New Hampshire Municipal Association
New Hampshire Municipal Association

Wastewater Maintenance/Operator Technician

Town of Newmarket


The Maintenance Operator Technician performs a variety of skilled maintenance and repair activities on the wastewater treatment facilities and wastewater pumping stations. The position requires a responsible individual to ensure that plant equipment is maintained and operational and plant discharge permit limits are met.

The Maintenance Operator Technician position reports to the Director of Environmental Services and Maintenance Supervisor.  When the Maintenance Supervisor is absent, the Maintenance Operator Technician will assume that role as the workload requires.


The Maintenance Supervisor exercises supervision over the Maintenance Operator Technician.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  1. Responsible for inspection, maintenance, and repairs of all mechanical equipment at the wastewater treatment plant and associated collection system pump station equipment.  Repairs and replaces equipment as necessary.
  2. Monitors and assesses the performance of all equipment in the wastewater treatment plant and pump stations including process, mechanical, electrical, and other ancillary systems.
  3. Provides organized recommendations for equipment replacement and upgrades.
  4. Performs basic operation and maintenance evaluation procedures through monitoring of day-to-day operations.
  5. Assists in the performance of regular and unscheduled maintenance and repairs on all plant equipment and machinery.
  6. Drives trucks of various sizes and weights, and assists with the loading, hauling, and unloading of various equipment and materials. 
  7. Operates the vacuum excavation truck as required for the water distribution, wastewater collection, water treatment, or wastewater treatment systems.
  8. Coordinates with the Collection and Distribution Systems Technician to clean and camera sewer mains, manholes, and wet wells.
  9. Records data using ARC GIS.
  10. Records statistical data concerning plant equipment operations. 
  11. Performs winter snow removal activities at the wastewater treatment facility and pump stations as required.
  12. Assists the Operations Supervisor in laboratory sampling and analysis when required.
  13. Performs other job-related duties as directed by the Director of Environmental Services.
  14. Available for weekend and emergency on-call work as may be required.


Education and Experience:

  1. Graduation from high school education or GED equivalent, and
  2. An Associate's degree in Environmental studies or a biological science, and
  3. Two (2) to four (4) years’ experience in related field, and/or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  4. Possession of New Hampshire Grade II Wastewater Operator Certification.
  5. Valid Driver’s License
  6. Possession of a valid New Hampshire Commercial Operator’s Class C driver’s license. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Comprehensive working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in wastewater treatment plant maintenance and operation activities.
  2. Background knowledge of mechanical, hydraulic, electrical components of wastewater treatment and pump station equipment.
  3. Skill in operation of the equipment listed below: Equipment:  Pumps, mixers, blowers, compressors, motors, generators, conveyors, grinders, engines, valves, and gauges  Tools: Common hand and power tools, fabrications and welding tools, and other heavy equipment associated with wastewater treatment facilities
  4. Experience using Microsoft Office programs (word processing, spreadsheet) and computerized maintenance management system software.
  5. Ability to work safely and follow all applicable workplace safety and health regulations.
  6. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing;
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public;
  8. Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  9. Capability to perform basic laboratory procedures and practices.
  10. Ability to perform basic process control calculations when the Operations Supervisor is absent.


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. 

  1. Frequent lifting of up to 30 lbs., occasional lifting of up to 100 lbs.
  2. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, balancing, crouching, crawling, squatting, kneeling, and working in strained positions for extended periods of time to perform job scope.
  3. Frequently required to stand for extended periods of time, talk, and/or hear.
  4. Equipment used includes automobiles, heavy and light equipment, power and hand tools, office machines, computers, listening devices, SCADA system, and a variety of laboratory equipment.
  5. Working conditions are commonly outside with exposure to inclement weather, hot/humid conditions, mechanical, electrical, chemical and confined space hazards, offensive fumes, and excessive noise.  Employee is required to comply with Personal Protective Equipment requirements.
  6. The position requires standard vision requirements.
  7. Operation of a Town vehicle.

To Apply:

A formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check, and job-related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Applications and job descriptions can be picked up at the Wastewater Treatment Facility Office located on Young Lane between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm.

Closing Date: November 14, 2018