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PeopleService is Growing

We are looking for the best and brightest to grow with us!

Add opportunity to some of the best benefits offered anywhere, and you’ll find PeopleService is the place for you!

If you have experience in the water/wastewater industry and certification:

We’ve got career opportunities in a number of communities throughout the Midwest. If you don’t see a particular job posting that matches your knowledge and skills, let’s talk. You never know when a great opportunity at our growing company will open up and be perfect for you.

If you have no experience, and want a great job that flows into a great career:

PeopleService is the place for you, too. Entry-level positions are perfect for independent, self-starters with a propensity for math and science, and who want to make a difference with their career choice. Best yet, PeopleService offers $6,000 scholarships for those in Water Environment degree programs at Community or Technical Colleges. Learn more now.

What is a water/wastewater operator?

Treatment plant and system (collection and distribution) operators manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards to transfer or treat water or wastewater by adding chemicals to disinfect water. It takes knowledge and skills to get water from natural resources such as reservoirs, streams and groundwater into people’s homes. Similarly, to convert the wastewater from drains and sewers into clean water that is safe to release into the environment requires knowledge and skills. This job includes these responsibilities:

  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor meters and gauges and accurately report readings.
  • Collect and test water and sewage samples.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, tanks, filter beds and other work areas.
  • Work indoors and outdoors.
  • Typically work during the day, in addition to being on-call for a one-week period and perform weekend rounds usually based on a rotating schedule.
  • Occasionally must respond to after-hour emergencies, such as sewer backups or water main breaks.

Operators need a high school diploma or equivalent to become operators. Operators must be licensed by the state in which they work. Maintenance Technicians are operators-in-training and provided with home study coursework and on-the-job training before they can successfully test to become a certified operator. Operators and Maintenance Techs need to have a strong mechanical background in order to diagnose and repair related equipment, such as pumps and blowers. Many community colleges and technical schools offer water environment technology degree programs. PeopleService supports these learning institutions and those who want to go into these programs and this career. We offer scholarships to college students and we support the industry by offering career growth opportunities to those with the knowledge and skills to keep water safe and clean in the communities we support.

  • Enhance your knowledge with PeopleService’s award-winning safety training and in-depth technical training.
  • Work with a team of industry professionals who have vast experience and knowledge.
  • PeopleService has been trusted by communities in the Midwest for more than 30 years. Our reputation is strong and our commitment to the industry proven.
  • Work part-time with us – impart your knowledge and experience. If you’re a licensed operator who has retired, or is close to retirement, consider a great part-time position with us. Earn extra income and mentor the next generation of operators.

We want you.

Whether you’re experienced in this industry or are considering a career here, with us, you’ll have the opportunity to succeed.


Scholarships Available!

Water/Wastewater operators can earn from $18,000 to $70,000* or more depending on certification level and location. The water and wastewater operator job market is slated to grow up to 8% through 2024.

Average salary by state:

  • Minnesota- $37,000 to $70,000
  • Iowa- $22,000 to $62,000
  • Nebraska- $26,000 to $59,000
  • Missouri- $26,000 to $62,000
*Source: O*Net Online