We’re looking for two Water System Operators to join our team!

What you would do:
These positions works independently or as part of a crew to operate the water treatment plants and well systems to assure compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and standards; perform water quality testing and various lab tests; operate a variety of treatment plant and testing equipment; prepare and maintain a variety of records and logs; clean clear-wells, settling basins, contact basins, and media filters; conduct periodic inspections of the water plant to assure proper operation of electronic and mechanical equipment. Operates SCADA to monitor and control water system facilities. Performs on call/standby duty for remote alarm contact and access, and other duties as assigned.


  • Must have excellent communication skills, the ability to write routine reports and correspondence, communicate clear and concise verbal instructions and information in English to coworkers, customers and the public.
  • Must be a physically able and mechanically inclined individual.
  • Must have working knowledge of operating and control of electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate flow of raw water into treatment plants.
  • A strong background in mechanical abilities is preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent and twelve (12) months related experience and/or training in the operation of water and/or wastewater systems; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Training and/or experience in addition to water operations related to the maintenance and repair of low voltage electrical or mechanical systems will also be considered in evaluating applications.
  • Candidate must have a valid Washington State driver’s license; Possess or have ability to obtain within one (1) year minimum of Washington State Certification for Water Treatment Plant Operator – In Training; and possess or have ability to obtain within (1) month of employment, a Federal Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC).

This is a Represented Position, General Teamsters Union Local 231.

Starting base hourly rate of pay:  $31.64 including excellent benefits (salary range is $65,815 – $81,126 depending on longevity).

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How to apply: Must send a cover letter and resume to jobs@pudwhatcom.org or mail to PUD No. 1, Attn: HR, PO Box 2308, Ferndale, WA  98248.

The positions are open until filled.

PUD #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer