City of Snoqualmie

While City government is focused on protecting the unique character of Snoqualmie and its surrounding environment, economic development initiatives are vigorous. Snoqualmie is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington state with a current population of approximately 14,000 residents. To build economic sustainability, the Mayor, City Council and community are working together to encourage thoughtful and measured growth and development. Snoqualmie is dedicated to being a leader in small city livability and business growth. The City operates under a Mayor/ Council form of government, with the City Administrator serving as the Chief Operating Officer.

Lead Operator - Wastewater

$5,798 - $6,915/month plus benefits

The Lead Operator is a union position in the Sr. Operator classification under direct supervision of the operator in direct responsible charge of the sewage system, the Wastewater Superintendent. 

The Lead Operator leads completion of skilled work in the operation of the City of Snoqualmie sewer and water reclamation treatment facilities, reuse water transmission, collection systems, and storm conveyance maintenance systems on an assigned shift. The Lead operators also participate in the overall operational planning, proper functioning of assigned work on a team where the Parks & Public Works Director is the head of the Department.


The below duties are not inclusive of all duties, and as such, this position may perform other duties as assigned.

 Responsible for leading operations of all assigned areas within the wastewater division. 
 Operates, monitors and repairs automation and control computer systems at division facilities.
 Monitor processes and leads the operations team in issuing appropriate adjustments to the systems to ensure plant effluent meets established federal, state and local standards.
 Assigns employees to perform various operational tasks as needed.  May order maintain and account for supplies/materials.
 Ability to program, calibrate, and validate field sensors such as pH, ORP, DO, UVAS, and Turbidity analyzers climb ladders, use SCBAs, fall arrest equipment, and work in confined spaces.
 Ability to keep detailed and organized records related work assignments.  Ability to utilize computerized asset management systems and input accurate data.
 Responsible for instructing staff in proper plant operational techniques and procedures to include assisting in the development of operations staff and fostering a safety minded force.
 Coordinates operations with maintenance crews and manufactures involved with the installation, testing debugging and repair of division equipment.
 Works closely with the Superintendent to coordinate operational and maintenance activities. 
 Operations, monitors, and repairs 24-hour emergency monitoring supervisory control and data acquisition systems for division facilities and makes modifications as needed.
 The Lead Operator is accountable for ensuring the treatment on conveyance systems are operated at the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness.
 This position is a working fully skilled operator responsible for leading, performing, coordinating and reviewing processes at the plant to ensure clean water; while participating in the overall operational planning and management of the division facilities and provide continuity of service and relief to the RCW 70A.212.030 “OIRC” Operator in responsible charge during times of leave.
 May work weekends and holidays and may be required to respond and assist in the event of an emergency, including assisting other Public Works Divisions
 Storm conveyance maintenance is defined as detention pond sediment cleaning, catch basin cleaning, conveyance pipe cleaning and repairs, control structure/flow restrictor cleaning, and storm filter replacements.


General Minimum Qualifications:  Be at least 18 years of age
 Six years of increasingly responsible experience in operating and maintaining water reclamation facility. Perform onsite written and or skills tests.
 Demonstrated history of leading and performing work efficiently under pressure while maintaining professional relationships with staff.

Education and Experience:
 High school diploma or equivalent
 Three (3) or more years of experience performing complex operational and maintenance tasks in the diagnosis of water reclamation equipment and processes
 Any combination of prior education and experience which would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the essential functions of the job

Licensing and Certification:
 Valid Washington State Driver’s License with driving record free of serious or frequent violations
 Valid Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III License.
 Successful completion of criminal background check 
 Valid certificate of vaccination against COVID, including booster

Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of:
 The principles, practices, materials and operating procedures pertinent to the operations and maintenance of municipal wastewater facilities, including legal, technical and organization aspects. 
 The process of activated sludge wastewater treatment to include tertiary treatment for reclamation.
 Electrical and mechanical troubleshooting in wastewater systems.  The health and safety hazards and precautions common to sewage facilities.

Ability to:
 Operate and maintain sewer systems
 Perform working lead duties to repair and operate technical sewerage systems.
 Communicate and express ideas effectively verbally and in writing with respect and appropriate etiquette with supervisors, peers, colleagues, and the public
 Analyze and act on a variety of data and instrument readings and respond quickly to plant problems.
 Meet physical requirements of the position
 Work in a team and independently as needed, and prioritize work to meet required deadlines
 Accurately log instrument readings and operational information.
 Perform any operations or maintenance task in the sewer system
 Perform moderately strenuous physical tasks while using an SCBA
 Move throughout multi-levels of the plant using stairs and ladders and work in small confined spaces while crouching stooping or kneeling while maintaining physical strength and finger dexterity.
 Work an extended schedule beyond that of scheduled hours as needed

 Read and interpret operations and maintenance manuals and blueprints and communicate in writing.

Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work is in several different environments within the system often moving from indoor to outdoor workstations. Operators work in inclement weather, sewer lines, tight spaces and near large mechanical equipment. Some portions of the facilities will be hot and constrained.

Physical Demands: Due to the size and configuration of the treatment facilities, the ability to climb stairs, ladders, and a fair amount of agility are required. There are health and safety hazards associated with working near high voltages pumps and generators; contact with combustible, corrosive and/or toxic chemicals and gasses and health hazards associated with working in or around raw sewage. The facilities are in continuous operation 24 hours per day, seven days per week.


Medical, Dental, Vision premiums 100% paid by City 

Public Employees Retirement System

Deferred Compensation with up to $200/month match from City

Job Posted 1/27/2022

Hiring Manager

Kim Johnson


Phone: 425-888-8004

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