Job Description

Operates and maintains water treatment plants and well field; monitors the watershed, supply, production, and distribution systems; when on shift, has direct responsibility for water production within Oregon State Health Division parameters and Water Board quality control standards for the delivery of safe, potable, and adequate water to the public; does related work as required

Job Responsibilities

1.  Operates and maintains all aspects of water treatment plants, assuring responsible production of safe drinking water that meets or exceeds parameters set by Oregon State Health Division

 2.  Collects water samples and conducts chemical and bacteriological analysis daily or periodically

 3.  Prepares daily reports, shift reports, and other reports on the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants and well field

 4. Accurately reads and records information from computers, charts, meters, and gauges related to the water supply, treatment process, and distribution system

 5.  Performs routine preventative and corrective maintenance on water supply and treatment plant facilities and equipment

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

 7.  Analyzes process and system data and applies this information to the effective and efficient operation of the water supply, treatment, and distribution system

 8.  Meets and assists customers with water quality problems; performs call-out duties for after-hours emergency work

 9.  Inspects, tests, calibrates, and troubleshoots equipment such as valves, pumps, motors, gauges, laboratory equipment, compressors, and other related supply and treatment equipment

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


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIRED: One year of experience in the operation, maintenance or repair of mechanical equipment related to a water treatment facility and/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 from a senior high school or GED.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND ABILITIES - Considerable knowledge of the chemical, bacteriological, and laboratory processes used in water treatment; knowledge of 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 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 1 certification within two 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 under minimal supervision

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

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; may 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

Hiring Process


TO APPLY:  Visit our website at  To download an employment application click Employment Opportunities.  Please e-mail Application and any supporting documents to

First consideration of applications will be reviewed on January 21, 2022- position is open until filled.


Overtime – 1 1/2 times pay

Oregon Public Employees Union – SEIU Local 503

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

COLA – Effective 7/1/22 (To be determined)

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

Sick leave – 8 hours per month

Holidays – 11 paid

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

Retirement plan – 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan

457 Deferred compensation plan through Nationwide – available to employees

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

Long term disability (company paid)

Short term disability option – available to employees (employee paid)

Life flight and ambulatory insurance – available to employees (employee paid)