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Job Title:Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army Installation Management Command

Job Announcement Number:SWEM149184091091111D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$21.98 to $25.72 / Per Hour


Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Riley, KS View Map


United States Citizens and ICTAP


Not Applicable




Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
·         Performs a variety of duties pertaining to the repair, maintenance, and operation of wastewater treatment plants, industrial wastewater systems, wastewater lift stations, and related functions.

·         Directorate of Public Works

·         Operations and Maintenance Division

·         Utilities Shop

·         Fort Riley, KS


This position is being reviewed for possible privatization. If the decision to pursue privatization is made, this position could be subject to a Reduction in Force. 

Who May Apply:

·  United States Citizens




  • Not Required


  • No


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    ·         Operates secondary wastewater treatment plants with various types of valves, pumps, comminutors, digestors, heat exchangers, and other controls and equipment to move wastewater through various stages of treatment.

    ·         Collects wastewater samples at prescribed areas of the treatment plants and tests samples for temperature, ph, settable solids, and suspended solids.

    ·         Makes adjustments to hydraulic and biological environments in the treatment plants.

    ·         Controls environment in filters and digestors to promote bacteria growth.

    ·         Records flow data, hour readings, and other information daily on plant operation sheets.

    ·         Operates and services equipment associated with treatment plants such as pumps, auxiliary engines, generator units, filters, flow controllers, and clarifiers.

    ·         Operates lift stations to bring wastewater from low areas into the gravity system.

    ·         Operates industrial reclaiming plant to prepare wastewater for secondary waste treatment process.

    ·         Performs operator maintenance on lift stations and plant equipment, such as valves, pumps, motors, control systems, and related machinery.


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    Screen Out Element:

    ·         The ability to perform the duties of a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator without more than normal supervision.


    ·         Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, Etc.

    ·         Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plant Equipment

    ·         Technical Practices (Theoretical, Precise, Artistic)

    ·         Use of Measuring Instruments

    ·         Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, Etc.

    ·         Dexterity and Safety

    Physical effort:

    ·         Works in strained positions while cleaning and repairing equipment.

    ·         Works on ladders, in holes, and climbs stairs frequently.

    ·         Work requires pulling, pushing, stooping, kneeling, twisting, bending, considerable walking, standing on concrete floors and lifting in tiring and uncomfortable positions.

    ·         Works from ladder, scaffolding, platforms, or in pits, wet wells and manholes where parts of systems being repaired are in hard to reach places.

    ·         Uses above average physical effort when turning valves, loading or unloading, stacking or emptying chemicals into feeders and storage areas.

    ·         Carries 100-pound sacks or drums up stairs.

    ·         Frequently lifts, carries and sets up parts, equipment or supplies weighing 100 pounds or more.

    Working Conditions:

    ·         Works inside and outside in all kinds of weather conditions including during storms with exposure to snow, rain, wind, etc.



    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Obtain (within one year from the date hired) and maintain a State of Kansas Class III Wastewater Plant Operator Certification.
    • Possess and maintain a valid Class B Commercial Driver's License.
    • Works rotating shifts, days, nights, weekends, and holidays.
    • Ability to lift, carry, and move objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
    • Pre-employment/Annual physicals are required.
    • Random drug testing requirements



    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
    • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.


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    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.


    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.



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    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

    If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1091111. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA SWR Fort Riley
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    Bldg 319
    Fort Riley, KS


    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

    If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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