Salary: $49,795.20 – $61,859.20 Annually
Location: Verona, WI
Job Type: Full-time
Department: Department of Public Works
Closing: 10/25/2020 11:59 PM Central

Summary of Job

City of Verona is recruiting to fill a Lead Water Operator position. The Lead Water Operator position is responsible for performing all tasks involving the installation, repair, maintenance and operations of the City of Verona’s potable water treatment, storage, and distribution system. This is a specialized position to assure safe drinking water for the residents and businesses within the City of Verona. This position reports to the Public Works Street Superintendent.

The City of Verona is a great place to work! We offer an amazing benefit package which includes excellent health insurance, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, ample paid leave and much more!  In addition offering a competitive salary and excellent benefits, we encourage our employees to take advantage of our other great perks such as a casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, employee training and development opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and an employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools designed to help promote an employee’s health and wellness! Please click the “Benefits” tab at the top of this announcement for a summary of our entire benefits package.

The deadline to apply for this position is Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions:

Examples of the specific tasks of the Lead Water Operator include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Monitor chemical feed and other system components.
2. Monitor effectiveness of treatment.
3. Prepare and maintain records of meter readings, tests, equipment, chemical use, correspondence and customer complaint log.
4. Regularly read meters and gauges, making adjustments as needed.
5. Periodically flush distribution system using hydrants and valves.
6. Conduct daily system and security inspections.
7. Attend training to meet state primacy agency’s continuing education requirements.
8. Create and follow standard operating procedures.
9. Complete monthly Pumpage and Chemical Usage Reports and submit them electronically to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
10. Perform underground service (all City asset’s) alert locating, marking and notification per Digger’s Hotline requests.
11. Schedule and collect water samples to comply with the Safe Water Drinking Standards and report the results to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
12. Resolve any compliance problems and report analytical results to regulators as required.
13. Report findings from routine inspections and scheduled maintenance. Provide input for planning and preparing of equipment replacement for budget cycles
14. Maintain records for all maintenance activities of the Water Utility System.
15. Maintain and oversee maintenance schedule for all assets of the Water Utility System.
16. Perform all work functions in an efficient manner while maintaining the highest quality service possible, and while following the proper procedures for workplace safety.
17. Perform any other related duties that are not listed here that may be required for this position, or as assigned by the Public Works Street Superintendent, Assistant Director of Public Works, and / or the Director of Public Works.
18. Coordinate and accompany the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Supply Engineer with the three (3) year Sanitary Survey Inspection of all Public Water Facilities and records.
19. Take corrective action of any deficiencies found in the three (3) year Sanitary Survey and provide the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources a written response of the correction taken.
20. Coordinate the five (5) Year annual inspection for Elevated Storage Tanks and Ground Water Reservoirs and submit the reports to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
21. Oversee and train Water Operators of day to day operations, materials, equipment and practices used to provide safe potable water to City Water Customers.
22. Oversee and train Water Operators the operation of the SCADA system, pumping equipment and pumping equipment telemetry.
23. Supervise utility maintenance staff as necessary to ensure successful operation of the water utility.
24. Oversee, maintain, and obtain the knowledge for all well houses, booster stations, storage tanks, and distribution system.
25. Oversee and maintain maintenance schedule and activities included in the master service maintenance agreement for the elevated storage tanks.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Ability to self-manage, understand and develop critical path scheduling.
2. Ability to oversee and train employees with lesser experience of methods, materials and practices used in water system operations.
3. Ability to oversee and train employees with lesser experience and knowledge of the SCADA system.
4. Ability to oversee and train employees with lesser experience and knowledge of all pumping equipment and telemetry.
5. Knowledge of the safety precautions required to perform duties.
6. Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
7. Ability to perform math functions and calculate equations associated with the water system.
8. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions
9. Ability to communicate in a professional manner at all times while conducting City business.
10. Ability to work alone and with other people to accomplish projects properly.
11. Ability to follow written and oral instructions, technical bulletins, and drawings.
12.  Ability to operate common computer software programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office applications.


            Education and Experience:

1. Graduation from an accredited high school or GED is required.
2. Must possess and maintain State of Wisconsin Water Operators License.
3. At least five (5) years’ experience in the water and sewer utility is preferred.
4. Ability to operate office equipment such a computer, tablet, and telephone is preferred.

Additional Information

Work Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Work is performed outdoors (75%) and indoors (25%). Work is performed under all types of weather and temperature conditions, exposure to hazardous traffic conditions, vibration equipment, loud environments, heights, and may require the ability to walk on various types of slippery and uneven surfaces. The Lead Water Operator Position must meet the following physical standards:

1. Sit/stand at a table or desk
2. Stand and walk for up to 12 hours
3. Bend, crouch and stoop
4. Intermittently sit, stand, walk and bend
5. Lift and/or maneuver objects weighing up to 75 pounds
6. Must be able to operate and use hand tools, motorized vehicles and equipment
7. Climb ladders and enter vehicles
8. Must be able to enter and work in confined spaces.

Additional Requirements:

1. A valid Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the ability to perform snow removal is desired, but not required.
2. This position is subject to pre-employment as well as random drug/alcohol testing.
3. Required to carry City provided cell phone while on call at all times.
4. Required to be part of the weekly on call rotation and work scheduled overtime on weekends and holidays.
5. Required to respond to after hour emergencies which include, but not limited to, water main breaks, service leaks, water and sewer system alarms, sanitary sewer collection system backups, or snow plowing (if applicable).

The above is intended to describe the general content of the requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

The anticipated start date for the selected candidate is December 2020.

The City of Verona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.