City of La Crosse is seeking to hire a full-time Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 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 operate, regulate and maintain wastewater treatment plant equipment to assure continued operation. Incumbents perform work requiring knowledge of treatment plant equipment operations and principles of mechanical repair. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Superintendent. Starting wage for this non-exempt position ranges between $19.21 – $22.01 per hour (80 hours bi-weekly) depending on qualifications, with potential to earn up to $25.20 per hour through career advancement.

Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, vocational/technical training in wastewater treatment plant operation/equipment, one to two years progressively responsible wastewater treatment plant operating experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid commercial driver’s license Class B, or ability to obtain commercial driver’s license within 30 days of employment required. Certifications in CPR, First Aid and Confined Space Entry required during course of employment. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred. Ability to obtain and maintain Basic General Wastewater Certification with Sub-grade A-1 Suspended Growth Processes / Activated Sludge within 2 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, physical and physical capacity screen. Applications accepted until October 9, 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