Wastewater Operator I, II, or III in Burlingame, CA at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 5/20/2023

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Company Description

Veolia Group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 230,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources and replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group provided 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 28,508 billion euros in 2021.  www.veolia.com 

Job Description

This is the O/M role within the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator class series. Incumbents learn and perform a variety of monitoring, maintenance, operations, and repair work on the wastewater treatment system and facilities. Under supervision, perform a variety of operations, monitoring, maintenance, and repair work on the wastewater treatment facility, including pumps, lift stations, and associated equipment, and to do related work as required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Many of the assignments listed below are performed in a training and learning capacity under the direction of a certified operator with the expectation that an incumbent will develop the capacity to perform the full scope of work the minimal guidance and supervision. Essential and other important responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monitors wastewater treatment system operations, reading charts and gauges noting operational problems and recommending adjustments to maintain system balance.

  • Inspects pumps, sump pumps, ventilators, and air supplies.

  • Gathers samples at appropriate sampling points, using proper procedures and recording information for records.

  • Cleans and monitors the operations of automatic samplers.

  • Performs basic laboratory tests, as needed.

  • Checks and maintains proper oil levels in equipment.

  • Reads and adjusts pressures and flows for seal water.

  • May assist with raising and lowering influent gates.

  • Cleans strainers.

  • Changes charts.

  • Bleeds off compressed air reservoirs.

  • Checks and maintains proper status of chlorination/de-chlorination equipment. Fills oil reservoirs to proper levels.

  • Primes pumps.

  • Checks flow patterns of water and sludge.

  • Ensures proper operation of stand-by-generators.

  • Measures sludge depths and trouble shoots the sludge pumping system.

  • Tests proper operations of residual analyzers, and chlorination/de-chlorination.

  • Checks gas traps and drains accumulated liquids.

  • Checks sludge temperature before and after circulation through heat exchangers.

  • May assist in taking Primary and Secondary digesters out of service, cleaning, and placing back in service.

  • Inspects and cleans lift stations facilities and grounds.

  • Uses a variety of testing equipment and procedures.

  • Operates a variety of equipment and hand power tools.

  • Maintains a variety of records and reports related to wastewater system operations.

  • Performs preventive maintenance.

  • Under supervision, may operate computers for process control and monitor SCADA systems, and maintain daily operational logbook.

  • Learns to perform calculations for process control and process optimization.


  • Minimum Grade II Wastewater Certificate issued by CA Office Of Operator Certification
  • Basic knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices pertaining to the operation, maintenance, and wastewater treatment facilities and systems.

Ability to:

  • Learn and perform a wide scope of assignments in the operation, maintenance, adjustment, and repair of the City wastewater treatment system.

  • Learn and inspect wastewater treatment facilities and systems for proper and safe operating conditions. Learn to collect samples and conduct basic laboratory tests.

  • Learn to skillfully use a variety of hand and power tools in the maintenance, testing, monitoring, adjustment, and repair of wastewater treatment facilities and systems.

  • Learn and maintain detailed and accurate operational logs.

  • Learn and operate specialized computer programs. Learn and operate testing equipment.

  • Maintain accurate records and reports.

  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public. Establish and maintain cooperative internal and external working relationships.

  • Learn laws, rules, regulations, and environmental requirements applicable to operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities and systems.


  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED

Additional Information

  • Hourly Pay minimum $37.00 to maximum $48.00

  • Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance.   In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement.  Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.

About Veolia:

Veolia offers the most complete range of environmental solutions to meet the challenges of cities, governments, campuses, businesses and industries. Our network of talent and hands-on know-how is unique and unrivaled. 

We help our customers address their environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water and waste. That means improving our clients' energy efficiency, better managing their water and wastewater, and recovering resources from their wastes. We do this in a safe, cost-effective and innovative manner for more than 550 communities and more than 30,000 businesses, campuses and organizations throughout North America.                                    

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.