Nature of Work
Performs maintenance, repairs, and operations of City Wastewater
Plant Systems in accordance with state EPA and federal OSHA
Position functions approximately 25% inside and 75% outside
where there is exposure to all weather elements; mechanical,
explosive, and electrical hazards; burns associated with methane
gas, large pumps, and motors; chemicals, gas burners, acids/basis,
and hydrogen sulfide. Exposed to unpleasant odors, chemical fumes,
and sewage water mists high in bacteria and odor. Work will include
confined space work and use of a self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA). All protective clothing and devices are required, including
SCBA, face shields, eye protectors, hard hat, steel toe shoes,
chemical protection aprons, hearing protection, gloves, and any
other deemed necessary by the plant or safety officer.
Moderate to heavy physical work including balancing, bending,
crouching, climbing, crawling, kneeling, stooping, reaching above
shoulder height; visual and color acuity for fine motor/pump
alignment and working in proximity to live electrical wiring;
hearing of engine/motor sounds in problem identification; lifting,
carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 100 pounds.
Requires standby status for emergency response; may involve
working a 10-hour and 12-hour day shift; must be able to pass
annual confined-space physical. Regular attendance is an essential
function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is
subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and
Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.
FIRST CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO CURRENT CITY OF LAS CRUCES
EMPLOYEES WHO MEET ALL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not
guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies to include
positions that are regular, or contract; union-represented or
non-represented and may be full-time, part-time, or temporary
This position is graded at BC07/CN07
Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs composting operations, including mixing beds; turning
piles; running the belt press; and providing customers with
- Monitors odor control sites; responds to complaints of odor
control; calibrates injection pumps; records tank levels and pump
calibration settings; cleans tank filters; inspects site man holes
for discharge and chemical buildup.
- Conducts odors levels in collection systems; resets odor
- Participates in plant process control; maintains daily logs;
monitors equipment operations.
- Repairs and maintains plant equipment; checks and calibrates
plant flow meters; performs plant building and facility
- Responds to service complaints; troubleshoots problem; informs
the customer of necessary actions.
Equivalent to a high school diploma PLUS three years of
experience in wastewater system operations and maintenance. A
combination of education, experience, and training may be applied
in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Valid driver's license is required; current NM Level II
Wastewater Certification is required; selected candidate must
obtain NM Level III Wastewater Certification within one year from
date of hire. Position requires an acceptable driving record in
accordance with City of Las Cruces policies.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
General knowledge of: Tools and equipment involved in the
servicing, repair and construction of wastewater plants; compost
operations; state EPA and federal OSHA regulations; wastewater
treatment operations permit requirements and hazards involved in
facility operation, chemicals used in plant operations and in
treatment of odors in wastewater collections.
Ability to: Perform technical reading and writing; maintain
constant alertness and concentration; work in confined spaces, wear
and use SCBA equipment, and pass annual confined-space physical;
respond appropriately to emergency situations; make sound judgment
calls and decisions during malfunctions or other emergencies;
maintain accurate records; commute in a City vehicle to various
sites throughout the City and move about on uneven surfaces;
interact respectfully with City staff and members of the
Skills in: Operating a personal computer with various installed
generic and specialized software, two-way communication device, and
process testing equipment; performing basic mathematical