Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
The hiring range for this position is $67,250.00 - $82,397.00 Annually 
The salary range for this position is $67,250.00 - $97,543.00 Annually 

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:  IntegrityRespectProfessionalism, 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 wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces
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.

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.**


  • Oversees work performed at facility and ensures treated water quality is at or above State, Federal and Water Department standards
  • Assists in developing work schedules, and monitors performance of shift operators, treatment processes and equipment
  • Reviews operational logs and records to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Performs evaluation of treatment processes
  • Completes special projects and studies related to treatment plant operations
  • Provides budget recommendations and assists in purchasing new and replacement equipment
  • Prepares operational reports for Plant Supervisors
  • Will perform in assistant plant supervisory capacity, 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 water flows, adjusts flows and pumping rates as needed
  • Oversees chemical feed systems, conducts quality tests on raw and untreated water
  • 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 water quality or service
  • Ensures use of proper safety equipment and procedures
  • Ensures cleanliness of water treatment facility and proper storage of equipment and supplies
  • Provides shift coverage when necessary
  • Performs additional duties as assigned


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associate's Degree in water technology or water quality management preferred

  • At least five (5) years progressively responsible experience working in a treatment facility including
  • At least two (2) years experience working in a Class A water treatment plant installing, maintaining, and operating equipment
  • Previous lead worker or supervisory experience preferred
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of safety practices and requirements of a water treatment plant
  • Knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and hydrology
  • Knowledge of pumps, valves, motors, filters, backflow prevention devices, piping, and plumbing structures
  • Knowledge of chemical analysis and testing techniques
  • Knowledge of 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
  • Skill in the use of personal computers including word processing and spreadsheet software applications

Licenses and/or Certificates Required:
  • Colorado Water Treatment Plant Operators Class A Certification required
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving history


Physical Demands:
  • Moderate physical work requiring the ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, with or without assistance
  • 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.
  • Ability to pass an initial medical evaluation to determine the ability to use a respirator
  • Ability to pass a respirator and SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) fit test
  • Ability to wear a full-face, negative-pressure respirator and SCBA

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
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

Essential PersonnelWhen a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.


For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, Employment References, and Education Verification:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.  Submittal of official transcripts of the most relevant/highest level of education listed on the application.

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