Sampling Procedures & Laboratory Techniques for NPDES Reporting

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Sampling Procedures & Laboratory Techniques for NPDES Reporting

NEIWPCC Spring 2019 Training

Thursday, March 7, 2019

MA DEP SERO, Lakeville, MA

8:30am – 3:30pm Sign-in begins at 8:00am

This course provides WWTP, sample collection, and laboratory

personnel an opportunity to learn about sample collection and basic

laboratory analyses of conventional NPDES parameters.

Topics include proper sampling locations and techniques; basic lab

procedures for process control testing and quality assurance.

Conventional NPDES parameters such as BOD, pH, Total Residual

Chlorine, Bacteria analyses, oil and grease, and metals and nutrient

analyses will be discussed. Chain of custody documentation, sampling

containers, preservation and holding times will be addressed.

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Job Opening

Certified Wastewater Assistant Project Manager, Woonsocket, RI

As Assistant Project Manager (APM), you will have the chance to work with project leadership and staff to assist in supervising daily Operation & Maintenance (O&M) activities as well as working with the Project Manager to learn O&M systems and tools to provide superior client support. Working with other members of our team you will organize and direct the operations, maintenance modification, and improvement of one or more wastewater treatment plants and appurtenant facilities. You will also have the opportunity to: analyze operational process control procedures, maintenance procedures, and institute changes when necessary to achieve full compliance with all regulatory agency water quality and solids disposal requirements as defined in the service contract with the client; be responsible for accurate operational records and prepare reports required by the client, all regulatory agencies, and facility manager; work closely with all employees at the project site and will establish cooperative relationships with subordinates, vendors, contractors, and all others contacted during work assignments; and assume responsibility of facility manager in the absence of the Project Manager. This is a position which you will be groomed for the next step of assuming a Project Management position in the Company. If you’re up for the challenge, we’ve been looking for someone like you.

Basic Qualifications:

• High School Diploma or equivalent

• Six (6) plus years of experience in the operation and maintenance of water or wastewater facilities, four (4) of which must have been at the supervisory level

• Rhode Island Wastewater Grade 4 or sufficient experience and education to obtain within 1 year

• Proficient with financial budgeting and reports, specifically experience preparing operational reports for both internal and external clients

• Proficient in team building, motivation, conflict resolution and problem solving

• Ability to operate SCADA systems and other computerized equipment

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office

• Valid driver’s license with no major infractions

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you’ll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

To apply:

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2 Job Openings

Town of Somerset Water Pollution Control Department


Water Pollution Treatment Plant Operator

Full Time Day Shift

Water Pollution Control Facility

166 Walker Street


Applications will be accepted until January 15th, 2019


Full Time Day Shift

Water Pollution Control Facility

166 Walker Street

Applications will be accepted until January 29th, 2019

Applications and complete job descriptions along with a list of job requirements are available for this both positions at the office of the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, 3249 County Street, Somerset MA 02726 or by calling 508-674-4215

Applicants should forward a resume and completed application to the address below in care of:

Bob Bozikowski – Superintendent

Water and Sewer Department

Somerset, MA 02726

(508) 674-4215

Town of Somerset is an AAEEO minorities employer. 

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Job Opening

Quonset Development Corporation

This position plans, directs, and has “responsible charge” of all activities and personnel of the Quonset Development Corporation’s (QDC) Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  The position reports directly to the Director of Public Works, and is supported by the Manager of Engineering and Industrial Pretreatment (IPP) Coordinator.  The incumbent ensures that the POTW complies with all federal and state wastewater and safety regulations, and that all facilities and collection system are in a “standard of good repair” at all times. The incumbent further ensures that all sampling, laboratory testing, and reporting is completed in full compliance with the POTW’s RIPDES permit, and other applicable EPA requirements.  The incumbent anticipates operating problems and directs proactive measures to avoid malfunctions/failures of equipment.  The incumbent prepares financials/budgets; manages the WWTF operations staff (including hiring, performance management, employee development, training, disciplinary action, termination recommendation); represents QDC as the WWTF Treatment Facility subject matter expert to outside agencies, vendors, and regulators.  The QDC has an InterJurisdictional Agreement (IJA) with the Town of North Kingstown, RI, and the incumbent shall act as the liaison between the QDC POTW and the NK Wastewater Department.  The QDC encourages and supports the incumbent to participate in professional development and be an active member of State/Regional/National wastewater professional associations.

Minimum Requirements:  

  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience at a Grade 3 WWTF level.
  • Valid RIDEM Grade 3, or higher, wastewater operator certificate.
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Familiarity with EPA’s “NetDMR” electronic reporting system, Federal Pretreatment Rule (40 CFR 403) and required testing procedures (40 CFR 136).
  • Computer Proficiency (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, on-line reporting applications, on-line forms, etc.)

Preferred Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or related field.
  • 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience at a Grade 3 WWTF level with at least 3 years at a supervisory level at a Grade 3 or higher facility. 
  • Familiarity with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) WWTF operating systems and mobile operating/data collection devices/platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire POTW staff to achieve exceptional regulatory compliance as demonstrated by past agency/association recognition.

