Operations Chief - Water & Wastewater Treatment

City of Winter Park | Winter Park, FL

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Posted Date 8/26/2021

The Operations Chief Water and Wastewater Treatment oversees operation of the potable water production and treatment facilities, wastewater treatment and reclaimed water disposal facilities, and wastewater lift stations  to meet regulatory requirements by directing the operation of municipal water and wastewater treatment plants and lift stations. This work is performed under general direction – the incumbent establishes methods and procedures for attaining specific goals and objectives and receives guidance in accordance with broad goals; only final results of work are typically reviewed. 

Salary: $69,809.90 - $111,695.67 Annually


NOTE: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Supervise, direct, and coordinate activities and personnel within the Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, and Utility Maintenance Divisions; assign work programs, inspect work in progress and upon completion.

Prepare budget for various divisions; make policy and operational recommendations.

Coordinate work activities and programs with other divisions and departments.

Inspect treatment plants and lift stations for proper operation and assess the needs of these facilities. Manage the maintenance and preventative maintenance of all water and wastewater treatment plant and lift station equipment.

Inspect contractors’ progress with capital projects; ensure compliance with regulatory agency standards.

Hire and train key personnel; assist directly and indirectly in personnel administration.

Conduct and attend meetings with contractors, engineers and management; conduct public education seminars.

Coordinate safety programs such as Risk Management Option, Process Safety Management, and hazardous materials training.

Develop water conservation programs, rebate incentives, and water conservation education seminars.

Perform other work as assigned.


Detailed knowledge of departmental and municipal rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Detailed knowledge of machinery, tools, and equipment employed in the operation of a modern comprehensive water and wastewater department.

Detailed knowledge of the chemical and physical processes involved in water and wastewater treatment and of standard methods of water chemical analysis.

Detailed knowledge of ozone treatment processes (water), modern techniques, methods, procedures, principles, and practices of the organization and management of water and wastewater treatment.

Skill in the operation of modern office equipment, computers, and software, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Ability to perform a range of professional analytical, programmatic, and administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.

Ability to maintain focus and flexibility with frequent interruptions; ability to follow up and monitor status of ongoing projects.

Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, multi-task, organize work load, meet deadlines, follow-up and take tasks to completion.

Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Ability to properly interpret, ensure compliance with, and make recommendations in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, supervisors, city officials, and the general public.

Ability to communicate information tactfully and impartially, both in person and in writing with all staff, city officials, and the general public.

Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and keep accurate records.

This position is performed with detailed knowledge – the incumbent has a thorough understanding of nearly all information in relevant source documents and is considered an expert in a particular subject field.


High School Diploma or equivalent, supplemented by at least ten years of experience in water and wastewater plant operations and laboratory analysis, at least five of which should be supervisory. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities and other competencies required for the position may be considered.  


Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License, Class E or higher.

Possess and maintain a current State of Florida certification as a Water Plant Operator Class A.

Note: All certifications must be current at the time of application and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


This is light work requiring the exertion of 0 – 20 pounds of force occasionally and 0 – 10 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, and reposition objects.

Ability to traverse about a variety of city facilities/jobsites, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Ability to remain stationary at a keyboard for extended periods of time and continuously operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.

Ability to manipulate objects and demonstrate small, precise movements repetitively.


Tasks may require infrequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions including inclement weather, sun, extreme temperatures, odors, dirt and dust, loud noises, and hazardous chemicals, etc.


Tasks require the manipulation of objects and demonstration of small, precise movements, the ability to detect and distinguish various features of one’s surroundings, and the ability to effectively communicate and exchange information with others.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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