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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under direction of the Wastewater Operations Manager, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the day-to-day operations and mechanical maintenance and repairs of the City’s wastewater treatment plant and facilities; ensures plant is in compliance with state and federal requirements; oversees processing and water quality laboratory testing; represents plant operations with government control agencies; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions and outside agencies; and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor is considered a supervisory level with responsibility for assigning and supervising the work crews engaged in operations and mechanical maintenance and repairs of the City’s wastewater treatment plant and facilities. Positions in this class contribute to the overall management of the Wastewater Treatment Plant/Operations Division by participating in the development of policies and procedures, developing and implementing program goals and objectives while providing conformance to overall departmental goals and objectives, and participating in the development and monitoring of budgets. Positions in this class exercise considerable discretion and independence in coordinating assigned segments of the City’s wastewater treatment plant programs. The Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor differs from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III by the performance of full supervisory responsibilities.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the operation of a wastewater treatment plant and related collection systems; ensures compliance with state, federal and local mandates for water quality; makes plant operation modifications as needed.
  2. Establishes schedules and methods for providing wastewater treatment plant services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
  3. Participates in the development of goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures; participates in the implementation of approved policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
  4. Participates in the selection of assigned maintenance staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
  5. Participates in the preparation and administration of assigned program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures.
  6. Supervises and performs tasks related to the maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment plant facilities, equipment and related control systems; serves as relief operator as necessary.
  7. Oversees water pollution control laboratory testing and analysis programs and is accountable for operating and systems modification based on test results.
  8. Prepares water quality and industrial waste reports; conducts inspections to identify maintenance and repair needs and for proper work projects completion.
  9. Assists in plant inspections by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and other state and local agencies as necessary.
  10. Assists in the annual renewal of permits for various agencies; gathers data and fills out necessary forms.
  11. Assists in plant expansion projects as necessary; attends construction project meetings; works with contractors throughout the construction phase; assists in gathering and organizing necessary data; responds to questions and inquiries as necessary.
  12. Oversees and participates in ordering and storing chemicals and other materials and supplies used at the wastewater treatment plant.
  13. Evaluates and recommends the best use of vehicles and other equipment; insures that mechanical equipment receives proper lubrication, overhauling and inspection; insures proper calibration of pneumatic instruments; may perform plant operation and maintenance assignments.
  14. Prepares a variety of reports related to area of responsibility; reviews a variety of plant maintenance reports, sheets, logs, and data for compliance and accuracy; reviews and retrieves data from plants operating computer; inputs information as necessary.
  15. Gives plant tours to visitors, consultants, the general public and others as necessary.
  16. Assists the Wastewater Operations Manager and the Director of Public Works with operating and capital improvement budgets; monitors budget expenditures; prepares project cost estimates and analysis.
  17. Serves on committees as necessary; represents the City’s wastewater treatment functions in public relations activities; addresses, investigates and responds to inquires and complaints.
  18. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints in an efficient and timely manner; responds to emergency situations as necessary.
  19. Coordinates assigned maintenance activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations.
  20. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of wastewater treatment; incorporates new developments as appropriate into programs.
  21. Performs after-hours emergency work as necessary.
  22. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a wastewater treatment plant. Advanced principles, practices and techniques of wastewater treatment plant operations quality assurance and operation functions. Principles and practices of process controls and systems maintenance. Testing methods and procedures, including qualitative and quantitative analysis. Principles and practices of wastewater collection. Principles and practices of design, planning and development of wastewater treatment facilities. Principles and practices of cost, time and materials estimating. Principles and practices of bacteriological and sampling techniques and mathematical analysis. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Basic principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles and procedures of record keeping. Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation. Occupational hazards and standard safety practices. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

Coordinate and direct wastewater treatment programs. Supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned staff involved in the maintenance and operation of wastewater treatment plants. Select, train, and evaluate staff. Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing wastewater treatment programs. Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities. Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Prepare clear and concise reports. Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets. Plan, organize and supervise the operation of a wastewater treatment plant and associated collection systems. Ensure equipment is maintained appropriately. Ensure water quality laboratory testing and analysis, including chemical and bacteriological laboratory tests are conducted in accordance with mandates. Analyze and interpret laboratory tests and make modifications to wastewater treatment plant operations and take corrective and preventive measures. Read and interpret plant operations equipment. Perform on-site laboratory tests. Maintain accurate and updated logs, records and reports. Prepare and submit comprehensive and mandated reports. Perform plant operation and maintenance assignments. Represent the City’s wastewater treatment functions with other governmental agencies and community groups. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. Safely and effectively operate the tools and equipment used in the analysis and testing of wastewater samples. Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines. Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit. Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies. Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in wastewater treatment plant operations and/or maintenance.

Four years of experience in the operation, mechanical maintenance and repair of a wastewater treatment facility including one year of lead supervisory responsibility..

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of a Grade III Certification as a Wastewater Plant Operator from the California State Water Resources Control Board and a Confined Space Entry Certificate.

The conditions herein 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 job functions. Environment: Wastewater treatment plant and field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals, electrical energy, and inclement weather conditions including wet and/or humid conditions; work around water or wastewater; work on slippery surfaces; regularly work near moving mechanical parts; and work around moderately loud noise levels; incumbents may be required to work evenings, nights, and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a wastewater treatment plant and field environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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