Water Plant Supervisor

Confidential Employer | Benicia, CA

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Posted Date 10/13/2021
Description
This position is open until filled with first review of applications scheduled for Monday, October 25, 2021.

Future Salary Increases

Effective 7/1/22: 3.00%
Effective 7/1/23: 5.00%

WATER PLANT SUPERVISOR FLYER

The City of Benicia is served by a conventional 24/7/365 water treatment facility. The Water Treatment Plant Supervisor provides first-line supervision of the water operators. The incumbent has overall functional responsibility for planning and supervising the work of assigned staff. The Water Treatment Plant Supervisor is a fully-qualified plant operator who is capable of efficiently operating the water treatment plant when necessary. Duties are performed without immediate supervision. Direction is provided by the Water Plant Superintendent.  The City of Benicia offers a great working environment, including generous benefits.  If you're looking for a challenge, a rewarding place to work, and a place to grow, consider Benicia!


Under general direction, supervises and participates in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant and related facilities to meet water quality regulations; provides technical assistance; and performs related work as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
The Plant Supervisor provides first-line supervision of the water operators. The incumbent has overall functional responsibility for planning and supervising the work of assigned staff. The Plant Supervisor is a fully-qualified plant operator who is capable of efficiently operating the water treatment plant when necessary. Duties are performed without immediate supervision. Direction is provided by the Water Plant Superintendent.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES / QUALIFICATIONS:
Supervises, prioritizes, plans, assigns, and reviews the work of staff involved in water treatment operations;

Directs the more complex operating adjustments;

Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; establishes schedules and methods for water treatment plant operations; implements policies and procedures;

Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommends improvements and modifications; prepares various reports on operations and activities, including development and distribution of standard operating procedures for plant operation and safety;

Performs plant safety inspections and prepares work orders to correct deficiencies;

Conducts operational inspections of plant equipment and facilities to locate and direct needed repairs and preventive maintenance;

Reviews daily plant records to ensure compliance with operating conditions and parameters established by the Superintendent;

Oversees and maintains the quality assurance of plant analytical equipment;

Interfaces with private contractors in the performance of City contracts;

Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for staff, equipment, supplies, and materials; assists in monitoring and controlling expenditures;

Performs and assists in a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, training, selection, and disciplinary actions;

Assists with research and project development and implementation;

Oversees and enforces the safety program;

Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints and recommends corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints;

Interfaces closely with laboratory and plant maintenance personnel to optimize treatment processes;

Acts in the Superintendent's absence.

OTHER RELATED DUTIES:

Assists and directs maintenance of plant machinery, equipment, piping and structures; assists and directs the care of grounds adjacent to the work location and related facilities;

Determines the need for and requisitions tools, materials and equipment;

Recommends frequency and times for monitoring and sampling; takes samples and performs and/or prepares the samples for standardized laboratory analysis;

Establishes, performs, and maintains record-keeping functions such as inventory control, logging plant operations, laboratory sampling and test results, maintenance work performed and unusual operating conditions encountered;

Prepares special reports as required and performs special projects as assigned;

Reads meters, gauges, charts and instruments; evaluates laboratory data and determines process parameters;

Uses common hand and power tools and complex meters and instruments in the performance of the work;

On occasion drives motor vehicles and operates a forklift and other equipment as required in the performance of the work.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

Advanced water treatment techniques and applications for the operation and maintenance of a conventional water treatment plant;

Principles and practices of water chemistry and analysis and microbiological procedures as applicable to water treatment processes;

Water sampling and routine process control testing;

Hydraulics and process calculations;

Equipment, materials, and supplies used in water treatment plant operation including operation of a computerized SCADA system;

Personal computers and spreadsheet and word processing software applications;

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation;

Principles of budget monitoring;

Principles and practices of safety management;

Pertinent local, state and federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Ability to:

Organize, implement and direct water treatment plant operations/activities without immediate or detailed supervision;

Interpret plant process schematics and distribution system diagrams;

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and observe safety rules; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical
and numerical information; identify safety hazards; observe and problem-solve operational and technical issues; respond to audible alarms;

Interpret and explain pertinent City and department policies and procedures;

Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned budget;

Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations;

Recognize inefficient, unusual, or dangerous operating conditions and take appropriate action;

Direct an effective preventive maintenance program;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Supervise, evaluate, and train assigned staff.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

Any combination of experience and training that could provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

Four years of experience in water treatment plant operations. (One year of college course work in chemistry, biology, or other water treatment-related courses may substitute for one (1) year of experience.)

Education:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
 
Possession of a valid and appropriate California Driver's License issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Plant Supervisor (Water)
 
Possession of a Grade 4 Water Treatment Plant Operator certificate as issued by the California State Department of Health Services.  Maintenance of a valid certificate is a condition of continued employment. 
 
Must respond to emergency situations in off-hours as necessary.
 
Must be willing to work shifts, weekends and holidays as necessary.
 
Required to wear personal protective equipment appropriate for job assignments.  Must comply with City and Cal OSHA safety standards.
 
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Manager

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