Water Reclamation Facility Manager

Jefferson County | Birmingham, AL

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Posted Date 7/10/2019

Water Reclamation Facility Managers are responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting Waste Water Treatment Plant operations. Employees in this job class are responsible for supervising and training subordinate staff, preparing and monitoring departmental budgets, and communicating verbally and in writing with various federal, state. Work is performed indoors and outdoors. Work exposes employees to potential biological and toxic chemical hazards such as found in sewage and disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine and sulfur dioxide on a daily basis. Work also exposes employees to potential mechanical, electrical and physical hazards (falling, drowning, confined spaces, etc.) when inspecting mechanical equipment at wastewater treatment plant and lift stations.


  • Monitors, evaluates and adjusts WWTP operations to ensure compliance with federal guidelines within the state permit.
  • Performs detailed inspections of the flow and the operating equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Supervises and trains subordinates involved in a variety of WWTP operations by assigning and delegating job duties, scheduling employees, and reviewing performance to ensure compliance with federal guidelines within the state permit.
  • Prepares annual budget for the WWTP by making budgeting requests, recommendations, and acquisitions for submission to the county commission in order to ensure that all resources for various plant operations are maintained.
  • Communicates verbally and in writing with various federal, state, and local agencies, departmental staff and contractors to ensure compliance with federal guidelines within the state permit.


  • Leadership & Management.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Self Management & Initiative.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.



  • Knowledge of the design and operation of industrial and public wastewater treatment facilities. 
  • Knowledge of budgetary principles and procedures, and encumbrances/expenditures such as revenues, expenditures, and appropriations involved in establishing and maintaining budgets. 
  • Knowledge of the rules and standards governing the operation of a wastewater treatment plant. 
  • Knowledge of the Federal standards regulating the maintenance of wastewater treatment plant log books, operational log books, personnel logs, and maintenance records. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of electricity such as units (e.g., amps, ohms, watts, volts), current flow, circuit, lock-out/tag-out, horsepower, SCADA systems, generators, transformers, and electrical controls. 
  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment plant processes (e.g., disinfection, anaerobic digestion, filtering, sludge processes, hydraulic principles). 


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.


  • Driver's license
  • An active Wastewater Grade IV ADEM Certification
  • Experience supervising, training, assigning, and reviewing the performance of subordinates in a wastewater setting.
  • Experience managing or assisting in managing a Class III or Class IV wastewater treatment facility to include various activities (i.e., certifying or verifying the accuracy of regulatory reports, preparing and managing a budget, setting control parameters for treatment processes, developing standard operating procedures, making purchasing decisions, developing maintenance plans and being responsible for meeting NPDES permit requirements).


  • Experience preparing and managing a departmental budget.
  • Experience making purchasing decisions.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at ADAO@pbjcal.org, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website: http://www.pbjcal.org/


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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