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Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor (Collections)

Mid-Level Supervisor

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

Provide a variety of supervisory functions to work crews involved in the City’s Class IV wastewater treatment and membrane filtration plant and water reuse operations, construction, pre-treatment programs, maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems and related pump stations. Organize and schedule maintenance on the City’s storm drain piping system. Analyze and evaluate operational procedures and maintenance activities; initiate and recommend new and improved practices. Organize, schedule and assign work. Prepare all necessary regulatory reports, work orders and miscellaneous correspondence requiring the use of related computer programs. Review, recommend and monitor related budget and expense items. Review and keep current on changes to federal and state regulatory requirements for the wastewater treatment and collection, water reuse, biosolids storage, reuse applications, and application programs, and storm drain pipe maintenance programs and recommended operation changes.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Supervise employees and work activities involved in wastewater treatment and membrane filtration plant operations, biosolids and reuse operations, construction, maintenance and repair of the City’s wastewater collection system and pump stations. Supervisory responsibilities include providing instruction, assigning and reviewing work, scheduling projects, evaluating performance, taking and/or assigning and reviewing work, scheduling projects, evaluating performance, taking and/or recommending necessary personnel actions, and resolving employee complaints. Instruct subordinates in the appropriate use of materials, methods, tools and equipment, including safety measures. Observe employee activity and equipment operation for safe practices. Ensure availability and operational condition of necessary vehicles and equipment. Conduct field inspections to ensure regulatory compliance.

 

Ensure notification of public and other City personnel of work plans and potential service disruptions. Respond to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding related problems that may require 24-hour emergency response. Alert director and superintendent of unusual or emergency situations and recommend appropriate responses to problems.

 

Maintain records and prepare reports regarding work activities and material usage. Prepare work orders for billing. Provide necessary information for preparation for departmental budget and expense reporting processes. Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas.

 

Advise Public Works Superintendent, Public Works Director and others on matters relating to wastewater and water reuse activities, pre-treatment ordinances, storm water maintenance, related water quality issues and new or pending regulations. Recommends appropriate improvements to operational activities. Provide information to public on related program activities, and attends necessary meetings. Recommend policy revisions.

 

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Mandatory Requirements: Thorough knowledge of the materials, methods, techniques and federal and state guidelines used in the construction and maintenance of a Class IV treatment plant and Class III wastewater collection system, confined space entry procedures and occupational hazards and safety precautions. Knowledge of microbiological processes for wastewater treatment, basic hydraulics, laboratory analysis, principles of supervision and personnel practices and computer software packages. Equivalent to high school plus additional specialized training related to work activities and functions, and five years related experience, including supervisory responsibility, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties.

 

Special Requirements/Licenses: Completion of two years of college or equivalent in water/wastewater technology. Possession of Oregon Class III Wastewater Collection System, Oregon Class IV Wastewater Treatment, and Competent Person certifications. Possession of valid Oregon Driver’s License (or ability to obtain) and acceptable driving record.

 

Desirable Qualifications: Four-year college degree in related field. Previous supervisory experience and previous experience in a Class IV municipal wastewater treatment and collection system. CDL endorsement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Approximately 65% of the work period is spent at field locations observing and inspecting activities of work crews, with exposure to raw sewage and other wastewater collection and confined space hazards. The remainder of the work period takes place under usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments. Noise levels while in the field may require hearing protection. On-call response may require work after normal hours.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Responsible for close supervision of 10-15 FTE.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: 

Works under the general supervision of the Public Works Superintendent.

 

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator

Laborer's Union

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

Perform work tasks involved in the operation and maintenance of the City's Class IV Wastewater Treatment Plant, Ashland Creek Pump Station and related systems in compliance with regulatory agency requirements.  Analyze and evaluate operation and maintenance functions; initiate or recommend new or improved practices. Conduct a variety of laboratory work to ensure proper wastewater treatment within treatment facility permit limits, including sampling, testing, analyzing, and recording of samples and readings.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Conduct inspections, review operations, review improvement plans, develop operating policies and procedures, etc. to ensure safe and efficient operation of treatment plant. Assist in reviewing emergency plans and response criteria.  Assist in developing process control strategies; analyze operational and lab data and initiate control changes to maximize treatment effectiveness. Assist in completing or overseeing facility improvements to the treatment plant system and treatment processes.

 

Collect water samples, prepare reagents and conduct laboratory tests, e.g. bio-chemical oxygen demand, pH, UV analysis, pathogen residual, total suspended solids, volatile suspended solids, phosphorous, etc. Evaluate laboratory test data and recommend or make adjustments to ensure effluent water quality and biosolids reuse standards are met.  Maintain lab equipment to ensure reliability for use in conducting necessary tests. Conduct calibration tests on plant monitoring equipment. Maintain logs and records required by regulations for wastewater flow, treatment, and pump station operations and maintenance.

