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Job: Water/Wastewater Operator

Title Water/Wastewater Operator
Employer MISSISSAUGAS OF SCUGOG ISLAND FIRST NATION
Application Close Date Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Location SCUGOG ISLAND
Date Posted December 21, 2017
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MISSISSAUGAS OF SCUGOG ISLAND FIRST NATION
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Water/Wastewater Operator (2 Positions)
Deadline Extended
POSITION: Water/Wastewater Operator
POSTING DATE: September 6/2017
ANTICIPATED START DATE: As Soon As Possible
REPORTS TO: Operations Manager
HOURS OF WORK: 2 Week Rotation
Week 1: 34.5 hours – Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Week 2: regular 34.5 hours – work schedule (above) will be reduced by 4 hours to provide Saturday and Sunday water treatment for 2 hours each day between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.
Emergency 24 Hour on-call rotation when required
DUTIES:
Key activities: Water
• Monitor, control, and respond to alarms for the water treatment plant(s) and the water distribution system using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). This includes daily onsite security check of the treatment plant and surrounding structures, operational review of the water treatment processes, chemical feed systems, the wells and pumping systems; interpreting readouts on onsite meters, gauges, and other sensing devices. Make adjustments as required to optimize the treatment and removal of any occurring organic matter, iron, and manganese; water softening, UV disinfection, and chlorination. Prepare chemical solutions and adjust chemical feed rates; Conduct routine water quality analyses at the plant laboratory; Maintain daily onsite logs of quantities of water pumped from each well, pumping level of the operating well, quantity of chemical used, and calculated chemical dosages and feed rates for chemical treatments including oxidation and disinfection.
• Analyse and record residuals after primary and secondary disinfection; Validate safety and security of treated water produced at the treatment plant, and at strategic locations in the distribution system
• Evaluate data from UV control centres for effectiveness of UV treatment in primary disinfection; and conduct cleaning and manufacturer recommended preventative maintenance on all UV Units
• Input daily operating data to Health Canada Water Trax database including flow rates and volume of water pumped, operating pressure, records of analytical testing including pH, turbidity, colour, free chlorine residual, total chlorine residual, and concentrations of hardness, iron, manganese, and nitrites and nitrates.
• Conduct weekly in-house Colilert bacteriological testing and weekly collection and shipment of bacteriological samples, as regulated by Health Canada, to the Exova Laboratory. Follow established protocols and techniques for the collection, preservation and delivery of water samples. Prepare chain of custody for shipment of samples to the lab with mandatory record of free and total chlorine residuals concentrations taken at the same time and location where bacteriological samples were collected.
• Conduct maintenance inspections of water supply components including the production wells, water treatment plant and equipment, and control systems in accordance with MSIFN-approved preventative maintenance program. Organize the water treatment plant building, keeping accesses clear and safe; inspect well casing and berms for damage or deterioration; analyse specific capacity of each production well; identify and correct operational deviations and equipment malfunctions; and ensure treatment and pumping systems are operating at the expected level of performance. Record all data including condition of equipment, and activities performed.
• Collaborate with the Environmental Health Officer for confirmation that the appropriate testing parameters and
schedules are consistently carried out for bacteriological and chemical testing as required by Health Canada;
and are consistent with practices under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Regulations.
• Analyse daily operational data collected from on-line analysers, results of grab sample analyses at each
monitoring point in the water system, and data from the Exova lab. Identify anomalies and take corrective
action; calibrate analysers and flowmeters; adjust plant processes, equipment, and control system as required
under the guidance of the ORO
• Carry out water distribution system maintenance in accordance with MSIFN-approved preventative
maintenance program. This includes hydrant maintenance, pipe flushing, valve turning exercises, and water
quality surveillance; conform at all times to Standard Operating Procedures with special emphasis on
compliance with good health and safety practices.
• Assist in the preparation of annual reports as required to comply with funding obligations including: MSIFN
Annual Drinking Water Report, INAC Annual Water Template for O & M Enhanced Funding, and Health
Canada Annual Drinking Water Safety Program
• Maintain routine housekeeping practices to ensure all MSIFN water facilities are kept clean internally and
externally, and organized so that all accesses remain safe at all times.
• Attend accredited job-related training and participate in daily water operation practices to achieve and
maintain MOE water licenses
• Maintain an inventory of parts and materials to support on-going operation and maintenance
• Conduct/participate in community education and awareness workshops related to water supply, water safety,
and water conservation practices.
