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Shift Operator - Orangeburg, NY

Shift Operator – Full time permanent position for the operation and maintenance of a 28.9 MGD RBC wastewater treatment plant.  Possession of a valid Grade 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Starting Salary - $56,360.83 to $61,806.78 per year (based on experience) with full benefits.  Mail resume to RCSD#1, 4 Route 340, Orangeburg, NY, Attn: Jean Langan or email resume to langanj@co.rockland.ny.us

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Civil Engineer/Civil Engineer Manager - Water/Wastewater -- Wm Schutt Associates, Buffalo, NY

Wm Schutt Associates is hiring several Civil Engineering Water/Wastewater positions in our Buffalo, NY office.

We are seeking project engineers, project managers and Civil Division Manager who will work on water supply/distribution and wastewater collection system projects and who have a passion for creating and sustaining client relationships. We are a flexible and dynamic firm staffed with people who enjoy a great level of autonomy and freedom.


  • Develop designs of water/wastewater infrastructure
  • Prepare technical specifications and cost estimates
  • Prepare permit applications
  • Represent the firm at meetings with clients and regulatory agencies
  • Market the services of the firm to existing and potential new clients
  • Identify, prepare and participate in assembling and presenting proposals to prospective clients
  • Assist clients with administration of construction


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Environmental Engineering
  • Current PE License in NYS or ability to obtain it
  • 6+ years of experience in the area of water/wastewater design and construction
  • Team player
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

If interested submit cover letter and resume to William Schutt at wschutt@wmschutt.com

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Laboratory Technician-Administrator (Wastewater) - Chautauqua County, Mayville, NY

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  Competitive Class, CSEA Grade 16.  This is an important technical and administrative position responsible for maintaining prevailing regulatory laboratory requirements and coordinating the various activities and technical projects of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts. General direction is received from the Director of the Districts with leeway permitted for independent decision making.  A person in this class may exercise technical direction and supervision over support staff when performing typical work activities.  Does related work as required.


  • Maintains state and national laboratory certification in accordance with prevailing criteria;
  • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining the certification of laboratory credentials for laboratory assistants and in the training of staff;
  • Performs standard laboratory tests and analyses which pertain to a wastewater treatment plant;
  • Reports results of analyses internally and to regulatory agencies;
  • Purchases laboratory equipment, instruments and supplies;
  • Maintains and calibrates instruments and equipment;
  • Oversees laboratory safety;
  • Prepares annual laboratory budget;
  • Coordinates and monitors pre-treatment activity within the community in accordance with general district policy, Local Law 6-94, and the district’s Fats, Oils & Grease Policy and DEC requirements;
  • Compiles, updates and distributes all records associated with laboratory and field work;
  • Oversees the health of staff exposed to wastewater and laboratory chemicals through procedural training, distributing protective devices, and tracking immunizations;
  • Recommends wastewater treatment process adjustments to improve efficiency;
  • Assists the District’s Director in the preparation and administration of special projects including grant applications, reports, technology transfer, project management and administration, public hearings and meetings;
  • Assists in the coordination of District work with consultants, contractors, regulatory agencies, vendors, developers and customers.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of the principles and practices of sanitary chemistry, to include the basic theory and principles of chemical, bacteriological and biological processes;  thorough knowledge of modern laboratory techniques, equipment and safety precautions; working knowledge of EPA and NELAP rulings and changes as related to the industry; working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of environmental health as related to public wastewater treatment; working knowledge of computer programs; ability to perform scientific investigations in a laboratory setting; ability to follow technical prescribed methods and procedures; ability to maintain technical records and prepare and interpret reports; ability to plan, organize, and coordinate activities on a large scale; thoroughness; high degree of accuracy; manual dexterity; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


PROMOTIONAL:  One (1) year of permanent competitive class service as a Laboratory Technician (Wastewater) at the South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts.

OPEN COMPETITIVE: Graduation from High school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and either:

A.     Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a New York State registered or regionally accredited college or university in the chemical, environmental, physical or biological sciences, or engineering, with at least twenty-four (24) college semester credit hours in chemistry with two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis for chemical and microbiological analytes.  A Master’s or Doctoral degree in one of the above disciplines may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

B.     Possession of an Associate’s degree or completion of 60 semester credit hours from a New York State registered or regionally accredited college or university in the chemical, environmental or physical sciences, with at least sixteen (16) college semester credit hours in chemistry with two (2) years of experience as listed in A. above.


