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City of Reno, NV Water Reclamation Plant Operator in Reno, Nevada

Water Reclamation Plant Operator

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Class Title

Water Reclamation Plant Operator

Class Code



$55,754.50 - $78,502.81 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of skilled technical duties in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the City's wastewater treatment plant; conducts water quality tests and ensures compliance with applicable water quality standards; performs routine maintenance; and maintains a variety of records related to area of assignment.


Employees within this class perform the full range of water reclamation plant operator duties as assigned and are distinguished from the Senior Water Reclamation Plant Operator in that the latter exercises technical and functional supervision over lower level plant operator staff.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Operate wastewater treatment, sludge processing and disposal equipment, and lift stations; adjust valves and gates and start and stop pumps, engines, and generators to regulate the flow through filtering, settling, aeration, and sludge digestion processes; clean and level sludge beds.

Observe variations in operating conditions; inspect, monitor, and document plant operations by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs, and other instrumentation.

Inspect and maintain electric motors and pumps for proper operation; lubricate, overhaul, and install new and rebuilt motors and pumps; replace worn bearings; perform mechanical adjustments and repairs to ensure efficient operation of equipment.

Collect liquid samples and perform a variety of routine water quality laboratory tests; ensure proper treatment of sewage and purification of water.

Operate a variety of vehicles, tools, and equipment necessary to maintain the water reclamation plant system and equipment.

Perform a variety of carpentry, electrical, concrete, plumbing, pipe fitting, soldering, and welding functions as required.

Maintain, compile, and update plant operations logs and reports; perform and record mathematical calculations related to plant operational activities.

Perform general plant facility maintenance such as cleaning, painting, and repairing plant facilities, various grounds maintenance duties, and weed abatement.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services, and activities of a wastewater treatment plant.

Principles and practices of wastewater plant operations.

Materials, methods, practices, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment plant facilities.

Principles and practices of wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and water purification.

Operating principles of plant equipment such as valves, pumps, and motors.

Chemicals and testing procedures used for water purification.

Maintenance and operation of equipment commonly found in a wastewater treatment plant.

Basic operational characteristics of the SCADA system.

Basic chemical and biological tests used in monitoring wastewater treatment plant processes.

Methods and techniques of reading and interpreting gauges, recording devices, and related system monitors.

Basic principles, practices and methods of basic laboratory testing methods and procedures.

Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing the treatment and disposal of sewage.

Ability to:

Operate, repair, and maintain wastewater plant facilities and associated equipment including pumps, valves, and electronic monitoring devices.

Adjust controls and treatment processes located in a wastewater treatment facility.

Read and interpret gauges and other recording devices related to wastewater plant operations.

Take liquid samples and perform routine laboratory tests.

Diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action.

Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local rules, laws and regulations.

Operate assigned equipment and tools in a safe and effective manner.

Perform heavy manual labor.

Collect a variety of samples for laboratory tests.

Understand and analyze lab results.

Troubleshoot chemical systems, blower aeration systems, screening/grit removal systems, and filtration systems

Observe and understand visual changes to the wastewater treatment plant and make corrective changes.

Understand lab results in order to generate reports.

Maintain records and files.

Work independently in the absence of supervision.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in wastewater or sewage treatment plant operations or a related field.


Two years of experience in wastewater plant operations and maintenance.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Grade III Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Wastewater treatment plant and field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, and inclement weather conditions; work around water or wastewater; work on slippery surfaces; regularly work near moving mechanical parts; and work around moderately loud noise levels; incumbents may be required to work evenings, nights, and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a wastewater treatment plant and field environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last Update: 8/2019

JD 11/2018

BENEFITS IN BRIEF No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage. City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available. Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Credit Union available.


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