Water Reclamation Operator I

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The primary responsibilities of the Water Reclamation Operator is to ensure the efficient operation of the WR plant processes with the overall goal of meeting our regulatory discharge permit limits. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and operate anaerobic digesters, Zenon UF systems, CM500 MVR evaporator and aerobic digesters.
  • Ensure set points are met or that a supervisor is informed of changes made to control set points.
  • Maintain accurate and complete paperwork at all times.
  • Responsible for the CIP of equipment and the up keep of equipment and surrounding areas.
  • Responsible for monitoring assigned equipment, make changes to improve efficiency/operation and report any problems or issues with equipment to management.
  • Perform hourly checks on equipment.
  • Must be able to learn and perform minor lab tasks
  • Ability to learn and operate Wonderware/SCADA type controls.
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures. This includes communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates as well as participating in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required. 
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times. This includes reporting any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up. 

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs.
  • Must be able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Water treatment/distribution experience
  • Background or coursework in biology/chemistry

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within the WR plant
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.  

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: Water
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete/asphalt with some gravel and dirt areas.  

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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