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Water Treatment Plant Operator/ Treatment Specialist – Night Shift

Who We are...
Colorado Springs Utilities provides our citizen owners with reliable and affordably priced electricity, natural gas, water, and wastewater services. We champion innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and clean, efficient technologies that provide safe and accessible drinking water to our communities.  
We are excited to welcome a Water Treatment Plant Operator/Treatment Specialist to our team at the Fountain Valley Authority (FVA) Water Treatment Plant. In this position, you will support the operations, maintenance, and handling of non-routine equipment and process control problems encountered at the plant. 
This position will be filled at one of four levels and pay ranges detailed below depending on the certification level of the successful candidate. The pay ranges include what you can currently expect to make during the probationary period (typically six months), as well as once you have completed probation and your pay increases by 5%.
  • Treatment Specialist - A                   $39.87 - $41.86
  • Treatment Plant Operator - B               $34.45 - $36.17
  • Treatment Plant Operator - C               $31.23 - $32.79
  • Treatment Plant Operator - D               $28.31 - $29.73
Key areas of responsibility...
  • Operate a water treatment plant efficiently and complying with all applicable Federal, State, and local regulations
  • Controlling, understanding, monitoring, and changing plant operation processes for conventional water treatment processes
  • Accurate data acquisition and maintaining records of the daily treatment operations
  • Troubleshooting routine, non-routine, and complex treatment processes, water quality issues, or equipment problems
  • Understanding of and experience with process instrumentation, SCADA process controls, and trending of treatment processes
  • Performing equipment maintenance; calibration and maintaining all process instrumentation
  • Operating and maintaining a water treatment facility on an assigned shift to provide 24/7/365 coverage
  • Performing sampling and testing on plant processes and interpreting results
  • Completing and accurately filing regulatory reports and pertinent legal documents
  • Writing training documents and SOPs for new operational procedures and/or equipment
  • Inventorying and ordering treatment chemicals
  • Mixing chemicals to proper/required concentrations
  • Adhering to, understanding, and reviewing the EPAs Risk Management Program, chlorine system safety, discharge permits, and all other environmental procedures and concern
  • Understanding and using work management processes including planning, scheduling, and processing of work orders
Who you are…
  • Colorado Water Treatment Operator Certification (A, B, C, or D) is highly preferred. Must successfully obtain a Colorado State Operator “D” Certification within six months of hire, and demonstrate the ability and desire to advance through the State Operator Certification Program
  • Knowledge or experience working in water operations or related field is beneficial.
  • Completion of an academic or technical program in water environment technologies is valued
  • An understanding of chemistry, biology, hydraulics, mathematics, and/or mechanical concepts preferred
  • Must be self-directed, motivated, and consistently exhibit sound judgment and excellent communication skills
Additional considerations and expectations...
  • While in training (approximately six months), you will be working day shifts. You will transition to your designated night operator schedule once training is complete.
  • As the designated night operator, you will be expected to work overnight shifts, including weekends and holidays, and overtime as business needs require. 
  • Currently, the schedule requires you to work from 6 pm-5 am, 7 days in a row, with a week off. This is subject to change.
  • Additionally, periodic coverage for the day shift as needs arise due to vacation and sick time; this time would be over-time added to your current shift, based on the availability of the current schedule.

Our Commitment to our Employees… 
Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.
  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge
  • Vacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year
  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave
  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year
  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather
  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time
  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire 
  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements
  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage
  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery
  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans
  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more
  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones
  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage available
  • Tuition Reimbursement – Employees are eligible to receive up to $5,250 annually for Tuition Reimbursement
  • Qualifying Public Service Employer – Payments made towards student loans may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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