Wastewater Operations Specialist

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland, OR


This position performs a variety of specialized technical tasks in support of Operations staff within the Wastewater Group of the Bureau of Environmental Services. Work involves the gathering of data from shift reports collected from the treatment facilities, and processing that data into a variety of regulatory and operations reports. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performance of process control functions, NPDES spreadsheet summaries, plant operations records, periodic reports and personnel schedules. Wastewater Operations Specialists work on the following within the Operations Division:

  • Participate in long and short-term projects
  • Conduct, and oversee process experiments
  • Carry out product testing
  • Solve complex operating issues
  • Support other crafts in performing and preparing for maintenance tasks
  • Researching new technologies
  • Conducting facility tours

Wastewater Operations Specialists support the Operations staff by assisting in process areas, planning and carrying out lockout/tag-out procedures, producing SOP's and procedural documents for Operations staff and many other Operations related activities. All work is carried out under general supervision with a heavy emphasis on coordination with all plant staff.

It is also desired, but not required, that the applicant possesses an Oregon Level III or above Treatment certification.  The successful applicant must have the ability to quickly familiarize themselves with plant processes and act as a system expert within the Operations Division.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge pertaining to operation of a wastewater treatment facility, including treatment technology, process control, process performance parameters, laboratory sampling and analysis and control system logic.
  2. Skill using computer software, including MS Office and wastewater treatment facility maintenance management programs.
  3. Skills in oral and written communications, including report writing.
  4. Ability to maintain databases and manage software with special attention to regulatory requirements.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and to work constructively as a team.