Chief Wastewater Plant Operator

Durham Public Works, located in the beautiful Seacoast region of New Hampshire, is a recognized leader in the Public Works field and operates an awarding winning state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility utilizing the four-stage Bardenpho Process for nitrogen removal. We are seeking a highly qualified team member to join an exceptional team of public works professionals to serve in the role of Wastewater Chief Operator.  

The Wastewater Division works closely with our partner, the University of New Hampshire, to provide wastewater collection and treatment services to both the Town and University. The Department is a fully integrated and progressive using modern equipment and facilities to achieve its goals. In 2023, the Treatment Plant is scheduled to undergo $3.8 million in process upgrades as part of its detailed Capital Improvement Plan.

In this important role you will report to the Superintendent of the Public Works, Wastewater Division and undertake challenging and rewarding work involving the operation, construction and maintenance of the Town’s Wastewater Treatment and Collection System.

This full-time position offers excellent medical, dental, life, and disability coverage, paid time off, and eligibility in the State of New Hampshire retirement plan.  Salary range for this position is from $26.04 to $33.02/hr, depending upon qualifications.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of municipal wastewater related experience, a strong knowledge of all aspects of various mechanical systems, pumps, electrical, computer, laboratory techniques, regulatory reporting, SCADA associated with the treatment process, and the ability to troubleshoot and repair all associated equipment.

Applicants will have a New Hampshire Class B CDL license with a clean driving record or the ability to obtain within one year of hire and the ability to hold or obtain a tanker endorsement. Possession of a New Hampshire Grade III Wastewater Operator license at a minimum is required. Applicants will be required to be on a rotational standby and required to work rotational weekends once per month. The position requires emergency response on a 24/7 basis and works in adverse weather conditions performing occasional strenuous physical labor.

Applications and a more detailed job description are available at the Department of Public Works Main office or online at Please send resume and cover letter to Town of Durham, Department of Public Works, Attn: Shannon Shaw, Acting Assistant to the Public Works Director, 100 Stone Quarry Drive, Durham, NH 03824 or by email to by 4:30 PM on July 22nd, 2022.       

Town of Durham
Close Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2022
$26.04 to $33.02/hr