Author Topic: City of South Hutchinson, Kansas Seeking Applicants for Wastewater Operator  (Read 352 times)


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The City of South Hutchinson, Kansas has an employment opportunity for a KDHE Certified Class 2 Wastewater Operator who has experience operating an Activated Sludge Nutrient Removal Plant and collections experience. Pay range is $13.96 to $23.77/hr., depending on Qualifications.

The City of South Hutchinson offers health, dental and vision insurance along with supplemental insurance also. Benefits include paid sick leave, and one (1) week paid vacation after six (6) months of employment. Uniforms are provided.

To apply come to South Hutchinson City Hall at 2 South Main to fill out an application or pick up an application.


Class Title:   Wastewater Operator II (Maintenance II)   
Department:   Public Works   
Salary Schedule:  Hourly, Non-Exempt   Range: Step 1($13.77) Ė Step 19 ($23.44)


The Wastewater Operator II works to ensure proper running of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and lift stations, maintaining sewer lines and performing equipment repairs.

Works under the direct supervision of the Wastewater Supervisor and senior wastewater operator; Works under the general supervision of the City Superintendent.

Generally none

 - Assists in operation of Wastewater Treatment Plant
 - Assists in maintaining lift stations and collection lines
 - Operates heavy equipment and machinery including back hoes loaders, tractors, mowers, generators, and Vactor truck
 - Assists in performing laboratory analysis
 - Samples and assists in testing effluent from industries discharging into city sewer
 - Performs mowing and tilling of sludge field
 - Performs maintenance on sewer truck, generator, Vactor truck & other equipment
 - Assists in performing One Call utility locates
 - Responds to emergency situations and calls for service on a call out basis

Provide assistance to other City departments as needed

Perform other duties as assigned by the City Superintendent


Must be 21 years of age

No Felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.

Three years of public works experience with the City of South Hutchinson or like public entity

U.S. Citizen.

High School diploma or GED

Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six months of employment.


Problems solving ability as it relates to the biological chemical operation of a wastewater facility.

Ability to operate basic municipal equipment including trucks, tractors, mowers, loaders, dump trucks and hand tools as it relates to the maintenance of machinery and equipment.

Ability to use basic math and laboratory skills to assist in the workings of the facility.

Working knowledge of best practices in water systems, street systems and storm water systems

Familiar with the applicable laws, ordinances and department rules and regulations. 

Should possess strong oral and written communication skills.

Capable of problem solving encountered in various situations and functions of the position

Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Kansas driverís license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

Must possess or be able to obtain within six months of hire, a valid Kansas Commercial Driverís license (CDL) without record or suspension or revocation in any state

Certification as a Wastewater System Class 2 Operator as determined by KDHE Bureau of Water Resources Technical Services Section

Confined space entry and rescue certification preferred. Certification must be completed as soon as course is available

Ability to pass and maintain all physical activity requirements as deemed relevant and necessary to perform the job functions set forth herein. Periodic testing and training on physical standards will be provided at the discretion of the City Superintendent, City Administrator or any designee of the administrator.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, run, drive, see, hear, speak, use hands, climb kneel, smell and other similar types of functions.

The employee may occasionally be required to lift and/or move more than 75 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Potentially adverse working conditions exist in this position. Wastewater positions are exposed to small and large equipment and machinery; hazardous chemicals, bodily fluids, potential blood borne pathogens, ultra-violet lights and electricity; confined space areas, heights, areas of excessive noise and all types of weather conditions. Hazardous, strenuous and potentially dangerous situations may arise in specific types of settings one may encounter. All hazardous, toxic or corrosive chemicals must be handled in accordance with the Cityís established safety protocols.

Employee must be able to work or fill for all shifts and available for callouts as needed. General hours of work for this position will be Tuesday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm unless otherwise prescribed by the City Superintendent. Work hours are subject to change as needed.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

I have read this position description and understand its contents.

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