Wastewater Operator

Acton, MA
O&M – Water/Wastewater Plant Operations /
Full-time /
Woodard & Curran is a national engineering, science, and operations firm with a simple vision for clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people. As an employee-owned company, we strive to cultivate diverse teams and encourage collaboration in an equitable and inclusive culture. We seek talented individuals from all backgrounds to help us address a broad range of water and environmental issues. We prioritize our people, offering opportunities for professional growth, ownership, and flexibility. That’s how we make a difference to our clients, people, and the planet.

 For more than 25 years, Woodard & Curran has offered contract operations and management services for drinking water, municipal and industrial wastewater, groundwater remediation, and solid waste facilities nationwide. Currently we contract operate more than 50 facilities nationwide. Woodard & Curran draws on the experience of hundreds of certified operators across the country, backed by the knowledge and skills of hundreds more engineers, scientists, and regulatory experts, to quickly tackle the most challenging operational issues and keep treatment plants running efficiently and in full compliance. 
What will you be doing at Woodard & Curran?
As an Operator, you will participate in the daily operation and general maintenance of equipment, structures, and grounds at the Town of Acton’s sequencing batch reactor WWTF and wastewater pump stations in a safe and timely manner.  Performs duties as lab analyst to document discharge permit required sampling requirements and verify process performance. Operates wastewater processing equipment including, but not limited to, pumps, blowers, gravity belt sludge thickener, and disc filters.


Monday - Friday 7:00am - 3:30pm.  This position requires the ability to participate in an off-hours standby response rotation and respond to emergency call-outs that may occur at the facility or pump stations.

Responsibilities include:

    • Monitor and document operating conditions through sample collection and analysis.
    • Perform designated rounds of the treatment facility and pump stations to ensure that equipment is operating properly. 
    • Take meter readings, make process adjustments, and follow Standard Operating Procedures as directed by the Plant Manager. 
    • Must demonstrate solid mathematical skills, mechanical and technical aptitude, and basic ability with computer programs and systems.
    • Perform maintenance including preventive maintenance, lubrication, and equipment adjustments and perform basic troubleshooting of equipment, recommend solutions, and utilize computer based maintenance management program.
    • Perform cleanup and housekeeping tasks for work area, tools, equipment, facilities, and grounds.
    • Operates yard equipment including ride-on lawn mower, weed trimmer, and tractor to harrow rapid infiltration sand beds. 

What will you need to succeed?

    • High School Degree or Equivalent.
    • Minimum one year of professional experience in the operation and maintenance of a water or wastewater treatment facility. 
    • Possess and maintain, as a minimum, a valid Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s License issued by the state of Massachusetts. Be able to obtain a Massachusetts Grade 5 WWTP Operators license within 6 months.
    • Proficiency with computers, including an ability to work with: SCADA, Microsoft Word, Excel, Maintenance Management Programs, and other site specific systems.
    • Lab skills and safety experience preferred.
    • Ability to make sound decisions in process control and follow instructions, as well as following safety procedures.
    • Valid MA driver’s license with a good driving record.
    • Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check, pre-placement physical and drug screen before employment.

Why would you choose Woodard & Curran?

    • You would be offered a generous total rewards package:
    • Competitive compensation.
    • Shift differential for working nights.
    • Excellent Benefits to include retirement, generous paid time off, holidays, medical & dental insurance, flexible spending account.
    • Career growth.
    • Support and reimbursement in earning, upgrading, and keeping your licenses and certifications within the industry. Bonus potential for obtaining next level licensure.
    • The opportunity to become more versatile and even more technically proficient. We cross-train to improve facility operations, job satisfaction, and job security. 
$28 - $34 an hour
Depending on qualifications and experience.
Benefits & Wellbeing

Retirement Savings:
• 401(k) Pre-tax or Roth Contributions: Company will match equal to 100% of the first 3% of salary contributed, All employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan and are 100% vested in the value of own contributions and any employer matching contributions.

Time away from work:
• Vacation time is provided to full and part-time regular employees. Vacation is accrued, based on number of hours worked per week as well as prior years of experience.
• Woodard & Curran offers paid sick time to eligible employees who are absent due to their own non-work related, illness, injury, or medical procedure.
• Woodard & Curran provides up to 80 hours of Paid Parental Leave for child bonding in a 12-month period.
• Company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance from Sun Life to assist with replacing a portion of your income in the event of non-job-related illness or injury. Eligible employees are automatically enrolled and eligible immediately.

Coverage and support for your needs and wellbeing:

Personal and Family health: Company offers three medical plan options based on geography; plus HSA and PSA plans are available based on eligibility, additional options include dental and vision plans.

Company provides basic employee group life insurance and AD&D benefits; additional voluntary life insurance for employee and family are available through Sun Life.

WayForward powered by Dario: EAP Program combined with personalized mental health and wellbeing coaching.

LiveWell wellbeing program: credit incentive is available, up to $600 annually – nutrition and fitness reimbursement, and access to the Virgin Pulse wellness platform.

Education: Tuition assistance offers eligible employees up to 100% reimbursement of tuition, books and fees up to $5250 per year, for courses related to the employee’s job or planned career development.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

Woodard & Curran is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to ensuring our employment practices are non-discriminatory and based solely on job-related factors. To read our entire Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement, click here. To view the Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal poster and supplement, click here.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to apply, please contact Beth Sweitzer.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We value diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Woodard & Curran believes that complex teams working together in an equitable, inclusive space provides the best opportunity for achieving our vision of clean water, a safe environment, healthy communities, and happy people.  Our success is tied to a culture that embraces our differences so that everyone can bring their whole, authentic selves to work. When our people are supported to reach their full potential, we provide the most innovative, sound, and effective solutions.