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Treatment Plant Operator (Environmental Focus)

Treatment Plant Operator (Environmental Focus) Vacancy Bulletin
Posted May 11, 2020

The Kennebec Water District is seeking candidates to fill a Treatment Plant Operator position.  This position will have an environmental and laboratory focus but will also be required to operate a class 4 water treatment plant that includes working an on-call rotation and being available for emergency call-ins.

Hourly Rate:  $19.94-$23.95 per hour depending upon education, years of experience, and other qualifications including water operator licensing.

Kennebec Water District offers a generous benefits package including health care, retirement, paid time off, and more.

The successful candidate must be able to display an exceptional work ethic, strong laboratory and mechanical skills sets with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Treatment Plant Operators perform varied duties associated with Kennebec Water District laboratory, treatment plant, and watershed monitoring. Workload can vary from light to heavy in physical demands and in varying weather conditions.

An employment application can be downloaded by clicking here.

Department: Water Treatment Plant

Reports To: Treatment Plant Supervisor                               


Under general supervision of the Treatment Plant Supervisor, the successful candidate’s primary focus will be on maintaining compliance and efficiency in the Kennebec Water District’s (District) state certified laboratory and functions related to the China Lake watershed preservation and management. Other critical functions will include; daily operation of the District’s water treatment plant (WTP) and associated remote sites in accordance with State and Federal laws and regulations, performing duties related to system water quality sampling and analysis, and various maintenance tasks associated with operation of the WTP and remote sites.


  • Perform tasks relevant to the operation of the District’s certified laboratory
    • Operation, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory equipment
    • Collection of samples in the distribution system
    • Management of laboratory inventories
    • Maintain laboratory records and generate relevant reports
    • Coordinate with outside laboratories to arrange sampling and analysis
    • Coordination of routine QC checks for relevant analytes
  • Assist in tasks relevant to management of the China Lake watershed
    • Sampling and analysis within the China Lake and the watershed
    • Maintenance of sampling equipment
    • Coordination with the Lake Stewards of Maine
    • Communications with outside organizations and individuals to promote water quality
  • Operation of the District’s WTP and associated remote locations
    • Operating and monitoring the WTP and remote sites utilizing the District’s SCADA system
    • Monitoring and adjusting chemical dosages to optimize WTP operation
    • Performance of routine and non-routine maintenance tasks on WTP equipment such as pumps, valves, and analyzers
    • Receive chemical deliveries from bulk delivery trucks
    • Perform limited maintenance on buildings and grounds to include cleaning, painting, and snow removal
  • Perform other general functions including:
    • Interact with the District’s customers, the general public, and industry professionals
    • Review, update, and create SOP’s related to laboratory and WTP operations
    • Timely and complete documentation of daily functions
    • Perform after-hours on-call duty on a rotating basis which may include a limited weekend shift
    • Perform overtime as needed to support the operation of the District
    • Perform other related duties within the District, as assigned


  • Minimum high school diploma required; two years of post-high school higher education in biology, environmental science or another related field preferred
  • One year of related experience required with a minimum of three years preferred
  • State of Maine Water Treatment Operator License preferred
  • Valid State of Maine driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and make reasonable decisions based on data and experience
  • Ability to work in team effort with supervisors and fellow employees
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions and SOP’s
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor, other employees, regulators, contractors, and the public
  • Basic knowledge of computer operations and software (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Ability to accurately perform math calculations relating to operational functions
  • Ability to understand and follow District and OSHA safety regulations
  • Residence within acceptable and approved travel distance to the WTP for emergency response


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • Will require walking, standing, climbing, bending, driving, and lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Potential exposure to chemical and physical hazards
  • Some periods spent outside exposed to varied weather conditions
  • Some exposure to high noise and vibration levels
  • Need to employ safety-related, personal protective equipment
  • Some extended periods sitting and using computer keyboard and mouse

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.