Wastewater Plant Operator II
Company: City of Lakeland, Civil Service
Posted on: January 15, 2022
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
This is skilled work in the operation of Wastewater Treatment Plant
equipment and processes. This position requires shift work,
including nights, weekends, and holidays, as the treatment
processes are operated on a continuous basis. Work involves
responsibility for the care and efficient operation of the
wastewater treatment plant during an assigned shift. Work includes
covering a working area which contains several operating units of
the wastewater treatment system. Employees in this class normally
work independently. Work is reviewed by a supervisor who checks
records and charts and makes daily inspections through the plant to
check the condition and upkeep of equipment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
* Prepares log sheets; changes charts and recording sheets for flow
* Inspects motors, bearing, and gear boxes for overheating and
* Collects samples of wastewater at various stages of processing,
performs lab tests on same, and records data collected.
* Maintains equipment, process tanks, buildings, and grounds in a
clean and orderly manner.
* Performs mathematical calculations on collected data; calibrates
process control equipment; enters collected data into computer data
* Manually operates valves to set up a wide variety of flow schemes
to perform pumping and equipment functions.
* Monitors and/or inspects numerous process control parameters for
* Works in confined spaces or hazardous areas.
* Lifts medium - heavy objects and climbs ladders and stairs.
* Assists in monitoring plant SCADA system and lift station
telemetry alarm system in order to dispatch emergency crews as
* May assist in making minor repairs to equipment.
* Performs related work as required.
QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE) AND SPECIAL
* A high school diploma from an accredited school or its
equivalent, supplemented by Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Agency approved courses in wastewater plant operation
* 2,080 hours of wastewater plant operation experience.
* Must possess and maintain a state of Florida Class "C" Wastewater
Plant Operator certification or higher.
* Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver's
* Must maintain a valid telephone number.
* State of Florida Class "B" Wastewater Plant Operator
certification is required to attain the last pay step within this
* May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as
necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
* Position is designated as Mission Critical by Department
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL
* Knowledge of normal operating principles of wastewater treatment
* Knowledge of the principles and practices applied to the
operation and light maintenance of pumps and similar machinery.
* Knowledge of safety regulations, occupational hazards,
precautions and the promotion of safety.
* Skill in the use and care of tools and equipment used in a
* Ability to efficiently and safely operate all equipment and
machinery used in wastewater plant operations.
* Ability to troubleshoot problems of various wastewater treatment
processes and equipment.
* Ability to learn basic computer skills necessary to operate
various computer controlled systems.
* Ability to make call-out decisions and dispatch trouble
* Ability to prepare written and oral reports.
* Ability to understand and follow oral and written
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working, harmonious
relationships with co-worker, other city employees and the general
* Requires work that involves walking or standing some of the time,
exerting up to 60 pounds of force on a recurring basis, routine
* The job risks exposure to chemical, biological, electrical and
* The employee will be required to work in bright/dim light and
adverse weather conditions.
* Frequent exposure to the general hazards of the industrial
working environment and construction sites are also possible.
* The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision,
hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of taste, sense of
smell, depth perception, and texture perception.
All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g.
written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any
combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via
email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages
regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be
The City of Lakeland is a drug free workplace. This position is
considered a mandatory testing position, which is subject to
pre-employment and random drug testing. All City of Lakeland
positions are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing. As a
condition of employment you will be required to pass the
pre-employment drug test in accordance with Florida Statute
THE CITY OF LAKELAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER
AND A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
City of Lakeland
Annual leave is accumulated bi-weekly and based upon years of
service as follows:
Sick rate is accrued biweekly based upon years of service and
standard hour classification. Eligible for use as soon as earned.
Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week
accrue sick leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.
* NOTE: REGULAR employees with a working day other than 8 hours,
please contact your supervisor regarding these policies.
Sick Leave Pool
Allows employees to receive sick leave benefits in cases involving
catastrophic or long-term illnesses or injuries after all personal
leave time has been depleted. Regular full-time employees
contribute 8 hours and Regular part-time employees contribute 4
hours on an annual basis. Employees must have completed one full
year of service on or before December 31st of the calendar year
enrollment; and have accumulated at least 40 hours of sick time (20
hours for Regular part-time employees). Participation in this
program is voluntary.
For more information, contact Lynnette Larmouth at 834-8793.
Family & Medical Leave
Federal legislation guarantees up to 12 weeks per year off work
under certain circumstances outlined in the policy manual. The
employees must have been employed by the City for at least 12
months and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12-month
period before the requested leave. The City will continue its group
life and health insurance for an employee on leave at the same
level and under the same conditions that existed while the employee
Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation
for full-time regular employees.
Defined Benefit Plan:
Plan C Employee 5.81%
Defined Contribution Plan:
Executive and new hires over age 52 Employee 8.0% or 11% per
election upon hire Employer 15.39%
Deferred Compensation 457 Plan:
A voluntary plan that is invested in mutual funds. The Employees'
Pension Board performs the due diligence on the mutual funds.
Employees may reallocate their account at any time.
Maximum contribution for 2021 is $19,500; employees age 50 or older
can also add a "catch-up" amount of $6,500. Additionally, a match
of up to 5% of salary is offered by the City in Plan C.
Eleven (11) holidays, includes one personal floating holiday to be
used at any time after three months of employment and prior to the
end of the calendar year.
Up to three days off with pay due to death of an immediate family
member (as defined in the policy manual). Up to four hours off with
pay may be obtained through supervisor approval to attend local
funeral services of persons other than immediate family.
Employees required to serve on jury duty will be relieved of
responsibility for their regular work shift or portion thereof and
receive full pay while serving. All fees received for such service
may be retained by the employee. Employees subpoenaed to any civil
or criminal court proceeding, which employee is not personally or
monetarily interested, shall be paid as if engaged in regular work
Allows for up to 240 hours in any one calendar year for annual
military training without loss of pay or benefits for any employee
in some type of reserve status for the United States Armed Forces.
(see policy manual for additional information).
Refer to Family & Medical Leave for those employees who qualify.
Others may take up to three months leave of absence available upon
approval of the Department Head. Employees may opt to utilize any
combination of paid (sick or annual leave) or unpaid leave.
Leave of Absence Without Pay
Written requests are subject to approval by Department Head and
City Manager or designee for less than 90 days. Requests for more
than 90 days also require Civil Service Board approval for
employees in a Civil Service classification.
Eligible after one year of employment. Program provides employees
up to $2,000 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for
reimbursement of tuition of approved college, university,
vocational, or correspondence classes upon completion with a grade
of "C" or better in credit courses only. Full reimbursement is
given for courses and fees, upon approval. The program does not
include reimbursement for cost of books, supplies or other related
For more information, contact Sue Cook at 834-6844.
A program designed to provide a consistent and organized method for
employees to submit and be rewarded for constructive ideas for
improvement. Maximum award is $1000.
For additional information, contact Kathy McNelis at 834-6348.
Direct Deposit of Paycheck (refer to handout in new employee
An account must be established with the institution of your choice
prior to signing up for direct deposit.
Uniforms issued at no cost to employees for those job
classifications which require them. Equipment is issued to
employees at either no cost or discounted cost depending upon job
classification.Break PeriodsEmployees may be permitted two 15
minute breaks during the work day. The time shall be at the
discretion of the supervisor.
For Information on Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Life
Insurance please contact Benefits at 834-6797.
For Information on Retirement Benefits, contact the Retirement
Services Department at 834-8784 or 834-8794.
For Information on Firefighter and Police Officer Retirement
Benefits, contact Foster & Foster at 239-333-4872.
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