The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 million NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city’s surrounding waterways.
The Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all facilities related to the treatment of sewage within the five boroughs of the City. This includes 14 wastewater treatment plants, sludge dewatering facilities, collections facilities (pumping stations, combined sewer overflow retention facilities, regulators, tide gates, etc.), wastewater laboratories and harbor vessels.
Wastewater utilities are moving from handlers of wastewater to managers of sustainable resources and watershed-scale environmental leaders seeking the least-cost/highest return environmental and social solutions. We are embracing best practices and collaboration to ensure a sustainable future that minimizes waste, maximizes resources, protects our ratepayers, improves the community and embraces innovation. We have therefore been transforming from an agency that conveys and treats wastewater to a manager of valuable resources that is recognized as an essential partner in local economic development and an important member of the watershed community seeking to deliver maximum environmental benefits at the least cost to society.
Under general supervision, the selected candidate(s) will operate, maintain and repair machinery, equipment and structures in wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, intercepting sewers, sludge treatment and disposal facilities and associated equipment facilities; take samples and carry out testing of sewage; and perform related work. Job Tasks/Duties will consist of the following: monitor plant operation and perform all necessary watch duties including maintenance of plant equipment; operate, maintain, monitor and repair equipment such as regulators, diversion chambers, tide gates, pumps, sludge collecting treatment and disposal equipment, blowers, compressors, motors, air filters, oil purifying equipment, chlorination equipment, centrifuges, heat exchanger equipment, boilers, valves, pipes and meters; take sample and perform test relating to sewage composition and clean water quality; participate in the operation and monitoring of chemical bulk storage tanks, such as making periodic inspections and tests as required, reporting tank levels, monitoring leakage warning systems and deployment of spill containment devices; read meters, gauges and charts and record the readings; keep operating logs and other records; prepare reports and requisitions perform confined space entry duties, such as entering confined spaces, serving as confined space entry attendant, taking and monitoring gas readings, and all other necessary tasks as required by legal regulations; clean and maintain structures, equipment and grounds; load sludge vessels and barges; operate vehicles and radio telephones; clean, wash, and perform minor maintenance on vehicles; perform rigging and hoisting; handle grit, screenings, grease, and sludge; operate welding and burning equipment; operate and maintain power tools; participate in training for Vactor Truck operations; and drive and operate Vactor trucks.
Within three months of appointment you must obtain all of the following Certificates of Fitness issued by the NYC Fire Department. These certificates must be maintained for the duration of employment:
1. (C92) Storage and Use of Flammable and/or Combustible Liquids
2. (F60) Fire Guard for Field Construction Sites and Torch Operations
3. (G22) Use of LPG in Hi-Lo (Forklifts)
4. (G44) Storage and Handling of LPG
5. (G46) Handling and Storage of Non-flammable Compressed Gases
6. (G60) Torch Use of Flammable Gases with Cutting and Welding
7. (G98) Storage and Use of Flammable Compressible Gases
8. (S94) Handling of Motor Fuel Portable Containers.
Only those who have taken and passed DCAS Exam No. 8313 for Sewage Treatment Worker can be considered for this position. You will be asked to provide proof that you have taken and passed this exam.
Candidates selected to fill a Sewage Treatment Worker position from this posting will be appointed on a provisional basis. Once the Civil Service list is established for exam no. 8313, provisional employees could be replaced from those on the established civil service list if they are not reachable, as per Civil Service law. In addition, applicants who meet the aforementioned provision must also have a valid NYS CDL license or permit to qualify for an interview.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and three years of full-time satisfactory experience acquired within the last ten years in any one or a combination of the following: industrial construction activities; the repair or installation of commercial, industrial, or large residential machinery, piping, or electrical equipment; the operation of machine tools; the repair and overhaul of engines; residential or industrial plumbing; or the operation or repair of wastewater treatment plants or associated facilities (Note: handyman and janitorial experience is not acceptable); or
2. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and at least one and one-half years of full-time satisfactory experience acquired within the last five years as described in “1” above, plus sufficient relevant education acquired in an approved trade, technical or vocational school to make the equivalent of three years of acceptable experience. Education can be substituted for experience on the basis of one year of education at an approved trade, technical or vocational school for six months of acceptable experience; or
3. An associate degree or higher degree with a major in Environmental Health, Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Chemical Technology, or a related field from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and one year of the experience described in “1” above acquired within the last five years.
Commercial Driver License Requirement:
At the time of appointment you must possess a New York State Class A or Class B Commercial Driver License ("CDL") or a valid CDL Learner's Permit. Appointees hired with a Learner's Permit must obtain the Class A or Class B CDL within six months of appointment. The CDL must be maintained for the duration of employment in this title.
- Experience with industrial construction activities; the repair or installation of commercial, industrial, or large residential machinery, piping, or electrical equipment; the operation of machine tools; the repair and overhaul of engines; residential or industrial plumbing; or the operation or repair of wastewater treatment plants or associated facilities.
- Use power and hand tools
- Repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment
- Operate vehicles and powered industrial trucks
- Ability to handle multiple priorities
- Basic computer knowledge
Appointments are subject to OMB approval.
For additional information about DEP, visit www.nyc.gov/dep.
DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success of our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.
Special Working Conditions:
Sewage Treatment Workers will be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Some of the physical activities performed by Sewage Treatment Workers and environmental conditions experienced are: climbing and descending ladders and stairways; standing for long periods of time; walking to and from repair sites; bending, crouching and kneeling; erecting and working on scaffolds; lifting and carrying heavy equipment; working in confined areas; working outdoors in all kinds of weather; working in areas that have high noise levels and may be damp, dark, dusty, dirty and/or acrid; operating burning and welding equipment; using a respirator; using equipment for fecal testing; and operating and maintaining color coded equipment.
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40 hours per week / rotating shifts
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.