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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$76710 - 117187
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Engineering - Civil
Engineering - Other
Engineering - Industrial
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: 3254079 / Latpro-3830127 
Date posted: Oct-08-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$76,710.40 - $117,187.20 Annually


Arlington, VA

Job Type



Department of Environmental Services

Job Number



10/21/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County is seeking to fill a professional level process engineering position located at the Water Pollution Control Bureau (WPCB) within the Department of Environmental Services (DES). This Plant Operations Specialist is responsible for monitoring Water Pollution Control (WPC) Plant operations processes and providing technical coordination among operations shifts and other plant units to ensure that the WPC Plant is running efficiently. The specialist provides professional expertise for specific projects, research, or long-term process control function and reports to the Plant Operations Manager.

Specific duties include:

  • Monitoring a quality assurance program that identifies problems on an ongoing basis; identifying process problems and/or inefficiencies, recommending changes to process and/or retraining in consultation with WPC Plant management;
  • Determining/assessing the impact of issues and alternative solutions, the development and interpretation of project concepts, parameters and implementation guidelines;
  • Evaluating WPCP Operations process statistics in relation to Federal and State safety and legal regulations and standards, ensuring standard operating procedures and regulatory mandates are followed;
  • Reviewing and evaluating daily logs and reports from Operations shifts;
  • Coordinating chemical test trials; monitoring chemicals' performance in operations;
  • Determining the most appropriate methods/procedures to utilize to ensure the optimization of the specific operating systems;
  • Coordinating special activities/testing events with contractors and other WPCP sections, ensuring normal operating procedures and processes are not adversely affected;
  • Developing, coordinating and/or conducting training opportunities for shift supervisors and lead workers in operational and process issues;
  • Providing oversight of Apprenticeship program, monitoring progress and testing assessment; and
  • Conducting public tours of the Plant and responding to inquiries from the public about Plant operations; coordinating with other departments as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills with a background in industrial plant operations management including extensive knowledge of wastewater processes.

Selection Criteria

Minimum :

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field;
  • Three years' progressively responsible engineering experience in the wastewater area, specializing in process control processes;
  • Possession of a Class I Operator's License in Waterworks/Wastewater Works.  

Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

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

  • Industrial Plant operations management with extensive working knowledge of wastewater processes, including preliminary, primary and secondary (biological) treatment, advanced wastewater treatment with chemical addition for phosphorus removal, biological nutrient removal, filtration and disinfection with chlorination/de-chlorination; and
  • Proficiency with database applications and Microsoft Office Suite functions (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

Special Requirements

1) Applicant must possess a Class I Wastewater Operator's License issued by the Virginia State Board of Certification of Operators of Water and Wastewater Works.

2) The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Occasional alternative schedule to adjust for evening shift presence (2-3 days/month).  This position is located in a 24/7 operation facility and requires being available for phone consultation and/or call-back duty for work issues and/or emergencies, including weekends.

For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here .
The official title of this position is Water Pollution Control Plant Operations Specialist.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application.  Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. 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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