Lead Water Plant Operator

  • 009126

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, oversees and performs a variety of complex duties to ensure a safe and adequate supply of water in accordance with City, federal and state standards; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:(Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Schedules, trains, assigns and reviews work activities of water plant operators.
  2. Reviews logs and notes to evaluate condition of water plant at beginning of shift.
  3. Collects and analyzes water samples from a variety of sources on a regularly scheduled basis or upon request.
  4. Adjusts or recalibrates laboratory equipment, chemical feeds, and pressures based on water sample analysis.
  5. Monitors, adjusts and cleans filter system to ensure proper functioning.
  6. Monitors and performs routine preventive maintenance of equipment and cleaning of chemical rooms.
  7. Inventories, orders, and receives supplies.
  8. Observes, trains and assists in performing preventive and emergency maintenance on equipment.
  • Knowledge of water operational systems.
  • Knowledge of City, federal and state rules, regulations, practices and procedures related to the operation and administration of water systems.
  • Knowledge of health, safety and environmental policies, precautions, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of recordkeeping and file maintenance practices and procedures.
  • Skill in prioritizing, assigning ,and reviewing the work of others.
  • Skill in safely responding to health, safety, and environmental incidents or emergencies.
  • Skill in safely maintaining and operating water plant systems, equipment and machinery.
  • Skill in the safe use of hazardous chemicals.
  • Skill in utilizing verbal and written communication in the development of reports and presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the operation and inspection of facilities and equipment, with the ability to detect mechanical or operational problems. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas and on catwalks, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate degree and three (3) years of related experience in a water plant operation, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Must possess and maintain State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Water Treatment certification, Class B. A valid Florida driver’s license and CDL is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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