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Wastewater Treatment Plant Field Operator

Rochester, NY

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Entry Level

Wastewater Treatment Plant at Eastman Business Park, Rochester, NY – owned and operated by RED-Rochester, LLC.  This is an entry level wastewater treatment plant operator position for the 10-12 mgd conventional activated sludge plant, staffed 24/7/365, that treats wastewater generated from over 25 commercial businesses that operate in Eastman Business Park.

Summary: Responsible to operate and maintain the activated sludge wastewater treatment plant facilities and equipment in order to maintain compliance with all regulatory permit requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct sampling and testing of activated sludge and wastewater
  • Properly evaluate and accurately record testing and operational data
  • Perform routine plant rounds and equipment checks at least once per shift to ensure that pumps, conveyors, blowers, centrifuge and other wastewater treatment equipment is functioning properly
  • Check and adjust controls and equipment as necessary and assist with repairs
  • Assist with delivery and off-loading of chemicals and assist with chemical inventory
  • Assist with maintaining equipment in a clean and operable condition
  • Assist with the development and updating of standard operating procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Associates Degree (or equivalent experience) in Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology/Laboratory or related fields preferred
  • New York State Wastewater Treatment Operator certification preferred


  • Ability to work a rotating 12-hour shift schedule, with availability to work overtime
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge and experience in wastewater treatment operations preferred
  • Ability to attend classes required for obtaining NYS 1A Wastewater Certification within 24 months.


  • Good Communication skills
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Become proactive and work independently as process skills develop
  • Ability to follow procedures, work instructions and safety/environmental rules and regulations
  • Good Math skills
  • Proficient in MS Office

Work Environment

Work may be required to be performed under extreme weather conditions including hot and cold ambient temperatures. Travel is required between various buildings. Work may be required where there is moderate noise levels. Employee is expected to understand what appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for each situation and location.

Physical Demands

During performance of job duties, it may occasionally be required to bend, lift, walk, or carry equipment. Employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds.