Wastewater Specialist (KRWA Circuit Rider)

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Job Title: Wastewater Specialist 1

Organization: Kentucky Rural Water Association

 Are you ready to make a real impact on wastewater systems and communities in need?  We are looking for a dedicated and passionate Wastewater Specialist to join our team.

 Position Summary:

As a Water Specialist with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring wastewater access for underserved communities. You will provide financial, managerial, and technical assistance to wastewater systems, simultaneously, meeting the obligations set forth by the National Rural Water Association's USDA-RD Decentralized Wastewater Contract. Your goal will be to assist these systems in providing efficient wastewater service while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. At KRWA, we provide an outstanding benefits package, complemented by a salary that aligns with your experience and expertise.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Possess a Class 3 or higher treatment license and a Class 2 or higher collection license.

  • Skilled at process control and collection operations.

  • Located along or east of the I-75 corridor.

 Essential Functions:

  • Ensure completion and compliance with the goals, objectives, and deliverables required by KRWA's sub-award of the NRWA USDA-RD DEcentralized Wastewater Specialist Contract.

  • Provide direct onsite financial, managerial, and technical assistance to eligible wastewater systems, offering support by phone and email as needed.

  • Accurately complete all required reports and requested documents within designated timelines, meeting the sub-award and KRWA requirements.

  • Conduct training sessions on industry topics in the wastewater field and contribute written articles/materials to KRWA's marketing efforts.

  • Assist the Director of Programs and Operations in achieving the strategic goals of the Association.

 Other Accountabilities:

  • Provide emergency response assistance to wastewater systems, aiding in physical or economic recovery related to disasters.

  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of all state and federal regulations applicable to wastewater systems.

  • Effectively communicate with coworkers, utility representatives, regulators, and the public in a professional manner.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school or education equivalent. A post-secondary degree in a related field of study is preferred.

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the wastewater utility industry with a well-rounded knowledge of the financial, managerial, and technical aspects of wastewater systems.

  • Experience working with regulatory agencies with authority over wastewater utilities in Kentucky.

  • Maintain appropriate state professional license(s). A Kentucky Class II Wastewater Treatment and/or Wastewater Collection Certification, or higher certification, is preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Special Requirements:

  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of the operations of a public wastewater system.

  • Stay informed about state and federal regulations relevant to public wastewater systems.

  • Keep abreast of new rules, techniques, and treatment options related to public wastewater systems.

  • Effectively communicate in person, by phone, in print, or electronically in a professional manner.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with wastewater utility representatives.

  • Proficiency in word processing, excel spreadsheets, and database applications.

  • Exercise independent judgment in advising utilities regarding their business and system operations.

  • Possess a valid driver's license.

 Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Ability to travel extensively throughout the workweek and respond to work during non-workweek hours or emergencies.

  • Work environment may include a general office setting, outdoor work in all weather conditions, and proximity to or handling of hazardous chemicals related to utility water treatment.

  • Use of a hard hat or other personal protective equipment may be required when applicable.

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your resume to our Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Savannah Goad, at careers@krwa.org.

 Kentucky Rural Water Association is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences. Join our team and make a meaningful impact by helping rural communities provide excellent drinking water and wastewater services for their residents.