Job: Chief Wastewater Plant Operator - Utility Supervisor

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City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
The City of Aurora is seeking a qualified Chief Plant Operator to perform lead duties in the Operation & Maintenance of the wastewater/reuse treatment facilities.

Applicants must be available to work overtime, be on call back duty, and be on standby with a forty-five minute response time.

Aurora Water Department
Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment of drinking water and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, billing and collection, public outreach and water conservation, acquisition and development of future water rights, major capital projects programs, and quality control for regulatory compliance and public health. 

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs and oversees work performed on assigned shift
  • Develops work schedule for shift operators
  • Performs evaluation of treatment processes
  • Completes special projects and studies related to treatment plant operations
  • Provides budget recommendations to Plant Supervisor
  • Assists in purchasing new and replacement equipment
  • Prepares operational reports for Plant Supervisors
  • Assists in developing and monitoring training program for operators
  • Trains operators on plant operations and use of new equipment
  • Maintains inventory of operational supplies
  • Maintains and calibrates on-line process analyzers
  • Monitors raw and untreated wastewater flows, adjusts flows and pumping rates as needed
  • Mixes chemicals, conducts quality tests on raw and untreated wastewater
  • Keeps records of chemicals used and tests performed
  • May develop, monitor, and implement a process control plan for plant operation
  • Maintains, inspects, troubleshoots, reports, and performs maintenance and repair of plant equipment
  • May maintain plant facility and grounds
  • Maintains plant security
  • Prepares daily, weekly, and monthly reports of plant performance
  • Responds to questions, problems, and complaints concerning quality of service
  • Ensures use of proper safety equipment and procedures
  • Ensures cleanliness of assigned areas and proper storage of equipment and supplies
  • Provides shift coverage when necessary; and performs additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. The hiring department may include job related experience, training, education or license and certification preferences at the time of recruitment. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education:  High School Diploma or GED. Associate's Degree in wastewater technology or water quality management preferred.


  • At least 4 years progressively responsible experience working in a treatment facility
  • Including at least 2 years' experience working in a Class A wastewater/reuse treatment plant installing, maintaining, and operating equipment
  • Previous lead worker or supervisory experience preferred
  • Comprehensive knowledge of safety practices and requirements of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and hydrology; pumps, valves, motors, filters, backflow prevention devices, piping, and plumbing structures; chemical analysis and testing techniques; personal computers including spreadsheet and word processing software applications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Perform mathematical computations
  • Perform chemical, physical and biological control analysis, corrosion control, and cross-connection control; work without close supervision
  • Direct the work of other employees
  • Work shifts and nights
  • Provide shift coverage as necessary
  • Work overtime, standby, and/or callback duty.

Skills:  Skill in the use of personal computers including word processing and spreadsheet software applications.

Licenses, Equipment and/or Certificates Required: 
  • Colorado Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Class A Certification
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving history
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
All selected candidates will be subject to the following pre-employment screening at the time of hire.
  • Motor Vehicle Review (MVR must be submitted with application)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screening & Physical Exam
  • Submittal of official transcripts of most relevant/highest level of education listed on the application   

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:

  • Moderate physical work requiring ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Regular lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Regular walking and standing to monitor control room and treatment plant operations
  • Pushing, pulling, and climbing to check system equipment
  • Hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard and treatment plant controls
  • Foot/eye coordination for operation of motor vehicle
  • Vision to read and interpret written reports and control room gauges
  • Speech communications for communication with employees and citizens
  • Hearing and listening for instructions and warning signals
Work Environment: Works primarily indoors in a treatment plant facility with exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, and fumes; some outdoor work.
Equipment Used: Operates treatment plant equipment, computer, and motor vehicles..

Aurora is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The city also maintains compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The city's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) is available for review by contacting the Employee Relations Officer in the Human Resources Division at 303-739-7225.

If you need assistance or reasonable accommodation for completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.


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