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City of Bethel

Water Treatment Coordinator

Department: Public Works-Waste Water Utilities

Compensation: Starting - $80,935 DOQ

Hours: Full time, Mon-Fri 0800-5pm, some weekends, OT eligible and available

Deadline: Open until filled

Objectives: At the direction of the Waste Water Utilities Foreman, ensures the routine performance of the City’s water plant; provides adequate water testing to safeguard the community’s health. Serves as lead water treatment and water distribution operator with supervisory duties over other water plant operators.

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Alaska Rural Water Association

Circuit Rider

Program Management

  • Submit travel plans in a timely manner to online travel calendar, and as needed when plans change.
  • Produce and follow a yearly Operational Plan as required by NRWA.
  • Visit a USDA Rural Development District office as required by NRWA.
  • Produce and submit reports as required by ARWA and NRWA in established formats to meet required due dates.
  • Provide ARWA office with accurate and complete travel vouchers, timesheets, etc. by required due dates.
  • Keep all expenses within budget.
  • Comply with all NRWA USDA Circuit Rider program procedures and requirements.
  • Provide monthly Board report of prior month’s activity to Office Manager by third working day of each month in established format.

Onsite Assistance

  • Complete a minimum of 23 quality onsite contacts per month with eligible systems in accordance with NRWA requirements.
  • Coordinate travel with other Circuit Rider to geographically travel the entire state as much as possible and avoid duplication and excessive repeat visits. Must visit a minimum of three (3) systems each month that have not been visited in the previous six (6) months.
  • Contact as many new systems as possible during a contract year; solicit new members.
  • Coordinate technical assistance activity with other ARWA staff.
  • Properly prioritize technical requests according to need.
  • Focus on training, rather than “fixing,” when conducting onsite technical assistance.
  • Use ARWA equipment in a professional, safe, and proper manner.
  • Adhere to OSHA/AKOSHA requirements at all times.
  • Plan travel as efficiently as possible to minimize expense, including overtime, and maximize geographic coverage.


  • Attend training sessions conducted by ARWA, as time and work load permit.
  • Promote attendance to all ARWA training sessions and conferences.
  • Assist in ARWA conference agenda development/implementation and securing speakers and vendors.
  • Attend and actively participate in ARWA conference(s).
  • Attend NRWA In-Service training and Annual WaterPro Conference as required.
  • Continually strive to improve training skills and knowledge of the drinking water field.


  • Promote and support ARWA’s mission and goals at all times; show initiative and creativity in furthering the mission and goals.
  • Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and all other meetings as required.
  • Write articles for ARWA magazine and others as required or requested and submit by established due dates.
  • Assist with membership development and retention.
  • Project a friendly, helpful, positive attitude to the public and fellow employees.
  • Project a professional appearance and attitude at all times.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Provide safe and reliable transportation; personal vehicle to have insurance in accordance with ARWA policies and state law at all times.
  • Maintain Alaska driver’s license in accordance with state law.
  • Adhere to all ARWA Employee Manual, policies, and procedures.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Multi-year employment required (5 years minimum preferred) in working for, operating, maintaining, or managing a rural/community water system with an ADEC Level 1 or higher certification for water distribution and/or treatment (or other state equivalent).
  • A well-rounded technical knowledge of rural and small system needs and methods of meeting those needs.
  • Technical knowledge of operating, maintaining, and managing a rural/community water/wastewater system; Alaska Water Treatment and/or Distribution certification preferred.
  • An understanding of budget/financial management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally, and in writing, with operators, decision makers, regulatory agencies, and other professionals.
  • Ability to identify, locate, and explain water/wastewater problems to system operators and decision-makers and provide suggestions for solutions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of regulations, monitoring, and reporting requirements.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout the state.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Experience with utilities in cold weather climates.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Sanitary survey inspector certified, or the ability to become certified within one year.
  • Backflow tester certified, or the ability to become certified within one year.
  • GIS experience using ESRI software.


$24.00/hr + significant OT opportunities

Up to $5,000 in relocation expense reimbursement available.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other duties as assigned to meet ongoing needs of the Association.

Interested applicants should send a resume to .