Posted: 09/15/2023


 --- The hourly rate advertised represents Step 1 on the pay table. Additional steps may be available depending on qualifications.---
This position is eligible for advancement under the City's Automatic Promotion Policy.

Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Wastewater Reclamation Division of the Utilities Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

Recruitment Qualifications

Required at the time of hire:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Experience working in a construction and/or maintenance environment;
  • Current Wastewater Systems Level 2 (WW2) certification* issued by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission;
  • Valid New Mexico Class A Commercial Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo;
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Required within thirty-six (36) months of hire date:

  • Wastewater Systems Level 3 (WW3) certification* issued by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission.


  • More than two (2) years of experience performing the functions of a wastewater operator.
  • Current Wastewater Lab Tech 1 (WWLT1) issued by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission.

Minimum qualifications for wastewater systems and wastewater lab tech certifications are determined by the NMED Utility Operator Certification Program. Testing eligibility and renewal requirements are subject to change pursuant to the Program.

Essential Duties

  • Interprets all charts, trends, graphs and test results;
  • Ensures that wastewater operations comply with operating guidelines and that treated reclaimed water is safe and acceptable entering the distribution system;
  • Inspects wastewater equipment and facilities to locate and report needed repairs and maintenance; reports and/or corrects unsafe working conditions;
  • Receives supplies delivered and ensures that they are properly stored; reports need for materials to supervisory staff; 
  • Participates in a variety of special projects such as construction of piping and structural systems related to wastewater treatment processes and conveyance;
  • Operates a variety of heavy equipment including backhoes, excavators, front end loaders, bull dozers, dump trucks, and tractor trailer combinations;
  • Maintains and updates accurate records for treatment process and prepares logbook entries;
  • Installs, maintains, repairs, modifies, troubleshoots and services reclaimed wastewater operations machinery and equipment including pumps, valves, motors, meters, tanks, reservoirs, feeders, and online analyzers; change lubrications;
  • Generates and reviews Standard Operating Procedures for troubleshooting, maintenance of equipment, and wastewater treatment process;
  • Becomes familiar with operation manuals such as maintenance, treatment, and safety;
  • Reads, records and interprets information taken from computers, gauges, dials, and other instruments; acts on the information as appropriate;
  • Monitors, interprets, and adjusts computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) controls;
  • Performs preventative maintenance; oils, greases, cleans, and otherwise services wastewater equipment; uses hand and power tools to remove, install, and make minor repairs, modifications, or additions to wastewater facilities;
  • Performs general wastewater facility upkeep such as sweeping, mopping, cleaning, sanding and painting; performs general grounds keeping and housekeeping as required;
  • Ensures tools and equipment are properly maintained, and meets any scheduled maintenance requirements;
  • Responds to customer complaints regarding wastewater problems;
  • Regulates pressures and flow rates on the reclaimed water system in accordance with demand, storage, and production;
  • Monitors, operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and adjusts wastewater treatment process equipment, including pumps, motors, pressure reducing valves, pump control valves, monitor wells, chemical feed systems, and related plumbing components;
  • Controls the application of hazardous materials and chemicals associated with wastewater treatment processes; 
  • Assists with daily rounds of lift stations, booster stations, and reservoirs; measures and records flow, pressure, and chemical feed dosages; records gallons pumped and number of hours each system ran the previous day;
  • Secures and transports hazardous chemicals to various facility locations and assists with the transport function by off-loading and loading hazardous chemicals for transport;
  • Runs routine laboratory tests to determine proper chemical treatment;
  • Maintains chemical feed pumps to ensure proper dosage of chemicals;
  • Calibrates wastewater process equipment;
  • Maintains and calibrates various electronic and mechanical equipment;
  • Collects various wastewater samples for laboratory analysis and performs routine and complex wastewater quality analysis;
  • Assists with the collection of all wastewater compliance samples as required by the NMED;
  • Collects representative wastewater samples to be used by other agencies for wastewater analysis testing for regulation compliance;
  • Provides on-the-job training to less experienced employees as assigned; may be called upon to provide functional supervision on a project basis as needed;
  • Guides and explains operations to visiting groups; 
  • Assists other divisions during emergencies or as may be required to maintain quality service to customers;
  • Drives a City vehicle in the performance of duties;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.


  • Must obtain and maintain required licenses and certifications;
  • Required to perform on-call rotation duties outside of normal work hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 


Knowledge of:

  • Job related O.S.H.A requirements;
  • Principles of customer relations;
  • Safe operation of vehicles and equipment;
  • City of Alamogordo Ordinances, City-wide and Departmental Policies and Procedures, and any other applicable laws regulated by an outside authority;
  • Basic mathematical principles;
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices and procedures;
  • Accepted methods of repair, rehabilitation, and operation of wastewater, lift station, and reclaimed water distribution system facilities;
  • Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq. (1972);
  • Hydraulic and mechanical operations as applied to the operation of wastewater, reclaimed water storage, and distribution systems;
  • Methods, practices, equipment, and materials used in the daily maintenance of the wastewater treatment processes;
  • New Mexico Environment Department Ground Water Bureau;
  • Methods and techniques of maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting wastewater treatment process; 
  • Operating principles of reclaimed water equipment such as valves, pumps and motors;
  • Principles and practices of wastewater treatment processes; 
  • Sampling methods and techniques; and
  • Wastewater treatment chemicals used within the wastewater treatment and their safe use and application.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Perform tasks and other daily activities in a positive and professional manner alongside employees of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Attend work, as scheduled and on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position’s essential duties and responsibilities;
  • Exercise common sense and good judgment in the performance of essential duties;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Maintain pertinent records and compile data into written reports;
  • Operate and monitor wastewater treatment process equipment;
  • Perform heavy manual labor;
  • Perform routine to difficult maintenance, repairs, and installations to wastewater and reclaimed water production equipment such as pumps, valves, and electronic monitoring devices;
  • Maintain professionalism under pressure; 
  • Respond quickly and positively to customer complaints;
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems;
  • Diagnose operating problems and take effective courses of action;
  • Read, interpret and calibrate gauges and other recording devices related to wastewater treatment process;
  • Read, interpret and understand technical manuals, drawings, blueprints, schematics, and diagrams;
  • Safely operate various light and heavy equipment used in daily activities of the wastewater treatment system; and
  • Operate standard office equipment, personal computers, Internet, and Microsoft Office software products as well as utilize a computerized maintenance management system (Data streams MP2) to monitor and improve the productivity of assigned personnel and enter data into those and other City computer programs.

Work Environment

  • Work is typically performed in the outdoors and may be subject to inclement weather conditions;
  • Daily physical labor that includes extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, bending, reaching, climbing ladders, lifting heavy objects, swinging heavy hammers;
  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as painting, digging, driving;
  • Lift and/or move items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds; the lifting of any object greater than fifty (50) pounds by a single individual is prohibited. Lifting objects, materials, or equipment weighing more than fifty (50) pounds require the buddy system or the use of devices designed to assist with lifting or moving. Proper lifting techniques shall be used when lifting items of any weight;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud;
  • May be exposed to hazardous traffic conditions as well as hazardous chemicals, contaminants, and pathogens; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments including protective footwear marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per ASTM F2413-11.


City Of Alamogordo
1376 E 9th St

Alamogordo, New Mexico, 88310

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