Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

City of Emporia | Emporia, KS

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Posted Date 8/23/2021

Under the supervision of the director of public works, the wastewater plant supervisor is an exempt position that supervises the operation and maintenance of the wastewater facilities to ensure compliance with treatment standards set by the state of Kansas, Department of Health and Environment.  This position has supervisory authority over department personnel, establishing work schedules, operational changes, and maintenance operations. Class IV wastewater certification by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is required.

 Examples of Work (Essential Functions)

  • Supervises and evaluates work of subordinate personnel;
  • Maintains daily log of all activities;
  • Writes request for the purchase of items;
  • Prepares monthly work schedule for division;
  • Records and interprets laboratory analysis;
  • Performs functions for the Industrial Pretreatment and local Limits Program;
  • Prepares and maintains division budget;
  • Prepares correspondence and works with other governmental agencies;
  • Attends seminars and schooling for recertification;
  • Oversees all operations of wastewater treatment;
  • Oversees the maintenance of equipment and machinery;
  • Prepares division operating procedures manual;
  • Implements and oversees the training of division personnel;
  • Operates computer, lab, and other division equipment;

 Additional Examples of Work (Marginal Functions)

  • Performs tests, maintenance, and other duties as necessary;
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary


Experience: Five to ten years of wastewater management experience is required.  Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well after six months in the position.

Education: High school diploma or GED is required.  Technical degree or some college credit in biological sciences preferred.  Class IV wastewater certification by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is required.  Requires valid Kansas driver's license.

Skills: Thorough knowledge of wastewater treatment equipment and materials and monitoring requirements.  Mathematical aptitude required.  The ability to interpret city, state, and federal regulations as it pertains to wastewater treatment.  The ability to read and interpret charts and blueprints.  The ability to analyze information from reports, daily logs, and chemical analysis.  Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.  Thorough knowledge of gases and chemicals associated with treatment operation and facilities.  Ability to operate all department equipment.

Problem Solving: Frequent problem solving exists in this position.  Problems include handling personnel matters and citizen concerns and requests and maintaining KDHE standards on wastewater treatment.

Decision Making: Frequent decision making exists in this position.  Decisions include scheduling work and assigning priorities and determining whether or not new treatment concepts are beneficial. 

Financial Accountability: Employee is responsible for budgetary control of an area within the department and does participate in the annual departmental budgetary process.  Employee has spending authority of $250 without prior approval.

Supervisory: Occasional supervision is provided by the director of public works.  Job related decision are reviewed occasionally.  Employee had supervisory responsibility over department personnel. 

Personal Relations: Frequent contact with other city departments and the general public.

Working Conditions: Limited manual labor may be required.  Toxic fumes, chemicals, communicable diseases and adverse weather conditions are factors in this position.

Physical Requirements:  Non-administrative tasks may require physical exertion.  The ability to read meters, testing equipment and instruments with small print.  The ability to express or exchange information by means of communication.  Conveying and receiving information from the public.  The ability to maneuver over slippery surfaces in inspecting equipment.

Job Category
Local Government
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