Watershed Maintainer

  • New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • 20 Westlake Drive, Valhalla, NY, United States
  • Apr 04, 2017
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Job Description

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. We deliver 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water per day to 8.3 million New York City residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and we collect and treat an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire 4 Watershed Maintainers within the Water Treatment Operations Division, at facilities located in Valhalla, New York. Two of these positions will be located at 20 Westlake Drive (Delaware Aqueduct/Shaft 18), the other two will be located at 10 Walker Road (Catskill/Delaware Ultraviolet Facility). The Watershed Maintainers (WSMs) will perform duties related to the operation, maintenance and inspection of equipment, water treatment facilities, watershed areas, reservoirs and aqueduct systems of the City of New York. Specific tasks will include maintenance, inspection of power tools and operation of field equipment. The WSMs will monitor and control the various process control equipment and treatment systems using various computer based controls including the Process Monitoring and Control System (PMCS) or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) within Water Treatment Operations. The WSMs will perform simple calculations, take water samples, maintain control room and equipment log books, complete inspection and work ticket records and maintain overall drinking water quality per regulatory and DEP requirements. Loads, unloads and ensures the feed of chemicals, such as chlorine and alum, to water; identifies and contains leaks through the use of emergency equipment. They may serve as member of the Emergency Response Team. 

Duties also include operation of motor vehicles, snow removal equipment and other motor powered equipment.  May install, maintain and repair equipment, fixtures, gauges, meters and other equipment relative to the watershed, reservoir and aqueduct systems. They may clean and maintain facility grounds, structures and equipment. May paint structures, equipment and fences. All employees will comply with all environmental, health and safety laws, agency policies, rules and regulations.

Special Qualification Requirement:

Candidates must obtain and maintain a New York State Grade IIB Water Treatment Operator Certification issued by the New York State Department of Health after one (1) year of appointment.

Medical Requirement:

Watershed Maintainers may be required to wear a respirator while performing the essential functions of this job. Employees must be physically able to wear a respirator. OSHA regulations have established medical guidelines for wearing a respirator; therefore, applicants and employees will be required to have pre-appointment and periodic post-appointment medical examinations to demonstrate that they meet applicable OSHA standards and to monitor their medical status. Once hired, employees must continue to satisfy OSHA regulations for their duration of their employment.

Essential Skills

Technical Competencies:
• Water Treatment Principles and Practices
• Mechanically inclined (plumbing, electrical or mechanical)

Non-Technical Competencies:
• Conscientious
• Information Sharing
• Critical and Analytical thinking
• Good Record Keeping
Minimum Qual RequirementsA four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and one of the following:

1. One year of full-time satisfactory experience in the operation and maintenance of equipment used in the controlling or purification of water at facilities in watershed areas, reservoirs, or aqueduct systems, or performing duties involving the upkeep, inspection, maintenance or operation of watershed areas and related facilities; or

A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and one of the following:

2. Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as: a mechanic, journeyman or helper in the electrical trades or mechanical trades; or a technician in a chemical processing facility or chemical laboratory.

Driver License Requirement: By the time you are appointed to this position, you must have a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of your employment.
Preferred Skills• New York State Grade IIB Water Treatment Operator Certification

• Ability to keep electronic logs of operation, equipment performance, maintenance activities and water quality

• Ability to operate equipment through SCADA, Process Logic Controllers or other

• Ability to anticipate possible problems and develop contingency plans in advance

• Ability to anticipate how treatment will react to changing conditions and plan accordingly

• Ability to anticipate the consequences of situation and plan accordingly

• Ability to take water samples.

• Ability to work independently

New York City residency is not required for this position.

Class A Commercial Driver’s License valid in the State of New York may be required. If required, this license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

Additional Information

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success or our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

Valhalla is a hamlet located in Westchester County New York approximately 28 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.

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Proposed Salary Range: $ 38,197.00 - $ 55,870.00 (Annual)