• Respond to questions and concerns from community members. Maintain a record of water-related complaints
and activities performed to resolve the issues
• Performs related work as assigned by the ORO and the Operations Manager
Key activities: Wastewater
• Monitor, control, and respond to alarms for the wastewater treatment plant using the Supervisory Control and
Data Acquisition System (SCADA). This includes reading and interpreting plant meters, gauges, and other
sensing devices. Maintain operation of the membrane bioreactor treatment processes for ongoing treatment
of all sewage entering the plant in accordance with the plant and process operating manual. This includes
assurance that all processes, membrane units, pumps, mixers, valves, pipes, tanks, and instrumentation
remain effectively functional. Prepare chemical solutions and adjust chemical feed rates for chlorine,
aluminium sulphate and citric acid. On-going plant operation requires the operator to be analytical, possess
good visual attention to details; conduct process washing as required, and quick response to any process
deviation.
• Conduct routine maintenance clean and bi-annual recovery clean procedures on both membrane units in
accordance with the schedule and procedure prescribed by the Supplier (GE)
• Maintain daily logs of total raw sewage flow to the WWTP, flows from all individual sewage sources; quantity
of chemical used for treatment and membrane cleaning and the dosages of each chemical; prescribed
process analyses at strategic monitoring points in each process train; performance of the membranes; quality
of plant effluent; and volume of sludge produced and trucked away from the site. Analytical program requires
the operator to collect multiple daily samples and analyse in the plant lab, and collect weekly samples and
ship to SGS Laboratories for regulatory analyses.
• Adjust pumping systems, air blowers, sludge handling equipment, and chemical metering equipment in order
to maintain effective sewage treatment and a stable operation
• Conduct daily in-house Colilert bacteriological testing of plant effluent at the plant lab and weekly collection
and shipment of bacteriological samples, as required by Health Canada, to SGS Laboratory. Follow
established protocols and techniques for the collection, preservation and delivery of water samples.
• Conduct operation and maintenance inspections of wastewater treatment plant building, processes,
equipment, and control systems in accordance with MSIFN-approved preventative maintenance program;
identify and correct operational deviations and equipment malfunctions; ensure treatment and pumping
systems are operating at the expected level of performance. Record all data and activities.
• Collaborate with the Environmental Health Officer to confirm the appropriate testing parameters and
schedules are consistently carried out for bacteriological and chemical testing in accordance with
Environmental Protection Act of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment Pollution Control and
Prevention Laws and Practices.
• Analyse daily operational data collected from on-line analysers, results of grab sample analyses at each
monitoring point in the wastewater treatment system, and data from the SGS lab. Identify anomalies, and
calibrate analysers, adjust plant processes, equipment, and control system as required
• Carry out wastewater collection system maintenance in accordance with MSIFN-approved preventative
maintenance program. This includes inspection and cleaning of manholes, gravity sewer mains, sewage
pumping stations, force mains, pumping equipment, screens, and remote monitoring and control systems. All
activities must at all times conform to Standard Operating Procedures with special emphasis on legislated
Health and Safety Policies and Best Industry Practices.
• Investigate oil, greases, volatile chemical, and hazardous waste spills that may have entered the wastewater
collection system to prevent contamination and resulting deviation to the wastewater treatment process
• Assist in preparation of annual reports as required to comply with funding obligations including: MSIFN
Annual Wastewater Report, INAC Annual Wastewater Template for O & M Enhanced Funding, and Health
Canada Annual Wastewater Safety Program
• Maintain routine housekeeping practices at the wastewater treatment plant and pumping stations to ensure all
MSIFN Wastewater facilities are kept clean, organized, and accesses remain safe at all times.
• Attend job-related accredited training and participate in wastewater operation practices to achieve and
maintain MOE Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection Licenses
• Maintain an inventory of parts and materials to support on-going operation and maintenance
• Conduct/participate in community education and awareness workshops related to wastewater collection and
treatment with emphasis on products and materials that homeowners and businesses are prohibited from
disposing or dumping into the sewer
• Respond to questions and concerns from community members. Maintain a record of sewage-related
complaints and activities performed to resolve the issues
• Performs related work as assigned by the Operations Manager
Related and other duties:
• Special projects, assigned tasks, and additional duties as required by the ORO and the Operation Manager.
• Active participation in meetings and training sessions
• Assist in annual budget preparation for operation and maintenance
Other Accountabilities:
Operators will be accountable for the Group’s inventory of tools and test equipment in good condition at all times.
Operators will also ensure the required inventory of parts and materials for the operation and maintenance of the
water and the wastewater systems is maintained at all times.

