Wastewater Operations Supervisor

Agency Mt. View Sanitary District



The District

The Mt. View Sanitary District (MVSD) provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services for the central portion of the City of Martinez and adjacent unincorporated lands to the northeast. As of 2012, the population size was approximately 19,000, with projections to reach 22,087 by 2030 with an average annual growth rate of .9 percent. The customer base is currently an estimated 10,500 dwelling units and 270 commercial businesses; approximately 97 percent residential by parcel and 76 percent by flow.

Originally constructed in 1952, MVSD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has had construction improvements, which increased its current capacity to 3.2 million gallons per day (mgd). Digested sludge is dewatered using  a centrifuge. The resulting biosolids are transported to  a landfill for use as alternative daily cover. The Treatment Plant effluent discharges into the District’s constructed wetland. The process of secondary treatment began in 1968 with the addition of a secondary clarifier, digester, thickener, and high rate biofilter. In 1974 the District reclaimed/constructed valuable wetlands (Moorhen Marsh) to accommodate a shallow water discharge providing a net environmental benefit.

MVSD provides wetlands programs within the 21-acre constructed Moorhen Marsh and the 130-acre McNabney Marsh. The District offers environmental education programs as well as recreational use for residents.

District staff maintain a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors and surrounding community. MVSD totals 15 full-time staff members, with the pending addition of the District Engineer being the 16th. The culture is friendly and collaborative, with leaders implementing open door policies; being readily accessible to staff and the public. The team takes pride in its community relationship, often using a “we can work it out together” philosophy.

The Opportunity

Under general direction from the Assistant District Manager and District Manager, plans, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of wastewater collection system and treatment plant operations and maintenance staff within the Wastewater Division; serves as the Mt. View Satitary District Chief Plant Operator; coordinates, monitors, and provides technical input for assigned wastewater collection system and treatment plant operations, maintenance, and repair projects and other special programs; provides responsible technical assistance to the Assistant District Manager; participates in generating the annual budget; performs a variety of technical tasks reltive to the operations and maintenance of the District’s wastewater facilities and systems; and performs related work as required.

This position serves as the Mt. View Sanitary District Chief Plant Operator. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, supervising, reviewing, mentoring, training and evaluating the work of wastewater treatment plant operations and maintenance staff.

The incumbent is expected to independently perform the full range of wastewater collection system and treatment plant operations and maintenance duties. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within established guidelines.


Key Responsibilities

Operates and maintains the Mt. View Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Facility to meet all requirements of the District’s NPDES permits as Chief Plant Operator.

Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews, and participates in the work of assigned staff in wastewater operations. Works in conjunction with personnel overseeing the computer maintenance management system.

Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned services and programs; identifies resource needs; recommends and implements policies and procedures, including standard operating procedures for assigned facilities.

Monitors operations and activities of the operations and maintenance work unit assigned to wastewater treatment; identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; provides recommendations concerning process changes; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements.

Reviews and analyzes automated information and control system data and revises equipment settings as appropriate; notifies supervisor of unusual situations and makes inspections or corrects system problems as necessary.

Performs the most difficult wastewater treatment plant operations, maintenance, and repair duties and provides technical assistance to operators.

Responds to operations, maintenance, and repair emergency situations as required.

Develop design drawings, plans, and specifications for simple to complex engineering projects related to the District’s maintenance, operations and capital improvement needs for the District’s wastewater infrastructure and other facilities;

Represent the District with regulatory groups and business organizations; participate in community and professional groups and committees; act as District liaison on various inter-agency coordination projects; attend Board meetings.

Determines and recommends equipment, materials, and staffing needs for assigned maintenance projects; participates in the annual budget preparation; prepares detailed cost estimates with appropriate justifications, as required; maintains a variety of records and prepares routine reports of work performance.

Stays current on the status of new and pending regulatory legislation; recommends changes to current policies and procedures in order to comply with changes in legislation.


The Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Proactive approach to planning to provide a clear vision and ongoing direction for operations and maintenance of the District wastewater infrastructure.
  • Is proficient in establishing and using key performance indicators to set goals and track progress, learn, and improve.
  • Innovative approach to capital improvement due to the District’s smaller size, and its identity of being at the forefront of industry trends.
  • Can manage resources actively and creatively, including budget, to maximize effectiveness.
  • Able to become a key participant of the Management team.
  • Proven hands-on abilities and knowledge.
  • Aptitude to mentor and train Operators
  • Competent oral and written communication skills


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade supplemented by specialized training in wastewater treatment operations and maintenance, and five (5) years of responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant, including one (1) year of lead or supervisory experience.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles, practices, equipment, materials, and tools used in the operation, cleaning, and preventive maintenance of wastewater treatment and disposal facilities and equipment.
  • Basic mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic principles.
  • Basic principles and practices of budget and capital improvement program development, administration, and accountability.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.

License and Certification:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California driver’s license. Must continue to meet all of the provisions of the District to be insured with the terms and conditions of the District’s insurance program as condition of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California’s Class B driver’s license within three months of appointment.
  • Possession of a Grade III Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board.


Compensation & Benefits

Salary Range: $7,938 to $9,652 monthly, depending on qualifications. The District offers an excellent benefits package, which is located at www.koffassociates.com/jobs on the job announcement page for this position.


Important Application Information

To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please visit https://koffassociates.com/koff2020//jobs. Please have your cover letter and resume ready to upload.  You may also download the application, and mail your cover letter, resume and application to Koff & Associates, 2835 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.


Deadline to apply is February 7th, 2018.




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