Water/Wastewater Plant Trainee – Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement

Job Title

Water/Wastewater Plant Trainee

Job Description

Skilled work in the operation of a water/wastewater treatment plant. This is work learning the fundamentals of water and/or wastewater treatment plant operation under the supervision of a certified licensed plant operator. After instruction and orientation, the trainee will be expected to perform routine work as performed by a certified licensed plant operator. Work involves responsibility for the efficient operation of a treatment plant and routine adjustments to equipment and machinery operating controls , requiring some independent judgement in making adjustments to machinery, equipment and related control apparatus in accordance with established procedures and standards. Work also to include grounds and building maintenance.


Pay range is $12.87 to $20.26. It is a non- exempt position.


The Town provides 100% paid employee health insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability, life and accidental death insurance. The Town also provides 50% paid dependent health insurance, a 401a retirement plan that is fully vested after three years, paid time off, and paid holidays. Employees have the option of purchasing additional life insurance, short-term disability insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, and vision insurance at reduced rates.

Closing Date

This position will remain open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs work activities associated with the water/wastewater treatment plant(s) as assigned. Ensures safe, effective operation of plant facilities.
  2. Conducts frequent and periodic inspections of plant to detect malfunctions and coordinates corrective actions.
  3. Ensures maintenance of accurate and complete records on plant operation in support of the licensed plant operator.
  4. Executes work and maintenance schedules, ensures that building, grounds and equipment are maintained in proper condition.
  5. Assists in formulating and implementing practice rules, techniques and procedures.
  6. Ensures safe use of all chemicals and mechanical treatment-related supplies.
  7. Reads and records daily plant parameters and equipment readings. Makes adjustments to the equipment in coordination with plant operator.
  8. Implements interior and exterior building maintenance, housekeeping chores, and grounds maintenance tasks.
  9. Performs preventative and emergency maintenance on all electrical and mechanical plant systems.
  10. Requires shift work, holiday work, weekend work, and on-call duties when needed.
  11. May require physical labor activities including locating utility lines, valve and fire hydrant exercising, assisting other staff with water and sewer line repairs, or other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  12. May require assisting with developing and distributing boil water notices to customers.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ability to operate light equipment; to learn and understand all phases of field service; to assist in all phases of utilities water and sewer; to work well with others; and to communicate well with office staff and customers.
  2. Some knowledge of water line repairs, customer service and equipment maintenance.
  3. General computer operating skills such as typing correspondence, email, and memorandums.
  4. Experience using hand tools and some record keeping.
  5. Understanding of methods of water distribution or wastewater collection.
  6. Understanding environmental safety as it pertains to community health and well-being.
  7. Ability to inspect machinery and other mechanical equipment in operation and to detect flows and defects in operation.
  8. Ability to read meters and charts accurately and to maintain records.

Education and Experience

  1. High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) equivalency.
  2. At least one year or more experience in manual labor, including operation of small equipment and some maintenance.


  • Valid Florida Driver’s License
  • High school graduate or equivalent diploma is required. Must be at least 18 years old as required by Florida statutes.
  • Preference is given to applicants with a completed state approved correspondence course and a passing score on the State of Florida Water or Wastewater Class "C" Operator exam. Or must possess either a Class A, Class B or Class C Water or Wastewater License issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulations; copy must be submitted with application.
  • Class “C” Certificate (Water/Wastewater) as issued by the State of Florida must be obtained within a timeframe specified by the supervisor or risk termination.

Essential Physical Skills

  • Must be able to operate construction equipment.
  • Pulling, pushing, walking, standing, kneeling, bending, balancing, and stooping
  • Ability to communicate with individuals in person and telephonically
  • Moderate lifting, carry, and moving (15 to 44 pounds)
  • Climbing
  • Distinguish colors
  • Driving


Employment applications for vacant positions may be submitted at Town Hall or by email. Each application must include the position title, and each position requires a separate application.

All submitted materials are subject to public disclosure by the Florida Public Records Act. The Town is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.


Human Resources
409 Fennell Blvd.
Lady Lake, FL. 32159

352-751-0230 (Fax)
[email protected]


Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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