Revision Date: April 11, 2023

Reports to: Pretreatment Coordinator

Summary:  In conjunction with the Pretreatment Coordinator, the Pretreatment Assistant performs a variety of tasks necessary to ensure that the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Program and MS4 Program are in compliance with all federal, state and local requirements. This is a salaried position starting at $50,174 for the 2022 calendar year.

Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform inspections of a variety of pretreatment systems, facilities, and processes of industrial, commercial, municipal, and institutional establishments for compliance with federal, state and local regulations and permit conditions related to pretreatment of industrial wastewater and stormwater pollution prevention requirements.
  • Collect wastewater and stormwater samples using portable composite samplers or grab sampling techniques at municipal, industrial, commercial or collection system sites.
  • Evaluate self-monitoring reports from industrial users for compliance with federal and local discharge limitations and notify supervisor of violations or unusual test results.
  • Maintain multiple data tracking systems and generate reports for management when requested.
  • Interpret and assist with enforcement of industrial pretreatment and MS4 regulations.
  • Explain environmental compliance regulations, requirements and policies to business owners and operators or other agencies.
  • Respond to and initiate contact with system users, providing detailed information on a variety of topics in a clear manner using the appropriate approach and response for the situation.
  • Share technical and/or specialized information with appropriate staff, industrial users, plumbers, contractors, engineers and other public and private agencies, and provide feedback, observations and analysis to appropriate staff.
  • Investigate and trace sources of illegal or nuisance waste discharges.
  • Create monthly invoices and maintain accounting statements.
  • Assemble pretreatment discharge permits, briefing memos, notice of noncompliance reports, pollution prevention plans, and other regulatory notices to industrial users.
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:.

  • Ability to read and understand legal and regulatory documents including the Clean Water Act, City Code, Sewer Use Ordinance, wastewater and stormwater permits, and applicable sections in the Code of Federal Regulation and apply knowledge to situations as they are encountered.
  • Comprehension of wastewater sampling techniques, flow measurement techniques, methods, and procedures to monitor compliance with regulations, codes and laws.
  • Understanding of regulatory pretreatment procedures from the standpoint of a local, state or national agency.
  • Ability to use a personal computer for word processing, correspondence, spreadsheets, and reports and use database applications to review data collection, handling and reporting in order to fulfill regulatory requirements of the Pretreatment Program.
  • Work in an office and indoor/outdoor industrial settings in all weather conditions with exposure to chemicals, wastewater, noise or other potentially hazardous environments.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and repeatedly lift half-gallon increments of water by rope twenty feet or more.
  • Remove and replace manhole covers weighing up to 150 pounds.
  • Ability to walk 1 to 5 miles per day over rough terrain and climb stairways and vertical ladders.
  • Work while wearing required safety equipment such as gloves, hardhat, safety glasses, safety vest, hearing protection and steel toe shoes or boots.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain good working relationships with local industrial, commercial, and municipal facility officials by providing information regarding regulations, assisting in the completion of questionnaires, answering general questions, etc., to encourage cooperation and promote the overall efficiency of the pretreatment program.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from high school and college-level course work or training in wastewater technology, chemistry, science or other related field is required.
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Drug screen required before hire.
  • All applicants must be authorized to work in the USA.

Working Conditions: 

(In and outdoor environments, including extreme heat and extreme cold, insects will be present.)

  • Working with heights.
  • Confined spaces (inside open tanks).
  • Possibility of getting dirty/ sludge covered while working.
  • Noisy environments.
  • Work in humid environments.
  • Chemical odors.
  • Possibility of chemical hazards.

Physical Requirements:

  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.
  • Able to carry weight up to 50 lbs.
  • Manual dexterity in hands and legs to use tools, bend and stretch.
  • Sufficient physical ability to perform all tasks.
  • Able to climb ladders and stairs repeatedly throughout shift.
  • Able to work in a kneeling or squatting position for extended periods.
  • Ability to perform tasks while wearing Personal Protective Equipment.

How to Apply: Here is the online application