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Water Treatment Plant Operator

Date:  Feb 17, 2021

Spokane, WA, US (United States)


Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont (www.newmont.com) is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company has approximately 24,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at Newmont's core operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont's industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.



This position is to provide support to the Midnite Mine chemical precipitation water treatment plant and ancillary support facilities.  The position is to provide services necessary to operate, repair, or maintain the Legacy and New Water Treatment Plant and support facilities at the Midnite Mine Site. 



•    Work under the direct supervision of a Water Treatment lead Operator 


  1. Support site operations personnel  
  2. Maintain chemical reagent material balances 
  3. Measure flow and water levels
  4. Maintain operational log sheets
  5. Operate the filter press
  6. Load super sacks into cart framework
  7. Operate 12K telehandler
  8. Load and secure  transport trailer for off-site shipping (cover, tarp load)
  9. Weigh loaded super sacks
  10. Measure sludge levels in the clarifiers
  11. Backwash media filters
  12. Train to be ready for operating an automated water treatment facility
  13. Work with Microsoft excel and word documents


•    Maintenance of the plant and support facilities include, but are not limited to:


  1. Replace and maintain equipment, controls, valves, and pipelines 
  2. Greasing equipment, changing equipment oil, changing and repairing motors/equipment, to include bearing, belt, and seal replacements.  
  3. Repositioning pit pumps and pipelines as needed during operations.
  4. Operation of the filter press, including cleaning of the press and building
  5. Clean water treatment facility
  6. Clean sludge and lime lines and valves related to plant operation
  7. Clean and calibrate plant instrumentation (pH and turbidity monitors)


The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.



Job duties include working within an environment that presents regular exposure to potential electric shocks, moving mechanical parts, outside weather conditions, and wet and humid environments.  There is a potential to be exposed, occasionally, to extreme heat, cold, and slick working surfaces. Employees will be working around radioactive materials.

This position requires the ability to verbally communicate with individuals, hear verbal communications and operational noises, inspect items up close, lift, and walk.  The individual is required to stand, sit, walk, climb stairs, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or twist and occasionally is required to climb a ladder.  The individual must regularly lift 10 pounds or less, frequently lift up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift up to 70 pounds.  The individual will regularly fill out daily water treatment process reports, including radiation survey forms.  The individual must have the ability to drive an automobile, have mechanical aptitude, and regularly use hand and electric tools.  The individual will occasionally use a dust mask and half-face respirator. 

This is currently a seasonal operation at the existing legacy water treatment plant typically starting in March and ending in November operating a 24hr period 4 to 5 days a week.  Once the new water treatment plant is constructed and commissioned in 2023 the position will require personnel to be on-site during day shift only on a rotating 7-day schedule January thru December.  The individual will be required to work 12-hour shifts and must be willing to work days, nights, or weekends on his/her assigned schedule.    



The individual must have the ability to read, write, and understand English communications. The individual must complete an OSHA 40hr HAZWOPER course, Department of Transportation Hazardous materials shippers training course, and complete the Dawn Mining Company Radiation Safety Training course prior to beginning work activities. The individual will be required to pass a telehandler operators training course. The individual must have proof of a valid Washington State Driver’s License.  The individual will be expected to have basic computer literacy.  The individual must be able to pass either a medical evaluation questionnaire or medical examination, and a respirator fit test.



As an Employee of Newmont Mining you have the opportunity to elect these employment benefits:


  • Hourly wage $24.12
  • Up to 6% company match in a 401(k) retirement plan as a pre-tax elective per pay period accessible without penalty once you retire
  • Pension accrual of 13% of pay (note that this is an age-65 accrual) paid out at a monthly rate during retirement based on years of service
  • Paid Time Off (used as vacation. Illness, or cash out) of 4.5 weeks per year (pro-rated and accumulates per paid period)
  • Company paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Medical insurance coverage (with employee premium)
  • This includes a company-paid Health Savings Account contribution if eligible
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Company-paid life insurance of 2x base salary
  • Family elected life insurance
  • Short-term incentive bonus -Annual performance bonus awards program based on self and company performance over the year
  • Up to 7 paid time off Holidays annually

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Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

Newmont seeks to recruit, hire, place and promote qualified applicants, meaning applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnic, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

NOTE: Newmont does not ask for or require job applicants to pay money to apply or be considered for employment with the Company. In addition, Newmont does not ask potential job candidates to provide sensitive personal data without first submitting a job application through our secure, online portal, and only as requested for legitimate business purposes.  If you are asked to provide money or sensitive personal data through any other means, do not respond and please report this immediately to it.sec@newmont.com.

Nearest Major Market: Spokane