If you like to be outside, and do meaningful work that directly affects a community’s quality of life, this career may be for you. The employee in this field is a multi-tasker who is comfortable learning about the mechanics of water and wastewater systems, the science behind providing pure, safe drinking water and safeguarding public health.
Transmission/Distribution Supervisor, Chief Operator of a Water or Wastewater Treatment facility. Could report to others, depending on specific assignment.
A high school diploma is required. Associate or relevant bachelor’s collegelevel degree will help with advancement. An apprenticeship/internship is standard, with length up to six months.
Key attributes are the ability to work independently and in a team environment, comfort in using computer systems and a willingness to learn.
A level of good health and fitness is important. Employees may need to obtain a Class A or B (CDL) driver’s license within six months, depending on assignment.
These positions are in high demand. They generally center in midsized and larger communities, including at places like the Portland Water District, which serves many cities and towns in southern Maine.