Drainage Operations and Maintenance Supervisor

Austin Water Utility | Austin, TX

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Posted Date 4/20/2023

Posting Title: Drainage Operations and Maintenance Supervisor


Job Requisition Number: COA088864


Position Number: 104356


Job Type: Full-Time


Division Name: Davis Wtp


Minimum Qualifications:


Education and/or Equivalent Experience: 

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus (6) years of experience in maintenance and/or construction, including (3) years of experience in the operation of heavy duty equipment and (2) years of experience in a lead/supervisory capacity.


Licenses or Certifications:

  • Must have a valid Texas Commercial Driver License. To be considered for employment in this position applicants must comply with Department of Transportation Federal Regulations and the City of Austin Drug Policy.


Physical Requirements:

  • Talking; use of vision and hearing; frequent standing; sitting; walking; driving; good vision, dexterity, and mobility; able to lift and carry up to ninety (90) pounds; available to work long hours; and occasionally perform manual labor.

Notes to Applicants:




Working with Austin Water provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, training opportunities and more. Please click HERE for more information.


When completing the City of Austin employment application:

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered. Your work history should include the duties you performed, and any related equipment and computer software used.


If you are selected to interview:

  • Your skill level in the operation of a 13 speed standard/manual transmission tanker truck will be assessed with a required minimum passing score of 70%.
  • Your skill level in Microsoft Office Excel and Outlook will be assessed, with a required minimum passing score of 70%.


Physical Requirements:

  • This position will require that you be able to perform the following essential job functions with confidence and with or without reasonable accommodations: carrying or lifting up to 90 lbs., pushing or pulling up to 90 lbs., sitting, standing, walking, lying, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching overhead, kneeling, crawling, stooping/bending, twisting, repetitive foot and hand movement, driving, grasping and squeezing, ability to wear personal protective equipment, exposure to extreme weather conditions, atmospheric conditions, hazardous conditions, and very loud noise.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment physical exam to be considered for this position, which includes a Functional (FC) strength/agility test.


If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution and proof of your professional licenses or certifications.
  • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
  • This position requires a criminal background investigation.


Driving Requirements:

This position requires a Current Texas Class A Commercial Driver License with Tanker Endorsement within 90 days of employment. External New Hires must meet the City of Austin’s Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three moving violations or a total of six Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months.

This position will be required to travel and report to other Austin Water worksites.


All Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite – including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.


Pay Range: $28.71 – $35.88


Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, On-Call as required


Job Close Date: 04/26/2023


Type of Posting: External


Department: Austin Water Utility


Regular/Temporary: Regular


Grant Funded or Pooled Position: Not Applicable


Category: Professional


Location: Handcox WTP, 6800 N FM 620, Austin, TX 78726


Preferred Experience:

  • Supervisory experience to include hiring, training scheduling, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of Treatment Plant Sludge processing.
  • Knowledge of TCEQ testing and reporting requirements for Treatment Plant residuals
  • Background in Sludge Hauling Operations.
  • Skills in use of Microsoft Office Suite, such as Excel and Outlook


Duties, Functions and Responsibilities: Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Assigns and coordinates work crews in performing planned construction and maintenance work on pipelines, storm drain concrete, tunnel inlet facilities, creek side inlets, and detention and water quality ponds to produce a finished product to required standards.
  2. Ensures traffic control is set up in construction zones.
  3. Ensures drainage right of way, as generated by customer services requests (CSE).
  4. Monitors daily work sheets, vehicle inspection sheets, and vehicle accidents.
  5. Ensures work and safety standards are being maintained and schedules are being met.
  6. Investigates and responds to citizen complaints.
  7. Ensures vehicles and equipment are maintained as necessary.
  8. Writes routine correspondence and communicates as needed with employees, other divisions, and departments.


Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of the provisions in the Texas Motor Vehicle Code relating to the operation of motorized equipment on public streets and highways.
  • Knowledge of the Texas Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) provisions.
  • Knowledge of the methods, practices, equipment, and materials used in the construction and maintenance of storm drain operations.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of process mechanical equipment such as pumps, motors, slide gates, and supervisory control and data acquisitions (SCADA) systems.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to operate all types of light and heavy motorized equipment for construction and maintenance.
  • Ability to use a surveyor’s level to set and maintain elevation grades on project sites.
  • Ability to calculate math areas and volumes and prepare cost estimates.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.


Criminal Background Investigation: This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.


EEO/ADA: City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.


The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.


Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus (6) years of experience in maintenance and/or construction, including (3) years of experience in the operation of heavy duty equipment and (2) years of experience in a lead/supervisory capacity. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * This position requires a Valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) with Tanker Endorsement within 90 days of employment. Do you have a Valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) with Tanker Endorsement or if selected for this position, do you have the ability to acquire a Valid Texas Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) with Tanker Endorsement within 90 days of employment?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * How many years of actual Class A CDL driving experience do you have? List/describe only the Class A vehicles you have driven using your Class A CDL. Include which position you used the Class A equipment in and the amount of time you have used them. If you do not have experience in this area, please list N/A.
  2. (Open Ended Question)
  3. * The City of Austin Driver Eligibility Standards require that external new hires meet the City's Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) requisite. To be considered for a driving position, applicants cannot have more than three (3) moving violations or a total of six (6) Driver Record Evaluation points within a period of thirty-six (36) months. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * This position involves work in the following conditions: continuous outdoor activity, frequent sitting, standing, walking, squatting, bending, twisting upper body, climbing, exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise, mechanical hazards, fume/odor hazards, toxic waste/material hazards, occasional kneeling, and crawling? Will you be able to fulfill these essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * This position is categorized as "Essential Personnel". Essential Personnel are considered critical positions and may be required to work during emergencies outside of or in addition to the normal schedule. If offered the position, are you willing to work scheduled and unscheduled hours as mandated by the needs of the business?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * How many years of experience do you have in a lead or supervisory role overseeing staff in a commercial driving environment?
  • None
  • Less than one (1) year
  • One (1) to three (3) years
  • Three (3) to five (5) years
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years
  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years
  • More than ten (10) years
  1. * Provide a brief description of your lead or supervisory experience, including the number of employees you supervised and your level of responsibility (hiring, firing, discipline, performance evaluation).
  2. (Open Ended Question)
  3. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No
  1. * Were you referred to this opportunity by an Austin Water employee? If yes, please provide the employee’s full name.
  2. (Open Ended Question)


Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter


Optional Documents


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