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$15.87 Hourly

Benefits Offered

Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“The District offers generous paid leave, a defined benefit pension, retirement health savings plan and 457 deferred income plan.”

FLSA Exempt: No

Starting Pay: $15.87 per hour plus shift differential and certification incentives

Location: Decatur Wastewater Treatment Plant

Shift: Various

Reports To: Operations Supervisor


The Operator in Training will rotate through assignments with varying shifts including: 1st, 2nd and 3rd including weekends to become familiar with all aspects of the district operations for up to two years. At the completion of training the shift will be assigned based on the needs of the District and seniority. We are a EOE and require a post-offer pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Duties and Responsibilities:

(Other duties may be assigned)

Reads and records meters and gauges or observes automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify operating conditions.

Operates and visually inspects equipment such as pumps, valves, chemical feed systems, and gates.

Writes and/or completes preventative and/or repair work orders.

Performs preventative and/or repair work of process equipment.

Records shift activity in operator’s logbooks and completes daily check sheets.

Assists plant operators and other departments with shut-downs, start-ups and maintenance activity.

Monitors the operation of the plant, interprets laboratory data and adjusts all aspects of the wastewater treatment process including preliminary, primary and secondary treatment, disinfection, land application and collection systems both manually in the field and via a computerized SCADA system.

Monitors and interprets alarms and takes appropriate action to resolve the reason for the alarm.

Checks for proper operation of all equipment in assigned work area.

Cleans and adjusts instrumentation.

Cleans tanks, weirs, screens, and buildings.

Operates sludge lagoon equipment and assists with land application of biosolids.

Recommends plant process adjustment and modifications.

General housekeeping.

Collects and analyze samples.

Fills in on any shift on any day with advanced notification as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or general education degree (GED) is required. Must have experience and working knowledge in the operation of computers. Experience in operating in a water, wastewater or an industrial facility is preferred, but not required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Illinois EPA Certificate of Competency as a Class 4 Wastewater Treatment Works Operator within two years of appointment. Must have a valid Illinois Driver’s license.

Failure to successfully obtain or maintain required licenses will prevent advancement and could result in termination.

Sanitary District of Decatur

About Sanitary District of Decatur:

The Sanitary District of Decatur is a unit of local government and was organized 1917. The District has approximately 31,850 customers. Customers are divided into three categories: residential, commercial and industrial. While residential customers are the largest group in number, industrial customers account for about two-thirds of user fee revenue. The treatment plant is designed to treat 41 MGD during dry weather flow and has a maximum capacity of 125 MGD during wet weather events. In 2018, a staff of 55 full time employees treated an average of 26.4 million gallons per day (MGD) and a maximum flow of 116.6 MGD.

The District offers generous paid leave, a defined benefit pension, retirement health savings plan and 457 deferred income plan. "Equal Opportunity Employer"

Company website:

Company address: 501 S Dipper Lane

Posted date: 20 days ago

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