Job Description

Water Treatment Plant Operator/Trainee

(Trainee Wage range $18.40 - $23.49/hour with excellent benefits)

 (Certified Operator Wage range $21.80 - $30.11/hour with excellent benefits)

Starting Salary Dependent upon Qualifications

One opening to be filled


This position works under the general supervision of the Water Treatment Supervisor and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of water treatment plant; monitors watershed, production, and distribution system; performance and data collection of chemical, bacteriological and laboratory processes used in water treatment.  The Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee position transitions into a Water Treatment Plant Operator with the acquisition of an Oregon Water Treatment 1 Certification.

A preference will be given to qualified veterans who apply for this position pursuant to ORS 408.225 to 408.237.  Any veteran who has special qualifications and/or transferable skills in the management and operation of a water treatment plant and distribution system should reference those skills and qualifications in their application.  Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board is an EOE. 

The first review of applications will be Friday, July 31, 2020.  To be considered, applicants must apply through Work Source Oregon Employment Department. For more information visit their website at or call (541) 756-8459.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions

1. Assists with and learns to collect water samples and conducts chemical and bacteriological analysis daily or periodically

2. Assists with and learns to prepare daily reports, shift reports, and other reports on the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants and well field

3. Assists with and learns to accurately read and record information from computers, charts, meters, and gauges related to the water supply, treatment process, and distribution system

4. Assists with and learns to perform routine preventative and corrective maintenance on water supply and treatment plant facilities and equipment

5. Cleans and maintains water treatment plant buildings and surrounding areas

6. Assists with and learns to analyze process and system data and applies this information to the effective and efficient operation of the water supply, treatment, and distribution system

7. Assists with and learns to meet and assist customers with water quality problems; performs call-out duties for after-hours emergency work

8. Assists with and learns to inspect, test, calibrate, and troubleshoot equipment such as valves, pumps, motors, gauges, laboratory equipment, compressors, and other related supply and treatment  equipment

9. Trains and studies to obtain a Oregon Water Treatment 1 certification

10. Follows all federal and Oregon OSHA safety rules and procedures for work areas

Auxiliary Job Functions - Provides assistance to other personnel as workload and staffing levels
dictate; maintains knowledge and proficiency by attending training and meetings, reading materials, and
meeting with others in areas of responsibility; maintains work areas in a clean and orderly manner


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION –One year of experience in the operation, maintenance or repair of mechanical equipment or an associate’s degree in a related field or any combination of experience, education or training that which provides the required knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the essential job functions; PREFERENCE given to experience in operation and maintenance of public water systems; ability to obtain Oregon WT 1 Certification within 2 years of hire; graduation form a senior high school or GED.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND ABILITIES – Ability to learn the chemical, bacteriological, and
laboratory processes used in water treatment; ability to learn the operation and maintenance of water supply and treatment facilities and equipment; demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and carry out work with only general supervision; ability to learn how to interpret the results of water tests, assess operating conditions and make successful operational decisions; ability to develop and maintain positive, cooperative, team- oriented working relationships with supervisors and co-workers; ability to maintain a professional
appearance and a positive, courteous, and helpful attitude toward customers and the general public;
knowledge and skill in the use of personal computer; ability to work shifts and weekends; or satisfactory
equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities
to perform the above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/LICENSES - Must possess a valid driver’s license upon hire; obtain valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of hire and have acceptable driving record; Oregon WT I certification within 2 years, Oregon WT II certification within four years of hire and Oregon WTIII within six years of hire.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Possession of Level l, II or III Water Treatment Certificates at the time
of hire; previous experience working in public water systems.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is
frequently required to stand, sit, bend, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects, tools, or
controls; the position requires mobility; duties may infrequently require moving of materials weighing up to
50 pounds; manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50 percent of the work period while
operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment and lab
equipment; other activity and types of duties performed require ability to use personal protective
equipment, such as respirator mask, steel-toed boots, chaps, etc.

Work Environment

Working Conditions - Usual treatment plant and laboratory working conditions; noise level in work area
includes pumps, motors, generator, ventilation, and chemical feed equipment; work area includes use of
water treatment chemicals and laboratory reagents; duties also take place outside buildings with
exposure to all types of weather conditions on a year-round basis, including exposure to traffic, dirt, oil,
grease, fumes, noise, and chemicals; entry into confined spaces is required on an infrequent basis;
position is subject to emergency on-call response after normal duty hours on a rotational and as-needed
basis; will require working on weekends and holidays; as employees in this position must be readily
available in a timely manner to address operational and customer service needs, a residency requirement
applies to this position which requires a new employee to obtain permanent residency that provides a 40 minute response time to the Pony Creek Water Treatment facility 2315 Ocean Blvd, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420 prior to the end of the trial period.

Additional Information- Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee position transitions into Water Treatment Plant Operator 1 with the possession of an Oregon level I Water Treatment Certification.

Hiring Process

Application Instructions:

The first review of applications will be Friday, July 31, 2020.  To be considered, applicants must apply through Work Source Oregon Employment Department. For more information visit their website at or call (541) 756-8459.


Oregon Public Employees Union – SEIU Local 503

Eligible for 5% increase after satisfactory completion of 6 months trial period

COLA – Effective 7/1/2021: 2.5%

Vacation – 90 hours (Less than 5 years) accrue upon hire at prorated rate

Sick leave – 8 hours per month

Holidays – 11 paid

Health, vision and dental insurance through City County Insurance Services – Blue Cross/VSP/Pacific Source Dental

Monthly employee contributions to insurance premiums:

As of July 1, 2020:

Employee:  $57.00

Employee/Child::  $106.00

Employee/Spouse:  $119.00

Employee/Children:  $139.00

Employee/Family:  $163.00


Retirement plan – 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan

Life insurance - $30,000 term policy company-paid

Short term disability option - employee paid

457 Deferred compensation plan through Nationwide – available to employees