The Division of Adult Institutions is currently recruiting for two Utility Plant Operator vacancies. These positions will be located at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, WI. The Department of Corrections (DOC) is focused on public safety through the custody and supervision of those in our care. Corrections employees have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others through careers in a variety of fields. Using cutting-edge research and evidence-based approaches, employees implement lasting change with a positive impact for the people of Wisconsin.

In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:

  • Substantial leave timeincluding at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, nine paid holidays, and ample accrued sick time that rolls over each year.
  • Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits
  • Flexible work schedules depending on the position’s requirements.
  • An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
  • Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
  • A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being

Position Summary

This position will provide for operation, repair and preventative maintenance of the institution sewage disposal plant, potable water system and assist other maintenance mechanics in other areas as requested.

Salary Information

The starting pay is $25.60 per hour plus excellent benefits. Pay on appointment for current state employees may vary according to the applicable pay transaction provisions of the Compensation Plan and Wisconsin Administrative Code. The pay schedule/range is 03-15. A 12-month probationary period will be required.

Candidates with no prior permanent employment with the State of Wisconsin in the past 5 years may be eligible to accept a sign-on bonus of $2,000. The sign-on bonus will be paid in two installments: $1000 on the first paycheck and $1000 with the paycheck for the pay period in which the employee attains permanent status/completes their probation.

To receive the bonus, a candidate must sign an agreement indicating they will remain in that position for a year. If the candidate leaves their position prior to completing the one year, they may be required to reimburse the initial payment.

Job Details

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DOC sponsorship) at the time of application. The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background checks on applicants prior to selection to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting.

The Department of Corrections may conduct pre-employment drug screens. Any applicant who is offered employment in a position which requires a pre-employment drug screen must pass the screen as a contingency to employment. Applicants who fail or refuse the drug screen will not be given further consideration for employment.

  • Must be able to work in confined spaces and wear equipment prescribed under Department of Commerce rules on confined spaces.  This includes breathing apparatus and safety harness.
  • Physical ability to independently perform lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to work in conditions of extreme heat, cold, dampness and dust.
  • Possession of valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.


Minimally qualified applicants will meet the below criteria:

  • Upon appointment, must possess certification as a Wastewater Operator in Training (OIT) by the WI Department of Natural Resources in A1) Biological Treatment- Suspended Growth Processes, (B) Solids Separation, and (C) Solids Treatment, (L) Laboratory, and (SS) Sanitary Sewage Collection and(N) Nitrogen Removal.ALSO NOTE:• Within twelve (12) months of appointment, must possess Basic Wastewater Operator Certification, (A1) Biological Treatment- Suspended Growth Processes, (B) Solids Separation, and (C) Solids Treatment, (L) Laboratory, and (SS) Sanitary Sewage Collection and(N) Nitrogen Removal.
  • Within twelve (12) months of appointment,must possess (T) Operator-in-Training Waterworks operator, sub-grades (D) Distribution & (G) Groundwater certification.
  • Within twenty-four (24) months of appointment,must obtain Grade 1 Waterworks WDNR Operator Certification, sub-grades (D) Distribution & (G) Groundwater.*Employee must maintain licensing during employment in this position. Cost for certifications, testing, and maintaining licensing will be at the employee’s expense.

How To Apply

Apply on Search using position name or Job ID – 10187. To apply, click on “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application. Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the application process in order to be considered.

The most eligible candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Questions can be directed to Phia Vang, Human Resources Specialist at

The State of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.

Deadline to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the needs of the Department have been met.

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