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Hillsborough County Government is looking for new members to join our team who are aligned with our core values of commitment to excellence; stellar customer service; and embracing diversity, transparency, and accountability.  Our employees enjoy careers that are professionally and personally rewarding and that provide fair and reliable compensation.   

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies with over 9,000 combined employees.  We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including law enforcement, detention, fire, street construction and maintenance, courts, library, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, property appraisal, tax collection, water, sewer, and solid waste collection services. In addition, we also employ professionals, paraprofessionals, and clerical staff in a wide range of service support functions, including management, finance, information technology, human resources, facilities, communications, etc. 

Learn more about Hillsborough County or read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.


Performs Trainee duties inspecting, operating, and maintaining one or more water/wastewater treatment facilities which includes reclaimed water systems to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations as well as to provide high quality treatment of water and wastewater.


Employees in this class are required to complete prerequisite training and obtain a State of Florida “C” level license within two years of hire and perform duties of average difficulty requiring reasonable initiative and independent judgment under close supervision. 


Note: Incumbents function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion to Plant Operator.


  • Collects and preserves water/wastewater samples following written and verbal direction, and maintains chain-of-custody paperwork for sample collection, pickup, and delivery.
  • Performs laboratory analysis on collected samples, using microscope and laboratory analyzers in conformance with local, state, and federal requirements and methodology, interprets test results and makes routine process changes following established guidelines.
  • Makes oral and written reports of violations of the operating conditions set forth in the facility permit to appropriate personnel and regulatory agencies in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Modifies processes by changing such things as air application rates, sludge return rates, and chemical dosage rates as needed to maintain proper operation of facility in accordance with permit specifications.
  • Maintains and calibrates laboratory test equipment, field analyzers, automatic samplers and water main flushing devices.
  • Monitors and interprets instrumentation and control systems, evaluates data, and responds to routine alarm conditions to make necessary routine process or equipment adjustments based on written and verbal guidelines.
  • Monitors reclaimed tank levels, rejects containment levels, processes test results and makes an immediate choice of effluent disposal options based on each facility's approved reclaimed water protocol.
  • May function as shift leader when working with new operators or trainees.
  • Inspects equipment using a checklist or task guide to identify and evaluate problems with industrial equipment. May provide information to the shift leader for input in work order preparation.
  • Maintains automatic samplers, checking the temperature of the refrigerator, verifying the fluid output of the sampler, and programming the sampler controls based on manufacturer's directions.
  • Implements OSHA lock-out/tag-out procedures to safely isolate equipment and remove it from service.
  • Performs minor equipment maintenance, including cleaning analyzers, changing filters, cleaning screens, replacing reagents, and providing hands-on assistance to staff as needed.
  • Performs general housekeeping, janitorial, and facility cleaning, and grounds keeping duties, such as building and tank cleaning, weed eating and mowing assignments.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed facility records in conformance with established rules.
  • Responds to customer inquiries and complaints to include determination of water quality issues and resolution, provides requested information within established guidelines and capabilities or redirects call to appropriate person to ensure good customer relations.
  • Provides operations, maintenance, and safety training to new or junior personnel.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to and from training classes, work sites, and the Environmental Laboratory, loads and unloads materials, tools, equipment and laboratory samples.
  • Flushes hydrants and blow offs to maintain residual and water quality in the distribution system to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Accepts documentation from chemical delivery drivers, signs to verify amounts of delivered for payment, and submits the tickets to the facility supervisor or office assistant for payment.
  • Uses appropriate personal protective equipment and follows material safety data sheets recommendations for handling toxic, corrosive, and flammable materials.
  • Follows County, Department, and Group policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and must adhere to all state and federal regulations associated with the licensed operation of a Potable or Wastewater treatment plant.
  • May be required to work overtime assignments and/or during emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and unnatural crises to provide public health and safety during crisis situations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Note: To be acquired during the training period.


  • Working knowledge of operating principles and practices of process control for water/wastewater treatment processes and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of chemistry and biology related to the operation of water/wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Some knowledge of all regulations governing water/wastewater treatment and operator responsibility.
  • Some knowledge of regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Working knowledge of facility’s permit specifications and water/wastewater operating protocols.
  • Some knowledge of or ability to learn County and Department policies and procedures and Group Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs).
  • Working knowledge of applicable local, state and federal material and chemical handling safety procedures associated with water/wastewater treatment operations.
  • Some knowledge of occupational hazards and applicable safety precautions.
  • Some knowledge of required maintenance activities.
  • Some knowledge of the principles and practices of sludge handling.
  • Some knowledge of rules governing reclaimed water.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory and hand-held process testing equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate, detailed operations and maintenance records and reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex written and oral instructions, and convey routine instructions.
  • Ability to use visual, auditory, and olfactory cues to detect faulty operating characteristics in equipment and/or process, and make corrective repairs and adjustments.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate  water/wastewater operational data, and develop logical conclusions for operational adjustments
  • Ability to understand and interpret, utilize and adjust automation/instrumentation devices and systems to meet facility operational requirements.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations to meet facility operational permitting requirements.
  • Ability to convey technical information accurately and clearly.
  • Ability to identify occupational hazards and apply appropriate safety precautions.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend, twist, squat, kneel, push, pull, and exhibit a full range of movement.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds up and down stairs, and over uneven, rough terrain.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders and to perform physical tasks at heights of up to 35 feet.
  • Ability to safely work with various chemicals, perform other operations and maintenance procedures and work in confined spaces while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Ability and willingness to respond to emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and/or unnatural crises to provide for public health and safety.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.



Employees in this class will serve a one year probationary period.


Employees in this class are required to complete all educational requirements to acquire a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "C" Certificate of License within one year of position assignment and obtain the licence within two years.


Upon completion of training, to include obtaining a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "C" Certificate of  License, incumbents will be promoted to Plant Operator.The training period may be extended by the Agency to which the position is assigned. 

Selection Process

  • Application Screening (Civil Service Office)
  • Performance Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
  • Written Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
  • Establish List (Civil Service Office)
  • Department Selection Interviews (Hiring Agency)
  • Background Investigation (Hiring Agency)
  • Job Offer (Hiring Agency)
  • Conclusion

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.


    DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE:  The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.


    NOTE: Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.


    NOTE: Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County.  They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.


    EXAMINATION: Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience. 


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