Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainee


Position Title: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Trainee
Division: Withlacoochee Sewer Plant
Salary: $34,190.85
Hourly Rate: $16.44
Job Number: 557
Department: Utilities
Pay Grade: 11
Location: Valdosta, Georgia
Closing Date: Open until Filled


This position is responsible for performing administrative and technical duties in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.

  • Monitors plant for proper operation and to ensure compliance with all state and federal permit requirements.
  • Makes process control decisions for permitted effluent discharge.
  • Ensures compliance with safe work policies and procedures.
  • Performs equipment checks and general equipment maintenance.
  • Collects samples; performs laboratory analyses to ensure that treatment facilities are operating efficiently; carries out corrective actions.
  • Makes rounds of plants; reads gauges and meters; records readings.
  • Maintains maintenance and chemical analysis records; prepares logs, records, and reports, including required local, state, and federal reports.
  • Responds to after-hours emergencies when on call.
  • Prepares a variety of regular and special reports.
  • Attends required training classes.
  • Performs related duties.


  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment plant principles, operations, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
  • Knowledge of safe work principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Knowledge of department policies and procedures, and federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electronic equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of heavy equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of hand and power tools.
  • Skill in planning, organization, and decision making.
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution as appropriate


Please complete a City of Valdosta Application form and email it to covhr@valdostacity.com to be considered for the position you are interested in applying for. An application must be submitted for each position you are interested in. A resume and cover letter may be attached as additional information only. You may apply in person at the City of Valdosta Human Resources Department, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601.

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The City of Valdosta offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an E-Verify employer. For more information, go to http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/employees/e-verify-overview.