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VA AWWA is pleased to provide the following listing of employment opportunities in Virginia. To search for national or international opportunities, please visit the AWWA Career Center.

Do you have a position available? Submit your position today by emailing all necessary information to admin@vaawwa.org.

Backhoe Operator/General Maintenance Worker
Due Date: December 18, 2019

To apply, please copy and paste the following link into your URL:  https://tinyurl.com/ycgrtpg4

Job Title: 

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

Position Summary: This position safely drives, operates, and maintains the backhoe. In addition, will perform technical work in the maintenance and repair of water/wastewater systems. This position will spend approximately 90% in general maintenance work and 10% in equipment operations. Position may require some overtime, weekend, and holiday work as well as on-call responsibility.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Drives the backhoe to the job site. Operates in a safe manner to make required street openings, trenches, backfilling. Performs loading and unloading of excavated material from a work site.
  • Cleans, greases, and makes minor repairs to the backhoe.
  • When not operating the backhoe, the General Maintenance Worker performs the following:
    • inspects, operates, maintains, troubleshoots, installs, and repairs water distribution and wastewater collection system facilities including not limited to a) water mains, valves, hydrants and service lines; b) sewer lines, manholes and service laterals; and c) pumping and flow control facilities.
    • Performs repairs, preventive and corrective maintenance on water distribution systems, valves, hydrants, meters and mains and on wastewater collection systems, mains, manholes, clean outs etc, process equipment including; pumps, blowers, motors and maintains pumps, electrical controls, emergency signaling and related components.  Cleans and maintains wet wells, lift stations, grounds, facilities and related equipment.
    • Prepares orders for maintenance materials, supplies, spare parts and equipment.
    • Makes equipment adjustments, and reports any serious equipment problems.
    • Maintains computerized and manual records and prepares reports pertaining to the operation of the water distribution & collection systems, reviews daily work orders, completes daily reports, and makes changes as required to meet operating requirements.
    • Identifies, schedules and coordinates the work of outside utility maintenance contractors in support of project
    • Follows Company’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Policies.  Wear and work in proper personal protective equipment.
    • Assist with operational tasks in conjunction with operators or as directed by operators
    • Performs other related functions assigned or as they become apparent or as management assigns


  • Five (5) years' experience in operating a backhoe or excavator around existing utilities.
  • Effectively and safely operates hand tools, pneumatic tools, air compressors and other small equipment related to the maintenance trades and water distribution and wastewater collection systems operations.
  • Hands-on experience in light duty electrical power systems (240 V/ single and three phase) and instrumentation calibration and use
  • Ability to use and direct excavation crews for repairs of underground utilities, including past demonstrated experience using backhoe and driving a small dump truck
  • Knowledge of mechanical operation, maintenance and repair of equipment and water and wastewater systems.
  • Knowledge of electrical systems related to equipment in assigned work area.
  • Knowledge of proper operation of hydraulic, pneumatic and telemetry equipment.
  • Knowledge of the National Electrical Code.
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater processes including ability to operate basic water distribution and wastewater collection systems independently.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Additional trade specific courses preferred.

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Must possess a valid, active state driver’s license with CDL, or ability to obtain CDL within 12 months of hire.

Work Environment:

  • Employee may be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.  Employee may be required to work where regularly they may be exposed to fumes, dust and odors.
  • Some high noise levels from operations of equipment.
  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator as required, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.
  • May have to work after normal work hours for on-call assignments.

Travel Requirements: <5% 

Join American Water.  We care about water.  It's what we do.®

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.



Deputy Field Director - Richmond Field Office
Due Date: December 31, 2019

Hiring Range: $72,104-$84,000

Description: The Office of Drinking Water is seeking an Environmental Engineer Consultant to act as the Deputy Field Director of the new Richmond Field Office! This position serves as the responsible charge licensed professional engineer in the field office for the project evaluation programs (54.1 et seq Code of Virginia as amended); to direct the project evaluation and sanitary survey subprogram areas in the field office; to work independently in resolving and implementing solutions to highly complex questions and problems; to support the Field Director in the overall administration and management of the field office; to provide technical leadership, training, supervisions, and orientations to engineers and technical staff; and to serve as the Field Director in the Director's absence.  

