Wastewater Plant Operations Manager

City of Pacifica | Pacifica, CA

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Posted Date 12/21/2020

The City of Pacifica is recruiting for a Wastewater Plant Operations Manager within the Department of Public Works Wastewater Division.  Under direction, the incumbent will plan, organize and manage the activities of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, and coordinates assigned City wide programs and operations activities with other departments, divisions and outside agencies.

If interested, we invite to explore this opportunity with us, please note, recruitment will remain open until filled, however, for first round of consideration, apply by January 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST so apply today!

Salary: $127,776.00 - $149,892.00 (Yearly Salary)


This is a full-time, management position that requires significant independence, initiative, and discretion within established guidelines.  This position assists in the strategic planning, organization, and management across multiple operational units. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plan, organize and manage the operation, maintenance and repair of the City’s wastewater treatment facility and equipment.
  • Develop and implement division goals, objectives, work plans, reports, policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with City departments and State agencies to assure compliance with various regulations, industry standards, City policies, procedures and goals.
  • Monitor operations to assure that operating procedures are followed.
  • Manage regulatory agency reporting.
  • Coordinate treatment plant response to emergency situations.
  • Oversee the preventative maintenance program.
  • Attend meetings with outside agencies and organizations to help develop solutions to problems or issues of mutual concern; participate in outside community groups and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as needed.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Recommend and enforce safety measures and programs and ensures that assigned staff, consultants and contract employees conduct work in a safe manner in accordance with established procedures.
  • Plan, organize, administer, review and evaluate the work of supervisory, technical and operational and maintenance staff directly and through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Provide for the selection, training, professional development and work evaluation of department staff; authorizes discipline as required; provides policy and procedural guidance and interpretation to staff.
  • Assist in developing and administering the annual operating budget for the division; recommend budget transfers, expenditures and purchases.
  • Prepare requests for proposals for vendor, engineering, contractor and maintenance services; negotiate and administer contracts and authorized payments for services.
  • Serve as the City’s representative with all regulatory agencies, including the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Air Quality Control Board and the State water Quality Control Board.
  • Conduct operational studies and special projects; gather information, evaluate alternatives, prepare and present reports and recommendations.
  • Investigate and resolve requests for services and complaints regarding wastewater operational functions.
  • Control the requisition of supplies, materials and equipment.
  • Serve as a Disaster Service Worker, as required.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required and other duties as assigned.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

 Education and Training

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, or related field.

Substitution: Additional years of related experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. (Example: additional two years of related experience with an Associate’s Degree may be equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree).


Five (5) years of experience in the maintenance/operation of a wastewater treatment plant, with two (2) years of supervisory experience.


Possession and maintenance of a Grade IV or higher Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Substitution: Grade III certification and proof of eligibility of Grade IV certification exam qualification may be considered. Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate will be required within one year of appointment.


Possession and maintenance of a California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

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