Posted on Apr 07, 2021
Under general supervision, performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Town of Smithfield’s Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Plant and its associated wells, pump houses, storage tanks, and distribution lines, etc.  Responsible for technical direction and supervision of Waterworks Operators.
Position Closes:    Open Until Filled (First review of applications on April 20, 2021)
Starting Pay:         $46,412
Status:                  Full Time, Non-Exempt
  • Serves as Virginia Department of Health Operator in Responsible Charge.
  • Ensures that the RO Plant is operated in accordance with Federal and State regulations, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Submits required operational and groundwater reports to regulatory agencies including Virginia Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
  • Plans, coordinates, and oversees the operations of the Reverse Osmosis Plant.
  • Develops and maintains preventive maintenance and operating procedures for Waterworks Plant and associated wells, etc...
  • Ensures efficient operation of the RO Plant and that water quality standards are maintained.
  • Responsible for the effective supervision of Waterworks Operators to include all administrative tasks.
  • Resolves any technical difficulties and discrepancies involving membranes, chemical dosage changes, well pump changes, safety hazards, and other areas in connection with the reverse osmosis process. Troubleshoots equipment and process problems and works to find the solutions.
  • Monitors and controls the RO Plant using computer control system and visually observing the process to ensure efficient operation and water quality standards are maintained. Monitors well operations and adjusts the pumping rates.  Monitors and adjusts chemical feeds.
  • Performs mechanical work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water mechanical, alarm, and control systems.  Diagnoses operational and mechanical problems within all Town water production, storage, and distribution assets.
  • Tests motors and equipment for proper operation, including pumps, generators, transfer switches, etc. Repairs or replaces pumps, motors, and associated equipment.  Diagnoses problems and assists with repairs and overhauls by others. Flushes distribution lines and exercises valves on town system.
  • Obtains materials, supplies and equipment needed to perform scheduled/assigned repairs, and maintenance work. Performs maintenance on equipment and tools and ensures their proper working condition.
  • Performs a variety of administrative work to include: maintaining an inventory of process chemicals and other supplies and ordering these items as necessary, initiating work orders and documenting maintenance activities; compiling data and uses computer applications to include word processing, data base management, spreadsheet software, etc. to prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and other documents.
  • Subject to on call rotation and shift work.
  • Collects water samples and performs tests for conditions such as turbidity, conductivity, fluoride levels, chlorine levels, and pH levels.
  • Assists in operating and maintaining other components of the Town water system including back up emergency well facilities, elevated storage tanks, altitude valves, distribution lines, etc.
  • Works on-call rotation and shift work as necessary.
  • Performs work safely in accordance with Federal, State and Departmental/Town safety procedures, policies, and programs. 
  • Provides tours of water treatment plan to the public and answers questions from citizens as required.
  • Maintains area around work sites, both inside and outside.  Performs cleaning functions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Must be able to successfully complete a background check, routine physical and drug screen.
  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Associates degree or higher preferred.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years previous experience and/or training that includes water treatment plant and water system maintenance work.
  • Valid Virginia Class 3 Waterworks Operator’s License is required
  • Considerable knowledge in the fields of mechanical maintenance, plumbing and basic electrical work.
  • Considerable knowledge of water treatment plant operations and maintenance, processes, procedures and state and federal regulations pertaining to water treatment.
  • Considerable knowledge of water chemistry, water sampling, and test techniques involved in determining conductivity, chorine residual, turbidity, pH, alkalinity, and other similar tests.
  • General knowledge of computer word processing, data base and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Skill in the use of precision hand tools and instrumentation (Ultrameters, Colorimeters, Turbidimeters, etc.).
  • Ability to perform difficult mathematical calculations in calculating chemical dosages, converting units of weights and measures, and performing laboratory tests.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
  • Must be able to work shift work and be on call on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Must be willing to carry a pager/phone 24 hours a day to respond to problems with components of the water treatment plant and storage & distribution systems.
  • Position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing as a Safety Sensitive position for the Town of Smithfield.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Must be detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Must possess the ability to work individually and as a team.