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Wastewater Operator II
(Cullman WWTP)

Deadline to Apply: February 24, 2017
Starting Pay: $13.89/hourly


The City of Cullman is currently accepting applications for the position of Wastewater Operator II at the Cullman Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is a full-time position starting at $13.89 per hour and including benefits of health and dental insurances, retirement, and life insurance. Applications will be accepted in the City of Cullman Human Resources Department, located inside City Hall at 204 2nd Avenue NE, Cullman, AL 35055, until 3:00 p.m. on February 24, 2017.


Nature of Work

This is technical work in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant. Work involves responsibility for overseeing the operation and maintenance activities at a wastewater treatment plant on an assigned shift, and responsibility for assuring the efficient and proper operation of the plant. Work is performed under general supervision with considerable independence in the performance of duties. Work is reviewed by a superior through plant inspections and review of operating records and reports.


Essential & Marginal Functions of Work

  • Monitoring the operation of wastewater treatment plant equipment and machinery on an assigned shift to ensure that plant effluent meets state and federal guidelines for purity.

  • Operating equipment such as bar screens, grit collectors, clarifiers, chlorinators, air diffusers, digesters, boilers, compressors, generators, blowers, gates, pumps, and valves; changing out chemical containers; working on UV equipment.

  • Reading charts, gauges, meters, and graphs and recording data regarding wastewater and sludge at various stages in the treatment process; posting and maintaining daily log sheets; changing recording charts on meters and control panels.

  • Collecting samples and conducting standard laboratory tests such as dissolved oxygen, BOD, fecal chloroform, suspended solids, total solids, volatile solids, pH, and ammonia; making adjustments in the treatment process based on test results.

  • Performing visual, auditory, and tactile inspections of pumps, motors, and bearings to ensure proper operation; greasing, lubricating, and performing other preventative maintenance on plant equipment and machinery.

  • Attending training seminars and conferences to keep abreast of new techniques and procedures in wastewater treatment.

  • Job requires regular and prompt attendance, plus the ability to work well with others and work well as a team.

  • Performing other tasks as directed by the Superintendent.

Marginal  Functions of Work

  • Cleaning buildings and equipment; cutting grass and maintaining grounds.

  • Performing minor repairs on equipment and machinery.

  • Conducting tours of the plant.

  • Performing related work, as required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required

  • Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant.

  • Considerable knowledge of the potential hazards and safety precautions involved in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant equipment and machinery.

  • Ability to operate a variety of pumping, treatment, and control equipment; ability to detect problems in operation and take corrective action.

  • Ability to read meters, gauges, graphs, and charts accurately and to maintain operational records.

  • Ability to conduct standard laboratory tests and maintain basic laboratory records.

  • Ability to operate the plant computer system.

  • Ability to maintain effective communications and working relationships with representatives of federal and state regulatory agencies, officials, superiors, fellow employees, and the general public.

Minimum Education, Training, & Experience Required

High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate by the appropriate state agency.


Working Environment

Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Work exposes employee on a daily basis to potential biological and toxic chemical hazards found in sewage and disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine and sulfur dioxide. Work also exposes employee to potential mechanical, electrical, and physical hazards on a daily basis when operating wastewater equipment and machinery.


Physical Demands

Work requires frequent performance of physical tasks such as walking over rough surfaces, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, working in restricted and confined places, climbing, balancing on ladders, and occasionally lifting of light and heavy objects. Work also requires physical dexterity in the frequent use of hand-eye coordination and manipulative skills using fingers, limbs, or body for the operation of vehicles, computers, equipment, and tools.


Necessary Special Requirements

  • Valid Driver's License.

  • Grade II or III Wastewater Operator Certification, or a Grade IV Wastewater Operator Certificate, from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) preferred.

  • If uncertified, Grade II Wastewater Operator Certification must be obtained within the initial 24 months of employment. The City of Cullman reserves the right to terminate employment if this certification is not obtained within the initial 24 month period. (In order to obtain this certification, the City of Cullman will pay for four tests within the 24 month time frame.)

  • Once an individual passes the Grade II, Grade II, or Grade IV Operator's test within the initial 24 month time frame of on-the-job training required by ADEM, he/she will be eligible to be certified through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's certification program.

  • All certifications must be kept current. ADEM certification expires every three years, so the employee will be required to attend continuing education classes in order to renew the certification. Twenty-four credit hours are required within the three year time frame for renewal of certification. It is the employee's responsibility to fulfill these credit hours and to renew the certification. If the employee's certification expires, the City of Cullman reserves the right to terminate employment.



(Cullman Fire Rescue)

Deadline to Apply for Exam: March 7, 2017

The City of Cullman is accepting applications for the Firefighter exam. Duties consist of general firefighting work in combating, extinguishing and prevention of fire and operating firefighting apparatus.

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and must have a valid Alabama driver’s license. Individuals must be able to successfully complete the physical requirements of the Alabama Firefighters’ Personnel Standards and Education Commission.

Applications must be received in the City of Cullman Personnel Office by 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to be eligible to take the written exam.

Upon successful completion of the firefighter written exam with a passing score of 70%, confirmation of successful completion of Alabama Fire College approved CPAT or State of Alabama Firefighter I/II Certification, eligible applicants may be called for a panel interview. PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN TO CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTER I/II & EMT ADVANCED OR HIGHER. Upon recommendation by the Fire Chief, applicants must interview with the Mayor, pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening, pass a NFPA 1582 physical exam, and submit an employment background screening.

Starting base pay is $32,493. Employee/Firefighter benefits include, but are not limited to: paid individual health, dental, and life insurances, paid Kelly days, 9 paid holidays, annual PT benefit, uniform allowance, Retirement, 5% Associates Degree or Military incentive, 10% Bachelors Degree incentive, EMT- Advanced incentive pay, Paramedic incentive pay, and accrual of vacation and sick time based on years of employment.

Employees will serve a probationary period for up to one year.