1.     Possession of certification from the New York State Department of Health Environmental Lab Approval Program (ELAP) as a technical director in chemical analysis at time of permanent appointment and during service in this classification.

2.     Possession of certification from an approved accreditation body of the National Environmental Lab Approval Program (NELAP) as a technical director in chemical analysis within one year of permanent appointment and during service in this classification.

View http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/DocumentCenter/View/5449 for detailed information and how to apply.


Revised 7/12/2017

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Project Engineer-Water/Wastewater -- LaBella Associates, Rochester, NY

LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is one of the area’s Top 2017 Workplaces. We are headquartered in Rochester’s High Falls District with offices across New York and in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and an office in Madrid, Spain. We are a multi-disciplined architectural and engineering firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust.  

 We are currently looking for a Project Engineer who will work on water supply/distribution and wastewater collection/treatment projects. This individual will work closely with a Project Manager and other members of a multi-disciplinary team. The Project Engineer may be responsible for all or part of the technical aspects of a project, as well as administration and management duties.


  • Evaluate deficiencies with existing water and wastewater infrastructure and systems
  • Develop design concepts and evaluate alternatives
  • Perform detailed calculations
  • Produce effective and high-quality project documents (including reports, drawings, and specifications)
  • Assist clients with construction procurement
  • Support projects in construction, including office administration and field observation
  • Assist with water and wastewater operations and research, hydraulic/process modeling, environmental review, permitting, and project financing


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering
  • 5-10 years’ experience
  • Professional Engineer license or the ability to obtain one within 6 months
  • Track record of developing good working relationships with municipal, industrial, and/or institutional clients
  • Effective communication skills using oral, graphic and written forms
  • Ability to perform assigned tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to travel to project sites and work remotely as needed
  • Ability to manage workload and budgets as allocated
  • Familiarity with AutoDesk products and hydraulic/process modeling software is preferred

 LaBella offers a strong benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, professional development, paid time off, 401(k) and much more.

LINK TO APPLY: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=labella1&jobId=195318&lang=en_US&source=CC2 

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Conveyance Engineer - Hazen and Sawyer, New York, NY

At Hazen and Sawyer, our primary focus is planning, designing, and overseeing construction of environmental infrastructure – water, wastewater, and stormwater management. Throughout our history, our mission has remained constant, which is to provide top-quality, client-focused environmental services. To do this, we endeavor to recruit the best people, provide them with challenging, interesting, and creative assignments, and furnish them the with the tools needed to succeed. Learn more at hazenandsawyer.com.

Candidates must possess 10 to 20 years of experience in the planning and design of water, wastewater, and stormwater pipelines.

Required Experience

The desired candidate will have experience in the following:

  • Design of new pipelines and pipeline rehabilitation

            --Preparation of pipe sizing calculations for conveyance systems

            --Preparation of drainage area maps

            --Surface runoff coefficients, invert, slope, velocity and hydraulic grade line evaluation

  • Pipeline condition assessment and prioritization
  • Sewer system evaluation surveys
  • Familiarity with street design and reconstruction requirements
  • Utility coordination - determination and resolution of vertical and horizontal utility conflicts
  • Technical expertise in the layout and profiles of pipeline design in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015
  • Site survey requirements
  • Knowledge of subsurface and geotechnical engineering requirements
  • Development and review of technical reports, proposals, contract documents, resources studies, computer modeling and data analysis
  • Preparation of contract specifications and drawings
  • Office and field engineering support during construction

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • PE required with ability to obtain registration in New York State
  • Possess strong verbal communication and technical writing skills
  • Effectively and proactively coordinate with various disciplines (Stormwater, Civil, etc.)

