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Title:  Central Heat Plant Operator

Application Deadline Date:  02/05/2023
Req ID:  46157
Department:  Buildings & General Services

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $18.01


Buildings and General Services at the State of Vermont has an exciting and dynamic opportunity with room for growth as a Central Heat Plant Operator. You will be part of a small group of individuals that would be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the central heat plant providing steam to our buildings through out the complex while being supported by a talented group of employees in the Operations and Maintenance Division. Our bio mass plant is capable of burning both wood chips and oil, so a mechanical background is preferred.    

The position will work a swing shift. The schedule is as follows and the winter schedule will include a shift differential. 

  • November through April the hours are Sunday 8am to 4pm, Monday and Tuesday 12am to 8am, Thursday and Friday 4pm to 12am, with Wednesday and Saturday off.
  • May through October the hours are Monday through Friday 7am to 3:30pm.


The starting pay for this position is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.


This position is eligible for a sign-on and retention bonus of up to $1000! Only new hires employed by BGS as a Central Heat Plant Operator in the location specified in this job posting are eligible for this bonus program. Please contact the hiring manager listed below for the full details of this program.


BGS provides the facilities services required for all state agencies and departments to accomplish their missions. As part of the Operations and Maintenance Division you will be essential team member and part of the largest division in BGS. Please watch this brief video to learn more about working for BGS.

Who May Apply

This position, Central Heat Plant Operator (Job Requisition #46157), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Susan Gallagher at
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are typically performed in a heating plant facility and may involve varying work shifts. Need for overtime may occur. Operation and servicing of mechanical equipment and high-pressure systems poses some potential of on-the-job injury.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent AND two (2) years or more of experience or training in a mechanical, building maintenance or equipment repair field.


Successful completion of the BGS Boiler Room Training Program.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience related to heating equipment.

Special Requirements

A valid motor vehicle driver's license may be required.

Note: During non-heating seasons, incumbents of this class will assist in routine building/equipment, or grounds maintenance functions as assigned.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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