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Water System Operator I, II, III or Trainee

Oconee County Water Resources

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CLASSIFICATION TITLE:  Water System Operator III   


Salary Starting at $33,661 (based on qualifications and experience)

Apply online at or in person at our Human Resources Office: 23 N. Main Street - Watkinsville, GA 30677 (706-769-3938)

The purpose of this classification is to perform specialized work functions associated with wastewater treatment plant operations, testing, and maintenance and to perform specialized work functions associated with maintaining chemical levels of water wells in compliance with federal, state and local standards.  This position reports to the Water System Supervisor.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Manages/maintains water wells in compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; troubleshoots problems; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

Responds to complaints and questions related to water quality or other department operations; provides information, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.

Collects water samples from various locations throughout the county for laboratory analysis; records incoming samples; analyzes water for proper residual.

Performs inhouse testing of water/wastewater samples to ensure proper levels of chlorine and other chemicals in the water system. Monitors chemical levels; analyzes dosages on chemical tanks; distributes chemicals at each point in system.

Records instrument readings and test results.

Monitors autocon/telemetry on three elevation tanks; monitors parameters. Monitors production rates at each point; tallies production usage of systems.

Performs repair and maintenance on well structures, hypochlorinators, valves, water mains, service lines, sewer lines, pipe work, and leaks; shuts down water systems for line repairs.

Transports, loads and unloads various equipment and materials used in projects.

Maintains logs, charts and records of test results, readings, and other data.

Performs various tasks related to water treatment operations, which may include checking wells, preparing reagents, sterilizing laboratory equipment, and cleaning laboratory facilities.

Performs various manual work functions associated with department projects and activities, which may include inspecting potential leaks, flushing water systems, backwashing filter systems, reading meters, mowing grass, re-seeding grass, planting/pruning shrubs, digging holes/trenches, shoveling materials, lifting/moving heavy materials, and flagging traffic.

Operates a variety of equipment, machinery and tools used in department projects and activities, which may include a spectrophotometer, colorimeter, and diagnostic instruments, utility truck, backhoe, bush hog, trencher, soil packer, autocon, electric pump, withdrawal point pumps, hand pumps, rodding equipment, water conditioning equipment, hypochlorinator, gauges, test kits, meters, shovel, rake, plumbing tools, mechanic tools, and radio communications equipment; performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep equipment and tools in operable condition, such as inspecting equipment, checking fluid levels, replacing fluids, washing/cleaning equipment, and cleaning work areas; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment.

Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections as appropriate; utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, or other software programs.

Generates manual and/or computerized reports; balances reports; analyzes data and identifies trends; submits reports to appropriate individuals or agencies; forwards or retains reports as appropriate.

Compiles and/or monitors various data pertaining to test departmental activities; performs research as needed; makes applicable calculations; analyzes trends; prepares or generates reports; maintains records.

Monitors inventory levels of departmental equipment, supplies, tools, and chemicals; initiates orders for new or replacement materials.

Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, equipment maintenance records, or other documents. Processes a variety of documentation associated with departmental operations, per established procedures and within designated timeframes; distributes documentation or retains records as appropriate.

Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, manuals, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.

Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information and assistance; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service or assistance.

Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Adheres and ensures adherence to established safety procedures and county Safety Policies and Procedures; oversees utilization of safety equipment and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.


Conducts various errands as needed, which may include transporting chemicals, transporting chemical containers for recycling, and transporting bank transactions.

Provides assistance or backup coverage to other employees or departments as needed.

Performs other related duties as required.


High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in chemistry with one (1) to two (2) years previous experience and/or training involving maintenance of water systems and two (2) to four (4) months previous experience and/or training involving customer service or water treatment operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess a Class III state of Georgia Water Treatment Certification.


Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, analyze data, calculate and/or tabulate data.  Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations. Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships. 

Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials including starting, stopping, operating and monitoring the functioning of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. 

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive and/or advisory data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; and the ability to interpret graphs.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret and carry out detailed but uninvolved instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.  Involves routine work according to clearly prescribed standard practices and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.

Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties which are often characterized by frequent change and the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.


Physical Ability:  Tasks require the regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).  Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements:  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, odor, depth, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors:  Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, fumes, temperature extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Oconee County, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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