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Lead Wastewater Plant Operator

Government and Military

Boiler Plant Operator



With minimal supervision, is required to operate and maintain the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Schedule regular maintenance and address irregular maintenance of the equipment within the plant. Work closely with plumbers and other infrastructure personnel to resolve issues. Participate in goal-setting processes and strategic planning for mission support with other department leaders. Contribute to a safe working environment by coordinating employee trainings and identification and mitigation of environmental and job hazards. Maintain effective communications between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings. Provide suggestions and recommendations for re-hiring, termination and advancement of staff. Routinely utilize independent judgment and discretion to solve problems and identify potential issues.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements, goals, policies and procedures. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Is designated the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for the facility.
  • Operates to the best possible standards providing uninterrupted operation.
  • Monitors wastewater plant systems, ancillary equipment and the chemical composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams; makes necessary adjustments to ensure operation is within established guidelines.
  • Responds to unscheduled equipment or process failures.
  • Performs preventive maintenance and repairs in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications on all systems including belt press, blowers, pumps, valves and piping.
  • Willingness to carry a radio or pager for after hour’s call out’s
  • Completes maintenance records and documents all maintenance performed and maintains operating logbooks and databases as required.
  • Collects and analyzes raw waste, performs chemical, biological and physical analysis and maintains a thorough knowledge of the composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams.
  • Monitors wastewater effluent making adjustments as necessary to ensure effluent quality standards are met or exceeded.
  • Oversees or performs all laboratory testing.
  • Accountable for the proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater plant for compliance with applicable regulations and/or permit requirements, including monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Maintains cleanliness of wastewater plant.
  • Ensures efficient and economical operation of station wastewater treatment equipment.
  • Completes maintenance records; maintains laboratory and operating logbooks and databases as required.
  • Maintains control of plant tools, manuals, repair parts, assemblies and consumables.
  • Maintains inventory accuracy at 98% or better.
  • Ability to work alone or within a team depending on situation.
  • Advises the Utilities Supervisor or their on-ice representative of the status of water production equipment and systems.
  • Coordinates with the Utilities Supervisor or their on-ice representative to order repair and/or spare parts, maintenance parts, assemblies, tools and consumables.
  • Willingness to work a rotating shift; day, swing or night shift
  • Performs duties in support of division metrics (as provided by supervisor).
  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, affected by this position’s work activities.
  • Evaluates job hazards and communicates information to staff verbally and in writing through various venues, including weekly and/or daily crew meetings.
  • Interprets project tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications and diagrams.
  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy and with the highest degree of professionalism.
  • Communicates professionally, both orally and in writing, with their subordinates as needed to relay information they need in order to be successful in their jobs. This includes, but is not limited to, staff meetings, performance appraisals, job requirements, division metrics, projects, Quality Standard Procedures, and safety practices.
  • May be required to work outside on various jobsites in extreme cold weather and environmentally challenging conditions.
  • Interacts with other partner companies, the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person. Is kind, courteous, cooperative and professional at all times.
  • Participate in dormitory chores while deployed to Antarctica.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

  • Colorado Class “B” Certification (or other states’ equivalent)
  • Minimum 6 months of Supervisor or Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) experience
  • Experience working in an Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plant

Expected Skills and Competencies:

  • Mechanical aptitude with the ability to handle multiple tasks at once is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices applied in the maintenance and operation of activated sludge treatment plants is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, hazards, and safety precautions related to activated sludge treatment plants is required.
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude and to work efficiently in a stressful environment is required.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.


  • Previous experience with remote Polar Logistics operations is preferred.
  • Two years of experience as a Wastewater Treatment Operator preferred.

Physical and/or Other Requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods
  • Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica
  • Successful completion of Federal Background Check required by the NSF
  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors in extreme cold
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts & safety objectives.
  • Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain facility credentials/authorization. Note: US Citizenship is required for facility credentials/authorization at this work location.

Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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