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PLANT OPERATOR (#303) (Open Positions: 1)

Location: City of Manhattan, Manhattan, KS 66502
Department: PUBLIC WORKS
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Days Worked: Sun., Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Description


Open Until Filled

PLANT OPERATOR        Starting Salary: $14.39/hr (Operator) Up To $18.30/hr (Operator IV)

Experience Required: High school diploma or equivalent; no experience necessary for Plant Operator position, training will be provided. Plant Operator positions I – IV must have appropriate KDHE Water Supply System Operator Certification. Person hired as Operator must attain Operator I certification status, or higher, within eighteen (18) months of employment.

(Regular Full-time   Non-Exempt)      Wage Depends on Certification* See Below

*Operator $14.39 - $22.69; Operator I $15.06 - $23.76 Operator II $16.23 - $25.60; Operator III $17.37 - $27.39 Operator IV $18.30 - $28.97

Operator level hired without certification but must achieve Level I within 18 months of employment. 

Special Requirements: Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Shift Work: 12 am - 8 am    Thursday - Monday (After Training Period)            

To apply, please complete the online application.

For a complete job description including essential physical functions & environmental demands 

Click here:  WTP Operator 2018 With Hiring Notation.pdf


To assist in providing a safe and adequate amount of water for the public use and for fire protection by operating and maintaining one (1) lime softening water treatment plant with a total capacity of 30 MGD, six (6) pump stations, twenty (20) water wells, six (6) water storage tanks, and other operating and support equipment.