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Position Title: Waste Water Treatment Operator 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Othello 

Requisition ID: 16529 



About McCain: McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operate, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world's largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties.


McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries.


Why You Should Join Our Team:

McCain offers full benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance. In addition, we offer other benefits including:

  • 401k
  • HSA
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Infertility Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave


McCain Food’s facility in Othello, Washington recently completed a 170 thousand square foot addition and multiple upgrades, now employs over 500 people! In line with our values and our overall global commitment to sustainability, this investment also brings environmental efficiencies, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint while doubling its production, underlining McCain’s commitment to sustainability.


Sustainability and Plant Friendly Practices are at the Heart of McCain:

We’ve embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. Food that will use fewer natural resources in factories and farms, answer the need of increasingly health and planet-conscious consumers, and contribute to positive change in the rural communities where we grow our ingredients.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agricultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Waste Water Treatment Technician, the Waste Water Treatment Operator will become part of the Engineering and Maintenance Team that provides the highest level of equipment reliability to sustain a large potato processing operation. You will participate in the safe and efficient operation of an anaerobic digestion system which includes a biogas collection system. Some activities associated with this position will be, data collection of treatment plant operating parameters, sample collection, sludge handling and biogas production. 


If you are a results-oriented team player, requiring minimal supervision of daily work activities, excellent communicator and a strong problem solver, we want to hear from you!


Key Responsibilities:

  • Strict adherence to all safety-related policies, rules, and regulations, along with the McCain Code of Conduct.
  • Operate and maintain all Waste Water Treatment equipment: which includes operation of a Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL), waste collection systems, rotary screens, clarifier, aeration basin, biogas collection and distribution systems, and ancillary equipment.
  • Collect waste water samples from various locations
  • Analyze samples using various lab equipment while following McCain testing procedures
  • Ability to rationalize test results and follow procedural adjustment strategies for efficient operation of the anaerobic system
  • Daily inspection of equipment and buildings, while recording on specified check sheets
  • Make process adjustments after consultation with the Waste Water Treatment Lead and/or Environmental Control Supervisor
  • Under the guidance of the Environmental Control Supervisor, the operator shall manage solids inventory of the hoppers, tanks and sludge storage areas
  • Perform all tasks related to routine equipment inspections, preventative maintenance, and predictive maintenance
  • Ability to identify potential process upsets and notification to WWT Lead
  • Ability to learn operation of a biogas generation system, which includes monitoring and testing biogas quality.
  • Monitoring final effluent quality and distribution to irrigation holding pond
  • Complies with all state regulations
  • Maintain compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices, promote Environmental Awareness and energy/water conservation.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 1 year of Biological Waste Water Treatment experience
  • Proficient in operation of an anaerobic digestion system
  • Experience working in a food manufacturing environment, and complying with food safety rules and regulations.
  • Familiarity with the use of a structured CMMS, such as SAP PM.
  • Ability to complete the McCain training program for anaerobic digestion and biogas generation
  • Must have or be able to attain certification of the following equipment, within the first 60 days of hire:
    • McCain Forklift Certification
    • McCain Scissor Lift Certification
    • McCain Boom Lift (Genie) Certification
    • McCain Confined Space Certification


The Waste Water Treatment Operator participates in a Skills Matrix which defines progression between levels IV, III, II, and I. Within the Skills Matrix, levels achieved are based on qualifications, education, ability to meet job expectations, and certifications.


Physical Demand:

Constant: use and movement of hands and standing on regularly scheduled shift.

Frequently: Bending, grasping of hands, and reaching for up to 3 -6 hours daily.

Occasionally: Walking, bending at the waist, squatting, kneeling, and twisting at the neck and waist, pushing and pulling for up to 3 hours a day.


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: NA Potato Manufacturing 
Department: ​Othello Engineering ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Washington : Othello || US - United States of America : Other : Reference job description || US - United States of America : Washington : Seattle 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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