 

Operate, maintain and repair treatment plant, pump stations and all other related facilities (including clarifiers, aerators, and centrifuges, membrane filtration and line stabilization facilities) to ensure proper working condition and reliable operations. May be called upon to drive sludge truck, assist with collection system maintenance or conduct plant tours. Maintain plant and plant grounds in an acceptable manner. Notify appropriate personnel and agencies in the event of sewage spill.

 

Read and record monitoring devices. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on pumps, ultraviolet disinfection system, switches, motors, and valves, to ensure efficient, reliable operation.

 

Review inventory and order parts and materials for plant.

 

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Mandatory Requirements: High school education or equivalent plus additional specialized courses in wastewater treatment plant operations and four years experience at a wastewater treatment facility. Knowledge of principles, methods, materials and equipment used in wastewater treatment processes, plant operations and maintenance; and activated sludge. Knowledge of pumps and pumping, sewage sampling, safety and biohazards associated with sewage treatment. Knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and the principles, methods, materials, instruments and equipment used in a wastewater laboratory.

 

Special Requirements/Licenses: Possession of a Level IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification.  Possession of valid Oregon Commercial Driver's License (or ability to obtain) with air and tank endorsements and acceptable driving record.

 

Desirable Qualifications: Previous experience within a similar waste-activated sludge process at a municipal wastewater treatment plant facility. Previous experience in employee supervision. AA degree or college course-work in biology, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and/or hydraulics.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, read communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility. Some duties are physically demanding requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 60 pounds. Movement of materials weighing 25 to 60 pounds may consume up to 30% of the work period. Duties may require the use of hand and power tools, operation of light to medium equipment, automotive vehicles, etc. Activity and types of duties performed require manual coordination and dexterity.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Duties take place both inside treatment plant buildings and outside with exposure to all types of weather conditions, chemicals, dust, hazardous materials, fumes, bacteria and infectious diseases. May require occasional overtime for emergency situations and maintenance functions.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Will supervise plant operators (2 to 3) in daily routine. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel on specific treatment plant operations and procedures and department policies and practices.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: 

Works under the general supervision of the Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor.

 

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator / Technician

Laborer's Union

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

Operate and maintain the City’s Class IV Wastewater Treatment Plant and associated pump stations in compliance with regulatory agency requirements. Conduct a variety of laboratory work to ensure proper treatment of wastewater within treatment facility, including sampling, testing, analyzing and recording of samples and readings. Maintain all associated pumps and equipment in the wastewater Division. Inspect, monitor and maintain the City’s wastewater pretreatment program. 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

·         Inspect, maintain and calibrate all mechanical, instrumentation, hydraulic, pneumatic and related facilities maintenance within the Wastewater Division.

·         Troubleshoot and diagnose a variety of maintenance and equipment problems and make complex adjustments and repairs.

·         Assist City Electrician and other contracted agencies as required during contracted work performed in the Wastewater Division.

·         Read blue prints and drawings.

·         Use applicable computer software programs and equipment, including a telemetry system, to maintain and update logs, records, charts and maintenance activities.

·         Maintain accurate, computerized predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance activities and parts inventory records.

·         Assist in enforcing the City’s pretreatment program and maintain records as required by the program. 

·         Meet with public and perform annual inspections, and be able to express ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form.

·         Provide excellent customer service and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, management, members of the public, the community and agency representatives.

·         Perform duties of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator job description when required.

·         Notify appropriate personnel and agencies in the event of sewage spill.

·         Drive sludge truck.

·         Conduct tours of facilities and other public information activities.

 

AUXILIARY JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas. Maintain proficiency by attending training conferences and meetings, reading materials, and meeting with others in areas of responsibility. Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: High school education or equivalent plus additional specialized courses in wastewater treatment plant operations and four years experience at a wastewater treatment facility. Knowledge of principles, methods, materials and equipment used in wastewater treatment processes, plant operations and maintenance. Knowledge of pumps and pumping, sewage sampling, safety and biohazards associated with sewage treatment. Knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and the principles, methods, materials, instruments and equipment used in a wastewater laboratory.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/LICENSES: Possession of a Level III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification and valid Oregon Commercial Driver's License with air and tank endorsements (or ability to obtain within one year) and acceptable driving record.

