Current Employment Opportunity

DHHS - Water Supply Specialist
Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$22.99 -  Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Under limited supervision, monitors and regulates private water supply systems including water well, pumps and pumping equipment to ensure compliance with State regulations.  Inspects water supply systems; investigates complaints; participates in the review of new water systems during the development and construction process; conducts training and testing for the Water Well Standards program; provides technical support to private and public entities; performs related work as assigned.  Located in North Platte, NE.

  • Conducts sanitary surveys and inspections of community and non-community public water systems to ensure compliance with State and federal safe drinking water regulations.
  • Provides on-site enforcement and gives guidance on violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act to public water supplies.
  • Provides informational assistance on technical matters to system operators and/or system owners on modifications necessary for water system compliance.
  • Investigates compliance complaints and/or complaints of possible health hazards of public water systems.
  • Attends public meetings to interpret and explain existing and new regulations and any compliance requirements to public water supply systems and local officials.
  • Conducts site surveys of proposed public water supply well sites to determine their suitability for proposed construction and presents information to engineering review staff regarding suitability of the site.
  • Oversees portions of the construction process of public water supply wells, storage facilities, distribution systems and water system facilities and assists with final inspections of the facilities.
  • Provides technical assistance to local boards of health, municipal officials, industrial officials, consulting engineers and the general public to alleviate environmental hazards and/or to eliminate health hazards.
  • Prepares technical reports.
  • Participates in developing coursework and instructing public water supply operators.
  • Attends public functions to promote safe drinking water and education of the public relating to public water systems.

Four years’ experience as a licensed water operator for a community public water supply system, as a regulatory agent of public water systems or as a provider of technical assistance to public water systems OR other qualifications necessary to obtain a Grade I Water Operator license as listed in Title 179 NAC 10-005,01(3)(a, b, c, d) within four years of hire.  OR Four years’ experience as a licensed water well drilling / pump installation professional or other qualifications necessary to obtain a Water Well Drilling / pump installation contractor license within four years of hire, Sections I – IV as listed in Title 178 NAC 10-005.01 (1-4).

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license or ability to provide independent transportation, Ability to travel overnight; Ability to work from North Platte, Ability to lift 50 pounds; Ability to climb, bend, stoop; Ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes; Ability to walk on muddy, icy, uneven terrains and steep slopes to accomplish tasks; Ability to sit for long periods of time: ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance.

Preferred:  Direct/relevant agriculture/livestock experience is highly preferred

Knowledge of:  the principles of hydrology, engineering, mechanics, electricity, chemistry, and biology as they apply to the operation and evaluation of public water supply systems to include source development, treatment, storage, delivery, and protection of drinking water; levels of chemical, biological and radiological contamination determined to have adverse effects on health.

Skill in:  public speaking; communicating with individuals and groups with varying technical backgrounds to collect and relay information; prioritizing workloads. 

Ability to:  learn, interpret and apply applicable federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to safe drinking water; read and understand plans and specifications; assess potential public health hazards; provide guidance and technical assistance to officials and operators; assemble and report findings; analyze a proposed drinking water facility size, system or design.

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