Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor

City of Tulare HR | Tulare, CA

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Posted Date 10/14/2020
Thank you for your interest in our Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor position. We look forward to the opportunity to consider you as an applicant.

To be considered for this outstanding career opportunity applicants must submit an application with detailed information in each section of the application: Education, Work Experience, Certificates and Licenses, and Skills. 

In addition to submitting a detailed application, you are required to respond to the supplemental questions associated with the application. Your responses to the supplemental questions will be used to help us evaluate your qualifying knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Resumes may be attached but will not be accepted in lieu of a complete, detailed application or in lieu of detailed responses to the supplemental questions.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to advance to the interview phase which is scheduled for: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th.

Under general direction, plans, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of the industrial or domestic wastewater treatment operations and maintenance staff within the Wastewater Division; coordinates, monitors, and provides technical input for assigned industrial or domestic wastewater treatment operations, maintenance, and repair projects and other special programs; provides technical assistance to the Operations Manager and Public Works Director; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to the operations and maintenance of the industrial or domestic wastewater treatment plant facilities and systems; and performs related work as required.
Receives general direction from the Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager or Public Works Director.  Exercises general supervision over assigned staff. 
This is the full supervisory-level class in the wastewater treatment operations and maintenance series.  Incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of the industrial or domestic wastewater treatment operations and maintenance staff either directly or through lead workers.  The incumbent is also expected to independently perform the full range of industrial or domestic wastewater treatment operations and maintenance duties.  Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within established guidelines.  This class is distinguished from the Operations Manager in that the latter has management responsibility for all wastewater treatment operations and maintenance functions and activities of the City.
$32.92 - $40.01 Hourly
$2,633.46 - $3,200.99 Biweekly
$5,705.83 - $6,935.47 Monthly
$68,469.96 - $83,225.64 Annually            

(Ilustrative Only) Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of assigned staff in the industrial or domestic wastewater treatment operations and maintenance work division.
  • Trains staff in work and safety procedures (Standard Operating Procedures) and in the operation and use of equipment and supplies; implements procedures and standards.
  • Provides input on employee performance evaluations; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures; assists in selection and promotion.
  • Monitors operations and activities of the operations and maintenance work unit assigned to industrial or domestic wastewater treatment; recommends improvements and modifications and prepares various reports on operations and activities; recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; implements policies and procedures.
  • Determines and recommends equipment, materials, and staffing needs for assigned maintenance projects; participates in the annual budget preparation; prepares detailed cost estimates with appropriate justifications, as required; maintains a variety of records and prepares routine reports of work performance.
  • Develops and reviews staff and regulatory reports related to industrial or domestic wastewater treatment maintenance and operations and assists with reports presented to the City Council and other commissions, committees, and boards; performs a variety of public relations and outreach work related to assigned activities.
  • Monitors and controls supplies and equipment; orders supplies and tools as necessary; prepares documents for equipment procurement; participates in informal bid processes for vendor selection.
  • Participates in the administration of preventive maintenance, in-service training, and safety programs; develops safety programs that meet Federal and State standards; ensures compliance with safety procedures.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Performs the most difficult operations, maintenance, and repair duties in the area of work assigned.
  • Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required.
  • Maintains logs and records of work performed; prepares periodic reports.
  • Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints; recommends corrective actions to resolve issues.
  • Responds to operations, maintenance, and repair emergency situations as required.
  • May act as the Operations Manager in his/her absence.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles, practices, equipment, materials, and tools used in the operation, cleaning, and preventive maintenance of wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and equipment.
  • The operation and preventive maintenance of piping systems, including pipes, valves, and related appurtenances.
  • Standard chemical and physical tests of wastewater, sludge, and related materials.
  • Practices and techniques related to industrial or domestic wastewater and/or hazardous materials sampling, sample handling, and standard analysis methods.
  • Equipment, tools, and materials used in maintenance activities and services related to wastewater treatment and distribution systems.
  • Applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines relevant to assigned duties.
  • Principles and practices of safety management and application.
  • Basic mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic principles.
  • Basic and advanced arithmetic and statistical techniques.
  • Safe work methods and safety practices pertaining to the work.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Computer applications related to work.
  • English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing effectively with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
 Ability to: 
  • Read, understand, and effect compliance with wastewater discharge requirements issued by State Water Resource Control Board that are applicable to the City's facilities.
  • Assist in developing and implementing goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Supervise, train, plan, organize, schedule, assign, review, and evaluate the work of staff.
  • Organize, implement, and direct industrial or domestic wastewater treatment maintenance and repair operations and activities.
  • Analyze, interpret, apply, and enforce Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Understand, interpret, and successfully communicate both orally and in writing, pertinent department policies and procedures.
  • Identify problems, research, and analyze relevant information, develop and present recommendations, and justification for solution.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Develop cost estimates for supplies and equipment.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair a variety of industrial or domestic wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and equipment.
  • Recognize and correct or report unusual, inefficient, or dangerous operating conditions.
  • Read a variety of gauges, charts, and meters, record data accurately, and make appropriate process adjustments.
  • Conduct standard chemical and physical tests of industrial or domestic wastewater, sludge, and related materials.
  • Safely and effectively use, operate, and maintain the full range of equipment and tools required for the work.
  • Performing the most complex maintenance duties and operating related equipment.
  • Work with heavy equipment requiring good motor coordination and physical strength.
  • Perform heavy manual labor for extended periods of time in all types of weather.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Maintain accurate records and files of work performed.
  • Use computer technology and applications in the performance of daily activities.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of manual and computerized record keeping and project management systems.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade supplemented by specialized training in wastewater treatment, personnel supervision, and in the area of assignment, and four (4) years of responsible experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, including one (1) year of lead or supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California's driver's license.
  • Possession of a Grade III Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within twelve (12) months of hire, a Confined Space Entry Certificate.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within twelve (12) months of hire, a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Certificates.
  • Possession of a Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board or the ability to obtain within twenty four (24) months of hire.


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to work in the field and wastewater treatment facilities; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and to operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to read gauges and identify appurtenances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio.  The job involves frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment.  Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 75 pounds and heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.


Employees work primarily indoors and are exposed to loud noise levels, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances, odors, and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives, and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Salary68469.96 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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