 

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a Level IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification.  Possession of a Limited Maintenance Electrical License. AA degree or college course-work in biology, chemistry, microbiology, mathematics and/or hydraulics. Previous experience working with a municipal pretreatment program.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, read communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility. Some duties are physically demanding requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 60 pounds. Movement of materials weighing 25 to 60 pounds may consume up to 50% of the work period. Duties may require the use of hand and power tools, operation of light to medium equipment, automotive vehicles, etc. Activity and types of duties performed require manual coordination and dexterity.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

Duties take place both inside treatment plant buildings and outside with exposure to all types of weather conditions, chemicals, dust, hazardous materials, fumes, bacteria and infectious diseases. Duties may also require you to meet customers in the field or at their place of business as part of the pretreatment program. You may also be required to work occasional overtime for emergency situations and maintenance functions.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   

Supervision is not a typical function assigned to this position. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel on department policies and procedures.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: 

Works under the general supervision of the Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor.

 

 

Utility Worker III – Collections

Laborers Union

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Perform a wide variety of tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, inspection and repair of wastewater collection lines and pumps and maintenance of related equipment. This is a more fully experienced level involving more complex assignments than those typically assigned to lower classifications in the Utility Worker series. Perform as lead worker when assigned.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Perform routine and emergency maintenance inspections of pump stations including operating and maintaining pumps and motors, conducting alarm system tests, inspecting and cleaning dry wells, hosing down wet wells, etc. Perform lead worker duties during construction activities and more complex maintenance duties when assigned.

 

Install, inspect and maintain sewer lines, manholes, and clean-outs. Operate a high velocity machine to clean sewers.  Inspect sewer lines using the closed circuit video inspection system (CCTV) and conduct smoke tests to assist in reducing inflow and infiltration (I & I) problems. Inspect and maintain vehicles. Assist with maintenance of equipment, maintain vehicle log, and notify supervisor of equipment failures and deficiencies and recommend solutions to repair or replace. Operate a variety of hand-operated and power tools such as jackhammers, compressors, cutoff saws, pavement saws, etc.

 

Drive utility trucks. Use and operate flagging equipment to control traffic in vicinity of work crews. Perform general cleanup of wastewater collection facilities. Use a variety of light, medium and heavy equipment, such as backhoe, loader, dozer, dump truck, jet rodder, jet vac, and mechanical rodder.

 

AUXILIARY JOB FUNCTIONS:

Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work areas. Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner. Work effectively with other employees and the general public. Serve as duty person on rotating basis with others in the Utility Worker classifications.

 

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Mandatory Requirements: High School education or equivalent plus three years prior experience as a utility worker in a wastewater collection system.  Ability to meet the physical demands of the position. Familiarity with the safe use of vehicles, tools and equipment, wastewater division practices, and knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions. Knowledge of hazardous materials handling (including pesticides).

 

Special Requirements/Licenses: Possession of valid Oregon commercial drivers license (or ability to obtain) with Air & Tank endorsements and acceptable driving record. Competent Person and Flagging Certifications. Public Pesticide Applicators license.

 

Desirable Qualifications: Basic First Aid and CPR Certification. Collection Certification II.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility. Many duties are physically demanding requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 90 pounds.  Movement of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds may consume up to 50% of the work period. Duties may require use of hand tools, jackhammer, chain saw, shovels and operation of light and medium equipment. Activity and types of duties performed require manual coordination and dexterity.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The majority of duties takes place outside of buildings on a year-round basis with exposure to all types of weather conditions and terrains and may include working in trenches and other confined spaces. May also include exposure to untreated wastewater, dirt, oil, grease, fumes, noise and chemicals. May require occasional overtime for emergency situations or maintenance duties.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervisory requirements as crew lead worker; however, supervision is not a typical function assigned to this position. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel on department policies and practices.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Works under the direction of a designated lead worker and/or the Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor.

 

 

Utility II – Collections

Laborers Union

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

Under direction, perform a wide variety of tasks involved in the installation, maintenance, inspection and repair and operation of wastewater collection lines, pumps, treatment plant operations/facilities maintenance, and maintenance of related equipment. Assist in responding to routine wastewater division complaints or emergency repair assignments. Keep accurate work order requests and logs of work tasks accomplished. This is an experienced level position involving more complex assignments than those typically assigned to entry level in the Utility Worker series.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Under direction, perform routine and emergency maintenance inspections of pump stations including operating and maintaining pumps and motors, conducting alarm system tests, inspecting and cleaning dry wells, hosing down wet wells, etc. Install, inspect and maintain sewer lines, manholes, and clean-outs. Pour concrete and perform utility locates. Assist in the operation of a high velocity machine to clean sewers. Assist in the inspection of collection system lines for blockages using visual inspection and CCTV camera and assist in conducting smoke tests.

