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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Central Highlands Water - Ballarat Central, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


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Position Description
Central Highlands Water



Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Title Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Classification Band Central Highlands Water Enterprise Agreement Team, unit Wastewater Operations, Environmental Services

Division Infrastructure Planning & Operations

Work location Learmonth Road, Ballarat

Employment type Full-time, Fixed Term

Position reports to Supervisor Wastewater Treatment

Our Values

Our vision: Our Water - Our Customers - Healthy Living

Our mission: Together, we provide quality water and wastewater services, safely, efficiently and sustainably to
communities in the Central Highlands Region

Our values: Integrity Teamwork Leadership Care

Organisational Environment

At CHW ‘Safety is Everyone’s Priority. We are committed to the safety of our people, customers and the community
we serve and we have a zero tolerance towards harassment or violence within the workplace.

We have an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity and difference. We believe all jobs can be worked flexibly
and we actively encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people living with disability, LGBTI and people
from varied cultural backgrounds.

We encourage employees’ continuous professional development. Employees are supported in keeping abreast of
current industry best practice and are encouraged to take an active personal interest in staying informed of
professional practices, standards and latest trends.


The primary objectives of the position are to:
  • Ensure CHW’s wastewater treatment plants are operated and maintained to treat wastewater to industry best
practice and to meet CHWs regulatory and environmental obligations; and

  • Optimise wastewater treatment and reuse opportunities, enhance catchment land and river health, and plan
and implement long term environmental improvement strategic plans.

Key Duties/Responsibilities

As a key member of the Wastewater team, the incumbent will be expected to:

  • Aim to achieve % EPA license compliance across all CHW plants.
  • Working as part of a team, undertake day to day operations across CHW’s wastewater treatment facilities,
to deliver sustainable wastewater processing.

  • Monitor and ensure maintenance of wastewater treatment systems and processes in an accurate and timely

  • Maintain plant and equipment and surrounding CHW land at each wastewater treatment plant in accordance
with best practice.

  • Ensure that all reclaimed water and biosolids products comply with applicable reuse scheme requirements.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of activities, including exception reporting, incident and KPI reporting.
  • Undertake relevant administrative tasks necessary for the operation of the treatment plants.
  • Carry out various specialist functions related to operation of the wastewater systems.
  • Undertake routine and breakdown maintenance duties in accordance with the organisations asset
management systems and requirements and ensure assets are maintained to required standards.

  • In consultation with the Supervisor, optimise the operation of treatment plants and associated facilities by
identifying treatment process inadequacies and take necessary action to address them.

  • Maintain and ensure awareness of environmental responsibilities and work to continuously reduce the plants’
impact on the environment.

  • Assist in the development of Contingency Plans and Operating Procedures to minimise the strategic and
operations risks at the wastewater plants.

  • Other duties as directed.
. Authority and Accountability

  • Responsible for organising and planning routine work activities in consultation with Supervisor.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively under limited supervision.
  • At all times, create, maintain and foster a safe work environment and ensure compliance with the
provisions of the Occupational Health and safety Act, Regulations, and CHW policies and procedures.

. Judgement and Decision Making

  • Required to exercise some discretion in the performance of tasks.
  • Required to resolve minor process issues in a timely manner. Guidance is always available from within
the business.

. Specialist Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to understand and operate PLC and control system such as CITECT / Clear SCADA.
  • Demonstrated accurate and competent computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft
Office, internet, and specialist software applications.

. Leadership/Management Skills

  • Not required
. Interpersonal Skills

  • Interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) sufficient to be able to work effectively as
part of a team and build personal rapport with colleagues and contractors.

. Qualifications and Experience

  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence.
  • Operational experience in the treatment of wastewater, preferred.
  • Certificate III in Water Industry Operations - Wastewater Treatment preferred.
  • Forklift Licence, preferred.
  • Boat Licence, preferred.
  • Front End Loader Licence, preferred.
Special Conditions

  • The incumbent is expected to be prepared to work outside normal working hours on a rotating roster to
satisfactorily maintain plant operations.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Relevant qualifications and licences.
  • Demonstrated experience in wastewater treatment, or similar, including a general awareness of the
regulations that govern the water industry.

  • Ability to perform technical tasks and apply logical problem solving skills with a focus on continuous

  • Highly motivated with a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team based work environment.

Ballarat Central, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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