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Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator - Trainee (Full Time)

Engineering Department

Description of Duties

  • Performs study and reading assignments, observes demonstrations and otherwise learns the techniques of operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant;
  • Learns and assists in the operation and adjustments of pumps, valves, screens and related mechanical equipment;
  • Learns and assists in the making of tests to determine chlorine residual;
  • Cleans channels, screens, tanks and other equipment;
  • Learns and assists in the preparation and maintenance of activity records and reports;
  • Performs increasingly responsible duties as assigned in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant.


May require a Civil Service Examination. 

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

NOTE: This is a trainee position in the Competitive Class for which candidates are selected on the basis of general intelligence, basic knowledge of elementary chemistry and general science and mechanical aptitude.

Term of appointment is limited to one (1) year during which time employees should be required to satisfactorily complete the training and experience requirements of the New York State Sanitary Code for a certificate appropriate to the plant.

NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

Rate of Pay

$23.86 ph

Contact Information

Jessica Zigrossi


How to Apply

Non-Town residents may be eligible for Town employment in certain positions – please contact the Town of Amherst Human Resources Department to find out if you may be eligible.

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Forms should be mailed or delivered to:

Human Resources
5583 Main St
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 631-7025
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mon-Fri)

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The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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