Jul 15, 2022

Treatment Plant Operator (Water)

$58,865 - $70,614 yearly
  • Central Coast Council
  • Somersby NSW, Australia
Full time Science (environmental) Science (microbiology) Water Treatment Natural Resources -Water


Primary Work Location: Somersby NSW

  • Join a dynamic team responsible for the provision of clean safe drinking water to the community
  • Interesting and varied work on conventional plants, membrane systems, ground water, dams and catchment
  • Work/Life Balance - 9 day fortnight
  • Permanent Full Time roles 

The Location and Company

Central Coast Council is one of Australia's largest Regional Councils with over 1900 employees, spanning a significant  geographical area on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour’s drive south of Newcastle. 

The Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. 

Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

Overview of the Role

The Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of water treatment plants, water supply dams and various non-potable treatment plants, to meet service and quality levels for our customers.

The available roles are based at our Somersby Water Treatment Plant, however you may be required at times to work at other locations across the Central Coast.

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in the operation of water treatment plants (or similar facilities) and demonstrated knowledge of water quality risks, contamination issues and their management including water quality sampling, monitoring and interpretation.

Key activities of this role include:

  • Operate and maintain water treatment plants to treat water in accordance with regulatory requirements, including the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and Environmental Protection Authority license conditions;
  • Optimise treatment performance through the collection and analysis of samples and review of treatment performance data (e.g. laboratory analysis, SCADA);
  • Undertake water quality testing and reporting in accordance with established procedures and water quality management systems.

Essential Criteria:

  • Trade qualification in Fitter and Machinist/Electrician/Water Industry Operations (Certificate III level) or related field OR demonstrated solid contemporary experience in a similar role, combined with ongoing professional development;
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence;
  • Current Provide First Aid Certificate (HLTAID0011) OR willingness to obtain;
  • Current Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (HLTAID009) OR willingness to obtain;
  • Current Dam Safety Surveillance Certification OR willingness to obtain;
  • Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Certificate;
  • Statement of Attainment in Operate and Control Liquefied Chlorine Gas Disinfection OR willingness to obtain;
  • Current Confined Spaces Certification OR willingness and ability to obtain;
  • Valid Construction General Induction card - NSW Work Cover or equivalent OR willingness to obtain;
  • Proficient in swimming to perform self-rescue.

What we offer: 

  • Weekly pay cycle;
  • Generous Leave Provisions: 20 days paid Annual Leave, 15 days Sick Leave/Carers Leave, Health & Wellbeing Leave, Long Service Leave after 5 years, Additional purchased leave, Parental Leave – 18 weeks full pay/36 weeks ½ pay, Paternity Leave - 2 weeks
  • Novated Leasing;
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to employees and their families;
  • Fitness Passport – access to gyms across the Central Coast and Newcastle;
  • Health & Wellbeing programs – skin cancer screening, Breastscreen, Flu vaccination, blood donations;
  • Recognition of Service;
  • Council Child Care Salary Sacrifice;
  • Access to discounted Health fund;
  • Our + Learning;
  • Professional Development opportunities;
  • Individual career development and learning opportunities;
  • Reward & Recognition programs.

The Salary:

This role provides a salary range of between $58.8k to $70.6k per annum + 10.5% superannuation. 

The Culture:

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Enquiries: Michelle Pankhurst, Team Leader Water Treatment on ph: 0419 696 245

Closing Date:  Applications close at Midnight on Sunday 16 August 2022.


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