Water Treatment Plant Supervisor

City of Anacortes | Anacortes, WA

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Posted Date 2/23/2021

Schedules, directs, and controls routine, preventative and emergency operations and maintenance programs in treatment plants and pumping stations by evaluating the workload and determining priorities, scheduling and coordinating manpower, equipment, and materials.

An employee in this class is to supervise the City's public works construction, operation, maintenance and repair activities including organizing, motivating, directing, and monitoring employees. Manages responsibilities independently with only general direction, ensuring that City ordinances, governing laws, policies and procedures and accepted practices are followed.  Performs work requiring a high level of skill, judgment and supervisory responsibility while unsupervised. The work is performed under the supervision of the Public Works Division Manager. The employee is assigned direct responsibility for the operation of the division in the absence of the Division Manager.  Work is evaluated for timely and efficient completion of operation and maintenance programs. An employee in this class may temporarily perform the duties of other employees in the City as required or as assigned. The principal duties of this class are performed in office setting and may be performed in an outdoor environment, which may involve adverse weather conditions and related hazards.


  1. Schedules, assigns, directs, monitors, and evaluates the work of operations and maintenance workers; addresses and corrects improper personnel performance; assesses training needs to ensure successful completion of short- and long-range projects; participates in the employee selection process and effectively recommends hiring; trains employees on equipment operation, new material installations, and proper procedures.
  2. Organizes, directs, controls, monitors and performs treatment plant and pump station routine and emergency work. Analyzes and solves complex operations and maintenance problems. Maintains a spare parts inventory and an inventory control system. Coordinates with other governmental agencies and contractors on operations and maintenance projects.
  3. Develops and implements standard procedures for operations and maintenance. Maintains an operational or maintenance control and scheduling system; organizes, completes, and files the required documents to maintain documented history of operations and maintenance.  Operates and maintains a quality assurance/quality control system where required.
  4. Follows established purchasing rules and completes required paperwork to acquire goods and services in the most economical method possible; obtains price quotes; writes specifications for new equipment and materials; selects new equipment. Assists in the development of the budget, and monitors budget expenditures and recommends changes to the Division Manager.
  5. Gathers data and assembles reports required under permits issued to the City of Anacortes, obtains field data; reviews property damage claims; conducts staff and safety meetings; reviews and approves employee time sheets; schedules vacations; prepares employee evaluations and effectively recommends salary increases.
  6. Must be knowledgeable of applicable laws, work safety standards, state and federal regulations governing employees and workplace safety including the use and proper disposal of hazardous, dangerous, corrosive, caustic or toxic substances or parts.
  7. Develops, maintains, trains and participates in required safety programs, including but not limited to the Confined Space Entry, Hazardous Energy Control, Chemical Hazard Communication, and Exposure Control Programs.
  8. Ability to read plans, maps and other associated and similar materials sufficient to determine the scope of required work and ensure compliance with design objectives and standards.
  9. Interacts in a professional and respectful manner with city staff and the public. Maintains good public relations by informing the public of projects on or near their property and listening/responding to complaints or requests.

10.  Attends work on a regular and dependable basis.

11.  May be required to be available to be placed on-call to perform Operator in Responsible Charge duties and to respond as necessary to treatment plant and pump station alarms.


  1. Responds to major emergencies such as, treatment plant and pump station mechanical emergencies or operation problems, water main breaks, sanitary sewer backups where sewage is released to the environment or where property damage occurs, power outages, floods and major fires.
  2. As required by permits issued to the City of Anacortes, report events that impact the environment to appropriate government agencies.
  3. Performs manual labor and assists other departments when requested.
  4. Performs other tasks as assigned.
  5. Responsible to keep the treatment plant operating efficiently, safely and productively. Must have a working knowledge of computers sufficient to use application programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, and other specialized software.


  1. Must hold a minimum of a Washington State Department of Health Group III Water Treatment Plant Operators Certification upon hire and obtain Group IV within 6 months
  2. Water Distribution Manager II and Cross-connection Control certifications highly desirable.
  3. Possession of a valid driver's license; drive safely as evidenced by a safe driving record.
  4. Obtain and maintain valid certification in Adult Workplace CPR, Workplace First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens.
  5. Physically perform the essential functions of the job.
  6. Three years of operations and maintenance experience.
  7. Must have a working knowledge of computers sufficient to use application programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, and other specialized software.


Motorized vehicles and equipment, including, pickup truck, forklift truck, compressors, generators, common hand and power tools, computer and phone. May be required to operate dump truck, backhoe, or other heavy or specialized equipment.


(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 sometimes works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, and risk of electrical shock. The employee is required to work with or in the vicinity of dangerous, hazardous, toxic or corrosive chemicals and has a potential risk of exposure to pathogens present in wastewater. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to stand or sit for the majority of the shift; climb or descend stairs or vertical ladders; do routine lifting, bending, reaching, and stooping. The employee must be able to monitor plant machinery and operations visually, audibly, by smell and by touch (to detect temperature and vibration).

The noise level in the work environment is sometimes loud.


  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility; but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individual may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
  • As an absolute condition of employment, employees are required upon hire to sign a drug-free workplace agreement and an agreement not to use tobacco products in any form while on the job.


  • Following an offer of employment, and prior to starting work, individuals may be required to have a pre-employment physical examination by a physician designated by the City of Anacortes.  The City will pay for the examination.  Satisfactory clearance to perform essential job functions will be required for employment.
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