| Job Description: ||
Maryland Environmental Service has an opening for an Operator in Training at the Dorsey Run facility. Responsibilities include performing various duties associated with the operation of the water & wastewater treatment facility. Minimum qualifications include HS/GED, a valid driver’s license with less than 6 points & the ability to lift 50 lbs. Operators must complete the apprenticeship program or have a current Operators Cert for W/WW facilities. Position and compensation based on experience.
Entry-level position in the Maryland Environmental Service’s environmental systems
water/wastewater operator job series. Assists operators in operating, monitoring and maintaining
one or more water, wastewater or industrial wastewater treatment systems.
Under the direction of a certified operator:
Controls flow and adjusts treatment processes to ensure that the facility achieves compliance with
applicable environmental permits.
Monitors and documents facility performance by:
a. Collecting samples and conducting the in-plant tests necessary to control and monitor
treatment facility processes and operation,
b. Performing in-plant operational control tests and process calculations, using various
analytical instruments and mathematical calculations, and
c. Recording in-plant test results, various meter readings, gauge reading, flow quantities and
other technical data.
Performs in-plant maintenance according to the schedules and procedures established for the
facilities to which assigned. This includes cleaning, servicing, lubricating and repairing pumps, air
compressors and blowers, chemical feed equipment, lawn mowing equipment, and other mechanical
devices regularly found in water, wastewater and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
Operator In Training
Satisfactorily completes safety training mandated by State and Federal laws, training to maintain
professional certification and other training that the Service requires.
Works toward satisfactorily completing the Maryland Environmental Service’s Apprenticeship
Program in accordance with the Service’s Policy 8.03. This Program requires the environmental
systems operator-in-training to, within a specified length of time, complete training and
supervised experience, and obtain operator certification from the Maryland State Board of
Waterworks and Waste Systems Operators.
Performs general housekeeping duties as needed or assigned, such as mowing grass, painting
equipment and structures, and cleaning floors and windows.
Persons appointed to this position may be:
a. Assigned to work at several different facilities (“circuit rider” operator) and be expected to
travel between them, using an MES vehicle,
b. Assigned to any one of three shifts and required to be on duty Saturdays, Sundays, and
c. Temporarily assigned to any region of the State, and
d. Permanently assigned to any facility within a 50 mile radius of the operator’s home
e. Required to work overtime to ensure that coverage of the treatment facility is maintained
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
This job does not supervise or direct the work of other employees.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a state high school equivalency
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Valid driver’s license with less than six points under Maryland law.
Operator In Training
Valid temporary certificate(s) from the Maryland State Board of Waterworks and Waste Systems
Operators as required for every category and class of treatment works to which the Maryland
Environmental Service has assigned the employee.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Pass a standard physical exam.
Comply with all aspects of OSHA Respiratory requirements; including medical evaluations and
Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds.
While performing the duties of this position, individuals are regularly required to stand, sit, walk,
crawl, stoop, kneel and crouch, climb or balance, use hands and arms to reach, grasp, finger and
feel, taste or smell, talk and hear.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, ability to adjust focus and the ability to distinguish color.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather
conditions and non-weather conditions that are wet or humid, work near moving mechanical parts,
fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The
employee will occasionally be exposed to work in high, precarious places and noise levels that
require hearing protection and will rarely be exposed to extreme non-weather heat or cold or risk