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Posted on: December 19, 2018

Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator – Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) Grade IV

Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator – Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) Grade IV

The Town of Benson is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Chief Operator and ORC of the Town’s wastewater treatment facility. Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Operator certification desired.


High school diploma supplemented by coursework in chemistry or biology, Associates degree or higher preferred in environmental science or related field.  Considerable experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, engineering drawings and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate effectively with management Town Council, fellow employees, engineers, regulatory personnel and the general public. The applicant is also expected to attend and represent the Town as required by the Neuse River Compliance Association (NRCA) and Lower Neuse Basin Association (LNBA) boards at their bimonthly meetings.

The applicant shall also be capable of keeping daily operation and maintenance logs, reports, and completion of the monthly Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR’s) via the NCDEQ eDMR data entry system.


The candidate must possess a valid Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate in good standing issued by the North Carolina Operator Certification Board as WWTP operator IV, with the ability to accumulate the required annual continuing education credits (CEU’s) to maintain licensure. Possess and maintain a Class C North Carolina Driver’s license (CDL license is preferred) with a clean driving record.


A. Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, and procedures used in wastewater treatment plant maintenance and operation activities including a basic working knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices.

B. Proper collection, packing, and chain of custody documentation relevant to the transport of samples to the testing lab to ensure compliance with the NPDES permit.

C. Ability to perform process control calculations and interpret the test results to execute changes in the plant operation to maintain effluent limits defined in the NPDES permit. Ability to work safely in conformance with OSHA Regulations, particularly those related to confined space entry, and fall protection. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and establish productive working relationships with the Town’s Council, Manager, fellow employees, vendors, consultants, and regulators.


Motor vehicles, back-hoe, generators, pumps, gauges, commonly used hand and power tools, shovels, winches, computers, air compressors, hydraulic motors; AC/DC arc welders, welding and cutting torches, spray equipment, and pneumatic hand tools. Basic knowledge of Programmable Logic Control Systems is desirable.

Experience in the use of laboratory instruments including but not limited to a spectrophotometer, pH probe, centrifuge, and microscope is highly desirable.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly must stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee often must walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally must sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. Reasonable accommodations are available to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties in accordance with the American Disabilities Act.

The successful candidate will regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds.


The work environment involves working near treated and untreated wastewater containing bacteria and potentially other toxic substances. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to wet and humid conditions and fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is sometimes exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, the risk of electrical shock, and vibration.


Salary Grade 17 ($38,204 -- $57,306)

Hiring rate depending on qualifications.


Please provide a complete Town of Benson application, resume and cover letter to Terry Hobgood, Town Clerk ( or 919-894-3553).  It is expected that the position will remain open until filled.  The first review of applications will occur January 9, 2019.

Applications can be secured online at or at Benson Town Hall, 303 East Church Street, Benson, NC 27504.

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The Town of Benson is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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