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The City of Russellville is accepting applications for a Wastewater Operator Trainee.  Applications may be picked up at City Hall or downloaded online at

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, September 2, 2020.


City of Russellville—Wastewater Department




Class Title:  Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Trainee)


Department:  Wastewater Treatment


Supervisor:  Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent


Supervises:  None.


Class Characteristics:  Under general direction, assists in the daily operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant; performs related work as required.


General Duties and Responsibilities:


            Essential:  Assists in the daily operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant and equipment, including treatment of wastewater in compliance with established procedures and standards and federal, state and local laws, administrative regulations, and ordinances.  Inspects and/or monitors pumps, charts, gauges and meters daily.  Collects wastewater samples and performs process control tests; insures proper adjustment of feeder equipment; adjusts chemicals as necessary.  Adds chemicals in accordance with prescribed standards.  Forwards wastewater samples as required.  Prepares and maintains accurate reports/records; forwards reports as required.  Performs servicing and assists with preventive maintenance programs on plant and equipment; makes minor repairs and/or adjustments on plant and equipment; forwards requests for major repairs to superiors.  Assists with cleaning of plant and grounds.  Assists with cleaning of plant and grounds.  Participates in training programs to attain Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification.  Assists other departments as requested.


            Non-essential:  None.




Training and Experience:  Graduation from high school or equivalent.  No experience requirements.  (See Certification Requirements for additional requirements).


Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


            Knowledge:  Knowledge of, or ability to learn wastewater treatment operations.  knowledge of, or ability to learn, federal, state, and local laws, administrative regulations, and ordinances with reference to wastewater treatment.  Knowledge of functions, servicing and maintenance requirements of mechanical equipment and machinery.  Knowledge of and ability to comply with safety standards.


            Abilities:  Ability to detect mechanical flaws and make minor repairs to plant and equipment.  Ability to assist with maintenance of preventive maintenance and servicing program.  Ability to prepare and maintain accurate reports.  Ability to assist with maintaining inventory of chemicals, spare parts and tools.  Ability to establish and


maintain effective working relationships with officers, other employees, and the general public.  Physical ability to perform heavy labor for extended periods of time, often under adverse weather conditions.




            Instructions:  Initial instructions are detailed and specific, but become more general upon learning the requirements of the job.


            Processes:  Work varies slightly, and seldom required taking different, new or unusual approaches in completing work assignments.


            Review of Work:  Completed work is reviewed until employee proves ability to work independently.


            Analytical Requirements:  Assignments frequently involve decisions based on a wide knowledge of many factors where applications of advanced or technical concepts are required.


            Tools, Equipment and Vehicles Used:  Laboratory equipment, hand tools, meters, safety equipment, normal office equipment (phone, computer, calculator, etc.).


            Physical Requirements of the Job:  Work requires sitting at desk with intermittent standing, walking, stooping, must lift objects over 25 pounds, some work is performed outdoors regardless of weather conditions, must operate vehicle and equipment, required to be in high places, confined spaces, and using stairs and ladders, exposed to fumes, chemicals and toxic substances.


            Contacts:  Occasional contacts with supervisors and employees from other departments.


            Confidential Information:  Little or no use of confidential information.


            Mental Effort:  Moderate


            Interruptions:  Few.


            Special Licensing Requirements:  Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


            Availability:  Must be able work irregular hours.  Must be able to respond to calls in emergency situations at all hours.


            Certification Requirements:  Must obtain Class I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet after meeting experience requirements at each level as a condition of continued employment.


Overtime Provision:  Non-exempt.



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