Wastewater Senior Operator-in-charge (SOIC) SP Day Ops

King County   Renton, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on July 28, 2020

WHO MAY APPLY: This is an internal posting that is only open to SEIU Local 925 Wastewater Treatment Sr. Operators with a Group III Wastewater Treatment Certification issued by Washington State Department of Ecology. Selection will follow Article 8.7 of the CBA. This is a non-permanent Senior Operator in Charge vacancy and is expected to last 3 years.

WTD is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County. King County and WTD value life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Division Values:

  • Safety: We protect ourselves and others before all other priorities. Safety is a virtue to be instilled in each of us.
  • Innovation: We foster a creative environment where employees openly and enthusiastically search for new ways to improve our work.
  • Spirit of Service: We reliably and equitably deliver exceptional products and services to our customers and communities all day, every day.
  • Empowered Teams: We respect, trust, collaborate and communicate openly – embracing problems and conflict as opportunities to create solutions.
  • Communication: We listen to and share with each other timely, accurate and clear information to ensure the effective performance of our work.
  • Cultivate Mastery: We provide opportunities to encourage each other to reach our highest level of performance within an inclusive, positive, fun work environment.
  • Financial Accountability: We are responsible stewards of public dollars.

WORK SCHEDULE: The treatment plants are operated 24/7. This position is currently assigned to work a 4 x 10 schedule, work hours of 6:00 am - 4:30 pm. Applicants must be available to work any and all assigned shift schedules. This position is overtime eligible.

Job Duties

JOB SUMMARY: The Senior Operator-in-Charge (SOIC) assigned to Day Operation is responsible for leading a crew of 6-8 Plant Operators, working in coordination with plant operations and maintenance, scheduling plant-related operations maintenance, and assisting with start & stop of co-generation and HRSG systems. In addition, the SOIC coordinates and schedules shift crew relief as necessary, planning, scheduling, coordinating, directing, monitoring and reviewing a crew's daily work, attends to the assigned treatment process and/or special projects. This SOIC will oversee the Day Operations team and will be a non-permanent three-year assignment.


  • Support the East Section Day Operations team with planning, scheduling, coordinating, monitoring and reviewing the daily work of the crew.
  • Coordinate with other work groups and prepare reports for assigned system or process.
  • Assist supervisor in performance feedback and evaluation of personnel; make recommendations on performance improvement measures.
  • Identify and work with others (supervisor and/or other staff) in purchasing supplies and equipment; maintain inventory; ensure purchasing procedures are followed and provide data for budget forecasting.
  • Coordinate and provide technical expertise on large special projects.
  • Plan, schedule and prioritize work orders with other divisions, departments and agencies.
  • Coordinate on-site responses to unusual occurrences and emergencies.
  • Serve as a technical resource for assigned area, system or process. Respond to questions from other work crews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of project management techniques and principles.
  • Advanced knowledge to manually start and stop equipment, systems and processes at all levels of control.
  • Advanced knowledge with operating, monitoring, maintaining and training on plant-wide gas, chlorination, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, odor control, electrical, water, air and hydraulic equipment and systems.
  • Advanced knowledge with operating, monitoring, maintaining and training on the equipment and systems in the preliminary treatment area, primary treatment area, secondary area and solids handling area, and in the collection and conveyance system.
  • Knowledge of purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the application of safety policies, procedures and practices for confined-space entry, fall protection, hazard communication, recognition and control, hazardous energy control, emergency response and evacuation, accident prevention, hearing conservation, back injury prevention, respiratory protection, fire safety, department facilities and operations, forklift training, overhead cranes, and plant-specific and department-wide safety information.
  • Skill in managing written and/or computerized information systems including logs, reports, laboratory and process data, trouble reports and work requests.
  • Knowledge of and skill in applying leadership techniques and principles.
  • Skill in oral and written communication techniques and principles and the ability to apply this skill to read, write and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Skill in maintaining and establishing effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals in varying occupations, the general public and other workgroups.
  • Skill in facilitating short-term workload planning, budgeting, training and performance management.
  • Skill in the application of business principles for a team environment, including the business planning process, the establishment of standards and feedback, communication, listening and feedback, conflict resolution, effective team meetings, problem-solving, decision making and facilitation.
  • Advanced troubleshooting skills for complex wastewater treatment systems and processes and complex odor control systems.
  • Skill in operating and providing training on specialized equipment such as forklifts, vactor trucks, portable pumps, cranes, generators and safety equipment.
  • Washington State Group III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator or higher issued by the D.O.E.
  • Washington State Driver's License

Supplemental Information

The position requires the ability to work all shift schedules and required to report to work during adverse and inclement weather conditions. Incumbents perform fieldwork at one or more wastewater treatment plant(s), collection system pump and regulator stations and associated facilities and are required to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, use stairways and ladders, and there is exposure to biological and chemical hazards and noxious odors.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by Wastewater S.E.I.U. Local 925.

SELECTION PROCESS: This selection will follow Local 925's CBA Article 8.7 (Senior Operator-in-Charge). Reviews of performance appraisals, personnel files, internal reference, BT / Vacation usage logs, etc. will also be conducted prior to any final job offer.


For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rijul Bhaskar
Senior Human Resource Analyst



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
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

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.

Are you a current Wastewater S.E.I.U. Local 925 Senior Wastewater operator?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a Washington Group III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification or higher from the Washington State Department of Ecology?
  • Yes
  • No

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