General Statement

The Town of Murphy is hiring a full-time wastewater treatment plant operator. An employee in this class performs a variety of operational and maintenance duties designed to dispose of domestic and commercial waste materials.  Work is performed on an assigned or rotating shift.  Work includes monitoring the plant's operation through observation, mechanical readings and the results of standard chemical and biological tests.   Employee is subject to hazards associated with wastewater and plant operations including working both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, working in small spaces such as sewer pipes, and oils. Work around wastewater is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens.  Work is performed under general supervision and reviewed by observation, conference, and reviewing records for adherence to operations standards, instructions, and safety practices.  

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and hearing. 


Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Must possess the visual acuity to read gauges, dials, and observe moving parts of machines, and to record and review written records.  

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high from high school supplemented by course work in chemistry or biology and some experience in the operation and maintenance of machinery and equipment, preferably in a wastewater treatment plant; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements

1.  Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
2.  Ability to obtain North Carolina grade I wastewater operator certificate within 12 months of hire date  

Application Instructions

Please submit a NC PD-107 application form to the Tri-County NCWorks Career Center office located at 800 U.S. Highway 64 W., Murphy, NC 28906, and their telephone number is 828-837-7407. The position is open until filled. 

Wastewater Operator Application Form

NC PD-107 Form in Microsoft Word format.  Please click to download.

Wastewater Operator Application Form

NC PD-107 Form in Adobe PDF format.  Please click to download.