Position Description

Treatment Plant Operator - Water or Trainee
Job Code 3935
Requisition Information
Public Utilities

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
South County (S. Clark)

Carlton Water Treatment Plant 1225 Mabry Carlton Parkway Venice, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$18.03 - $20.29 ($16.23 - 10% less in Trainee status)

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

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Treatment Plant Operator - Water (TPO) or TPO Trainee:  Operate and maintain mechanical and analytical equipment in connection with the operation of water treatment plant facilities including collecting samples, reading meters, maintains equipment; monitoring overall performance of the treatment process, run water quality analysis, monitoring SCADA system and performing required repairs and preventative maintenance on treatment equipment.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening

This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.



  • Collect, record and interpret data for completion and utilization of operation and maintenance records as directed.
  • Collect samples and perform chemical analyses as directed. Perform daily operations of pumps, motors, valves and other treatment plant equipment as directed so that the plant will operate within the parameters of its operating permit and specific rules established by the applicable regulatory agencies.
  • Respond to emergency operational requirements as needed.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on pumps, motors, valves and other treatment plant equipment as directed. Preform housekeeping and grounds maintenance as directed.
  • Perform other additional duties as directed by the Chief Treatment Plant Operator and respond to emergency operational requirements as directed.


Minimum Qualifications:  A High School Diploma or equivalent and mechanical experience or aptitude to operate small equipment and tools. Possession of valid Class E Florida Driver’s License. Possession of a Class “A”, “B”, or “C” Water Treatment Plant Operator’s License as issued by the State of Florida. If hired as a Trainee: must obtain a Class “C” Water Treatment Plant Operator’s License within two (2) years.  If hired as a trainee, please note the salary will be less until person has obtained his/her license.


Preferred Qualifications:  Water treatment process control, mathematics, microbiology, chemistry, motors controls and mechanical/electrical maintenance & troubleshooting.  Training in Hazcom, Confined Spaces, Hearing Protection, Bloodborne Pathogens, Respirators, Workplace Violence, Lockout/Tagout, Fire Extinguishers, Personal Protection Equipment and Hazardous Waste Operations.


Job Based Competencies

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge pumps, motors, controls, instrumentation and water analysis/testing equipment.
  • Knowledge in the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants producing potable water.
  • Knowledge of water treatment process control, mathematics, microbiology, chemistry, motor controls and mechanical/electrical troubleshooting.
  • Ability to be a strong team player.


Work Schedule:  This position is 40 hours per week and the hours will be Sunday through Saturday between 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Rotating shifts include day, night, weekend and holiday assignments. Variations in facility operation may require overtime, modification of work schedule or variable starting and ending times.  Cross training at various facilities may be required.  Must be available to work in EOC during emergency activation.  Schedule may vary pending weather conditions and emergencies.

Physical Demands:  Must occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 pounds and frequently lift/move 25 pounds.  A dolly/cart or team member is available to help.  This position regularly works around fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.  Protective clothing is regularly worn. 








Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA 

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