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Vermillion City Water Operator in Vermillion, South Dakota

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled work in the operation, servicing, and maintenance of equipment, and related work in the Water Treatment Plant and Water Distribution system.SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:Works under the direction of the Water Department supervisor.ESSENTIAL DUTIES:(Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in position of this class)Operates plant equipment to control the flow and maintain the proper conditions for treatment.Performs a variety of daily tasks, such as inspecting pumps, monitoring chemical feeders, motors, gauges, and valves.Samples and tests water as appropriate to determine treatment requirements and progress of treatment; prepares water samples for testing by State Health Department.Makes periodic rounds of plant to check equipment operation and record data. Receives telephone calls and answers inquiries from members of the public and other agencies.Reads water meters and inspects and performs a variety of maintenance activities to ensure proper water distribution.Records daily and monthly treatment logs.Cleans and maintains water department buildings and equipment and assists in maintaining the appearance of the water department grounds as necessary.Responsible for assisting with snow removal around fire hydrants, flushing water mains, exercising valves, reading meters in manholes, and changing/installing meters and associated equipment, at the direction of the Water Department Supervisor.May be required to work weekends and hours outside normal working hours.Performs manual labor such as unloading and storing chemicals.Required to participate in an on-call rotation.Install service lines, water mains, valves, hydrants, meters, and other equipment associated with the Distribution and Treatment system.May be required to work in emergency water main repair situations.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:Must possess a valid South Dakota Drivers License.Applicants must be able to obtain a Class I Certificates from the State of South Dakota for both Water Treatment and Distribution within 2 years of hire. Applicants must be able to obtain a Class II Water Treatment and/or Distribution Certification from the State of South Dakota within 3 years of hire.Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:Knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in maintenance, construction, and repair activities.Skill in the operation of listed equipment.Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time; ability to work safely; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.Requires occasional use of motorized forklift, pickup truck, back-hoe, power tools, and hand tools.Must possess basic computer skills for data entry and plant operation.PHYSICAL DEMANDS:Following an offer of employment, the applicant must be able to pass a fit-for-duty physical and job function test. For more details, please see the functional job description for this position. WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.BENEFITS:This position offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, life and retirement.