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Personnel & Labor Relations

Job Opportunities

The City of Jackson only accepts applications and resumes for posted job openings. If you are interested in working for the City of Jackson and would like to submit general information about yourself for future job openings, you may complete a skills card. Skills cards are kept on file for one year and may be updated as needed.

The City of Jackson also has temporary, part-time and summer positions. You may complete an application for these positions by clearly marking the application as temporary.

To apply, please complete and sign the City of Jackson job application packet. Please send the signed documents to the Personnel Department via fax or U.S. mail. Applicants may e-mail their information, but are required to follow-up with a signed paper copy.

Current Job Openings


Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Mechanic




Title: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Mechanic

General Summary:

Under the general supervision of a higher classified employee, works an assigned shift to operate and/or maintain wastewater treatment plant equipment to assure conformance to acceptable standards.  This includes preliminary, primary, and secondary wastewater treatment process equipment as well as wastewater solids process equipment, such as sludge thickeners and anaerobic digesters.  Also may be assigned to perform maintenance and inspection of pumping stations.


Typical Duties:

  1. Operates or maintains various wastewater treatment process equipment, such as mechanical bar screens, grit chamber, primary settling tanks, wastewater pumps, aeration tanks and blowers, secondary clarifiers, scum collector, and chlorinator, to reduce the amount of pollutants in the influent wastewater flow and render it safe for discharge to the Grand River in compliance with the established standards.
  2. Operates or maintains various wastewater solids process equipment, such as sludge collectors, sludge thickeners and sludge digesters along with sludge transfer pumps to consolidate the stabilize wastewater solids before final disposition.
  3. As a shift operator, periodically throughout each shift, reads and records instrumentation data on various treatment processes such as wastewater flows, digester hot water flow, digester temperatures, and other plant data as assigned.
  4. As a shift operator, periodically throughout each shift, collects wastewater samples and performs routine tests as assigned for the purpose of determining at an early stage any irregularities developing in the wastewater treatment process.  Records results of analyses on daily log as provided.
  5. As a shift operator, periodically throughout each shift, inspects all treatment plant buildings to check for malfunctioning heating/ventilation equipment and observes operation of all machinery housed in each building to confirm that normal operating conditions prevail.  Records machinery in use as described on equipment checklist.  Also performs preventive maintenance on machinery as assigned.
  6. As a shift operator, upon discovering a deviation from normal operating conditions as revealed through routine instrumentation checks, treatment process test, or equipment observations, takes appropriate corrective action according to standard operating procedures or contacts supervisor on-call for consultation before taking corrective action.
  7. As a mechanic, performs preventive maintenance and/or repair maintenance on treatment plant equipment as assigned, individually or working with a maintenance crew.  Such maintenance may include lubrication, replacement of bearings and seals, disassembly and reassembly of pumps and motors, replacement or adjustment of chains and sprockets, service and repair of gear boxes, alignment and balancing of rotating machinery.
  8. As a mechanic, performs inspections, preventive maintenance and repair maintenance as well as troubleshooting maintenance problems at wastewater pumping stations as assigned.
  9. Maintains and cleans work area, equipment, tools, and maintenance vehicles.  Included in vehicle maintenance are grease and oil changes, as well as minor repairs.
  10. Reads manuals and journals along with attending training sessions on wastewater treatment technology as assigned.
  11. Participates in general building and ground maintenance work as assigned.
  12. Reports on a time card the jobs worked on and the equipment and materials used.  Prepares regular reports as required.
  13. May be required to be “on call” and carry a pager.
  14. May perform work of lower classified employee as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification.  Such statements are descriptive and explanatory but not restrictive.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.  The listing of particular examples of duties does not preclude the assignment of other tasks of related kind of character or of lesser skills.

Physical Aspects of Job:

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 frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, talk, and hear.  The employee must be able to squat, stoop, kneel, and climb steps.  The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds of material.  The employee must grip tools with hands.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The employee must also be able to enter, exit, and operate a motor vehicle.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both indoors and outdoors.  The employee may work near moving mechanical equipment.  The employee works with hazardous chemicals and irritants, using appropriate personal protective equipment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and occasionally loud.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Requirements:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Must possess valid Michigan driver's license and good driving record at time of appointment and must maintain during employment in this classification.  High school education and three (3) years experience in operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment including industrial size pumps, motors and compressors; or equivalent combination of job related education and experience.

In addition to the above requirements, all City positions require: the ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language as necessary for their position; the ability to follow written and oral instructions; and the ability to get along with other employees and members of the public.  City employees are also expected to possess and maintain a record of orderly law-abiding citizenship, sobriety, integrity and loyalty as it pertains to and reflects upon their employment with the City; and must be physically and mentally able to perform the essential duties of their position without excessive absences.

Weighted Selection System:

Written Examination (passing = 70% or better)                 40%

Work Related Experience                                               20%

Education/Experience                                                     10%

Recent Performance Evaluation/Letter of Recommendation    5%

Interview                                                                          25%                                                                         

Salary Schedule: Grade 306


Step 1          Step 1 1/2    Step 2         Step 3        Step 4        Step  5    

$28,243/yr   $28,720/yr    $29,197/yr  $30,182/yr  $31,203/yr $32,258/yr

Step 6         Step 7        Step 8         Step  9         Step 10  

$33,347/yr  $34,474/yr  $35,637/yr  $36,843/yr    $38,087/yr

Successful candidate must have and maintain residence within 20 miles of City within one (1) year of hire date.  Inquiries, resumes, and applications may be directed to City of Jackson, Personnel & Labor Relations Department, 120 W. Michigan Ave., Room 702, Jackson, MI  49201; fax (517) 788-4404; or email: apply@cityofjackson.orgApplicationscan be found at www.cityofjackson.org/personnel and will be received until 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014.  RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A COMPLETED CITY OF JACKSON APPLICATION.

(The City of Jackson does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, handicapped or marital status as to: access, availability, employment, or participation in any of its programs and activities.)