Niagara, New York

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Utility Operator is an entry level position, which is a great opportunity for individuals looking to work in the power industry. Motivated Utility Operators that are committed to learning the facility are often eligible for promotion to Auxiliary Operator within a short period of time.

The Utility Operator will work under the supervision of the Operations Supervisor. They will be responsible for the daily cleaning of various systems and equipment as assigned. Normally, assigned areas will include the back ash and associated systems such as the grizzly scalper, incline belt take-up. This position is also responsible for sweeping and cleaning of various areas of the facility as assigned.

Current target pay rate is from $17+ per hour plus overtime available
An Additional 8% Annual Bonus
Generous, competitive company benefits package


Work Schedule is Monday to Friday.

Work Hours are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The duties of the Utility Operator include the daily cleaning and inspection of assigned rolling equipment, such as the bobcat, lift truck, and street sweeper, in accordance with the established plant operating procedures. They are responsible, when assigned, to operate the street sweeper on all facility roadways including the tipping floor.

The daily duties of the Utility Operator will involve working in and/or around ash that may present a potential exposure to lead, arsenic and cadmium. Ambient levels of these heavy metals around the Facility, while below the respective OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits, are measurable. In addition, the Plant Service Worker will be responsible for cleaning up ash deposits outside the furnace area or gas pass hoppers. This work may result in exposures to lead, arsenic and cadmium above the OSHA PELs and will, therefore, require the use of various respirators, including negative pressure half-mask and full-face respirators and the occasional use of full-face positive pressure respirators and supplied air respirators.

In performing their duties, the Utility Operator normally will work under the direction of the Operations Supervisor. However, during emergencies or unusual situations, the Utility Operator will be responsible for taking appropriate action on his own initiative to prevent equipment damage or injury to personnel.

The position of Utility Operator requires a High School education and /or formal technical or utility training.

A valid New York Driver's License is also required. It is expected that concurrent training for other positions will occur as time permits.

Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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Niagara, New York

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.

 

 

1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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