Website City Of Cedar Falls

Progressive municipality in NE Iowa and home to UNI

The City of Cedar Falls is seeking applicants to certify and hire from a Civil Service list for the position of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I.  Starting wage: $22.761/hr. plus full-time benefit package.  Operators work one of every five weekends offering a flexible three-day work week to follow.


The successful candidate must possess the ability to: perform complex and responsible plant operator duties under minimal amount of supervision, and under general supervision, operate the facility on an assigned shift; perform minor and major plant repair work, maintain assigned treatment plant facilities; and perform related work as required.


Candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent and possess experience as an Operator in a wastewater treatment plant operation that would provide the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: considerable knowledge of the principles and processes of wastewater treatment, ability to read and interpret gauges and recording devices, ability to make standardized bacteriological and chemical tests, ability to make repairs and adjustments to plant equipment, including motors and pumps, and the ability to perform heavy manual labor.


Position requires, at a minimum, the possession of an Iowa Grade I Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator’s certificate.  If not certified, candidates must have the ability to obtain (and maintain) a Grade I certificate by having: a high school diploma and 1 year operational experience in wastewater OR a minimum of 6 months operational experience in wastewater and 30 hours of Post High School Training (3 CEUs) For additional information and contact information regarding substitution questions or general eligibility requirements, see


Position also requires (or ability to obtain and maintain) a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and is subject to DOT random drug and alcohol screening. Upon a  conditional offer of employment, a physical exam including lifting assessment and drug screen must be successfully completed.  Candidates meeting the above minimum requirements will be interviewed to determine candidates to be certified by the Civil Service Commission and eligible for employment.


For consideration, submit a completed application form (from Cedar Falls City Hall or and Grade I (or higher) certificate or documentation of having met the above minimum requirements to test with the State of Iowa to: or to: City of Cedar Falls, Finance & Business Operations Dept, Attn: WWTP Operator I, 220 Clay Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 by 12:00 p.m. on February 6, 2023.


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