Production Specialist

At Aqua, we know that water is a precious resource ? one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That's why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth's most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.
Together, the women and men of Aqua America serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!
General Functions:
Supports Directors, Managers, and Supervisors with their responsibilities as they manage all aspects of water and wastewater treatment, operations and maintenance of the well and surface water treatment facilities, associated water intakes, water distribution system, wastewater treatment facilities, and wastewater collection systems. This is an entrance level management position. Responsible for assisting the production and treatment department in sampling, analysis and operations in order to assure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act requirements.
Train to assume management position within the organization.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Works with Treatment/Water Quality control, Wastewater, Laboratory, Distribution, Production and Engineering departments, as needed, to produce high-quality drinking water and wastewater effluent at the lowest cost and to solve treatment plant-related problems.
Learn and manage the SCADA Network and other computer monitoring systems to review treatment and water quality at all assigned facilities and distribution system locations, monitor alarms, analyze computer generated data and respond effectively and in a timely fashion. Coordinate response with Supervisors, Wastewater Operators, Water Operators, and Distribution system personnel. Compiles data, completes reports and analysis, and maintains records for reporting purposes.
Assists in overseeing water and wastewater treatment so that all facilities meet process targets and are optimized with regard to chemical dosages and water quality. Must be capable of assuming the full responsibilities of the Wastewater Supervisors. Plant Supervisor/Manager or Treatment Manager in the complete supervision and operation of multiple facilities on a temporary and/or everyday basis.
Conducts treatment studies, assists in special projects, and performs all other tasks or special functions as directed by the Director.
Must be on call twenty-four hours a day, alternating with other Production, Treatment, and Wastewater department staff as needed. Must be available to immediately respond in the event of emergency.
Assists with ongoing capital projects, including coordinating projects with various departments and outside contractors, at the facility as directed and assist in determining long range capital projects.
Participates in various professional organizations; attend seminars and training courses when necessary to maintain technical competency.
Assures outstanding communication with plant, well station personnel, wastewater plant personnel, and Aqua-Management including listening, communicating expectations, providing all relevant information and feedback in a timely manner.
Accepts delegated responsibilities and performs other assigned tasks as necessary.
Responsible for the treatment plants and wells meeting all DEP and SDWA regulatory requirements and NPDES limits including the completion of regulatory reports as needed.
Responsible for adherence to all Aqua safety and health policies and procedures.
Special Educational or Registration Qualifications:
B.S. Degree, preferably in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or Biology with a minimum of 3 years experience. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Basic knowledge of water and wastewater treatment plants and well and pumping station operations preferred, with the technical and managerial ability to assume a supervisory and/or managerial role. Must take examinations and obtain Pennsylvania Class A Water and Class B Wastewater licenses including all relevant certification subclasses within a reasonable time frame. Must have good computer skills including MS Office, with ability to learn Lawson, Maintenance Connection, LIMS, WIMS and other relevant software programs.
Budgetary Responsibilities:
Responsibility for budgeting of special projects as directed. Recommend to the any equipment and/or improvements that should be included or considered for annual operating and capital budget preparation.
Aqua America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

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