Utility Operator - Waste Water Treatment Plant

Job Notice

The City of Ashland has an opening for a full-time Utility Operator - Waste Water Treatment Plant in the City Utilities Division
Michael Hunter, Director


Applications will be accepted online until midnight on August 14, 2022

**Please note that applications are not complete until the civil service test is completed and submitted**


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Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Inspects Water Pollution/Water Treatment plant on scheduled basis to ensure proper operation of equipment and making necessary adjustments to treatment process (e.g., reads gauges and records readings, changes charts, adjusts flow of chemical feeders, examines pumps, regulates valves, etc.)
  • Manages sludge production process (draws off settable solids, dewaters collected primary sludge from holding tanks, transfers from tank to tank, prepares lime slurry, etc.) in the Water Pollution plant
  • Collects samples for laboratory testing and analysis and conducts routine testing; recording results of testing
  • Performs preventative and service maintenance on equipment and facilities (e.g., lubricates motors, pumps, and other moving parts, changes oil, adjusts belts, washes filters, etc.)
  • Completes basic housekeeping assignments and assists maintenance personnel with major repairs
  • Must be able to work alone; access plant equipment/machinery; prepare accurate documentation; and lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be knowledgeable of mechanical equipment and processes and be skilled in the use of hand tools.
  • Must be available for shift work, especially swing shift

We're looking for someone who:

  • Is "Dedicated to Service"
  • Has earned a high school diploma or a GED
  • Is eligible to drive City vehicles under our vehicle insurance policy
  • Can regularly lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds; move up to eighty (80) pounds with assistance
  • Will work in the various weather conditions found year round in Ohio
  • Is available year round, no seasonal furloughs
  • Is willing and able to learn and follow City policies and procedures

Licensure or certification requirements

  • Must be able to attain a Class I operator’s license within three years of appointment, a Class II within six years, and a Class III within ten years

Compensation and Benefits


  • $15.50 plus $0.50 increase after 6 month probationary period**

    **Additional stipends are not included in this amount. Stipends per contract include: Maintenance/Lab/SCADA +$0.28; Class I +$0.50; Class II +$1.50; Class III +$2.50; Class IV +$4.00

  • Annual wage increases as outlined in the contract
  • Year round work, no furloughs
  • Pension through OPERS with the City contributing an additional 14% and employees contributing 10% of wages.
  • Available 457 plan
  • AFSCME Contract


  • Eligible day one, no waiting period
  • Major medical insurance (monthly premium is heavily subsidized by the City)
  • Secondary deductible insurance (paid entirely by City)
  • $40k term life insurance (paid entirely by the City)
  • Voluntary term life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • FSA, medical
  • FSA, dependent care

Paid Time Off:

  • Holidays
  • Sick leave begins accruing immediately, plus the City accepts sick leave transfers from qualifying public employers
  • Personal days
  • Vacation

How to Apply:

  1. Submit an application. APPLICATION

  2. Complete the online Civil Service Exam. CIVIL SERVICE TEST - UTILITY OPERATOR


 The City of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer