Water Treatment Operator

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration.

Seattle Public Utilities is seeking a Water Treatment Operator to perform maintenance and sustainability of water treatment, delivery of water treatment chemicals, maintenance of water treatment feed, and monitoring equipment to ensure the City of Seattle meets Washington State Department of Health standards. This position is a part of the Drinking Water Quality Division within the Water Line of Business.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU's work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), check out the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Operates water treatment equipment to maintain established concentrations of chlorine, fluoride, and corrosion control chemicals in the water being treated and adjusts chemical feed rates as necessary.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair of water treatment equipment.
  • Performs water sample tests for chlorine, fluoride, pH, alkalinity, temperature, turbidity, and related routine water conditions.
  • Monitor chlorine residuals and corrosion control chemicals throughout the water system.
  • Perform routine maintenance and record keeping for accurate reporting and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Assist in the delivery and transport of water treatment chemicals throughout the city.
  • Has basic knowledge of the principles of water treatment processes and the operation of pumps, motors, and related water treatment equipment to meet the state standard of our water quality throughout our distribution system.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs of water treatment building, water quality analyzers, sample stands, and flushing station.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Experience: One (1) year experience in water utility, treatment, distribution, transmission, military or related experience OR
Education: One (1) year of education in an approved waterworks training program

OR a combination of education and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work (e.g., science college courses or programs, construction and repair work, working in a laboratory, working for a public water system).


  • Must have a current State of Washington Driver's license or ability to obtain the license prior to start date.

Certification and other Requirements:

  • Must be willing to attain a Water Distribution Manager Class I Certification within twelve months of appointment for continued employment. The City will cover the cost of certification and associated training.

The Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Water, Wastewater or Stormwater Treatment experience.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and grow within the field.
  • Skilled handy person with knowledge of the electrical, plumbing, and pipe fitting trades.
  • Experience with Maximo and PeopleSoft software.
  • Demonstrated reliability, follow through, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Critical thinking skills for anticipating events and solving problems, both independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with diverse co-workers, community members, vendors and agencies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and with written documentation.

Working Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Schedule is typically Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Stand-by work required on a rotational basis.
  • Position requires working some evenings, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Requires lifting heavy objects, up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires walking, stand, sit, or bend for extended periods of time and work in confined spaces.
  • Requires to work outdoors at times, in all types of weather.
  • Requires driving to remote locations daily throughout the water system, pulling a trailer at times.
  • Occasionally work at heights up to 100 feet above ground level.

Additional Information
The full salary range for this position is $30.77 - $34.57 Hourly.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Uma Suseelan at Uma.Suseelan@seattle.gov
Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page www.seattle.gov/util/.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 9/19/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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