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Chief Water Operator - American Public Works Association

  • American Public Works Association
  • $103,565.00 - 195,330.00 / Year *
  • 1401 Cedar St
  • Park Ridge, IL 60068
  • Full-Time
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The Village of Cary, IL (18,271), a northwest suburb of Chicago, is seeking to fill an opening for a Chief Water Operator position within the Public Works Department. This position provides a unique opportunity to help lead the operation of Carys drinking water production & distribution infrastructure, which includes:

  • 3 deep wells
  • 6 shallow wells
  • 3 softening plants
  • 5 filtration plants
  • 7 booster pump stations
  • 4 elevated storage tanks
  • 2 ground storage tanks
  • 6 pressure regulating structures
  • 75 miles of water main
  • 1,100 fire hydrants
  • Over 6,000 water services and meters
  • The ideal candidate must have excellent customer service and management skills; demonstrated experience in performing advanced and technical operational and maintenance functions with complex water and wastewater systems; detailed knowledge of applicable regulatory requirements; the ability to operate and repair heavy equipment and tools; ability to assess problems and perform advanced calculations; and possess a passion for public service.

    Certification as a Class B\" (or higher) Public Water Supply Operator in the State of Illinois is required. Illinois Class B Commercial Drivers License necessary within 30 days of employment.

    The Chief Water Operator manages 4 full-time Utilities Division employees under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Public Works.

    Essential Functions

  • Assists the Assistant Director of Public Works in coordinating the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and emergency repair of the Villages water systems, including drinking water wells, water mains, hydrants, and lift stations.
  • Schedules utility staff duties and responsibilities, creates work plans, and performs process control decisions and adjustments to the water systems.
  • Acts as a crew chief for various field maintenance and construction activities, including emergency water main or pump repairs.
  • Ensures compliance and submits reports for all regulatory requirements regarding the water systems.
  • Provides supervisors with recommendations regarding required capital improvements along with recommendations for expense budgeting for the water system equipment, materials, supplies and contractor services.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the safety program.
  • Participates in the winter snow and ice control operations as a backup plow driver.
  • Responds to after-hours emergency calls with some weekend duty hours as part of rotating on-call assignments.
  • Performs other related work and other duties as assigned or required.
  • Qualifications

  • At least six (6) years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility in advanced utility operations of water and wastewater facilities (or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience) is desired.
  • IEPA Class B (or higher) Public Water Supply Operator certification is required.
  • Candidates must obtain their Illinois Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL) within 30 days of employment.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplemental formal education, trade or technical training is desirable.
  • How to apply

    Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and Village of Cary job application to ...@caryillinois.com. Hard copies or faxed resumes will not be accepted.

    The selected finalist will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check, reference check and post offer physical with drug screening.

    For more information about the Village of Cary, please visit our website at www.caryillinois.com.

    The Village of Cary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.