operator in Training Certificate from the State Water Resources Control Board. Obtaining a Grade 2 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification within 36 months from date of hire is a requirement of the position.
Regular working hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with ability to work weekends, nights and holidays as needed. Possession of a valid California driver’s license and a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
The District offers a competitive compensation package that includes a CalPERS retirement program, medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents, life insurance, sick/vacation leave, and paid holidays.
Recruitment & Selection Process
APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
Hiring Salary: $49,272/Annual
Must possess mobility to work in the plant; strength, stamina and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing a minimum of 40 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.
Employees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.
Disaster Service Workers
All Carpinteria Sanitary District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the Carpinteria Sanitary District requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Operator In Training Job Description.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the District’s pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.
It only happens when it rains
As they say, when it rains it pours. On Friday, Feb. 17 it poured in Carpinteria. Nearly 4.5 inches of rain fell during a 24-hour period, more than I’ve seen in any single day since my job made me start paying attention to such things.
Of course, with the prolonged drought, we need the rain badly and this deluge allowed our local water purveyors to breathe a small sigh of relief. For wastewater agencies, however, intense rainfall events like this one can end up in the category of “too much of a good thing.”
Infiltration and inflow, or I&I, is an industry term that refers to storm water or shallow groundwater that enters the sewer collection system during and immediately following a rain event. In the wastewater business, I&I is bad.
There are several ways that rainwater gets into the sewer system. Surface flooding can inundate sewer manholes allowing water to enter the system through vent holes in cast iron manhole lids. When soils are saturated, rainwater can infiltrate the sewer system through cracks in underground manholes, sewer mains and sewer laterals. Finally, and most significantly, storm water can enter the sewer system through the illicit connection of roof drains, yard drains and other surface drains.
No doubt all of these sources of I&I came into play on Feb. 17. Flows into the wastewater treatment plant were over three times higher than normal—we treated 3.4 million gallons as compared to just over a million gallons on a normal day. Fortunately, the treatment facility has the hydraulic capacity to handle these abnormal events, but pumping and treatment costs are dramatically affected by I&I.
I&I presents an even bigger problem in the sewer collection system. The District has seven pump stations, located throughout Carpinteria, that convey wastewater to the treatment facility. These pump stations, and the network of sewer pipelines throughout our service area, are not designed to handle tremendous amounts of storm water inflow. Flows at some of our remote pump stations during this event were four or five times higher than normal, requiring District staff to mobilize emergency auxiliary pumps in order to keep up with incoming flows. Even with our pre-storm preparations, a major effort was required throughout the day to avoid sewer spills or overflows that would have otherwise resulted from excessive I&I.
Sewer spills are serious—they can affect water quality, threaten public health and result in major fines or penalties. Much of our focus at the District is on maintaining and improving our sewer collection system to avoid spills and overflows. We have an ongoing program to rehabilitate or replace pipelines and manholes, eliminating sources of I&I, but to really be effective we need help from our customers.
First and foremost, make sure that your roof drains, downspouts, yard drains or other surface drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer. District staff members are available to help verify this or to investigate any storm drains that may be inadvertently connected to the public sewer system. Second, consider having your lateral sewer—the pipe between your home and the street—inspected to make sure there are no cracks or breaks or other defects that would contribute to I&I. There are several local plumbers who are able to assist homeowners with video pipeline inspections and any required repairs. Your help on these fronts is greatly appreciated.
I know we are all hoping for a few more rainstorms this season to fill our reservoirs and replenish our groundwater resources. Personally, I’m hoping it comes in smaller doses, but we will be ready no matter what.