Lead Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 9/30/2020

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Lead Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Is designated the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for the facility.
  • Operates to the best possible standards providing uninterrupted operation.
  • Monitors wastewater plant systems, ancillary equipment and the chemical composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams; makes necessary adjustments to ensure operation is within established guidelines.
  • Responds to unscheduled equipment or process failures.
  • Is “on call” for the ability to make decisions and initiate actions regarding the operation of the wastewater plant in a timely manner.
  • Collects and analyzes raw waste, performs chemical, biological and physical analysis and maintains a thorough knowledge of the composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams.
  • Monitors wastewater effluent making adjustments as necessary to ensure effluent quality standards are met or exceeded.
  • Oversees or performs all laboratory testing.
  • Accountable for the proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater plant for compliance with applicable regulations and/or permit requirements, including monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Maintains cleanliness of wastewater plant.
  • Ensures efficient and economical operation of station wastewater treatment equipment.
  • Completes maintenance records; maintains laboratory and operating logbooks and databases as required.
  • Maintains control of plant tools, manuals, repair parts, assemblies and consumables. Maintains inventory accuracy at 98% or better.
  • Advises the Power & Water Supervisor of the status of water production equipment and systems. Coordinates in ordering repair and/or spare parts, maintenance parts, assemblies and consumables.
  • Willingness to work a rotating shift; day, swing or night shift
  • Performs duties in support of division metrics (as provided by supervisor).
  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, affected by this position’s work activities.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance, requirements and goals. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate legal documentation.
  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Colorado Class “B” Certification (or other states’ equivalent) required.
  • Minimum two years of experience as a Wastewater Treatment Operator required.
  • Experience working in an Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant required.
  • Supervisor or Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) experience is preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.
  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.
  • Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.
  • Must be able to obtain employment within the United States without sponsorship.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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