Wastewater Treatment Operator - Nights

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

The Organization

At Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) we believe in enriching life through clean water and resource recovery. We are a passionate team of experts who work to recover resources and clean wastewater for return to nature 365 days a year through our innovative engineering, conservation leadership and recovery expertise.

Working at Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is more than just a paycheck. It is about taking care of the communities we live in. We are the unseen leaders protecting one of our most valuable resources, our water. When you think about your career and what you want to accomplish in your lifetime make the choice to do Work Worth Doing!

The Position

The Wastewater Treatment Operator is responsible for process control, including troubleshooting, monitoring and operation of the wastewater treatment plant.  This position will work a rotating 8 or 12 hour night shift from either 6:30 pm-2:30 am or 6:30 pm-6:30 am.

What You Will Love

    Being proud of the work you do and the impact is has on your community. Being part of an environmentally responsible and sustainable organization.

    A wide variety of work. You won't be bored and will have the opportunity to learn from experienced, talented coworkers.

    Working with your hands. No quiet desk job here. You do a variety of work with tools and equipment and in a variety of weather. If you like to be outside and stay moving this job is for you.

    Opportunity for growth and advancement. We train our employees and believe in internal advancement. We support and will pay for your Operator Certification and ongoing education.

What You Will Do

    Operates treatment facilities to control flow and processing of water/wastewater, sludge, and effluent

    Diagnoses operating problems and performs necessary corrective action during work shift

    Monitors gauges, meters, and control panels

    Observes variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings and test results to determine process adjustment requirements

    Operates valves and gates either manually or by remote control

    Starts and stops pump, engines, and generators to control and adjust flow and treatment processes

    Maintains shift log and records meter and gauge readings

    Collects samples and submit them to the lab

    Performs routine maintenance functions and custodial duties

    Makes operating decisions in absence of supervisory personnel

What We Are Looking For

To be successful in this job you must possess the following traits:

    Mechanical ability:  Demonstrates aptitude and competence in a broad range of trade skills through the use of hand tools, power tools, and the operation of equipment.

    Problem Solver: Demonstrates ability to use basic math skills and practical thinking to solve unique problems which may not have been encountered in the past. Looks for innovative solutions and has the confidence to present ideas to the rest of the team.

    Adaptable: Demonstrates flexibility in the face of change, projects a positive demeanor regardless of changes in working conditions, and shows the ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities without loss of composure.

    Self-Motivated: Able to independently, proactively and creatively seek solutions that meet the needs of the customer. Takes initiative and sees a project through to completion.


    Completion of a two or four-year program in wastewater treatment or a related science degree.

    State wastewater treatment plant operator certification is preferred. Applicants who are scheduled for an interview will be given a written test.

    A valid driver's license is required.

    Proven ability to work independently.

    Skilled in the safe use of hand and power tools, media blasting and painting, hoisting, rigging, and sewer cleaning equipment.

    Good oral and written communication skills.

    Basic computer and mathematics skills.

    Ability to work independently or as a part of a team and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.

    Certified in confined area entry procedures, CPR, and First Aid within the first six months of employment.

    Must successfully complete training in forklift operation, respiratory protection, lockout/tag out, and fire extinguisher operation within the first year of employment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is performed inside and outside the wastewater treatment facilities and at remote lift stations, with exposure to a variety of weather and working conditions. Required to use light hand tools and heavy power tools. Must be able to occasionally lift loads up to 50 pounds unassisted. Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, crouch, crawl, sit, twist, turn, climb ladders, work from scaffolding or lifting equipment, and work in very awkward positions for extended periods. Individuals in this position will work night shifts and will be subject to filling in for coworkers.

Pay and Benefits

This position starts at $28.59 and can grow up to $38.68. The District provides an excellent benefits package including quality health care, the Wisconsin Retirement System and generous time off. See our benefits summary at

How to Apply

Apply with an application or a cover letter and resume on our website, The position is open until filled and we are looking to fill it as soon as possible so don't wait on this exciting opportunity.

MMSD is committed to equity, diversity and inclusiveness and seeks to create a cooperative, welcoming community for all. Individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.

  • This position was posted on: 05-14-2020.
  • It will be removed on: 06-01-2020.