City of La Crosse is seeking to hire a full-time Industrial & Operations Specialist to become an essential team member in the Wastewater Department. The purpose of the Wastewater Department is to help protect public health and the environment by providing high-quality regional wastewater treatment services in an effective, efficient, and responsive manner. The Wastewater Treatment plant is a division of Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Utilities. It is our vision to be a recognized, responsive, creative, and flexible team, all while achieving excellence for our community in a positive working environment. The City of La Crosse Wastewater Treatment Plant is under a major upgrade introducing new cutting-edge technology to be one of the more advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants in Wisconsin.

The purpose of this position is to efficiently operate and maintain all the utility’s infrastructure and assist in the operation of the industrial pretreatment program and special projects to comply with DNR regulations. Starting wage for this non-exempt position ranges between $22.00 – $25.20 per hour (80 hours bi-weekly) depending on qualifications, with potential to earn up to $28.86 per hour through career advancement.

Requirements:  High school diploma or equivalent, vocational/technical training in wastewater treatment plant operations, chemistry and biology; three to five year’s wastewater treatment plant operator’s experience; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Commercial Driver’s License Class B with tanker endorsement required, or ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License within 30 days of employment. Certifications in CPR, First Aid and Confined Space Entry required within one year of employment. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Must have Basic Wastewater Certification with subgrade A-1 Biological Suspended Growth, and ability to obtain subgrades C Solids/Sludge Handling, D Disinfection, L Laboratory, P Nutrient Removal, B Solids Separation within two years of employment.

Benefits: The City of La Crosse offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical benefit plan, Wisconsin Retirement Plan, deferred compensation, Roth IRA, life insurance, income continuation insurance, voluntary dental and vision plans, paid holidays, vacations and sick leave. Benefit perks: low medical plan premium costs having a $400 deductible, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System with a 6.5% employer contribution, 10 paid holidays, ability to earn up to 12 sick days per year and vacation time available as of date of hire.

Selected candidate is subject to a background check and post-offer/pre-employment drug screen. Applications accepted until August 28, 2022. To be considered, submit an employment application by visiting the City of La Crosse website and clicking on City Services, then clicking Career Opportunities or by visiting

City of La Crosse Human Resources
400 La Crosse Street
La Crosse, WI  54601
(608) 789-7595
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