Treatment Plant Operator 1 – Wastewater/Water Production

City of Pearland, TX
June 25, 2020
Pearland, TX
Job Type


Are you looking your next opportunity to join a dynamic Public Works Department?

If so, apply for this Treatment Plant Operator I position today!

The City of Pearland, TX is seeking to hire a full-time Treatment Plant Operator I operates sewage treatment, sludge processing, and disposal equipment in wastewater (sewage) treatment plant to control flow and processing of sewage.

The Treatment Plant Operator I earns a competitive salary based on experience. Additionally, the city pays all premiums for our employees' dental, long-term disability protection, and life insurance plus the majority portion of the medical premium for employees and their dependents. We also offer a retirement plan through the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with a 2:1 employer match, life insurance, disability, access to the city's recreation fitness center, employee assistance program, educational assistance, 9 paid holidays and 2 designated paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave, and an active wellness program focusing on physical, mental, and financial health.


Pearland is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas due to affordable housing, outstanding schools, safe neighborhoods, and superb quality of life. Ranked as one of the top ten safest cities in Texas, Pearland residents know their families are safe and secure in the community and surrounding areas. Our close proximity to Houston, just a short 20-minute drive to downtown, allows residents to experience all the city has to offer including professional sports, world-class cultural amenities, and recreation.

Employees of the City of Pearland use multi-directional communication and cross-functional teams to promote a greater understanding of the organization by employees at all levels. We have created a culture of continuous learning that encourages and supports employee development and growth. Our work environment is one where innovation is not only supported but encouraged.


A successful candidate will have the ability to apply critical thinking skills and sound judgment while working collaboratively and proactively with colleagues at all levels of the organization to solve problems and find sustainable solutions. As is expected of all City of Pearland employees, any candidate is expected to operate in accordance with the City's Organization Values:

  • Trust: We build trust by providing excellent service, honoring it through accountability and effective communication.
  • Respect: We act with kindness and empathy; embracing diversity and inclusion.
  • Integrity: We are honest, ethical and do the right things for the right reasons.
  • Teamwork: We are a caring workplace made up of a team working towards a shared purpose. We collaborate and support each other.
  • Ownership: This is our city, we are invested and dedicated to its continuous success. We take pride in all we do.
  • Innovation: We are progressive thinkers who embrace the challenge of continuous improvement.

Essential Functions :

Regular and timely attendance at work.

Assists and follows directives of Crew Leader and Supervisor.

Monitors control panels and adjusts valves and gates manually or by remote control to regulate flow of sewage and/or regulate flow of water.

Observes variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings and tests results to determine load requirements.

Starts and stops pumps, engines, and generators to control flow of raw sewage through filtering, settling, aeration, and sludge digestion processes.

Maintains log of operations and records meter and gauge readings.

Collects sewage sample and conducts laboratory tests. Assists in the collection of water samples and conducts laboratory tests.

Monitors operation of plant and makes necessary changes to keep operating as directed by the Crew Leader; maintains compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations and permit requirements.

Operates and maintains power generating equipment to provide electricity for plant.

Serves as "essential personnel" and remain available for immediate call-in due to any natural or man made disaster, or any other event the Director of Public Works, Assistant City Manager, or the City Manager deem necessary.

Contributes to team effort by performing other related duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Licenses :

High school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required.

Two (2) years experience in Waste Water Treatment, Waste Water Collection, Waste Water Lab, Water Collection, and Water Safety.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Licenses: Class "C" Waste Water Treatment or the ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire for Wastewater position. TCEQ Class "C" Ground Water State Certification required or the ability to obtain the certification in 18 months after hire date for Water Production position.

Valid, Class "C" Texas Driver's License is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Ability to operate a City vehicle for business use, back-hoe, fork lift, lawn mowers, weed eaters, hand tools, radios, telephone, gas detector, self contained breathing apparatus, dissolved oxygen meter, p.h. meter, voltage meter, megger, and analogers.

Ability to make decisions regarding compliance of rules and specifically when adjusting chlorine and sulfur dioxide.

Ability to assist in making adjustments to water well stations; CL2, pumps, motors, scales, polymer, pressure tanks and compressors.

Knowledge of TCEQ rules and regulations, Texas Administrative Code, and EPA rules and regulations.

Must be able to work weekends and/or holidays.

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