Water Plant Operator Trainee


Position Title: Water Plant Operator Trainee
Division: Water Plant
Hourly Rate: $14.97
Department: Utilities
Pay Grade: 11
Location: Valdosta, Georgia
Closing Date: Open until Filled


The City of Valdosta Utilities Department is seeking applicants for the Water Plant Operator Trainee position. This position is responsible for performing specialized duties in the operation of a water treatment plant. Major duties for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Operating equipment to control water flow and maintain proper operating levels
  • Monitoring the SCADA system to ensure proper plant operations
  • Servicing, maintaining, operating, and repairing facilities and equipment, including large-scale pumping devices, chlorination, and other chemical feed systems, storage facilities, and related equipment
  • Collecting samples; performing laboratory analyses to ensure that treatment facilities are operating efficiently
  • Making rounds of plants, reading gauges and readers, and recording readings
  • Maintaining, calibrating, and repairing a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment, including pumps, motors, controllers, valves, charts, and plant instrumentation
  • Maintaining maintenance and chemical analysis records; preparing logs, records, and reports, including required local, state, and federal reports
  • Maintaining plant facilities; paints interior and exterior surfaces; making minor building repairs
  • Reading and interpreting plans, maps, and specifications
  • Responding to after-hours emergencies
  • Attending required training class
  • Performing other related duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of treatment principles, operations, and equipment; computers and job-related software programs; chemistry, mathematics, hydraulics, and biology; division and city policies and procedures and federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Skill in the interpretation of plans, maps, and specifications; the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electronic equipment; planning organization, and decision making, thinking clearly under difficult circumstances, and oral and written communication.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience preferred


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.