PAY RATE: $29.63/hr. (G1)
$348.08/week (flat rate on-call pay when on call rotation)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Community college Diploma in an environmental science program or an engineering related program with a
focus on the water and/or wastewater principles and technologies
• Has performed water system operation in a Class 1 or higher Water Treatment Plant and Distribution System
for 1 year
• Has performed wastewater system operation in Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System for 1 year
• Minimum 3 years total work experience
Specialization required:
• Valid driver’s license; a reliable vehicle with $1M liability insurance coverage
• CPIC and VSS acceptable to position upon conditional offer
• Understanding of Native culture, traditions, teachings, community dynamics
• Understanding of legislation governing First Nations
• Knowledge and experience working in a water and wastewater utility
• Competence and Experience to work safely with tools
• Knowledge and experience with water treatment concepts and technologies; knowledge and Experience with
water distribution & Supply concepts and the infrastructure
• Knowledge and experience with chemical handling including Sodium Hypochlorite as used for disinfection in
water and wastewater treatment systems
• Experience conducting water/wastewater testing in a laboratory
• Initiative and ability to work independently to meet deadlines
• Ability to analyze problems, recommend and implement solutions
• Good interpersonal skills to deal with First Nation residents
• Knowledge of Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act 2002 and its Regulations
• Demonstrated facilitation skills
• Demonstrated computer experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
• Experience using E-Mail and Internet
• Experience with databases such as Water Trax for data entry and report generation
• Above average math aptitude
• Excellent team player with willingness to assist others
• Formal training in WHMIS and First Aid/CPR
• Accurate and flexible
• Consistent performance
• Interested in continuous learning
• Team player
Considered an asset:
• Prefer MOE Class 2 Licenses in Water Treatment and Water Distribution & Supply; and MOE Class 2
Licenses in Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection. (Class 1 Licenses in both disciplines will be
considered).
• WHMIS and Health and Safety Certification, First Aid/CPR Certification
• 3 years of Water Treatment and/or Water Distribution experience at a Class I (minimum) facility or system.
• 3 years of Wastewater Treatment and/or Wastewater Collection at a Class 1 (minimum) facility or system.
• Work experience with First Nation or Aboriginal organization
• Prior experience in a computerized maintenance management environment
TO APPLY: Complete application form (mandatory – can be picked up at the band office) and
also send resume, including a cover letter, to Barb Kerel (e-mail or fax
acceptable). Existing employees must complete an Internal Application Form.
DEADLINE: January 8/2017

Those who miss the deadline may qualify to apply during the next stage if the
position is not filled. Please contact a Human Resources representative to
confirm receipt of your application.

QUESTIONS: Barb Kerel
Phone: 905-985-3337 Ext. 242
Fax: 289-312-4647
bkerel@scugogfirstnation.com

The MSIFN is committed to employment equity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Aboriginal applicants will be given priority. Qualified candidates who self-identify as “Aboriginal”
as defined in the MSIFN Recruitment Policy, will be given preferential consideration for any position.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

 

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