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Operations Supervisor / Lead Water Plant Operator - Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa, United States - 52004

This position in Grimes, IA is eligible for a Hiring Bonus of $1,500 to $3,000 depending on current License and level conditions apply.

Do you have an Iowa DNR Grade III Water Operator License and want to get to Grade IV? US Water will help you get there!

Do you want to lead a team and just need the right opportunity to do it? US Water can help you reach this goal and provide supervisor training!

We're looking for an Operations Supervisor / Lead Operator for a Water Plant in Grimes, IA!

U.S. Water Services Corporation is a well-established water and wastewater utility organization specializing in utility maintenance, operations, engineering and construction services. U.S. Water is a fast paced and rapidly expanding company with a staff of over 700 employees in twenty states.

Support the environment and local community by providing a safe and adequate supply of quality water!

Work is performed on assigned shifts to monitor plant operations 7 days a week. Work is performed through observation, mechanical readings, and the results of standard chemical tests, and requires necessary treatment adjustments in the process as demand or other operational conditions dictate. Our work also includes a variety of equipment and facility maintenance tasks, ordering supplies and materials. Employees maintain records of work activities and test results. Work is performed in accordance with regulations of the State of Iowa and under the general supervision of the Project Manager. Your work will be evaluated on the basis of water quality, supply, standard logs and records and the adherence to established operating policy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and training to other plant operators; insures proper safety conditions and procedures are followed; assures 7 day a week schedule for testing and treatment; is on-call for emergency response at the plant.
  • Makes assignments to other staff members and may participate in reading meters, cutting service on and off, flushing lines, and answering customer complaints or questions.
  • Calibrates instruments at the plant; takes and prepares water distribution system samples for laboratory analysis; reviews lab results.
  • Operates the water treatment facilities; observes the operation of water pumps, electric motors and chemical feed machines; reads various charts, graphs, gauges, and meters; computes from readings and records the water volume pumped.
  • Maintains precise records and interprets test results; with appropriate certification, serves as Operator in Responsible Charge ORC, or works with the Project Manager to assure appropriate records are kept.
  • Performs standard repairs and maintenance of plant equipment; may assist with more difficult or complex equipment repair or replacement.
  • Operates pumps and heavy equipment as needed.
  • Assists in repairing leaks in the water distribution system.
  • Receives and unloads chemical deliveries to the plant; assures proper storage; fills, cleans and replaces tanks of chemicals and other tanks.
  • Orders chemicals and supplies needed for the plant.
  • Performs building and grounds maintenance tasks.
  • Assists with the operations of the wastewater treatment facility.
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

This role is eligible to use a company vehicle during the work schedule and may be approved to use the company vehicle to commute home.


  • Considerable knowledge of:
    • State laws regulating water treatment and the standard procedures necessary to meet permitted requirements.
    • Operation and maintenance requirements of equipment, instruments and control devices used in water treatment
    • Standard tests and equipment used in required laboratory analysis of water.
  • Ability to:
    • Solve routine technical or operational problems.
    • Perform and conduct standard laboratory tests.
    • Understand and interpret detailed and procedural oral and written instructions.
    • Prepare detailed records and reports accurately.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and superiors.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force.
  • Work regularly requires standing, speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires walking, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions and occasionally requires sitting and tasting or smelling.
  • Work has standard vision requirements.
  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound.
  • Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts within arm's length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • Work regularly requires exposure to wet humid conditions non-weather and exposure to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment, frequent working near moving mechanical parts and exposure to outdoor weather conditions and occasionally requires working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, exposure to extreme heat non-weather, exposure to the risk of electrical shock, exposure to vibration and wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Work is generally in a loud noise location e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic.

Desirable Education and Experience:

  • Iowa DNR Grade IV Water License, or Grade III license with ability to obtain an Iowa Grade IV Water Operator License within 6 months
  • Iowa DNR Grade II or higher Wastewater License preferred, but not necessary for hire
  • Graduation from high school supplemented by chemistry, biology, or mechanical maintenance course work and moderate water treatment plant operations experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Clean Motor Vehicle Record

Note: This job posting may not include all job duties.

Compensation and Benefits: Pay is commensurate with experience and market competitive. US Water/USW Utility Group offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short/long-term disability, paid time off, holiday pay and 401k with company match.

US Water/USW Utility Group is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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