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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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$27.43 - $34.08
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Do you have a passion for continuous improvement along with a passion for environmental sustainability? Are you a self-starter with a need for continuous education and knowledge growth? The City of Cedar Rapids is looking to hire a Water Pollution Control Process Operator to join our organization! If you are detail oriented, self-motivated and open to process changes that lead to continuous process improvement, join our organization today!  

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138). 

About our Community

Nestled in the heart of Iowa, Cedar Rapids is our vibrant and diverse community known for its rich history, culture, and natural beauty. Our city has a strong sense of community which can be seen at any of our numerous parks, recreational opportunities, and family-friendly events year round. You can also explore our thriving downtown district, filled with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, or take a stroll along the Cedar River, which runs through the heart of the city. Cedar Rapids - Why you should live here!   

About the Position: 
In this role, you will play the crucial role of monitoring plant processes, interpreting variances, making corrections, and maintaining operational records with the goal to optimize operations and help streamline processes in the facility. You will monitor overall functioning of the plant daily, assist with environmental and laboratory to ensure samples are collected and evaluated, and help assist in continuous improvement processes for WPC.

Essential Job Duties

  • Operates and monitors pumping stations, pure oxygen activated sludge processes, oxygen generation, disinfection facility, processes of primary, secondary, and tertiary wastewater treatment facilities, standby electrical generators, odor control processes, grit and scum removal units, sludge thickening, conditioning, and disposal, and all support systems;
  • Reads and records data from recorders, gauges, computer console, and various instrumentation.  Records operational information;
  • Interprets information obtained, troubleshoots problems, and makes necessary adjustments;
  • Initiates "Maintenance Action Requests" for equipment repair;
  • Performs simple laboratory tests for cooling tower water quality, boiler water quality, wastewater parameters, and other tests as may be required;
  • Takes samples for laboratory analysis;
  • Maintains work areas in an orderly and clean fashion;
  • Wears and properly uses safety equipment including personal protective, fall protection equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and gas detection equipment;
  • Participates in confined space entries and emergency response;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;
  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;
  • Performs related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • High school course work in reading and math, preferably supplemented by vocational training in wastewater treatment plant operation.  Minimum of two years experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, preferably with the processes used at the Cedar Rapids Water Pollution Control Facilities (thermal conditioning, dewatering, and multiple hearth incineration); or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Grade I Iowa Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License required within one year of employment. 

Additional Information

Position Schedule: 11:00pm - 7:00am; Multiple weekends per month

Hourly Rate

The Water Pollution Control Process Operator position is covered under the AFSCME Bargaining Union, and all new hires begin employment at $27.43 per hour, regardless of years of experience. Employees in this classification receive a step increase on their anniversary. The steps effective 7/1/2023 include:

New Hire 1 year 2 years 3 years
$27.43 $30.37 $32.21 $34.08

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement
The City of Cedar Rapids is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All job applicants will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability and genetic information (including family medical history).

Applicants with Disabilities
We respect and value people with disabilities and are committed to providing a workplace culture of disability inclusion. People with disabilities are supported during the hiring process and are encouraged to apply for employment with the City of Cedar Rapids. In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations will be provided to those in need of assistance with the application and interview process. To request an accommodation, contact the City's Human Resources department by phone at 319-286-5000 or by email at

Job ID: 72557849

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