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Wastewater Operator Trainee


Accomac, VA, US, 23301

Req ID:  24962
Job Function:  Maintenance

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


Operation, cleaning, and maintenance of various water and wastewater equipment. Additionally, other duties as deemed necessary by the Lead Wastewater Operator or Environmental Manager. Normal working hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM or 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, rotating shifts on a biweekly schedule. Overtime scheduled as needed by management. Weekends are worked every two weeks.  

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment
  2. Have a valid driver’s license to drive company vehicles to collect samples off plant site. Can climb 20 to 40 feet on ladders and stairs when required. Obtain company certification to drive a forklift within one year.
  3. Clean as required for safety and housekeeping in and around tanks, pumps, building and lagoons.
  4. Work in organic sludges as required. Operation and maintenance of sludge belt press.
  5. Handle acids, bases, and polymers when required. Safety data sheets (SDS) and training provided.
Minimum Education
Experience Requirements

High School Diploma or GED along with strong reading, writing, math, and analytical skills. Virginia DPOR Wastewater Works Operators License Class 4 within two years of selection for the position. 

Experience Preferred
Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements
  1. The work environment includes but is not limited to an office, a poultry harvest facility, and a wastewater treatment plant. 
  2. When in a poultry harvest facility or a wastewater treatment plant:
  • Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces.
  • May be exposed to temperatures of 28 – 100°F with both ambient and 100% humidity.
  • May handle product 25 – 50°F.
  • May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 – 110 dB.
  • May be exposed to all chemicals found in poultry, food, processing, and wastewater plants.
  • Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job and as directed by the Company.
  1. Outside walking in all weather conditions.
  2. Travel throughout the complex and to other facilities as needed.
  3. The ability to climb ladders and lift loads up to 50 pounds.



Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Hampton Roads