Wastewater Collections Operator

City of Scottsdale, Arizona
September 22, 2022
Scottsdale, AZ
Job Type



Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.

The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process, and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state "See resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.

About The Position:
This position performs entry level work associated with the operation and maintenance of a large complex wastewater collection system. This includes all aspects of the operation and maintenance of 1,500 miles of sewer pipe, 30 sewer lift stations and 5 large pump stations, in addition to all mechanical maintenance aspects of related equipment.

Please Note: Based on the needs of the city, this position will close at Midnight Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Selection Process
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of this position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include an interview panel and skills assessment.

Final selection is contingent upon a background check which includes:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years
  • Drug Testing
  • Medical Examination to include an Audiogram & Pulmonary Function Test
  • Motor Vehicle Department Records Check

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent.
  • Three years of relevant experience in the operation and maintenance of large, complex, wastewater collection systems that includes multiple pump stations, heavy duty pump maintenance, equipment related to odor mitigation systems, combination hydro/jetter cleaning truck and associated equipment.
  • Preferred:
    • Two additional years of experience in pump operation and chemical feed.
    • Experience in the operation and maintenance of sewer force main systems that include sophisticated pumping arrangements.
    • Experience with advanced computerized systems utilized in wastewater collection works.
    • Experience in mechanical and electrical trouble shooting.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
The Scottsdale Water Resources Division offers an Operator Certification Incentive Program for those employees who obtain certifications above what is required of their positions. The department recognizes the intrinsic value of operator certifications and the added value to the city of having a workforce that possess them.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
  • Must possess within 6 months of hire or promotion and maintain a Grade 2 operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality within the discipline of Wastewater Collection.
  • Must obtain and maintain within 6 months of hire or promotion a Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) with tanker endorsement. Must maintain a valid CDL with appropriate endorsements and will be subject to unannounced alcohol and drug testing as required by law.
  • Must obtain within 6 months of hire or promotion certification as a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) user.
  • Must obtain within 6 months of hire or promotion certification as a general backflow tester within the State of Arizona.
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Essential Functions

  • Performs maintenance associated with the wastewater collection system which includes the heavy-duty maintenance and repair of small and large submersible pumps, sewer mains, air release valves and sewer services as well as the repair of residential sewer laterals.
  • Maintains pumps, tanks, switches, diesel and natural gas generators at City sewer lift stations large sewer pumpback stations, sewer wetwells, and odor control sites. Performs maintenance and control work on odor mitigation equipment, various pressure control devices and adjusts the system to meet specific demands.
  • Acts as a first responder to sanitary sewer overflows (SSO's) within the wastewater collection system to prevent undesirable environmental impacts to the community.
  • Operates a high velocity combination hydro/jetter sewer cleaning truck; adjusts manhole covers and performs main line sewer repairs.
  • Performs construction and fabrication at work sites.
  • Adjusts telemetry system to meet wastewater generation and conveyance demands.
  • Repairs and maintains all types of valves, pumps and equipment, including hydrogen sulfide mitigation systems, electric and hydraulic valves, blowers and fans.
  • Repairs, maintains and modifies complex chemical feed systems.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules and performs preventive maintenance, such as greasing, lubing, oil changes, re-packing or replacing seals or bearing, chain or gear adjustments.
  • Maintains accurate computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) covering various equipment related to large, complex wastewater collection systems. Oversees and completes modifications, fabrications and upgrades to facilities mechanical systems such as chemical tank and feed systems plumbing and piping.
  • Oversees completion of annual testing on all backflow devices within the wastewater collection related facilities ensuring compliance with the City ordinance.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Potential for exposure to hazardous chemical feed and storage systems and below grade infrastructure containing high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas.
  • Performs manual work that requires standing and walking/moving continuous periods of time, lifting, bending and climbing elevations, stairs and rough terrain.
  • Works in small areas and must climb ladders or steps to reach objects.
  • Moves and lifts up to 50 pounds both short and long distances.
  • Moderate exposure to dust, noise, and inclement weather and temperature extremes.
  • Travels to/from various locations.
  • May work rotating weekend shifts, holidays, overtime and a call-out schedule.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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