Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator

Environmental Health & Safety Souderton, Pennsylvania


Position at JBS USA Food Company



Position Title: Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator                 FLSA:     Non-Exempt


Business Unit/  JBS Souderton, Inc.                  Number Supervised:     8


Location:        741 Souder Road, Souderton, PA 18964                                   


Reports to:      Wastewater Treatment Certified Plant Supervisor                       Shift: TBD



 Under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, operates the wastewater treatment plant, performing technical work related to the Plant operation and maintenance.  The position requires experience and acquisition of a Class C, Sub class 1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification.  Incumbent will exercise some supervisory responsibilities for the utility operators under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor.




  • Operates the WWTP under the direction of the WWTP Supervisor and/or Lead Operator. Complies with relevant SOPs and the conditions of the NPDES Permit.
  • Prepares effluent samples for outside laboratory.
  • Fills daily reports on computer and on hand. Files daily documentation.
  • Performs technical work in the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Monitors, conducts analytical tests and makes adjustments to Plant equipment to maintain compliant effluent quality. Adjusts chemical feeds as necessary.
  • Makes periodic rounds to check the general operations of the plant; cleans rot sieves; unplug and clean pumps; remove debris; check operations of pumps.
  • Takes and records plant operation readings according to prescribed schedules.
  • Assists in wash down of equipment according to regular schedule.
  • Assists in maintenance of daily logs; reports unsafe conditions; records plant operating data as required.
  • Conducts effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, managers and regulatory agency personnel.
  • Maintains all work areas in a clean and neat condition. Promptly cleans up all work areas and restores tools and equipment to their designated locations.
  • Complies with all plant rules and safety regulations.
  • Performs other related functions as assigned or as they become apparent.
  • Must be able to work different shifts as necessary and fill in for absent Wastewater Treatment Operators or Utility Operators as scheduled by the WWTP Supervisor.


Specifications:     (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)


  • Knowledge of wastewater theory and operations including activated sludge, clarification, disinfection, dissolved air flotation and anaerobic processing.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel).
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance on Gorman Rupp pumps, PD pumps, centrifuges, gearboxes.
  • Knowledge of mechanical theory of operation, maintenance and repair of related equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge of modern wastewater treatment plant instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of methods and precautions in storing and handling the chemicals necessary to the treatment process.
  • Ability to operate a variety of hand tools, machinery, vehicles and equipment.
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
  • Must maintain a current forklift operator’s license
  • Must possess a minimum Class C Subclass 1 Wastewater Operator Certification issued by the PA. Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED, supplemented by course work in wastewater subjects.



 WORKING CONDITIONS: (hourly only)

 Employee may be required to work indoors and outdoors during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions. Employee may be required to work where regularly they may be exposed to fumes, dust and odors, as well as high noise levels from operations in the plant. Employee may be required to lift equipment or perform maintenance that would require to lift up to 50 lbs.

Employee may be required to work shift work.  The shift work may be eight (8), ten (10), or twelve (12) hour shifts and may be assigned to day, night, early morning, or rotating shifts as needed.  There will be weekend, holiday and overtime work as needed.

 Approval Signatures


Environmental Manager                                                             Date




Human Resources                                                                     Date




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.