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Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$47985 - 79331
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Engineering - Civil
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3054356 / Latpro-3787638 
Date posted: Apr-23-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$47,985.60 - $79,331.20 Annually


Arlington, VA

Job Type



Department of Environmental Services

Job Number



5/6/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services  (DES) is seeking a Multi-Skilled Wastewater Operator. This on-the-job training/work program offers both entry-level and experienced operators a career path to the highest level of operator at Arlington County's Water Pollution Control Plant, a state-of-the-art, highly automated, and Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) wastewater treatment facility. The program develops and compensates operators for knowledge, expertise, licensure and work performance. New hires move through a multi-grade and multi-year training program that leads to journey level and possibly beyond.

For more information on our facility, click here .

A journey level operator must:

  • Independently operate all four plant stations;
  • Complete training and perform common preventive and minor corrective maintenance on plant equipment;
  • Participate in and use safety training, both County-sponsored and required by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) and Virginia OSHA; and
  • Demonstrate satisfactory non-technical skills and abilities (e.g., teamwork, communications, etc.)

The multi-grade plan will reward operators for achieving set goals in a prescribed period of time. The operator will have two years to obtain the Class IV Wastewater License from Virginia and other Plant program specific criteria or he/she will be separated from the County.  If an operator successfully meets the specified requirements during the first two years, the operator will then move to the next grade where he/she will serve a one-year probationary period. After successfully completing probation, the operator will gain permanent status.

An operator may move to beyond journey level if he/she achieves a Wastewater License Level I, Level I certification in all four Plant stations and Level I in both Preventive Maintenance (PM) and Minor Corrective Maintenance (MCM).

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

Minimum :

  • Graduation from high school or GED
  • Passed High school level Algebra (grade C or better)
  • Passed High school level Chemistry and/or Biology (grade C or better)

    In addition to the criteria above, we are expecting an applicant to have:
  • A high level of mechanical aptitude;
  • Initiative, and the ability to work well independently and with others in a team setting;
  • Reading comprehension to read complex technical manuals and follow written directions; and
  • Writing skills to complete legally required documentation.

    Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

    • Associate Degree in engineering, science, or field related to water/wastewater treatment;
    • College courses in an area related to wastewater treatment;
    • Experience using hand and power tools;
    • Experience in water filtration or wastewater plant operations (military or civilian); and/or
    • Experience using work order system or maintenance management system.

    Special Requirements

    1) The applicant must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license and authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

    2) Physical ability and willingness to safely perform repetitive and intensive manual labor safely, safely lift heavy objects (50 lbs.+), work from ladders, scaffolds and other high places; work outside in inclement weather, in confined spaces, etc.

    3) Ability to meet requirements of Virginia Confined Entry Standard, including respirator use.

    4) Willingness and ability to work a shift schedule, including nights, and to work after hours in emergency situations.

    5) Ability to obtain Virginia Wastewater Operator's licenses.

    Additional Information

    Work Hours : All operators are permanently assigned to work with a team on one of four 12-hour shifts. The day shift runs from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the night shift from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. During emergency situations plant operators will be required to work after standard shift hours. The (two) night shifts alternate four days on and four days off. The (two) day shifts alternate on a cycling three/two schedule which allows every other weekend off.  New operators will be assigned to shifts based on plant needs. Night shift operators receive a shift differential pay now set at $1.00/hour. Overtime is paid at time and a half for time outside standard shift, currently about 4 hours of overtime accumulates every two weeks because of the shift overlap period.

    Uniforms and cleaning provided.

    This position is part of a Multi-Grade pay band which includes Grades 7, 8 and 9 for trainee, journey, and senior level work. The pay range listed above encompasses entry for trainee, Grade 7, through maximum of Journey level, Grade 9. However, experience will be evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services and applicants with previous related experience, valid licensure, or post high school education may be considered eligible to be hired at a higher pay rate within trainee level.

    Salary ranges:
    Trainee level: $47,985.60 - $73,299.20
    Journey level: $51,979.20 - $79,331.20
    Senior level:  $61,027.20 - $93,267.20 (only attained after all program requirements have been met and after years of demonstrated performance, usually encompassing a period of several years)

    Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

    Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

    Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
    All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

    Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

    Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

    Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

    Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

    For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

    Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

    Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
    Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

    Limited Term Appointments:
    Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

    Temporary Regular Appointments:
    Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

    Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
    Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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