Job Listing Overview

Louisa County Water Authority is a rural public utility in the heart of Central Virginia. We are presently experiencing a time of growth and change. Currently, we are accepting applications for an enthusiastic, dependable, and experienced individual for the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator at our Water Treatment Plant with state-of-the-art Nanofiltration system, the first of its kind on the East Coast.

The Operator is responsible for providing the best quality potable water, always meeting, or exceeding all state and federal regulations and must have a proven and working knowledge of the processes and demands upon public water systems.  The Water Plant Operator works within a general outline of work to be performed and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision. Work is performed among multiple locations.

The preferred candidate will have a Class 1 or 2 Waterworks Operator License issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and a minimum of three – five years’ work experience in the water treatment business; however, a candidate with the appropriate licensing as well as comparable education and equivalent experience will be considered.

Key Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Monitors and evaluates the operation of the Water Treatment Plant, to ensure the continuing production of safe potable water which always meets or exceeds all state and federal quality standards. 
  • Performs laboratory analysis, interprets data, and makes appropriate process adjustments as required.
  • Maintains operational log, data sheets, and assists with preparing monthly regulatory reports.
  • Inspects equipment, facilities, and grounds to address maintenance and safety needs, reporting any issues requiring corrective actions as necessary.
  • Maintains and repairs well system equipment as well as maintains well system water flow and treatment as specified.
  • Operates a variety of machinery and equipment including but not limited to raw water pumps, finished water pumps, backwash pumps, chemical feed pumps, standard lab instruments.
  • Familiarity with toxic chemicals utilized in the treatment plant processes and laboratory. Utilizes caution and safe handling when working with chemicals.

Special Considerations:

  • Schedule: Work is primarily performed during the day between the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.; however, at times, this position requires a flexible, non-traditional schedule, to include weekend and holiday hours, to support the needs of the treatment system, the business needs of the Authority and to ensure a safe and continuous supply of water is always available to the community. On-Call rotations are an essential function of this position. These will be assigned on a rotating schedule determined by the facility manager and compensated accordingly.
  • Extenuating Circumstances: Employees may be required to stay at or return to work during times of high demand and during public health incidents or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position.  This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency. 

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Virginia Driver’s License.
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must have at minimum, a current Class 3 Water Operator License issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia with the ability to obtain a Class 2 Water Operator License within 6 months of hire date.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check and a Motor Vehicles check.
  • Must consent to drug testing consistent with Louisa County Water Authority’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.
  • Applicant must be able to climb and descend stairs and ladders, be able to differentiate colors, willing to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions, and have reliable transportation to and from the facility.

Compensation and Benefits:

Water Treatment Plant Operator, Class 3 – $48,000-$52,600 (must acquire Class 2 License within 6 months of hire date)

Water Treatment Plant Operator, Class 2 – $50,800-$71,700

Water Treatment Plant Operator, Class 1 – $60,200-$79,000

Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Authority offers competitive compensation, affordable health insurance coverage, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, an optional 457(b) retirement plan with a matching contribution, flexible spending accounts, voluntary benefits, and generous paid time off.

How to Apply:

A completed Louisa County Water Authority application with an original signature, resume, and reference list is required for consideration. Please indicate which position you are applying for when completing the application.

Applications can be obtained from the Authority business office located at 23 Loudin Lane, Louisa, VA 23093 or online at or at

Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 540-967-1122. Louisa County Water Authority is an equal opportunity employer.