 Contact: Eileen Feldman at efeldman@hazenandsawyer.com 

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Chief Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator-Type A Plant - Town of Webster

JOB SUMMARY: The town of Webster, located in the eastern portion of Monroe County, is pursuing a Chief Wastewater Plant Operator for the Walter Bradley Treatment Plant (7.5 MGD) located on 226 Phillips Road. This position is a supervisory and technical position responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of a Type A Wastewater Treatment Plant with facilities with an activated sludge process. Additional duties include oversight of pretreatment program and the in-house laboratory operations. The Chief Plant Operator is in charge of the SPEDS permit that includes the town and village treatment plant. The employee reports directly to and works under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Public Works or other higher level official with leeway allowed for planning work methods, plant improvements,  and dealing with emergency situations. General supervision is exercised over Wastewater Treatment plant operators, trainees, laboratory personnel, and mechanical maintenance staff.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITES: The applicant shall oversee the flowing activities:

  • Supervises the operation of the plant to ensure the most efficient and economical use of equipment, supplies, and labor
  • Supervise the operation of the plant and plant machinery
  • Supervise the WWTP laboratory and insure all testing meets NYSDEC requirements and oversees all lab work
  • Oversee the pretreatment requirements for industrial users and provide all necessary site inspections
  • Responsible for all permitting of hauling and receiving sludge and leachate, including compliance with landfill requirements
  • Coordinates daily inspections of plant and plant machinery, including weekends
  • Assign plant personnel for all required shifts and plant inspections
  • Provides for training opportunities to staff
  • Oversees all inventory of supplies, chemicals, and equipment
  • Oversees maintenance of equipment, grounds, and vehicles
  • Provides periodic inspection of industrial uses in the town
  • Insures that all records and reports are prepared and submitted to regulatory agencies, as required

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONNAL CHARACTERISTICS: The applicant shall possess the following minimum skills:

  • Possess a 4A license issued by NY State
  • Possess knowledge of proper use of standard equipment used in a Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Possess thorough knowledge of the operations of a 4A Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of the physics and chemistry that impacts the efficiency of a 4A plant
  • Ability to supervise the operation and repair of pumps, valves, and related mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operations
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Ability to instruct others in plant operations and related duties
  • Ability to insure plant and site is maintained for safety of staff and visitors
  • Ability to work with Commissioner of Public Works to prepare annual budgets
  • Follow all town rules in the purchase of equipment, services, materials, and supplies
  • Routinely meet with NYSDEC staff to insure plant operations do not result in discharges of pollutants to Lake Ontario.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a valid NY State Water Environment Association Grade 4A Wastewater Collection operator Certification issued by NY State Department of Conservation.  Applicant shall have a minimum of 4 years experience in a 4A plant.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you are appointed, you will be required to have a valid NY State driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate your capacity to meet the transportation requirements of the position.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: This position to open to all qualified applicants residing in New York State.

CONTACT PERSON: Resumes shall be submitted to: Geoffrey Benway, P.E., Commissioner of Public Works, Town of Webster, 1000 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580, 585.872.7027


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Solid Waste Administrator (provisional* appointment) - Monroe County DES

JOB SUMMARY: This is a professional position, located in the Department of Environmental Services requiring the application of technical, administrative and leadership capabilities in developing and implementing a large scale solid waste management system. Duties include coordinating and managing contracts and agreements relating to solid waste systems including landfills, recycling, and resource recovery facilities, and solid waste management plans. The employee reports directly to, and works under the general supervision of the Director of Environmental Services or other higher level staff member.  General supervision is exercised over professional and clerical staff. Does related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma plus EITHER: 

(A)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in Civil, Sanitary, or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management or a closely related field, or any environmental science field plus four (4) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in solid waste planning, management, and regulatory compliance; OR,

(B)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the fields mentioned in (A) above, plus six (6) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in solid waste planning, management, and   regulatory compliance; OR,

(C)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree in one of the fields mentioned in (A) above plus eight (8) years paid  full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in solid waste planning, management, and  regulatory compliance; OR,

(D)   An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and     (C) above.


Candidates for employment with Monroe County Government will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test, along with a background investigation.  Failure to meet the standards may result in disqualification. If you are appointed, you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your capacity to meet the transportation needs of the position.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be a resident of Monroe County at the time of appointment and for at least four (4) months at the time of examination.  


*The term provisional means that you will be required to take the next Civil Service examination for this title, and place among the top three (3) candidates on the examination list in order to be eligible for permanent appointment.

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