Water Treatment Plant Manager

City of Lake Oswego | Lake Oswego, OR

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Posted Date 12/17/2020

The Position: The City of Lake Oswego is searching for dependable, responsible contributors committed to professionalism, excellence and success. The Water Treatment Plant Manager is responsible for the managing and maintaining the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership facilities, including an intake pump station on the Clackamas River, a water treatment plant located in West Linn, and the associated conveyance pipelines for this system.  This system provides water to the cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard, serving over 100,000 people in total.   This entire water supply system was completely rebuilt and became fully operational in 2016, implementing state of the art water treatment systems.  The maximum capacity of the plant is nearly 38 million gallons per day, and employs a staff of 14 FTE to maintain and operate the systems. The annual operating budget is approximately $4 million. Under the direction of the City Engineer, the Plant Manager establishes and maintains water treatment programs and plant performance goals to ensure achievement of federal and state drinking water standards.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Participates in and leads the Operations Committee comprised of Lake Oswego and Tigard staff, and reports directly to the Oversight Committee composed of Lake Oswego and Tigard Council Members. 
  • Supervises employees of the water treatment plant; manages staffing and operational activities, including operational changes, maintenance priorities, scheduling and compliance with regulations from federal, state, and local agencies. 
  • Ensures training for personnel and enforces safety policies and procedures. 
  • Determines the means and methods to measure plant performance relative to established benchmarks.
  • Identifies and evaluates current and proposed drinking water regulations; determines modifications needed to maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. 
  • Ensures preparation and maintenance of accurate records, reports, evaluations and proposals on current and long-range City water treatment plant needs.
  • Prepares annual water treatment plant budget, including determining capital purchases and staffing needs, and prioritizing requests and allocation of resources.

Represents the water treatment plant in meetings with other City departments, public officials, other public agencies and community groups as necessary and responds to citizen complaints, initiatives and inquiries.


Education and Experience:  A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering or related field and four years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Master’s degree in Public Administration of similar higher level degree in related field is desirable.

Licensing and Other Requirements:

Positions in this classification require the ability to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to meet the City’s driving standards.

A State of Oregon Water Treatment certification grade 4 and filtration endorsement is highly desirable. A State of Oregon Water Distribution level 3 certification is highly desirable.  Candidates with these certifications are desirable.

Applicants with certifications from other states will be expected to acquire, by reciprocity, State of

Oregon certifications within 6-months of hire for the grade identified above.

For a complete list of the essential duties, knowledge, skills and abilities required, and physical and mental demands please review the complete job descriptions at www.ci.oswego.or.us

Job Information

  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $106,021.68 - $130,171.44 (Yearly Salary)

Located in the northwestern corner of Clackamas County on the banks of the scenic Willamette River, Lake Oswego is nestled among many of Oregon’s greatest attractions: Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast, the Columbia Gorge and nearby vineyards, farmlands, and forests. Lake Oswego is also ideally situated close to Oregon’s major metropolitan areas – just 8 miles south of downtown Portland and about 45 minutes north of Salem, the state capitol. Although the city is primarily residential, there is some commercial development and lig...

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