Requirements: Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering from an accredited college. They must also possess a comprehensive knowledge of engineering pertaining to drinking water, i.e. advanced math, physics, water chemistry, microbiology, fluid mechanics, hydraulics/hydrology, geology, and the design of drinking water facilities. Candidates must also have a comprehensive knowledge of drinking water laws, rules/regulations, public health objectives, and standards/methods; as well as an understanding of management and administrative supervisory principles.

Candidates must have experience in supervising technical and engineering staff and a demonstrated ability to manage complex engineering and regulatory programs; to read and interpret laws, regulations, and policy, and to apply them independently. Candidates must also be able to write regulations, personal communications, and technical reports; to effectively communicate orally and in writing, as well as presenting before groups in order to address and/or hold meetings/hearings; and to work effectively with public/subordinate personnel.

A current VA Professional Engineering license is required.

Preferred Qualifications: A Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering is preferred. Experience regulating public water systems and developing policy as it relates to drinking water is also preferred.

Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check and the Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check, U.S. HHS IG Exclusion List check, employment reference check, and E-Verify. The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests as a condition of employment, if applicable (Va. Code § 2.2-3114). Other financial, credit, driving, or other background checks prior to employment may be required for certain positions.

Water Operator IV
Due Date: November 30, 2019

Performs routine technical work in daily operations and maintenance of water treatment equipment and processes.

Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned or scheduled.
 Operates and maintains water production and distribution system.
 Operates SCADA system to monitor and control water plant and system functions.
 Makes periodic rounds of plant, checking for proper operation of processes.
 Measures chemical feed rate and calculates dosages.
 Checks and calibrates process instrumentation.
 Operates pumps, valves and sluice gates.
 Performs accuracy tests, leak surveys and valve locations.
 Interprets maps, drawings and schematics.
 Performs line locations and repairs leaks.
 Operates a variety of equipment such as leak detectors, pipe and metal detectors.
 Assists in water quality lab.
 Performs routine vehicle maintenance.
 Makes routine physical and chemical tests of water samples.
 Keeps accurate records of test results relating to water operations.
 Maintains logs of plant operations.
 Cleans, paints and otherwise repairs the general physical properties of the facilities.
 Checks, lubricates and repairs pumps, aerators, air compressors, emergency generators and other plant equipment.
 Subject to twenty-four (24) hour call and works varied shifts as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Ability to work with minimal supervision.
 Ability to work safely and obey all safety rules.
 Ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and in writing.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with coworkers, other Water Authority departments and the general public.
 Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, maps and procedure manuals.
 Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form.
 Ability to work alone or in a team environment.
 Must possess and maintain a good work ethic with a strong emphasis on good attendance, reporting to work on time, completing job assignments in a timely manner, maintaining a good work attitude, performing all job duties as assigned and/or scheduled.
 Ability to prepare reports and correspondence.
 Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
 Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
 Some knowledge of chemistry and laboratory procedures, and ability to use laboratory equipment.
 General knowledge of principals and practices of operation of a water treatment facility.
 Ability to pass a respirator fit test.

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent with one (1) or more years related experience and/or training in mechanical maintenance work or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license or have the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment date. No more than six (6) demerit points on driving record if required to drive Water Authority vehicles.

Must be in possession, or be able to obtain within 18 months, a Class IV license from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for Waterworks and Wastewater Works.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, and sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
 Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus. If corrective lenses are noted on driver’s license, the lenses must be worn when operating Authority vehicles.
 Repetitive movement using equipment is involved.
 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, climb, balance or crawl.
 Employee must be able to stand for an extended amount of time at the jobsite.
 Employee must be physically able to walk several miles during the day.
 Employee must be physically able to regularly reach overhead.
 Employee must regularly lift, carry and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally 100 pounds. Assistance is required on weight amounts above those listed. Failure to do so could result in injury and denied Worker's Compensation benefits.

