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 PRINCIPAL PLANT OPERATOR - Chesterfield, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: County of Chesterfield 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Other
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: AAYVvkMuGXmpJFTHMW0NILnoJf4yp2 / Latpro-3797013 
Date posted: Jun-05-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 23832


Principal Plant Operator
Hiring Range: $45,833 - $78,267
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. June 20, 2021

Chesterfield County's Utilities Department is seeking a Principal Plant Operator to focus on plant operations at one of Chesterfield County's wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). We are currently hiring a night shift position for the Falling Creek WWTP. The shift is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., on a continuous three days on-three days off schedule. This is a static shift, which does not rotate.

Required duties include use of ladders, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, and standing or walking for 30 minutes at a time.

The Principal Plant Operator will perform all operational aspects required to maintain compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing wastewater treatment. This requires observations and/or adjustments of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes at a wastewater treatment plant. This includes but is not limited to the following: operate process equipment and systems associated with wastewater treatment; monitor the SCADA system; observe and record process trends related to equipment operation and plant performance on daily log sheets; monitor and adjust process control instrumentation; inventory chemicals and inspect chemical dosing pumps and storage tanks; ensure proper operation of samplers, collect process monitoring samples and perform field analytical tests; transfer sludge by manually turning valves in correct sequence with operation of pumping equipment; perform preventive maintenance; work outdoors in the elements. Perform other work as required.

This position is a part of an approved Career Development Plan (CDP) and offers career progression opportunities and salary incentives based on performance, qualifications, and experience.

Successful candidate will possess a high school diploma or GED; three years of experience in water/wastewater plant operations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Two years of experience for Senior Plant Operator or one year of experience for Plant Operator required. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at date of hire. A Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License is required for Principal Plant Operators. Candidate must be able to perform manual labor in the elements. Applicants with a Class II, Class III or non-licensed status will receive consideration at lower level plant operator classifications and salary grades/ranges. The hiring range for this position, depending upon qualifications, is as follows:
$45,833 - $78,267 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class I Wastewater Operator's License;
$40,119 - $68,510 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class II Wastewater Operator's License;
$35,113 - $59,961 for applicants with a Commonwealth of Virginia Class III Wastewater Operator's License or hold a bachelor's degree in biological, chemical or engineering Science or related field;
$30,735 - $52,482 for non-licensed applicants will start as an Unlicensed Operator.

Through the career development plan, Unlicensed Operators and Operators with licensees with lower than a Class I license will receive salary increases after passing higher license exams and establishing minimum tenure requirements.

Current valid driver's license and good driving record required. Based on the Virginia DMV point system, record must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Out of state driving records must be obtained by the applicant and presented at time of interview. Record must reflect at least three years of history and be dated within 30 days of interview date. Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required.

A Chesterfield County application is required and must be submitted online by deadline. Visit to view instructions and to complete and submit an application. (804) 748-1551.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity

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