Water Plant Operator
  • Job Posting Expires: 7/8/2022
3W ago
$50,000 to $70,000
Full Time
Engineering, Facilities, Maintenance & Repair/Construction
0-2 Years
Primary Duties

Under direction of the Water Plant Supervisor, maintains the water treatment process to provide a safe and adequate water supply to the consumers.




  • Monitors instrument panel and computers at both water plants;
  • Maintains proper levels of water in all storage facilities;
  • Checks and records well readings at both treatment plants, 13 wells and 4 booster stations;
  • Runs chlorine, iron and manganese tests for both treatment plants and wells;
  • Conducts drawdowns on wells;
  • Backwashes filters at both treatment plants;
  • Services all sizes of water meters brought in for repair;
  • Calibrates equipment;
  • Performs minor maintenance, general cleaning and equipment painting at both plants;
  • Performs yard work and snow removal;
  • Checks and perform maintenance on both sprinkler systems;
  • Assists and performs minor troubleshooting on the sewage liftstations;
  • Performs minor service calls which include service on/offs, change out meters, and investigates complaints for the public;
  • Assists with the sewer cleaning machine;
  • Attends continuing education classes;
  • Answers phones when necessary;
  • Performs other duties as required. 


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

·       Principles and practices of water or wastewater treatment plant operations.

·       Principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps and motors.

·       Methods and techniques of maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting water plant equipment and processes.

·       Basic mathematical principles.

·       Laboratory analysis techniques and health standards for water or wastewater.

·       Water treatment chemicals used within the plant and their safe use and application.

·       Sampling methods and techniques.

·       Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

·       Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures.

·       Pertinent federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to water treatment.






Ability to:

·       Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

·       Work without direct supervision.

·       Assume responsibility for complete operation of treatment plants.

·       Detect problems in equipment operations.

·       Make sound, independent, decisions requiring treatment plant operations.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Obtain a Grade __ Nebraska Water Operators Certificate;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.





Graduation from high school or equivalent and any combination of training and/or experience that can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the desired knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform the duties of this position. Must possess a Nebraska Driver’s License; Nebraska Class “B” CDL, a Grade IV Nebraska Water Operator’s Certificate. 


Compensation Details

Monthly salary range is $3,638 – $5,054. 


Excellent fringe benefit package. 

How to Apply

. Application form available at www.norfolkne.gov or Personnel Office at 309 N 5th Street, Norfolk, through 4:30 p.m.