Wastewater Facilities Apprentice/Specialist I/Specialist II
Due Date: November 30, 2019

James City Service Authority (JCSA) seeks an individual to perform responsible work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the JCSA’s wastewater collection facilities. There are three levels in the Wastewater Facilities series distinguished by the level of work performed and the qualifications of the employee. Position is eligible for Full-Time County Benefits.

Apprentice: Salary Range 8, $28,538 - $45,661 / year DOQ
Specialist I: Salary Range 9, $30,685 - $49,096 / year DOQ
Specialist II: Salary Range 10, $32,994 - $52,790 / year DOQ


 Perform or learn daily inspections of wastewater facilities including pumping and power generation equipment on assigned route; record various readings, pump run times, and performance parameters; perform or learn testing and monitoring of operation of pumps and motors; start and exercise generators; check fluids and perform basic wet and dry well cleaning.
 Perform or learn corrective maintenance, repairs, and modifications to facility motors, pumps, controls, and equipment; perform or learn preventive maintenance of wastewater facilities on their route; and, perform or learn maintenance, repairs, and modifications to facility motors, pumps, controls, and equipment.
 Serve as confined space attendant for no potential, low potential, and hazardous atmosphere environments and associated Lockout/Tagout procedures.
 Specialist I Only: assist in performance of corrective maintenance, repairs, and modifications to facility motors, pumps, controls, and equipment; and, perform preventive maintenance tasks such as oil changes, fuel injections system services, electrical inspections, cooling system changes, and vibration and temperature analysis.
 Specialist II Only: initiate troubleshooting actions independently and may be engaged in planning, coordinating, and assigning priorities; and, serve as competent person during maintenance operations and during confined space activities.


 Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma; some related work experience.
 Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on James City County’s criteria;
 Must have the ability and tolerance to function in an environment that requires the use of respiratory protection devices.
 Some knowledge of safe and effective use of hand and power tools.
 Skill in use of computer software, especially Microsoft Office Suite.

Accepting applications until 11:59pm EST on 09/03/2019. Only online applications to our website will be considered. To apply, please visit the James City County Career Center at https://jobs.jamescitycountyva.gov  

Water Treatment Plant Operator/Trainee
Due Date: November 30, 2019

The Town of Rocky Mount is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Operator/Trainee.  Duties of the position are, but are not limited to, servicing pumps, valves, motors, controls, and other plant equipment. Performing required laboratory tests and analyses and monitoring treatment processes. Inspecting and washing filters, tanks, and screens. Maintaining logs of operational controls and maintenance.    If not certified as an operator at the time of hire, obtaining a WTP Class IV Operator license is required within 18 months of the date of employment, Class III within 24 months of employment, and a Class II within 30 months of employment.  Excellent fringe benefits. High school degree or equivalency required. Residency in Franklin County required within one year of employment.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Candidates must submit Town of Rocky Mount Application for Employment to Amy Gordon, 345 Donald Ave., Rocky Mount, VA. 24151.  Application and complete job description for the position may be obtained online at http://www.rockymountva.org/employment.  Reviews begin October 2, 2019; open until filled.  The Town of Rocky Mount is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Utility Plant Mechanic
Due Date: December 31, 2019

General Statement of Duties                      

Supervises utility plant mechanics and electricians performing operation, maintenance, and inspection of mechanical and electrical equipment in a number of County facilities, including wells, wastewater pumping stations, and water pumping stations for the Operations Division of the Department of Public Utilities; does related work as required.

Essential Duties               

Extensive knowledge of mechanical and electrical maintenance systems and procedures; extensive knowledge of methods, tools, and materials of the electrical and mechanical trades; ability to supervise maintenance personnel effectively; ability to make decisions and to act on own initiative; ability to follow written and oral instructions; ability to keep records and to make written reports; ability to maintain effective relationships with supervisors and subordinates; ability to work independently; physical condition that permits such activities as heavy lifting, bending, driving and occasional work under adverse temperatures and/or weather conditions.

Minimum Qualifications               

Graduation from high school (preferably with courses and training in mechanical and electrical equipment) and four (4) years of related work experience in large water and/or wastewater facilities; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applications for this position are accepted via the County Website at www.henricojobs.com and reference job # IRC108685.