Water Pollution Control Lead Operator

Notice of Job Opening

Department: Sewer Division

Exp. Date: Until Filled

Pay Range: Min:$24.65(Hr) / Max: $36.38(Hr)


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, this employee preforms skilled work in various capacities at the Long Cane Creek Wastewater Plant. This employee assists and serves as primary backup for the Wastewater Treatment Manager. Employee also works in the Water Quality Laboratory as needed. This employee works with considerable independence and is required to exercise independent judgement and initiative. Work assignments are coordinated by the Wastewater Treatment Manager and reviewed for compliance with State and Federal regulations. The Lead Operator is typically on site during normal business hours (M-F), but will be needed to come in when necessary. He or she is the first contact for operators after normal business hours.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists the Wastewater Treatment Manager in overseeing the operation of the wastewater treatment plant to provide optimum treatment and complying with NPDES requirements.
  • Serve as primary backup to the Wastewater treatment Manager in his or her absence.
  • Oversees operation or maintenance functions as assigned.
  • Directs personnel as assigned.
  • Assists in developing Standard Operating Procedures and conducts training.
  • Assists in developing and implementing techniques and methods of process control which increase plant efficiency and performance.
  • Fill in for operators on various shifts as needed.
  • Routinely check in with night shift operators.
  • Coordinates with maintenance to facilitate equipment repair, and preventative maintenance.
  • Maintain logs, records, and reports.
  • Respond to and assist in emergency or abnormal facility situations outside of normal work week.
  • Conducts tours.
  • The lead will be the first contact for operators after normal business hours.
  • Assists the lab analyst when needed.
  • May analyze samples from the treatment plant, industries, and spill locations.
  • Instructs and trains operators in their duties and safety procedures. Schedules regular drills for emergency procedures and verifies employee knowledge.
  • Insures that employees have and properly use safety equipment.
  • Recognizes and troubleshoots alarm conditions. Notifies Superintendent of any unusual conditions.
  • Provides emergency response when needed due to weather conditions, process upsets, or personnel problems.
  • Performs administrative duties.
  • Assists in interviewing and selecting personnel under his/her supervision.
  • Assists in budget preparation.
  • Preform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Knowledge of current wastewater treatment standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory testing procedures.
  • Knowledge of water plant mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Ability to make quick, sound and safe decisions.
  • Effective leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to work any shift and be on-call as necessary.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Considerable knowledge of the standard practices and principles applied in the operation and maintenance of advanced wastewater treatment plants.
  • Thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment.
  • Considerable knowledge of the necessary safety practices and hazards associated with wastewater treatment and equipment.
  • Skill in the operation and basic maintenance of advanced wastewater facilities including computer instrumentation and nutrient removal.
  • Skill in process control and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise and inspect the work of wastewater treatment personnel.
  • Ability to establish a good working relationship with associates and the general public.
  • Ability to effectively establish training and safety programs.
  • Ability to maintain complex records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to work from blue prints and manuals.
  • Ability to wear respirators and SCBA
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and manholes.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • State of Georgia Class I operator certification or the ability to obtain a Class I certification within one year.
  • State of Georgia laboratory analyst certification (preferred).
  • Possess a valid Class B Georgia driver’s license.
  • Five years of experience in the operation of a water pollution control plant.

Work Environment

The employee will be exposed to the following conditions in the work environment: hot or cold indoor work environment; dirt, dust, grease, machinery and its moving parts; work in high, precarious places; raw sewage, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The work is often performed on rough ground and slippery surfaces in and around wastewater. Protective devices such as masks, self-contained breathing apparatus, goggles, gloves, hearing protectors, helmets, and other protective equipment or clothing is often required. The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate to loud.

The City of LaGrange has the right to revise this job description at any time. Please sign below indicating you understand your job responsibility and are willing to perform those duties.

General Online Application

If you have any additional questions please email or call Human Resources +706 883 2062, hr@lagrangega.org