Wastewater Systems Manager

City of Enumclaw | Enumclaw, WA

Applying to this job will open a new window on the employer's web site to apply there.

Posted Date 12/05/2019

To be considered for this position, please submit the completed Application Packet consisting of a City Application, Resume, and Letter of Interest to Dianna Billingsley, Public Works Administrative Manager. Applications received before 4 PM on December 19th will be considered in the first review. 

Salary: $6,479-7,967/month

Please return the completed application and attachments by FAX to 360-825-7232, or drop off or mail to the address below:

City of Enumclaw
Public Works Department, ATTN: Dianna Billingsley
1309 Myrtle Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Open until filled

The Wastewater Systems Manager organizes and manages the day-to-day operations of the City’s Wastewater Treatment plant (WWTP), collection system, and associated works. This position requires extensive knowledge in inspection, monitoring, maintenance, operation and repair of wastewater treatment plant facilities and sewer collection systems.  The System Manager is the primary point of contact between the city and the State Department of Ecology for the operation and compliance of the plant and collection system with all operating permits.   This position requires extensive knowledge in management and supervisory techniques.  This position recruits, selects, supervises, assigns and evaluates assigned union represented personnel and assures completion of assigned tasks and the standards of work (best management practices).  The System Manager is responsible for the 24x7 operation of the wastewater treatment plant and lift stations to include personnel work schedules and attendance.  This position evaluates and determines need for and purchases inventory and other necessary items to perform the utility tasks and has major responsibility for the system budget.  This is a supervisory position reporting to the Public Works Director or his designee.  


Examples of Work:


  • Supervise the operation and maintenance of the wastewater collection system, including all underground piping and mechanical lift stations, and the treatment plant to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge, and effluent in order to meet all NPDES, local, state and Federal regulations.
  • Plans, schedules and implements repairs, maintenance, and operation and construction activities designed to provide quality wastewater collection and treatment service for the city.
  • Oversees maintenance and operations to conform to standards and permits.
  • Supervises the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems for the wastewater collection and treatment system.
  • Maintains, operates and controls the supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and all related software and hardware devices, including telemetry, dialers, pagers and other associated communications and digital devices and services.
  • Oversees the WWTP laboratory and the analysis of wastewater, sludge, and effluent samples to provide data for the efficient operation of wastewater treatment plants.
  • Trains, supervises and disciplines employees performing the duties of maintenance, operation and repair of wastewater collection and treatment facilities.
  • Supervises the control and use of, and assumes responsibility for all materials, supplies and equipment used in the maintenance, construction and repair of wastewater collection and treatment systems and other department facilities.
  • Inspects and supervises the repair of water quality equipment, sewer collection systems, pumping stations, meters, and treatment plant systems at frequent intervals to ensure that all aspects of the systems are functioning properly.
  • Requisitions needed supplies for the department and maintains a variety of records relating to personnel, equipment, supplies, processes, and reports.
  • Advises the Public Works Director and/or his designee and other city officials in matters relating to department activities.
  • Provides information and establishes public relations with various civic, educational and public groups and individuals regarding wastewater collection and treatment systems and services.
  • Supervises, instructs and supervises assigned crews in wastewater collection and treatment activities.
  • Oversees inspections of main and side sewer installation for compliance with regulations and requirements.
  • Ensures that all necessary materials, supplies and equipment are available by maintaining an inventory of parts and materials and obtaining necessary parts, tools and supplies from the store room.
  • Responds to complaints regarding wastewater system failures, leaks, or other problems; evaluates situation, determines if liability lies with the city or the property owner; explains findings to property owners and notifies appropriate crew if necessary.
  • Contacts residents and business owners in area where services will be discontinued and explains when services will be shut off and how soon service will be restored.
  • Ensures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by supervising and participating in cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.
  • Establishes an active safety system and plan for the plant and collection systems and supervising and instructing individuals in proper safety procedures and monitoring work in progress.
  • Analyzes annual operating, maintenance, renewal and replacement, and new capital costs and makes recommendations for department budget.
  • Coordinates with the Equipment Rental (ER) department for support with equipment not maintained directly by wastewater staff, and provides expertise and advice to Equipment Rental for the acquisition and maintenance of ER managed equipment.
  • Assists in the design review and installation of new wastewater collection or treatment lines, pumps, plants or related systems and facilities.
  • Participates in short and long-term planning of capital improvement projects.
  • Monitors pretreatment users to assure compliance with discharge requirements.
  • Enforces rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the wastewater utility system.
  • Coordinates with other utilities for locations of utility systems.
  • Respond to emergency and off-hour situations as required and ensure the availability of - personnel for emergency response.
  • Oversee and perform collection system studies and tests to identify source of inflow and infiltration and to develop solutions to reduce identified problems.
  • Coordinates with the public works Stormwater Engineer to help ensure compliance with the City’s coverage under the Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.  Work includes assistance with prioritizing tasks of the line maintenance crew, aiding with stormwater laboratory space/sample analysis, and enabling timely response to reported illicit discharges within the City.
  • Prepares annual budget and maintains budget status and compliance.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.





Reporting Relationships:

This position is under the general supervision and reports directly to the Public Works Director or his designee.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

            Knowledge of:

- Wastewater treatment, including odor control.
- Plant control systems (SCADA).
- Practical application of scientific principles to the chemical, biological, and mechanical processes of wastewater treatment.
- Supervision, training and development of skilled labor.
- Federal and State Laws, rules and regulations related to wastewater system management.
- Wastewater system maintenance, operation, renewal, replacement, and improvement processes and techniques.

- Applicable City codes and standards.
- Layout, operation and activities of the City wastewater system and facilities.
- Operation of light and heavy vehicles and equipment.
- Health and safety practices and procedures.
- City budgeting and purchasing policies and procedures



            Ability To:

- Work with others using interpersonal skills of tact, patience and courtesy with the public, other employees, vendors, suppliers and regulatory personnel.

- Plan, organize, direct and evaluate the wastewater utility operation.
- Direct the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair of the City’s wastewater utility facilities.
- Train, coach, mentor, supervise and evaluate personnel.
- Prioritize, plan and schedule work.
- Meet schedules and time lines.
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
- Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Maintain current knowledge of technological advances in the field.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
- Work independently with little direction.
- Observe health and safety regulations.
- Respond to emergency situations and be on an on-call status continuously.
- Maintain records and reports related to division operations.
- Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
- Ability to read engineering plans and specifications.
- Ability to develop shop drawing sketches.
- Maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.



Education and Experience:

Any combination equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering with water resource or treatment emphasis, or 8 years of related field experience;  not less than 3 years of supervisory level experience, including at least the last two years in a supervisory capacity.



Valid Washington State Driver's License

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III Certificate

Valid Wastewater Collection System Operator II Certificate

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

Share this job