Wastewater Operations Manager

Pierce County Planning and Public Works | University Place, WA

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Posted Date 4/09/2019
SALARY: $89,840.21 - $115,794.06 Annually 
OPENING DATE: 04/05/19
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

Are you a dedicated professional that puts customers first, thrives in a demanding environment, and displays solid teamwork? Are you interested in being part of an energetic organization that strives to deliver timely, reliable and consistent service using the latest technology--and have fun while you're doing it?
Come work for a department that develops, trains, and promotes their employees. Join the team at Planning and Public Works, and help us build a livable Pierce County for people to Live, Work, and Play.
Our staff is committed to building better, safer communities and enhancing the quality of life in Pierce County. Use your knowledge and experience with Wastewater Operations to make a difference for our residents.
Learn more about our dynamic department at www.piercecountywa.org/ppw
Our next successful team member can look forward to...
  • Responsible for Wastewater Treatment, Biosolids Fertilization Manufacturing, and reclaimed water facilities, to include being legally responsible under Washington Administrative Code for operation of the Wastewater Treatment Facility in compliance with State National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and Industrial Pretreatment Program.
  • Evaluate wastewater process trends and discuss findings with subordinate supervisors; set process control parameters to ensure treatment of effluent meets N.P.D.E.S permit requirements based on a determined level of service.
  • Conduct short and medium range planning to deal with budget requirements and expenditures requiring technical knowledge and forecasting techniques based on regulatory developments, environmental issues, trends and current/future methods of treating wastewater.
  • Work with subordinate supervisors to develop monitoring tools and procedures to ensure the effective evaluation and use of power, chemicals, time and materials in the treatment process.
  • Manage the development and implementation of plans of staff work schedules to ensure appropriate shift coverage and the optimal usage of labor resources. 
  • Work with other managers to evaluate the wastewater treatment plant safety training program, plant Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), and equipment maintenance procedures to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and safety, and efficient plant operations.
  • Work with and direct the Operations, Laboratory, Supervisors and staff to coordinate operations, maintenance, and monitoring needs and services for efficient plant operations.
  • Direct the Laboratory Supervisor in the development and implementation of industrial pretreatment criteria necessary to promote effective treatment plant operations.
Our next successful team member should possess the following...

Knowledge of:
  • Wastewater treatment processes and plant operations.
  • Management principles and practices of public and business administration necessary to develop and control budget expenditures and work of human resources.
  • Current scientific and technical literature, trends and developments in the field of wastewater treatment.
  • Piping systems, pumping schemes, chemical handling systems, digester mixing.
  • Computer applications necessary to fulfill job functions.
 Skill in:
  • Use of independent judgment and effective decision-making in the application of a wide variety of laws, policies and procedures and in effective problem-solving.
 Ability to: 
  • Assist in determining short range and immediate needs for plant expansion, construction and maintenance.
  • Direct the quick and proper corrective action to subordinates on maintenance, treatment control and construction matters.
  • Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Work effectively and productively with others.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational and economic backgrounds.
Our next successful team member will have...
  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Biology Management or a related discipline
  • And eight (8) years' experience in Wastewater Treatment plants,
  • Five (5) of which must be in a supervisory position of a Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant. OR any equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  
Special Requirements:
  • Individual must possess a valid State of Washington Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator IV License
  • and a valid Washington State Driver's License.  
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a First Aid, CPR and AED certification within first (6) six months of employment.
  • Satisfactory physical condition as evidenced by a County approved physical examination may be required to appointment of position.
  • Ability to successfully complete all required background investigations.
This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member, but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed.  To view the complete classification, click here.  

 To be considered for this opportunity please:
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.
  • If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
  • Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need. 
This is a competitive selection process.  Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.  Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 
As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce.  Pierce County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.


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