Water/Wastewater Plant Intern
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Under the direct supervision of the Water/Wastewater Plant Supervisor, and/or guidance of a Water/Wastewater Plant Operator acquires the knowledge, skills, and certifications to meet minimum qualifications for Water/Wastewater Plant Operator position. This position is an opportunity to learn and acquire the skills and knowledge associated with performing a variety of skilled, technical and administrative work of the operation and provides on-the-job training. Learns to operate, maintain, monitor controls and repair all water/ wastewater plant process equipment, including pumps, motors, blowers, chlorinators, chemical feeds, sludge equipment and basic laboratory equipment to ensure that treated water/wastewater meets Tribal, State and EPA quality standards.
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
* The Water/Wastewater Plant Intern will be required to assist and/or perform a variety of duties to include:
* Obtaining water/wastewater samples and performing water lab tests; conducting various lab tests to determine proper process and operational controls.
* Learning to recognize the need for and make basic treatment and operational changes to the water/wastewater processes and distribution systems to meet water quality standards.
* Changing pump settings as needed; monitoring and adjusting flows through wells, booster pumps, treatment plant lift station and aeration tanks to control the distribution system and system operations.
* Reading and interpreting meters, gauges and instruments. Entering daily readings into daily/monthly reports.
* Maintaining reports in facility records and sending to appropriate agencies.
* Preparing and submitting water/wastewater samples to certified testing lab for analysis and report to meet the required agency quality standards.
* Learns how to inventory, estimate usage and prepare orders for supplies. Insures quality of materials received.
* Records daily activities in logbook and stores in facility files.
* Learns how to maintain all water/wastewater equipment such as blowers, pumps, motors, chlorinators, filters, and all other equipment essential to the plant operations.
* Works together with Tribal Development on creating long-range training goals and objectives to help increase job knowledge.
* Ensures proper care in the use of and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
* Promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
* Performs all other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or GED. Must be an enrolled Tohono O’odham tribal member. Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and be insurable (for driving). Must be 18 years of age or older. No felony, theft or stealing convictions. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen, background investigation, obtain and maintain a gaming license and to include the following:
Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:
* Knowledge of algebra and algebraic formulas and calculations.
* Ability to learn from other professionals and hands on experience.
* Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
* Ability to attend and successfully complete certification courses for achieving Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Grade 2 Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate and Grade 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate.
* Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.
* Ability to communicate, read, and write in Basic English.
* Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal and written format.
* Ability to work in a cooperative work environment.
* Ability to demonstrate outstanding guest service at all times.
While performing the duties of this job, the team member frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The team member regularly is required to climb or balance; and talk or hear. The team member occasionally is required to sit; and taste or smell. The team member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists may occur while performing outdoor duties. Exposure to chemicals and unpleasant odors. Standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground. Situations where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed may occur. Some work may be performed in a casino setting with exposure to second-hand smoke and a high noise level. Evening, graveyard, holiday and/or weekend work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.