Job Opening – Pretreatment & Biosolids Coordinator – Valparaiso City Utilities



The Valparaiso City Utilities is seeking a Pretreatment & Biosolids Coordinator to join their team.

Position Purpose

To operate the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Program as mandated by the Federal Clean Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Coordinate the VWRD’s Municipal Biosolids Land Application Program.

This is a full-time hourly position. Hourly wage offered is $24-$34 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.

Essential Position Functions  

Responsible for:

  • Adherence to all regulatory permits (NPDES) and Federal Clean Water Act.
  • Assuring that all pretreatment and land application activities and schedules are followed as per regulations.
  • Performing on-site reviews, inspections and sampling of industrial user systems, while being exposed to inclement weather and potentially dangerous/hazardous industrial processes (chemicals, moving mechanical parts, heat exposure, etc.) on a daily basis.
  • Discuss findings, documenting findings and follow-up communications with all users of the City’s Sanitary Wastewater Collection System as necessary.
  • Monitoring user discharges, following approved sampling techniques, analytical methods, chain of custody protocol, reviewing and reporting results.
  • Attending meetings, conferences, and workshops, documenting results as required.
  • Reviewing laboratory, pretreatment, and biosolid related documents, reviewing reports, developing discharge permits, preparing/submitting periodic reports to appropriate authorities. Writing/submitting ordinance revisions to USEPA, IDEM and the local governing body.
  • Inspecting and reviewing domestic, industrial wastewater and biosolid analyses and reports.
  • Keeping the Pretreatment Program and the Land Application Program current with all federal legislation.
  • Protecting the wastewater treatment plant and the collection system from illegal dischargers and suggesting enforcement response protocol.
  • Performing required activities, such as soil sampling, biosolid sampling, water table monitoring and field marking at selected farmland sites for the Land Application Program.
  • Ensuring the application of plant biosolids at regulated agronomical rates onto selected farmland sites through analysis and by making adjustments to the amount o biosolids applied as required.
  • Developing, completing and submitting all regulatory reports for the Pretreatment Program and the Land Application Program.

Marginal Functions

Responsible for:

  • Communicating with federal, state, and local officials when necessary.
  • Communicating with industrial representatives and local growers.
  • Running analytical testing on wastewater and biosolids samples when necessary.
  • Taking inventory of materials and equipment.
  • Assisting other departments, as required.
  • Serving on City committees, as required.

Education, Job Standards and/or Experience

To be successful in this position an applicant must possess:

  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in biology, chemistry, or an environmentally related science program with a minimum of two years experience in both industrial pretreatment and land application of municipal biosolids.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain certifications required for the position.
  • The ability to retain CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • The ability to meet OSHA required training and certifications.
  • The ability to use and maneuver equipment and machines up to 50 lbs. in weight including, but not limited to: computer, office machines, D.O. meters, analytical scales, auto-samplers or other appropriate sampling devices, laboratory equipment.
  • A knowledge of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment to solve and prevent problems.
  • An ability to perform facility inspections and conduct user inspections.
  • An ability to write and revise documents to initiate/rewrite permits, ordinances and procedures.
  • An ability to perform proper water sampling and preservation procedures to process samples for analysis.
  • A knowledge of analytical procedures used in the calibration of equipment.
  • A knowledge of wastewater treatment plant theories and principals.
  • An ability to read and understand laws, rules, and regulations to update procedures.
  • An effective use of written and verbal communication skills.
  • An ability to analyze wastewater treatment samples for certain NPDES parameters.
  • An ability to complete work assignments assigned by superior according to established procedures, standards, and work methods.
  • An ability to follow established safety procedures while completing work activities and operating assigned equipment.
  • An ability to follow established standards used in departmental operations.
  • A strong customer service orientation.
  • An ability to work with others.
  • An ability to understand and follow verbal and written commands.
  • An ability and willingness to work overtime as required.

Resumes should be forwarded to Paul Scott, WRD Superintendent at pscott@valpo.us or mailed to Valparaiso City Utilities, 1251 Joliet Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385.

For additional questions regarding this position, please call 219-462-6174 ext. 1307.

The City of Valparaiso is an equal opportunity employer. This position does not constitute an employment contract. The City is an at-will employer.