Utility Field Operator - Grafton

Village of Grafton

The Village of Grafton Water and Wastewater Utility is seeking candidates to fill a new full-time position as a Utility Field Operator.  The ideal candidate will have heavy equipment operation skills and past work experience and knowledge of water mains, sanitary sewers, lifts stations, and water towers.  Applicants should also have a CDL with air brakes and tanker endorsements or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.  Confined space work, emergency call-outs, weekend and holiday rotation work are part of this position’s job responsibilities. Please refer to the complete job description for a detailed list of responsibilities, requirements, physical demands and work environment. 

The 2019 pay range for this non-represented position is $21.98/hour - $29.72/hour.  Starting wage rate will be dependent on qualifications and will include a competitive benefits package.  Selected applicant will undergo a background check, drug test and various job-related physical exam evaluations.  Active involvement as a volunteer fire fighter with the Grafton Fire Department is encouraged; however, not required.

Applications are available by clicking the icon above or at Village Hall. Please return your application to Village Hall, 860 Badger Circle, Grafton, WI 53024 or The position will remain open until Thursday, January 31st.

The Village of Grafton is an equal opportunity employer.




Class Title: Utility Operator                                                             Grade Number: 13

Department: Water & Wastewater Utility                                     Union: NA

Date: January 2019                                                                         Location: 1900 Ninth Avenue



Performs a variety of tasks pertinent to the operation and maintenance of the Village’s water pumping, storage and distribution facilities and wastewater conveyance pumping and collections facilities, with peripheral duties extending into the Village’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) as called upon.



Will receive work assignments, instructions and job evaluations primarily from the Field Operations Coordinator and Utility Superintendent.  May also receive assignments and instructions from the Facility Operations Coordinator and Director of Public Works.






Will provide both primary or secondary duties and responsibilities in the areas identified as directed by Utility supervisory personnel.


Well buildings, water pumping and chemical addition:

·                        Complete daily site visits to each well location, logging operational and          maintenance activity data and visual inspection of site.

·                        Operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of well and booster pumping    equipment including related instrumentation and controls.

·                        Operation and maintenance of water treatment chemical feed and storage     systems; adjustment of dosages and residual sampling.

·                        Ensure accurate well house master meter accuracy per state requirements; test        and repair as necessary.

·                        General well building upkeep including interior and exterior cleaning, painting and               minor repairs.

·                        Perform well and water tower site grounds keeping including general landscaping,               snow removal and salting.

·                        Monitor operation and maintenance of all well generators; exercise as needed.

·                        Perform air stripping tower and reservoir tank operation and maintenance.


Water distribution system activities:

·                        Perform hydrant flushing, maintenance, replacements and fire flow testing as          required.

·                        Operate and exercise system mainline and service valves; perform valve and curb   box maintenance and repairs as required.

·                        Provide assistance with water meter purchase, installation, testing, repair,     reading, and appointment scheduling.

·                        Assist with completion of Diggers Hotline locate request orders and associated               recordkeeping.

·                        Perform collection and analysis of water samples as required for Safe Drinking        Water Act (SDWA) compliance monitoring and chemical feed control (fluoride,     chlorine, and poly-phosphates).

·                        Perform Clearwater and cross connection control inspections.

·                        Assist with water system infrastructure repairs as required.


Sanitary sewer lift stations:

·                        Complete daily site visits to each lift station location; logging operational and                          maintenance activity data and visual inspection of site.

·                        Operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of lift station pumping equipment,       valves, mixing systems, instrumentation and controls.

·                        Monitor operation and maintenance of all lift station generators; exercise as needed.

·                        Maintain lift station buildings through regular interior and exterior cleanings; perform               minor structural repairs as necessary.

·                        Perform lift station site grounds keeping including general landscaping, snow          removal and salting.


Sanitary sewer collection system:

·                        Assist with the cleaning, rodding and televising of sanitary sewers.

·                        Set-up, operate, maintain and repair portable flow meter and sampling equipment.

·                        Perform weekly and monthly sanitary manhole inspections.

·                        Assist with sanitary sewer collection system repairs as necessary.


