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Wastewater Operator Trainee

Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. Bonita Springs Full-Time
$15.52 - $23.28 / hour
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Performs routine work in the operation, maintenance and repair of the wastewater treatment plant.  Through on the job training and various courses and short schools, the employee will obtain sufficient knowledge and skills to operate the wastewater plant and equipment.  The employee shall work under the direction of a certified operator until he/she has been able to obtain appropriate license. 

Duties Include but are not limited to:

  • Checks motors, pumps and equipment for proper operation and performs routine maintenance and repairs;
  • Read, interpret and adjust meters and gauges to make sure plant equipment and processes are working properly;
  • Maintain appearance of plant by painting, weeding, mowing, etc.;
  • Safeguard all assigned tools, equipment, electronics from theft, loss, destruction and/or negligence.


  • Practical knowledge of electrical, mechanical and general maintenance;
  • Ability to learn standard procedures for chemical treatment and disinfecting;
  • Safety practices appropriate for dealing with occupational and health hazards encountered;
  • Utilize computer for monitoring telemetry system, alarms and maintenance management program;
  • Work independently with little supervision;
  • Ability to read and interpret standard operating procedures.


  • Valid Florida Driver's License
  • High School Diploma
  • State of Florida Certification Class "C" Water/Wastewater Treatment must be obtained within 24 months
  • Shift work may be required

Recommended skills

Weed Controls
Sewage Treatments
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Bonita Springs Water System, Inc., a member-owned, not-for-profit utility, was established in 1969 by local residents to provide potable water service to a handful of homes. In February 1970, Lee County Commissioners granted a franchise for the original service area in unincorporated Lee County. Six production wells approximately 100 to 120 feet deep, provided the first potable water service in late 1971. Water was drawn from the Lower Tamiami aquifer and treated through a lime softening process. The utility expanded slowly at first to serve additional customers in the Bonita Springs area. In the late 1980s, the company added wells, treatment capacity and infrastructure to accommodate substantial increases in residential and commercial customers. The final expansion of the Lime Softening Water Treatment Plant occurred in 1998, providing production capacity of 7.5 million gallons per day and drawing water from 19 wells in the east and west well fields.

In 2002, with the availability of new technology and a focus on a more sustainable water resource, the company developed a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Facility adjacent to the lime softening plant. Water treated through this new plant is drawn from deeper, brackish water wells approximately 800 to 1,120 feet deep into the Lower Hawthorn formation of the Upper Floridan aquifer system. The RO plant began service in 2004 with a treatment capacity of 6 million gallons per day from eight wells and the ability to expand to a 12-million-gallon–per-day capacity to meet future demand. The utility recently added 3 additional wells, bringing the total number of brackish water wells to eleven.

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