Job Progression: Wastewater Treatment Operator to Senior Operator
WHO MAY APPLY: This is an internal opening for Job Progression candidates in King County Wastewater S.E.I.U., Local 925 in the Wastewater Treatment Operator classification series only. This posting will be used to facilitate Job Progression of Wastewater Treatment Operators to the Senior Operators at their current Treatment Plants.
The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint
WORK LOCATION: Candidates’ current work site.
WORK SCHEDULE: Applicants must be available to work any assigned schedule. This position is overtime eligible.
- Job Duties
The responsibilities of this classification include serving in a lead capacity in a workgroup responsible for operating and monitoring wastewater treatment and odor control equipment, systems and processes in a wastewater treatment facility and/or collection system and conveyance system. Responsibilities include coordinating, training and providing technical expertise to other wastewater treatment operations staff and coordinating on-site responses to unusual occurrences and emergencies.
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- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- The candidate possesses the certification and licenses required at the classification level.
- The candidate has completed the required training.
- The candidate has achieved an above standard rating (3.6667 to 4.333) or higher on their last performance evaluations or probationary evaluation; and has successfully completed any/all formal performance improvement plans.
- The candidate has sufficient experience at the established level in critical areas and under the critical circumstance to demonstrate competent performance and the higher-level classifications.
- The candidate has passed, at the established level, any required knowledge skills, general competency and/or specific technical proficiency tests.
- The candidate has been free of discipline for a minimum of one year and all disciplinary issues are resolved to the satisfaction of the review board.
- Required work portfolio elements.
- Required Signoffs.
Required Supplemental Materials to be reviewed by the Job Progression Promotion Review Board:
- Pertinent copies of your licenses, certifications and training records.
- Supervisor support/endorsement form.
- A portfolio showing examples of your work, which shows your technical expertise, demonstrated leadership and readiness to be considered for progression to Wastewater Senior Operator. Examples include demonstrating knowledge of the function and major components for plant-wide gas, chlorination, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, odor control, electrical, water, air and hydraulic systems or training on the equipment and systems in the preliminary treatment, primary treatment, secondary and solids handling areas, and in the collection and conveyance system, etc.
- A list of employees who can verify your work, technical expertise and leadership in the work examples that you have identified. These employees will be surveyed by WTD-HR and asked to rate your performance, technical expertise and leadership in the situations that you identified.
Job Progression Promotion Review Board
Part 1 - Written Test, Interviews, Demonstrations/Working Tests, Review Portfolio (including feedback from others on tasks).
Part 2 - Trial Service Period - those recommended for progression to Senior Operator by the Job Progression Promotion Review Board must successfully complete a 6-months Trial Service Period, at the employee's same site/crew.
Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
- King County Application
- Supplemental Materials (Portfolio)
UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst
- Supplemental Information
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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
- submit proof of vaccination, or
- have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
- Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
- Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
- Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
- 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
- Generous vacation and paid sick leave
- Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
- Flexible Spending Account
- Wellness programs
- Onsite gyms and activity centers
- Employee giving program
- Employee assistance programs
- Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
- Training and career development programs
This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.
01Are you a King County Wastewater S.E.I.U., Local 925 Wastewater Treatment Operator?
02I have included the signed copy of my supervisor's support letter for my job progression in my portfolio.
03I have included the criteria checklist for my job progression in my portfolio.
04I have turned in my portfolio to the Wastewater Support Specialist at my treatment plant. (BY NOVEMBER 30, 2022).