Position title
Wastewater Operator II (for future openings)


We are not actively seeking applications for this position at this time. However, applications received will be kept on file in the event of future openings. If you have not been contacted within twelve (12) months of the date you submitted your application, you will need to submit an updated application at that time.

This is technical work in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant. Work involves responsibility for overseeing the operation and maintenance activities at a wastewater treatment plant on an assigned shift, and responsibility for assuring the efficient and proper operation of the plant. Work is performed under general supervision with considerable independence in the performance of duties. Work is reviewed by a superior through plant inspections and review of operating records and reports.


Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Work exposes employee on a daily basis to potential biological and toxic chemical hazards found in sewage and disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine and sulfur dioxide. Work also exposes employee to potential mechanical, electrical and physical hazards on a daily basis when operating wastewater equipment and machinery.


Work requires frequent performance of physical tasks such as walking over rough surfaces, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, working in restricted and confined places, climbing, balancing on ladders and occasionally lifting of light and heavy objects. Work also requires physical dexterity in the frequent use of hand -eye coordination and manipulative skills using fingers, limbs or body for the operation of vehicles, computers, equipment and tools.



  • Monitors the operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment  and machinery  on an assigned shift to ensure that plant effluent meets state and federal guidelines for purity.
  • Operates equipment such as bar screens, grit collectors, clarifiers, chlorinators, air diffusers, digesters, boilers, compressors, generators, blowers, gates, pumps and valves; changes out chemical containers, works on UV equipment .
  • Reads charts, gauges, meters and graphs and records data regarding wastewater and sludge at various stages in the treatment process; posts and maintains daily log sheets; changes recording charts on meters and control panels.
  • Collects samples and conducts standard laboratory tests such as dissolved oxygen, BOD, fecal chloroform, suspended solids, total solids, volatile solids, pH, and ammonia; makes adjustments in the treatment process based on test results.
  • Performs visual, auditory and tactile inspections of pumps, motors and bearings to ensure proper operation; greases, lubricates and performs other preventive maintenance on plant equipment and machinery.
  • Attends training seminars and conferences to keep abreast of new techniques and procedures in wastewater treatment.
  • Requires regular and prompt attendance plus the ability to work well with others and work well as a team.
  • Performs other tasks as directed by the Superintendent.


  • Cleans buildings and equipment; cuts grass and maintain grounds.
  • Performs minor repairs on equipment and machinery.
  • Conducts tours of the plant.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal and state environmental laws and guidelines relating to wastewater treatment and wastewater plant operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the potential hazards and safety precautions involved in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to operate a variety of pumping, treatment and control equipment, to detect problems in operation and to take corrective action.
  • Ability to read meters, gauges, graphs and charts accurately and to maintain operational records. Ability to conduct standard laboratory tests and maintain basic laboratory records.
  • Ability to operate the plant computer system.
  • Ability to maintain effective communications and working relationships with representatives of federal and state regulatory agencies, officials, superiors, fellow employees and the general public.


  • High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate issued by the appropriate state agency.


  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Grade III Wastewater Operator Certification or a Grade IV Wastewater Operator Certificate from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
  • Grade II Wastewater Operator Certification must be obtained within the initial 24 months of employment; the City of Cullman reserves the right to terminate employment if this certification is not obtained within the initial 24 month period. (In order to obtain this certification, the City of Cullman will pay for four tests within the 24 month time frame.)
  • After an individual passes the Grade II, Grade III, or Grade IV Operator's test within the initial 24 month employment time frame of on-t he-job training required by ADEM, he/she will be eligible to be certified through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's certification program.
  • All certifications must be kept current. ADEM certification expires after three years, so the employee will be required to attend continuing education classes in order to renew the certification; t wenty-four credit hours are required within the three year time frame for renewal of certification. It is the employee's responsibility to fulfill these credit hours and to renew the certification. If the employee's certification expires, the City of Cullman reserves the right to terminate employment.
Job Benefits
  • Medical and Dental Insurance for Employees (City pays full cost of employee’s coverage, and a portion of dependent coverage)
  • AirMedCare Network (free membership for all full-time employees)
  • Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center (free membership for all full-time employees)
  • RSA (Retirement Systems of Alabama) Retirement Benefits
  • Paid Life Insurance Coverage (City pays entire cost.)
  • Education Incentives
    • 5% of Salary Education Benefit for Associates Degree for Classified Employees (even for unrelated field)
    • 5% of Salary Education Benefit for Employees with an Honorable Discharge from the Military
    • 10% of Salary Education Benefit for Bachelors Degree or Higher for Classified Employees (even for unrelated field)
  • Earned Vacation Leave (Employees may carry over vacation to the following year up to a maximum of 240 hours):
    • 1-5 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 6.66 hours per month
    • 5-10 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 8.66 hours per month
    • 10-15 Years of Continuous Service: Earn 12 hours per month
    • 15+ Years of Continuous Service: Earn 13.33 hours per month
  • Earned Sick Leave: 4 hours per pay period, up to 960 hours. (Employees on 24 hour shifts: 6 hours per pay period up to 1272 hours.)
  • Vacation/Sick Leave Donation Bank
  • Paid Time Off for Jury Duty
  • Paid Holidays
    • New Year’s Day
    • Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Veterans Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday After Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Uniforms and Uniform Maintenance for Employees Required to Wear Uniforms
  • Direct Deposit of Earnings
  • Payroll Deductions for Employee’s Convenience:
    • RSA2
    • PEBSCO
    • FOP Dues
    • Alabama Peace Officers Annuity
    • Firefighter Association Dues for Fire Rescue
    • Supplemental Insurance Policies
  • FICA Benefits
Employment Type
Job Location
1437 Welti Road SW, Cullman, Alabama, USA
Working Hours
To be determined by superintendent.
Base Salary
$15.06-$22.83 Per hour
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