Open Positions:  Wastewater Operator & Lab Tech

There are openings for a Wastewater Operator and a Lab Tech at the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD).  If you are qualified for either position, identify if you are applying for one or both.

Wastewater Operator performs duties relating to the control and processing of wastewater and bio-solids.  Prior experience or education related to wastewater treatment is preferred, but not required.  The successful candidate will participate in a training program for up to twelve months on a variety of shifts to learn processes under different operating conditions.  Every operator must be able to operate either plant by himself/herself after completing training.  

This position performs a variety of duties to meet State and Federal discharge regulations including:

  • Interpreting data from various lab or on-site tests,
  • Using SCADA to develop and implement appropriate responses to alarms at the plants and lift stations,
  • Maintaining records and logs and interpreting data according to established guidelines,
  • Performing preventive maintenance functions.

This position requires the ability to obtain a Class IV Illinois Wastewater Treatment Operator certificate.  It also requires the ability to operate heavy equipment and machinery. 

Lab Tech conducts laboratory tests and analyses required for the testing of wastewater to assure compliance with IEPA, USEPA and Clean Water Act requirements.  A Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, biology, or other environmental sciences is strongly preferred.  An Associate’s Degree in chemistry, biology, or other environmental sciences plus a minimum of three years of progressive relevant experience in wastewater facilities or an analytical testing facility may be considered.

This position performs a variety of duties including:

  • Conducting chemical and microbiological tests according to protocols and procedures,
  • Operating, calibrating, and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment including spectrophotometer, dissolved oxygen meters, pH meters, and wastewater samplers,
  • Responding to call-ins during storms or other events to collect required samples.

Both positions require a safe driving record and the ability to be covered by District vehicle insurance.  Both require the ability to climb ladders and stairs, to walk around the plants in all weather conditions, and sufficient visual and auditory acuity to communicate with others and respond to alarms or warnings.

The District offers a comprehensive benefits package with medical, dental, life, and vision insurance available on the 1st day of employment.  Benefits also include a pension plan, vacation, sick and personal leave, and 9 paid holidays.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020.  Due to the existing COVID-19 restrictions no applications will be taken at the office.   They may be mailed to Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District, P.O. Box 669, Urbana, IL 61803-0669.   Attn:  Kim Lytle.  You may also e-mail resumes to kadlytle@u-csd.com.  EOE

Operator Job Description

Union Benefit Summary Sheet 2020

Lab Tech Job Description

Non-Union Benefit Sheet

Application for Employment

Equal Employment Opportunity Form - Voluntary

District employees are subject to the following criteria:

All employees must establish and maintain permanent residency within 20 miles of the 2016 corporate limits of the District. Newly hired employees must meet this criterion within six months from their first day of employment. View the Residency Boundary Map (PDF) .

Most employees must possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible to be covered by the District’s vehicle insurance policy. All maintenance employees must obtain a CDL license after completion of their probationary period.

Positions in the Maintenance, Wastewater Operations, and Storeroom are subject to the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters.

Most positions are subject to a post-offer physical, motor vehicle registration screen, and drug screen. Some positions are also subject to a pre-placement screen based upon the physical requirements of the job. Employees required to have a CDL license are also subject to random substance screens in accordance with DOT guidelines.