Operations Supervisor

West County Wastewater District | Richmond, CA

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Posted Date 5/12/2020

West County Wastewater is offering an exciting opportunity to work with an award-winning wastewater treatment and resource recovery agency.

We are currently recruiting to fill a full-time Operations Supervisor position to plan, supervise, and direct the operations of the wastewater treatment plant. The incumbent will be responsible for performing administrative and supervisory duties including hiring, training and evaluating subordinates, scheduling work assignments, and maintaining appropriate records and logs in conformance with applicable statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and technical standards.
The Operations Supervisor is considered a working supervisor and may be required to participate in the day-to-day work activities to ensure daily operational controls and monitoring of plant processes; may assist with corrective and repair work on plant systems and troubleshoot plant process upsets and provide Incident Command during plant emergencies.
Incumbent must be available to work day or night shift and some weekends.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of the following:

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to create a teamwork environment using best practices of personnel management and establishing effective interpersonal relationships;
  • Problem solver who is collaborative, team-orientated, reliable, dedicated and knowledgeable.
    Strong oral and written effective communication skills
  • The ability to work with minimal direction with effective working knowledge of departmental policies, procedures, regulations, and local, State and federal rules related to the wastewater industry
  • The ability to work with a variety of departmental databases and software systems
  • Effective decision making - able to choose the appropriate action considering all implications and consequences, commit to action, implement and follow through
  • The ability to work well with various stakeholders including contractors, other agencies and staff



West County Wastewater (WCW) is an award-winning wastewater treatment and resource recovery agency that collects and treats wastewater for reuse. WCW'S administrative office and treatment plant are located in Richmond, CA, several miles from one another. WCW's customer base of approximately 100,000 residents is within a service area that incorporates 34,000 residences and 2,450 commercial/industrial businesses within the cities of Richmond (northern subdivisions & north Richmond, San Pablo and designated sections of Pinole). It also serves the communities of El Sobrante, East Richmond Heights and the surrounding unincorporated areas.

WCW operates a 12.5 MGD wastewater treatment plant and maintains 249 miles of sanitary sewer collection lines, 17 lift stations and six miles of pressure force mains. WCW's Strategic Plan was updated in 2018 and continues to serve as the road map for upgrading and maintaining the WCW's infrastructure and operations moving forward.

Our Mission and Values: We protect public health and the environment by safely and responsibly collecting and treating wastewater for reuse. 

  • Service
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration

To learn more about joining the WCW, click here: West County Wastewater  


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the operations division of the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Assign, schedule, train, mentor, coach and supervise direct reports in the operation of the treatment plant; perform and participate in a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, selection, dismissal, and disciplinary actions.
  • Monitor and assess the progress of training programs and staff development; oversee and conduct proficiency assessments, prepare reports and follow-up actions as needed.
  • Ensure the operating efficiency of advanced wastewater treatment, sludge digestion, dewatering, and removal, primary and secondary treatment processes and chemical feed systems.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports regarding the operation of the wastewater plant and quality of the effluent.
  • Supervise and perform chemical tests and process sampling; adjusts, maintains and may calibrate electronic monitoring equipment and instruments.
  • Coordinate plant operations activities with the plant laboratory and maintenance divisions to assure the proper efficient total functioning of plant equipment and wastewater quality control systems.
  • Review systems reports to determine operational efficiency and effectiveness, make and present reports and recommendations based on system information.
  • Conduct scheduled and random inspections of work performed by staff
  • Prepare specifications for operations supplies and materials; prepares cost estimates; assists in the development of equipment specifications.
  • Develop emergency and contingency plans and be responsible for their implementation in the event of failures or unusual operating conditions
  • Respond to emergencies on an on-call basis 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
  • Make critical decisions to resolve emergency conditions resulting from wastewater treatment plant malfunctions.
  • Develop safety procedures and assumes responsibility for their implementation.
  • Research and prepare a variety of reports and justifications for purchases and assist in the development and administration of division budget.
  • Attend a variety of trainings, workshops, and meetings; remain updated on developments and trends in legislation, regulation, and professional practices of industries related to division programs.
  • Participate in District related events and community activities; attend meetings and make presentations
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Any combination of training and experience that demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed) will be considered.  A person with the following training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process.
Experience: Five (5) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment or similar type process plant including at least two years in a lead or supervisory position.
Education: Possession of an A.A. degree from an accredited university or college which includes or is supplemented by academic course instruction in the areas of chemistry, biology and treatment plant operation.

License and/or Certificate:
Must possess a Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Must possess a valid California Driver's License.  The incumbent must continue to meet all of the provisions of the Driving Policy as a condition of continued employment.


Application Submission and Evaluation: All applicants must apply on-line at WCW  by May 31, 2020.  Applications will be evaluated based on the minimum qualifications to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

West County Wastewater will evaluate each applicant's qualifications based solely on the information provided on the application. Failure to fully complete the application may eliminate you from consideration for the position. You may attach a resume, but it is not a substitute for completing the application. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.

Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Panel who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. 
Oral Examination: June 10, 2020
Internal/Hiring Interview: June 16, 2020

Notification and correspondence will be sent via e-mail only. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a correct e-mail address is provided and that correspondences are being received. Some e-mail accounts recognize these e-mails in the spam/junk folders. Please check your e-mail spam/junk folders or allow e-mail correspondences from e-mails ending in neogov.com.

Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to Tanya Williams at twilliams@wcwd.org  

West County Wastewater District is not responsible for the failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing twilliams@wcwd.org

WCWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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