General Utility work activities:

·                        Perform reading and recording data from meters and gauges; active interface with   SCADA system as necessary.  Perform SCADA trouble-shooting and repair or repair coordination as necessary.

·                        Perform both field and Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) activities, including    lab work, required during weekend and holiday work rotation.

·                        Respond to both normal work hour and off-hour issues, alarms and other      emergencies as directed or assigned.

·                        Participate in daily staff meetings and submit weekly work schedule suggestions.

·                        Perform any other operation, maintenance or custodial work as requested by               supervisory personnel.

Performs any other maintenance, operation or custodial work as requested by supervisory staff.

As requested, assists plant operations staff with maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of the wastewater treatment plant equipment.

As requested, performs reading and recording of data from meters, gages, trend charts; monitoring and active interfacing with both the WWTP and field SCADA systems as necessary.


Performs SCADA trouble-shooting and repair or repair coordination as necessary or directed by supervisory staff.

As requested, serves as confined space entry team member for below-ground lift station inspections, wastewater tankage and vault entry, sanitary sewer manhole entry and all other Utility designated permit-required confined spaces.

Regular full-time attendance at this position is required.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and supplemented by two
(2) years of college or vocational training in one or more of the following areas of study: wastewater treatment plant operation, environmental science, biology, or a closely related field.

Course work in environmental sciences, water & wastewater treatment/operations, or a closely related field.
·         Any equivalent combination of education and experience.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Thorough knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in the operations and maintenance of public wastewater treatment and sewer collection systems, water supply and distribution systems, and the ability to perform necessary maintenance and repairs of those facilities and systems.

·         Ability to read, follow and comprehend electrical wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams and schematics.

·         Working knowledge of rules and regulations which affect Utility operations and activities.

·         Skill in operation of the tools and equipment listed below under “TOOLS AND      EQUIPMENT USED”.

·         Ability to handle a variety of duties without close supervision.

·         Ability to apply common sense understanding in carrying out instructions whether oral, written or in diagrammatic form.

·         Ability to perform typical mathematical calculations as required for water and wastewater systems operational control and evaluation.

·         Ability to interpret technical manuals of operation, standard operating procedures, equipment specifications and technical bulletins.

·         Demonstrate working knowledge of SCADA and PC computer equipment with proficient use of current productivity software such as MS Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.



·         Must possess a valid state driver’s licenses and have own vehicle with minimum Village required insurance coverage.

·         Possess or have the ability to obtain CDL Class B with N (Tanker) endorsement within six (6) months of hire.

·      WDNR Certification as Waterworks Operator -- Grade 1: Subclasses G,D,V or ability to obtain within (18) eighteen months of hire; is desirable.

·         WDNR Certification as Wastewater Operator – Basic: Subclass SS or strong desire to achieve.

·         Employee will be assigned rotating weekend (approximately one weekend every seven weeks) and holiday duty as scheduled by supervisory staff.

·         While on assigned weekend and holiday duty, serve as first point of contact and respond to all Utility-related emergencies as they arise.

·         Must reside within twenty (20) miles of the Village of Grafton boundaries within one year from the date of hire. 



Knowledge of operation and use of motorized vehicles and equipment including: pick-up truck,  vac-all truck with hydro-excavating tools, backhoe, excavator, portable generators and pumps, air compressors, gauges, other monitoring and detection devices, various safety equipment, a variety of lab equipment, mobile radio, SCADA and PC computer equipment.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job which can be described as medium to heavy work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to walk; talk or hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.


The employee is required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds on occasion. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  The employee must adjust to a variety of duties which include working in concert with others and also working alone and apart in physical isolation from others.


While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee will work both inside and outside and may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee will work regularly near moving mechanical parts and may occasionally work in high precarious places with risk of bodily injury.


The job’s noise level as associated with operation and maintenance of municipal well, lift station and WWTP facilities can be described as moderately loud.



Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interviews, background check, reference check, physical ability, alcohol/drug screening, and pre-employment medical examination.


Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the Desired Minimum Qualifications and have Wisconsin Firefighter 1 certification and/or current Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

  • This position was posted on: 01-10-2019.
  • It will be removed on: 02-01-2019.