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Wastewater Plant Operator II

Company: City of Lakeland, Civil Service
Location: Lakeland
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:


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.


* Prepares log sheets; changes charts and recording sheets for flow recorders.
* Inspects motors, bearing, and gear boxes for overheating and proper lubrication.
* 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 base.
* 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 proper operation.
* 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 necessary.
* May assist in making minor repairs to equipment.
* Performs related work as required.


* 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 processes.
* 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 license.
* 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 classification.
* 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 Director.


* Knowledge of normal operating principles of wastewater treatment processes.
* 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 wastewater plant.
* 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 crews.
* Ability to prepare written and oral reports.
* Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working, harmonious relationships with co-worker, other city employees and the general public.


* Requires work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 60 pounds of force on a recurring basis, routine keyboard operations.
* The job risks exposure to chemical, biological, electrical and mechanical hazards.
* 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 announced.

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 440.102.


City of Lakeland

Summary Sheet

Annual Leave

Annual leave is accumulated bi-weekly and based upon years of service as follows:

Sick Leave

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 was working.

Pension Plan

Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation for full-time regular employees.

Defined Benefit Plan:

Plan C Employee 5.81%

Employer 19.33%


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.

Funeral Leave

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.

Jury/Witness Duty

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 activities.

Military Leave

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).

Maternity Leave

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.

Longevity Pay

Tuition Reimbursement

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 expenses.

For more information, contact Sue Cook at 834-6844.

Suggestion Awards

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 folder)

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.

Keywords: City of Lakeland, Civil Service, Lakeland , Wastewater Plant Operator II, Professions , Lakeland, Florida

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