 

Inspect and maintain vehicles. Assist with maintenance of equipment, maintain vehicle log, and notify supervisor of equipment failures and deficiencies. Operate a variety of hand operated and power tools such as jackhammers, compressors, cutoff saws, pavement saws, etc. Operate dump truck to haul construction spoils, backfill materials, and biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant. Drive utility trucks. Use and operate flagging equipment to control traffic in vicinity of work crews. Perform general cleanup of wastewater division facilities. Maintain facility buildings, structures and landscape.

 

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Mandatory Requirements: High school education and two years experience in wastewater or public works/construction environment which included the regular operation of equipment, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties. Familiarity with the safe use of vehicles, tools and equipment, wastewater division practices.  General knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions involved with wastewater operations.  Knowledge of hazardous materials handling procedures. General knowledge of computers and word-processing software for data entry requirements (excel spreadsheets) and responding to work requests (email and word processing).

 

Special Requirements/Licenses: Possession of valid Class “A” Oregon Commercial Drivers License with tank and air brake endorsements (or ability to obtain by date of hire) and acceptable driving record.

Desirable Qualifications: Collection Certification Level I. Confined space training. Competent Person and Flagging Certifications. Possession of valid CPR/First Aid card within six months of hire.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to read, stand, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility.  Many duties are physically demanding requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 90 pounds. Movement of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds may consume up to 50% of the work period. Duties require regular use of hand tools, jackhammer, chain saw, shovels, and operation of light and medium equipment. Activity and types of duties performed require manual coordination and dexterity.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

The majority of duties takes place outside of buildings with exposure to all types of weather conditions and terrain on a year-round basis and may include work in trenches and other confined spaces. May also include exposure to untreated wastewater, dirt, oil, grease, fumes, traffic, noise, pesticides and other chemicals. May require occasional overtime for emergency situations and maintenance duties.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Supervision is not a typical function assigned to this position. May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel on department policies and practices.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: 

Works under the general supervision of a designated lead worker and/or the Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor.

 

 

Utility Worker I – Collections

Laborers Union

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

Under direction, perform tasks of limited complexity involved in the installation, maintenance, inspection and repair of wastewater collection lines and pumps and maintenance of related equipment. This is an entry-level position involving the least complex assignments in the Utility Worker series.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

Under direction, perform routine and emergency maintenance inspections of pump stations including operating and maintaining pumps and motors, conducting alarm system tests, inspecting and cleaning dry wells, hosing down wet wells, etc.

 

Install, inspect and maintain sewer lines, manholes and clean-outs. Pour concrete and perform utility locates. Assist in the operation of a high velocity machine to clean sewers. Assist in the inspection of lines for blockages using actual visual inspection and remote camera and assist in conducting smoke tests.

 

Inspect and maintain vehicles. Assist with maintenance of equipment, maintain vehicle log and notify supervisor of equipment failures and deficiencies. Operate a variety of hand operated and power tools such as jackhammers, compressors, cutoff saws, pavement saws, etc.

 

Drive utility trucks. Use and operate flagging equipment to control traffic in vicinity of work crews. Perform general building, structure and landscape maintenance.

 

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Mandatory Requirements: High school education or equivalent. Ability to meet the physical demands of the position. Ability to learn how to operate a wide variety of equipment in a short period of time. Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

 

Special Requirements/Licenses: Possession of valid Oregon drivers license (or ability to obtain) and acceptable driving record.

 

Desirable Qualifications: Possession of Oregon commercial driver’s license. Familiarity with the safe use of vehicles, tools and equipment, wastewater division practices and knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions. Familiarity with hazardous materials handling. Basic First Aid and CPR Certifications. Competent Person and Flagging Certification. Knowledge of pipe laying, plumbing, excavation and trenching.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to read, stand, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls.  The position requires mobility.  Many duties are physically demanding, requiring the movement of materials weighing up to 90 pounds. Movement of materials weighing 25 to 50 pounds may consume up to 50% of the work period. Duties may require use of hand tools, jackhammer, chain saw, shovels and operation of light and medium equipment. Activity and types of duties performed require manual coordination and dexterity.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

The majority of duties takes place outside of buildings on a year-round basis with exposure to all types of weather conditions and terrain and may include working in trenches and other confined spaces. May also include exposure to untreated wastewater, dirt, oil, grease, fumes, noise and chemicals. May require occasional overtime for emergency situations and maintenance duties.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   

Supervision is not a typical function assigned to this position.  May provide training and orientation to newly assigned personnel on department policies and practices.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: 

Works under the direction of a designated lead worker and/or the Wastewater and Water Reuse Supervisor.

 

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