Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Water Pollution Control Operator 1 (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210205-9252FM-001



The State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Facilities Operations Department has one job opening for a Water Pollution Control Operator 1.  This position is responsible for performing a limited range of tasks in the operation and maintenance of the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility to include water reclamation, and associated lift stations to the facility at the Storrs Campus.   A current Class I Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate, in accordance with the regulations of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is a minimum qualification of this position; the Wastewater Treatment Facility Class I Operator Certificate is required and must be maintained throughout employment with the University.

The Water Pollution Control Operator 1 position is a permanent, full-time, 1st Shift 40 hours/week position with a paid half an hour for lunch.  The work schedule is Sunday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This position may be eligible for weekend differential.  The hourly salary is $25.05.  This position offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance. 

This position is categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff.  Must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations.

Please note: UConn currently has job openings for Water Pollution Control Operator 1, Water Pollution Control Operator 2, Water Pollution Control Operator 3, Water Pollution Control Operator Mechanic, and Water Pollution Control Technician positions. Only applications submitted for THIS specific position will be considered. To be considered for a different position, or more than one position, you must apply to each position individually. 

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Selection Plan

This position is categorized as “Open to the Public” and current, qualified UConn NP-2 employees will be given preference in the hiring process.  In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application. 

A current Wastewater Treatment Facility Class 1 Operator Certificate is required in accordance with the regulations of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Applicants are required to complete the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of the application, recording the information provided on their Class 1 Operator Certificate in the specific fields of Type, Issuing Agency, License Number, and Date Issued on their application.  If this section of the application is not completed in its entirety, the applicant will not be considered qualified for the position.  Applicants are encouraged to record any additional licenses or certificates held in this section of the application.

Applicants who do not hold an operator certification in Connecticut, but hold certification in another state such as Massachusetts or Rhode Island, will be required to apply for Reciprocity for Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification and meet the requirements of CT Statute 22a-416-4. Please contact Craig Motasky at for more information and instruction prior to applying for reciprocity. As a reminder, out-of-state applicants must also complete the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of the application and are encouraged to apply for multiple job levels as they see fit.

If applicable, applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate on their application (under the Job-Related Academic, Technical or Vocational Training section of the application) the name(s) of any Educational Institution(s) attended, and to indicate the (in person and/or online) courses studied,  Address, City, State where the Educational Institution(s) are located, the years attended and the number of Credits earned or Diploma Earned. 

If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide the names, titles and phone numbers of three professional references.  In addition, if you are a current State of Connecticut employee at UConn or another State Agency, you will be asked to provide copies of your last two (2) performance appraisals and your CORE attendance records.  Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check. 

Applicants must possess and retain a current motor vehicle operator license throughout employment with the University.  

Questions pertaining to this position and the Water Pollution Control Facility should be directed to Katie Milardo at  Please direct questions about the application process and employment to UConn HR at


At the University of Connecticut, Storrs, this class is accountable for performing a limited range of tasks in the operation and maintenance of the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility to include water reclamation, and associated lift stations to the facility.


Performs a limited range of duties in the operation, monitoring and maintenance of wastewater treatment and water reclamation equipment for the processing and disposal of sewage, sludge and reclaimed water; operates and maintains such equipment as grit chambers, gravity belts, screens, grinders, scrapers, digesters, pumps, Imhoff tanks, sludge drying beds, trickling filters, chlorinators, Huber sludge presses, sludge dewatering coil filter machines and others; performs routine repairs to all equipment including valves, motors, pipes and machinery such as vacuum filters, chlorinators, digester safety equipment and trickling filters; performs on a daily basis chemical and biochemical analyses of wastewater and reclaimed water; records meters and gauges interpreting information according to operating characteristics; prepares operational records and reports; assists with fats, oils and grease (FOG) inspection and removal program; adheres to safety and cleanliness standards, maintains the building and grounds of the facility; performs related duties as required. 

In addition, the Water Pollution Control Operator 1 will gain knowledge, experience, and the ability to perform operational and maintenance tasks independently at the Class IV Water Pollution Control Facility.  This position may lead Water Pollution Control Operator Trainees.   Although this position has an established schedule of 1st Shift Sunday – Thursday, some training may be required on other days of the week, other shifts, and on overtime.  Applicants must also be willing to respond to emergencies on overtime (nights, weekends and holidays) and may be required to work on holidays.


Knowledge of operation of a large multi-treatment wastewater plant including water reclamation; knowledge of repair and maintenance procedures on pumps, tanks and other equipment used in wastewater and water reclamation treatment; knowledge of procedures used in laboratory analyses of wastewater and water reclamation; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to perform required chemical tests; ability to keep operational records; mechanical ability.


One (1) year of experience in the operation and maintenance of a Class I, or higher, wastewater treatment facility including performance of highly skilled mechanical maintenance duties or laboratory analysis of wastewater.


Successful completion in the Water Pollution Control Operator Trainee classification and its program may be substituted for the General Experience.


·        Advanced computer skills relating to any experience with HMI’s, and SCADA systems.

·        Experience with the following programs is also preferred: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, Hach Wims or similar program, Job Cal or similar program, GEIFIXX or similar program.

·        Education and/or hands on training that is related to environmental, chemistry, and/or mechanical fields.

·        Some supervisory ability.

·        Good technical writing abilities.

·        Strong mathematical skills.

·        A current State of Connecticut P-1 or P-2 license.


1. Incumbents in this class will be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current certifications, licenses or permits including possession of a Class I Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certificate in accordance with the regulations of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
2 Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certification requirements.


1. Incubments in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to extreme weather conditions; to highly disagreeable effects of waste; to loud and potentially dangerous machinery; to working with chemicals, lifting of moderately heavy weights and working in uncomfortable positions.


All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at 


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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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