Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III (Permanent)

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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III (Permanent)

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At the City of Kamloops, we are focused on creating the highest levels of service excellence, based on an organization-wide community culture that celebrates the employees who make it all happen. We offer many advantages including ongoing training and professional development opportunities, coupled with exceptional benefits, all in the beautiful natural setting of the BC Interior.

Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital, a family and business-friendly community committed to providing great customer service, enhancing community partnerships, and supporting economic growth. Our 700 employees provide customer services and programs to a local and regional population of 125,000 people. Kamloops provides abundant recreational possibilities for residents and visitors alike, as well as education and culture opportunities and activities.



Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III (Permanent)

Pay Class


Days of Work         


Hours of Work

Non-Normal Shift Work

Position Overview

Performs highly skilled operational and maintenance work of a complex nature under the supervision of the Chief Operator - Wastewater Treatment Plant. Work involves making operational decisions and performing operational and maintenance duties in order to maintain effluent quality that meets or exceeds all compliance criteria outlined in City's Operating Permit and provincial and/or Canadian Legislation. The position is responsible and accountable for the safe and efficient operation of the City's wastewater treatment plant. The incumbent requires the ability to make major process decisions and exercise considerable independence of judgment. The job involves continuous exposure to plant noise and to chemicals used in wastewater treatment. The incumbent is responsible for providing direction to maintenance and internal staff and for assisting in the training of new operators. Internal and external contacts require courtesy, tact, and diplomacy when dealing with other City staff and providing plant tours for the general public.


1. Monitors the wastewater process through SCADA; observes gauges, meters, and control panels to establish accurate system demand requirements and makes adjustments accordingly; maintains control of flow and chemical feed rates; and processing of wastewater, residuals, and finished wastewater effluent.

2. Visually inspects facility and all equipment daily to ensure proper functioning and facility optimization.

3. Troubleshoots complex operational configurations or possible process failures, and in the event of a failure, undertakes the appropriate remedial action.

4. Compiles data, prepares electronic reports, and completes logs detailing plant operation, ensuring accurate completion of operational, maintenance, lab, and other records necessary to ensure all approval and minimum plant process requirements are met.

5. Assists with arranging and coordinating facility shutdowns, start-ups, and process changes; and maintains and controls an inventory of components, parts, and chemicals relating to the wastewater treatment and disposal operations

6. Assists maintenance staff when required, performs routine maintenance and preventative maintenance as assigned, and ensures plant cleanliness and proper lockout procedures.

7. Conducts daily laboratory analysis, maintains lab inventory, and performs numerous complex calculations related to wastewater treatment.

8. Receives, loads, and unloads chemicals.

9. Initiates call-outs for maintenance personnel when unscheduled maintenance work is required outside of regular working hours and for short-term absences to ensure 24-hour plant coverage.

10. Assists with work orders, gives daily direction to maintenance and electrical staff when required, and ensures that outside contractors follow plant specific safe work practices.

11. Assists in the training of new operators and other wastewater plant staff and ensures by written and verbal communication that administrative and maintenance personnel are kept informed regarding the plant's operational and mechanical status.

12. Participates in all in-house safety programs and safety training records and ensures that safe work practices and occupational health and safety guidelines are adhered to for the staff and visitors.

13. Promotes awareness of environmental issues for the general public and conducts tours of plant.

14. Makes recommendations on technical matters with supervisor and operators to optimize treatment efficiency to meet all wastewater regulatory standards.

15. Performs related duties as required.



1. Demonstrated knowledge in methods, practices, and procedures related to water treatment operation and associated regulatory requirements.

2 Knowledgeable and proficient in laboratory testing equipment and testing techniques. Must be able to meet all regulatory testing as per the City of Kamloops certification requirements by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).

3. Thorough knowledge of SCADA systems and HMI’s.

4. Knowledge of Reclaimed Water and applicable BC legislation and guidelines.

5. Excellent knowledge using computer spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel); Secondary knowledge of word processing applications.

6. Thorough knowledge of principles of biology, chemistry, and hydrology that relate to wastewater treatment.

7. Working knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of all plant vehicles, equipment, and power tools.

8. Thorough knowledge of applicable safety regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.

9. Knowledge of British Columbia regulations, operating permits, and City policies.

10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

11. Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing and execute both oral and written instructions.

12. Ability to work with minimal supervision.

13. Ability to perform multiple tasks, establish priorities, and be able to respond calmly and efficiently in an emergency situation.

14. Ability to exert moderate physical effort for prolonged periods of time.


1. Current first aid level I certification


1. Completion of Level III EOCP Wastewater Treatment Certificate and a member in “Good Standing” with the EOCP/or a post-secondary Certificate, Diploma or Degree in a Water/Wastewater Quality Technology related program. If incumbent does not possess level III certification he/she must obtain within a specified timeframe.

2 Minimum three years' previous relevant related experience in wastewater treatment. Must be currently working at a Class III or IV Wastewater Treatment Facility.

3 Minimum one year's previous demonstrated experience working at an intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office-based computer applications, including Excel and Word.

4. Valid BC Driver's Licence - Class 5.

For new hires, and for those working in designated positions of trust, including those working directly with vulnerable persons, no formal offer of employment will be made until an applicant completes and passes a criminal record check.


Position Type

Reports To

City, Province


Hourly Wage

Closing Date

Public Works & Utilities

Permanent full-time

Utilities Services Supervisor - Treatment

Kamloops, BC Canada

CUPE Hourly



Compensation & Benefits Overview

Comprehensive benefits package available.

Please note that persons with disabilities who require accommodation with the application process may contact the Human Resources Department for assistance at (250) 828-3439.

To apply for this position, please visit our website at http://www.kamloops.ca/hr/index.shtml

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