Lead Wastewater Technician

| Wright City, MO, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 29-34 Annually
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Woodard & Curran is a national engineering, science, and operations firm with a simple vision for clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. As an employee-owned company, we strive to cultivate diverse teams and encourage collaboration in an equitable and inclusive culture. We seek talented individuals from all backgrounds to help us address a broad range of water and environmental issues. We prioritize our people, offering opportunities for professional growth, ownership, and flexibility. That’s how we make a difference to our clients, people, and the planet.

Woodard & Curran draws on the experience of hundreds of certified operators across the country, backed by the knowledge and skills of hundreds more engineers, scientists, and regulatory experts, to quickly tackle the most challenging operational issues and keep treatment plants running efficiently and in full compliance. Woodard & Curran also reimburse employees in earning, upgrading, and keeping their licenses and certifications within the industry.


The Wastewater Treatment Facility Lead O&M Technician regularly participates in the daily operations and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) as directed by the Plant Manager and Environmental Compliance Manager. This position will be located at the new Wright City WWTF, which utilizes a highly automated, 4-stage Bardenpho (w/Sidestream Treatment) Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) process. If you enjoy working outdoors protecting nature’s precious resource, water, then you will find this position challenging and rewarding. This position comes with the opportunity for upward mobility to advance your career in the wastewater field. Woodard & Curran is dedicated to our employees’ growth and development and wants to help you on your career path!


Monday – Friday, 7:30am- 4:00pm. Flexibility and extended shifts to meet the demands of the wastewater system. Reliable and dependable attendance is an essential function of the position. Availability for standby duty and the ability to be “on-call,” working evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. Response to emergency events and alarm callouts required as scheduled and required.

On Call: On-call, incentives offer $200 for the week you are on call (this is on a rotation). Compensation for being on call is 2hrs minimum paid for each call out received. 

What will you be doing at Woodard & Curran?

  • Monitor wastewater treatment plant processes and equipment both manually and via SCADA automation, adjusting as necessary to control the operation.
  • Perform water quality sampling, testing, and analysis to determine compliance with federal, state, and EPA standards.
  • Operate, maintain, control, and perform routine repair of plant equipment, including preventive maintenance duties.
  • Utilize software programs for maintenance work orders and maintain all necessary records.
  • Perform general maintenance duties of plant and other assigned duties.
  • Monitor and evaluate the operations of a new highly automated wastewater treatment facility and its auxiliary systems; maintains plant log.
  • Lead and train subordinate operational and maintenance staff assigned; advise and instruct on methods and techniques for improving efficiency of duties and operations.
  • Review trends, records, and reports to maintain proper procedure and standards; collect and tabulate operational log data for regulatory agencies.
  • Recognize deviations or irregularities in the plant operation and maintenance; adjust the treatment plant process and equipment to maintain the required quality standards of the federal, state, and county regulatory agencies.
  • Sample, measure, and test plant values such as pH, temperature, solids concentration, levels, and others; make corrections and adjustments; collect required samples for on and offsite analysis.
  • Collaborate with maintenance staff on specific projects; adjust or bypass job specific areas, processes, or equipment to ensure consistent wastewater treatment, plant integrity, and safety.
  • Test, monitor, record, evaluate, troubleshoot, and adjust the operation of plant emergency generator and auxiliary equipment.
  • Assist contractors and consultants with specific tasks.
  • Assist in preparing standard operating procedures.
  • Oversee Plant operations to remain in compliance with all Federal, State, County and City regulations and standards when an operations Supervisor is not onsite.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and standard operating procedures.
  • Work around high voltage and rotating equipment.
  • May assist Federal, State, and local regulators during plant compliance inspections.
  • Performs related work as required.

What will you need to succeed?

  • High School Degree or Equivalent.
  • Valid Missouri Driver's License required.
  • Must possess at least a valid State of Missouri Class “C” or higher Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators license, “A” preferred.
  • Being able to make sound decisions in process control and follow instructions, as well as following safety procedures.
  • Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check, pre-placement physical and drug screen before employment.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Wastewater Plant operations with management experience.

Benefits & Wellbeing

Retirement Savings:

• 401(k) Pre-tax or Roth Contributions: Company will match equal to 100% of the first 3% of salary contributed, All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan and are 100% vested in the value of own contributions and any employer matching contributions.

Time away from work:

• Vacation time is provided to full and part-time regular employees. Vacation is accrued, based on number of hours worked per week as well as prior years of experience.

• Woodard & Curran offers paid sick time to eligible employees who are absent due to their own non-work related, illness, injury, or medical procedure.

• Woodard & Curran provides up to 80 hours of Paid Parental Leave for child bonding in a 12-month period.

• Company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance from Sun Life to assist with replacing a portion of your income in the event of non-job-related illness or injury. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled and eligible immediately.

Coverage and support for your needs and wellbeing:

Personal and Family health: Company offers three medical plan options based on geography; plus HSA and PSA plans are available based on eligibility, additional options include dental and vision plans.

Company provides basic employee group life insurance and AD&D benefits; additional voluntary life insurance for employee and family are available through Sun Life.

WayForward powered by Dario: EAP Program combined with personalized mental health and wellbeing coaching.

LiveWell wellbeing program: credit incentive is available, up to $600 annually – nutrition and fitness reimbursement, and access to the Virgin Pulse wellness platform.

Education: Tuition assistance offers eligible employees up to 100% reimbursement of tuition, books and fees up to $5250 per year, for courses related to the employee’s job or planned career development.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

Woodard & Curran is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to ensuring our employment practices are non-discriminatory and based solely on job-related factors. To read our entire Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement, click here. To view the Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal poster and supplement, click here.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to apply, please contact Beth Sweitzer.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Woodard & Curran believes that complex teams working together in an equitable, inclusive space provides the best opportunity for achieving our vision of clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. Our success is tied to a culture that embraces our differences so that everyone can bring their whole, authentic selves to work. When our people are supported to reach their full potential, we provide the most innovative, sound, and effective solutions.

More Information on Woodard & Curran
Woodard & Curran operates in the Consulting industry. The company is located in Portland, Maine . Woodard & Curran was founded in 1979. It has 1041 total employees. To see all 43 open jobs at Woodard & Curran, click here.
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