Please send letter of interest and resume by January 20, 2019 to:

Superintendent Selection Committee

Quonset Development Corporation

95 Cripe Street

North Kingstown, RI  02852

Fax (401) 268-9885 or e-mail:

No phone calls please.

QDC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that values diversity.  Registered with the Department of Homeland Security as an E-Verify Employer

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Job Opening

Narragansett Bay Commission, Bucklin Point WWTF

Takes and records readings of plant equipment, including temperature, pressure, and vacuum.  Operates a variety of pumps, valves, gates,and switches in order to operate the plant equipment.  Responds to alarms or operational problems within plant property and at remote locations and takes corrective action based on defined procedures or supervisor direction. Cleans plant equipment and facilities and maintains a safe working environment.  Frequently requires operation of a forklift, Bobcat, front end loader, sweeper, scum truck, and/or pick-up truck.  Collects samples,performs standard tests, and records results; notifies supervisor if readings are abnormal.  Assists other operator sand plant staff with cleaning, maintaining, repairing, and installing plant equipment.  Receives hazardous materials(chemical deliveries) and completes appropriate paperwork.  Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.   As required, to drive a facility vehicle on or off site.  Medium Work:exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. as required and authorized by Chapter 42-17.4 of the RI General Laws of 1956, as amended (RIGL).

EXPERIENCE:  Performance in basic maintenance. Following instructions. Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.  Cleaning and sanitation principles and practices. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Within one year of appointment, must possess an Operator-In-Training (OIT) Grade I certification license for wastewater treatment plant.   Valid driver’s license in good standing is required at time of appointment.

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Job Opening

Narragansett Bay Commission, Field’s Point WWTF

This position is responsible for providing day-to-day supervision and direction to subordinate skilled and semi-skilled unionized personnel involved in multiple site installation, repair and maintenance of Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) wastewater collection system facilities in conformance to all NBC, State, Federal and Local regulatory guidelines.  Directs subordinate staff in the daily maintenance and repair activities performed. Responsible for setting priorities on work tasks, rendering technical advice for repairs and/or maintenance activities. Delegates daily work tasks and monitors work progress.  Responsible for resolving personnel problems; including, but not limited to issuing safety warnings in the field; maintenance problems; scheduling conflicts; and other issues pertaining to work progress. Responsible for communicating personnel problems deemed significant, where it affects work progress,to Management.  Performs other duties as assigned, within skill and experience capabilities.

EDUCATION & TRAINING: Graduate of a four-year technical High School program (mechanical repair, construction trades, mechanical technology, etc.) plus two years previous skilled trades supervisory work experience. Voluntary certification in Wastewater Collection System Operator Grade III is desirable.  Must demonstrate proficiency with computer office programs such as MS Word, Excel and other related programs.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must maintain a valid CDL Class B license.

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What You Need to Know About FOG

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Warwick WWTF, Warwick, RI
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

FOG has historically been viewed as the enemy of POTWs and collection systems, and in more recent years as an energy-rich resource as well. Whether you need to prevent FOG from entering the collection system, or capture it for beneficial use, the solution is the same; effective pretreatment at the source.  This course will cover the different types of grease interceptors, plumbing codes governing the sizing, selection, installation and O&M of grease interceptors and the ASPE’s nationally recognized design standards. Attendees will learn how to incorporate interceptor standards and best practices into their pretreatment regulations.

Instructor: Ken Loucks, Interceptor Whisperer Consulting Services LLC
Cost: $135
Credits: 6 Training Contact Hours

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The NEWEA sponsored Operator Exchange program will be held this year with CT on November 13-15th. This great professional development program is a very valuable learning opportunity and expenses are paid through the state associations.

Please click here for details and contact Scott today!

RI State Director Scott Goodinson at (401) 468-4714 or email right away.

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Training Announcement

NWPCA is excited to hold NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment, Lateral and Manhole Certification program on November 13 and 14th, 2018 at the Warwick Sewer Authority.
This NWPCA sponsored specialty training is open to members and non-members.   This course will cover Pipeline Assessment on Day 1 And Day 2 and Manhole/Lateral Assessment on Day 2.  This is a 2-day course and is approved for 10 TCHs with the RIDEM.  The total cost for this course is $775 which includes certification in all three areas, manuals, training and testing.

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Job Opening


The Town of West Warwick, Rhode Island seeks an experienced Assistant Superintendent of Wastewater to provide overall management of a 10.5 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility, 9 lift stations, 110 miles of sewer collection lines, and all other equipment and property.  All applicants must possess a RI Grade IV license and submit satisfactory evidence of said license and must possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.  The position requires excellent public relation skills, experience with process control software, prepares O & M and Capital Budgets. May be designated to fill in for the Superintendent in his absence.

Salary range of $65,000 – $72,000 DOQ

Send a cover letter and resume to the Human Resource Department, Town of West Warwick, 1170 Main Street, West Warwick, RI  02893, Attn: K. Cioffi or email on or before November 2, 2018 @ 4:30PM.

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