Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Water Systems Operator (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #220720-0264TC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Water Systems Operator, Position #24490. This Water Systems Operator will be responsible for performing critical procedures and job duties related to the operation and maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant and supporting equipment specific to the site. This position is located at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), Water Treatment Plant, Middletown, CT.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

Are you interested in joining us as a Water Systems Operator? We encourage you to apply today! This position is located in Middletown, CT. This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week position, with a Monday-Friday schedule of 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please be sure to carefully review the Minimum Requirements and Special Requirements listed below.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

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This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at


At the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital this class is accountable for performing a full range of highly skilled duties in operating and providing preventive maintenance and repair to a multi-treatment operation consisting of a Class III Water Treatment Plant and a Class 1 Water Transmission and Distribution System with a design flow rate of a least .70 million gallons per day.


Operates and monitors water treatment and distribution equipment; maintains equipment such as filter beds, metering pumps, chlorinators, raw water pumps, backwash pumps, ash lagoons, transmission mains and valves, strainers and filters used in water treatment and distribution; performs maintenance and repair work on all equipment including valves, motors, pipes, fire hydrants and other machinery; performs daily skilled chemical analyses of water; adjusts water flow rates and chemical feed rates to maintain adequate balance between influent and effluent and proper amounts of chemicals; maintains records and prepares reports on tests and general plant operations; performs maintenance of building and grounds that affect water distribution system; participates in facility Cross Connection Control program, backflow device testing and flushing of distribution system; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of water treatment, water transmission, distribution and engineering principles; knowledge of repair and maintenance procedures on pumps, tanks, motors and other equipment used in water treatment, transmission and distribution; knowledge of procedures used in laboratory analyses of water; interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills; ability to keep operational records and prepare reports; ability to utilize computer software; mechanical ability.


Three (3) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a chemical physical water treatment plant (Class III or above).


One (1) year of the General Experience must have included performing chemical and biochemical analyses of water.


College training in chemistry, sanitary or mechanical engineering may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling six (6) months of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate's Degree.


1. Incumbents in this class will be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications including possession of a Class III Water Treatment Plant Operator license and a Class I Water Distribution System Operator license in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Public Health.
2. Incumbents in this class must obtain and maintain a Class I Water Distribution System Operator license in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Public Health within two (2) years of appointment.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain specific education and/or experience to meet various certification requirements.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as 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, loud and potentially dangerous machinery, working with chemicals and exposure to toxic fumes and may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and work in uncomfortable positions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.