ABOUT THE POSITION: The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a critical future staffing need for experienced and technically proficient Wastewater Treatment Operators. WTD and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925 recognize the need for recruiting diverse entry level candidates to fill future openings in the Wastewater Operator job classification series. The Operator-In-Training (OIT) Program has been established to prepare for succession planning, and transfer and retention of critical organizational knowledge held by current long term employees. These entry level OIT positions are intended for those interested in starting or continuing a career in wastewater treatment operations, and for current King County career service employees as a Special Duty opportunity. The initial six months in the OIT position will provide the successful candidate the on-the-job and classroom training necessary to earn a Washington State Department of Ecology OIT Certification. Successful candidates who already possess a WA State OIT certification will work in the OIT role for six months as well, learning WTD plant operations and safety procedures. Those who earn their OIT Certification within their first six months may be invited to continue for an additional two years in the OIT position. After 1 year of wastewater experience treatment plant operation experience, candidates are eligible to earn their Washington State Wastewater Treatment Operator Group I certification, and compete for Wastewater Treatment Operator positions as they become available.WORK SCHEDULES and LOCATIONS: The Wastewater Treatment Plants are operated 24/7. After 8 weeks of Monday-Friday day scheduled, initial training, these positions will rotate through locations on day and rotating shift schedules. Day schedules are four, 10 hour days. Shift schedules consist of two 11.7 hour day shifts, followed by two 11.7 hour night shifts, followed by four days off. Applicants must be available to work any and all locations and assigned shift schedules. This position is overtime eligible, and will receive additional compensation for working rotating shifts and for night shifts. Operators-In-Training may be assigned to any of the Division's treatment plant locations:
WHERE TO APPLY: Go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. of the closing date to be considered.
In addition training provided in a classroom environment, the responsibilities of an OIT include job shadowing and assisting with a wide variety of entry level maintenance and labor tasks in the operation of wastewater (primary, secondary, reuse and conveyance) treatment facilities. Successful candidates will safely perform tasks associated with training and learning entry level aspects of how to operate, monitor and maintain biological, chemical, mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic equipment at wastewater treatment plants and associated facilities. These tasks include but are not limited to: