Water Treatment Plant Supervisor

  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #440

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.

LOCATION: Contra Costa County, CA 

POSITION: Water Treatment Plant Supervisor


JOB SUMMARY: Under direction, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s water treatment plants and related facilities including pump stations, lift stations, storage reservoirs, and sludge handling facilities; ensures compliance with federal and state water quality guidelines and regulations; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, contractors, and outside agencies; maintains appropriate work records including time cards and work orders; serves as technical resource for assigned work crews; and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

SCHEDULE: Exempt employee with expectation of a 40 hour work week 

SALARY: $135K+

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. 

  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s water treatment plants and related facilities including pump stations, lift stations, storage reservoirs, and sludge handling facilities; ensure compliance with federal and state water quality guidelines and regulations. 

  • Establish schedules and methods for providing water treatment plant services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly. 

  • Participate in the development of goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures; participate in the implementation of approved policies and procedures; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures. 

  • Participate in the selection of assigned water treatment staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

  • Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned program budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures; work within a budget; code invoices for payment. 

  • Perform the more technical and complex tasks of the work unit including preparing regulatory reports for various regulatory agencies on water treatment plant performance, water quality, and water sources. 

  • Conduct daily inspections of water system pumps, motors, meters and electrical systems for needed maintenance and repairs; apply all water treatment related chemicals to City’s water system, as needed; operate and maintain all water treatment processes equipment. 

  • Review new projects as necessary; read and interpret blue prints, plans, maps, specifications and technical manuals.

  • Ensure that section activities are carried out in a safe and efficient manner. 

  • Maintain records concerning operations and programs; prepare reports on operations and activities. 

  • Participate in ordering equipment and supplies for the division; assist in preparing specifications and bid packages for purchase of new equipment. 

  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints in an efficient and timely manner; respond to emergency situations as necessary. 

  • Coordinate assigned water treatment plant activities with those of other divisions and departments as necessary. 

  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of water treatment; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs. 

  • Perform related duties as required.

ESSENTIAL JOB QUALIFICATIONS: The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. 

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services, and activities of a water treatment plant and laboratory.  

  • Advanced principles, practices, and procedures used in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment facility and system.  

  • Methods and techniques used in water treatment and water system maintenance, construction, and repair work.  

  • Advanced methods, equipment, chemicals and materials used in the treatment, storage, and distribution of water.  

  • Advanced methods and techniques of water sampling and routine testing.  

  • Safe handling procedures for water treatment chemicals.  

  • Operational characteristics of water treatment plant and laboratory tools and equipment.  Basic American Water Works Association specifications and procedures.  

  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.  

  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.  

  • Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.  

  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.  

  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.  

  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.  

  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to: 

  • Coordinate and direct water treatment plant activities and operations.  

  • Supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned staff involved in the operation and maintenance of the City’s water treatment plant and related facilities.  

  • Select, train, and evaluate staff.

  • Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing water treatment plant activities.  

  • Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.  

  • Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.  

  • Prepare clear and concise reports including state mandated reports.  

  • Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.  

  • Inspect water system facilities and identify and schedule needed maintenance work.  Perform skilled water system maintenance tasks.  

  • Conduct tests and required water sampling.  

  • Monitor and adjust plant processes.  

  • Operate a variety of equipment and tools necessary to maintain the water treatment plant.  

  • Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.  

  • Ensure drinking water is in compliance with state and federal guidelines and regulations.  

  • Successfully operate various software programs as required using computers or other types of hand held devices.  

  • Take coaching, instruction, and feedback with a cooperative and positive attitude.  Maintain clear and accurate reports on plant activities.  

  • Follow oral and written instructions in an independent manner.  

  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.  

  • Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies.  

  • Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility. 

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.  

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including the ability to interact effectively and courteously with the public, coworkers and vendors.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in water treatment, chemistry, microbiology, physical science, or a related field.


  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in work involving water system operations and/or maintenance including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.  

License or Certificate: 

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license. 

  • Possession of a valid Grade TS Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services. 

  • Other Requirements: Must assume full complement of management responsibility during all regular and after hours shifts. Must be able to respond to emergencies during off-hours. Must be able to work after hours and extended shifts on an as needed basis, and/or as directed, respond to and oversee after hours work. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be exposed to inclement weather conditions; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings. 

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. 


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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