Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • 05-May-2023 to 29-May-2023 (PST)
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • 34.64-46.42 per hour A26 Step I $34.64 To A26 Step VII $46.42
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Excellent health care coverage (for employee) including dental and vision; 401k contribution from the tribe, even if you don't contribute; 15+ paid holidays a year; Life insurance for employee, spouse, and children provided by the tribe (employees have the option to purchase more); EAP and more!

Classification Title

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 3


Public Works

Pay Range


NATURE OF WORK: This position is responsible for providing daily leadership and direction for lower-level Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operators. Acts as the On-Site Operator to verify compliance with tribal, state, and federal environmental regulations, policies, procedures and standards.


  • Oversee the operation of plant equipment and processes related to wastewater treatment systems, including the operation of ancillary facilities and equipment.
  • Monitor wastewater operations to verify treatment plant performance is stable, and in compliance with tribal, state and federal environmental and safety regulations, procedures and standards.
  • Inspect all treatment plant equipment, and assure equipment is functioning within technical parameters.
  • Monitor and evaluate Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) process control systems information; monitor data and error reports, evaluate operational and maintenance issues, and make functional adjustments to treatment components within scope of authority and training.
  • Identify and diagnoses operational problems, discuss scope and attributes of problems with staff and management, and recommend alterations, adjustments, and procedural changes to correct problems and maintain system stability.
  • Oversee treatment chemical and their uses; including making chemical feed adjustments, how to unload, store and uses various chemicals, i.e. sulfuric acid, caustic soda, and chlorine.
  • Act as the treatment plant Onsite Operator, and coordinate the activities of lower level operations staff; respond to operational incidents, and takes command when appropriate.
  • Sample and analyze influents/effluents, source water/product water, feed water and permeate to detect quality variations, interpret results, reading sheets, process test, computerized data and information trends to identify variations in flow and water quality and make appropriate changes.
  • Use a variety of standard testing procedures to determine problems and any adjustments needed in the treatment process.
  • Record operational data, telemetry readings, work logs and other prescribed work documentation.
  • Respond to all emergency situations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Prepare or update written standard operating procedures (SOP), monthly discharge monitoring reports, monthly chlorination reports,and bio-solid reports.

  • Act as the Hazardous Waste Coordinator, ensuring compliance with container and hazardous waste management as the Hazardous Waste Coordinator.
  • Act as the Confined Space Entry Supervisor, ensuring compliance with confined space entry as defined by policy.
  • Responsible for maintaining lab supplies, ordering parts for equipment, filling work orders to have equipment repaired, and keeping stock chemicals and other materials to properly ensure operation of the plant.
  • Knowledge of tribal, state, and federal rules governing wastewater discharge and worker's safety.
  • Ability to work independently and to make routine decisions on the operation of the plant processes and equipment.
  • Ability to perform and document various tests required by tribal, state, and federal agencies for the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Protocols for industrial chemical usage and storage.
  • Ability to climb and descend a maximum of 30 rungs to access system pump stations.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to utilize a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus requiring adequate respiratory function.
  • Ability to detect and differentiate colors.
  • Responds to all emergency situation as directed.
  • Able to respond to 24 hour on-call duties and weekends as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must hold and maintain Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Group 3 Certification.
  • 4 years of operating experience including at least 2 years at a class II or higher plant.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable under the Tribe's insurance policy.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Washington State Class C driver's license.
  • Must be able to perform the physical duties of this position.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends and be able to respond to 24 hour on-call duties as needed
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