Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
The hiring range for this position is $73,120.00 - $89,606.00 Annually 
The salary range for this position is $73,120.00 - $106,092.00 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:  IntegrityRespect,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 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. 

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.


  • Supervises the control and operation of a Water Purification Facility
  • Serves as Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for the facility
  • Responsible for monitoring plant records including operations logs and chemical inventories
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding changes to the control process
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and internal water quality guidelines and regulations
  • Ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures
  • Coordinates work activities with stakeholders and other treatment facilities
  • Works closely with facility Chief Plant Operator and Maintenance supervisor
  • Assists in preparation of reports as required by regulatory and other agencies
  • Participates in design, planning and organizing for capital improvement projects
  • Oversees employee training
  • Responsible for safety of personnel by training employees in proper safety procedures and monitoring work in progress
  • Evaluates performance and administers performance evaluations for assigned plant staff
  • Participates in preparation and administration of budget for the treatment facility
  • Monitors expenditures
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • Associate's degree in water technology, water quality, environmental science or related field
  • 5 years of water operations experience
  • Lead or supervisory experience preferred

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

  • Knowledge of water treatment methods, procedures, and techniques
  • Knowledge of chemistry, hydraulics, flow principles, water analysis methods, and pumping operations
  • Knowledge of preventive and corrective maintenance practices for water treatment facilities and equipment
  • Knowledge of computers and programs used in the operations of a water treatment plant

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, managers, and citizens
  • Resolve treatment problems and ensure effective operations
  • Handle emergency situations in a professional manner
  • Supervise other employees
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment required for the job and able to meet requirements under the Aurora Water Respiratory Protection Program

  • Skill in supervising employees
  • Skill in budgeting
  • Computers and related software

Licenses and Certifications: 
  • Colorado Driver's License with good driving record
  • Colorado Water Treatment Plant Operator's Class A Certificate
  • Water certificates from other states will be evaluated on an individual basis
  • Supervisory Certification or training


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 a 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 Personnel: When 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, and Employment References:
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.

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