Treatment Plant Operator

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
April 24, 2024
400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC
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400 Jones Ferry Road
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Seeking a Treatment Plant Operator to join our Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant team. Looking for a team player with an excellent work ethic and adaptability. Ideal candidate should have a positive attitude, excellent communication skills and the willingness to work with the team to fulfill the goals of the organization. 


Key Responsibilities include: 

  • Maintain knowledge of the principles and practices applied to the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant.  
  • Ensure regulatory compliance by monitoring water treatment plant processes and maintaining proper plant balance to include adjusting chemical feeds.     
  • Complete multiple plant inspections, collect samples, and troubleshoot processes and equipment. 
  • Assist with offloading bulk chemical deliveries.      
  • Utilize various types of machinery and equipment including SCADA, forklift, lab, and general office equipment.   
  • Job requires working weekends, holidays, nights, and rotating shifts.  


Team members are our most important resource. Pay and Benefits include:   

  • Membership in the NC Local Government Employee Retirement System; 5% Employer 457 Deferred Compensation contribution; Retirement Health Savings account  
  • Employer paid Health, Dental, Vision, Life insurance, Dependent Life, Long-term Disability   
  • Vacation, Sick, Personal, Bereavement and Parental Leave; 12 Paid Holidays   
  • Educational Reimbursement: Bonus Pay for Additional Certifications and/or Education    
  • Cell Phone Stipend  
  • Ability to transfer unused sick leave from preceding NC Local Government or State agency employer  
  • Much, much more! 


OWASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to continuous improvement, sustainability, creativity, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Visit to apply for this excellent opportunity. This recruitment will close on May 17, 2024. 


  • Salary Range is $54,554 - $81,830 


Successful candidates should have: 

  • High School diploma or GED, plus specialized school and/or training in a specific area relatable to this position. 
  • Valid North Carolina (NC) Driver’s License. 
  • NC Class C Surface Water Operator’s Certification or the ability to acquire it within 6 months of employment.  
  • One year of experience working in a water treatment facility or prior knowledge, skills and abilities that may be transferrable.  
  • Good working knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and bacteriology.  
  • Ability to maintain requirements of a safety sensitive position (cleared to wear a full-face respirator, complete HAZWOPER training, etc.); and meet the physical requirements that include frequently exerting up to 50 pounds and walking/standing often.