Chief Plant Operator - Wastewater

City of Stockton , California


Job Information 

Full-Time

Municipal Utilities

Senior Level

Salary/Wage 

$8,248.26 - $10,590.93 Monthly

Application Deadline 

Continuous

09/24/2020 05:30 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive

Details 

AT-WILL OPPORTUNITY

MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:
$8,248.26 - $8,671.55 - $9,116.44 - $9,582.93 - $10,073.59 - $10,590.93

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

TENTATIVE INTERVIEW DATE: To be determined by department

The City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department is seeking a Grade V Chief Plant Operator for the Regional Wastewater Control Facility (RWCF).  The RWCF is a 55-MGD facility run by a staff of 27 experienced operators who are looking forward to operating a new, state-of-the-art treatment plant.  This position will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the RWCF and will report to the Deputy Director of Wastewater Operations.  The position is also responsible for providing overall RWCF operations management, including NPDES permit compliance, process control, and Operator development.    

The Chief Plant Operator will play a crucial role in construction of the RWCF Plant Modifications Project, a $220 million dollar project that will enable the City to meet new and stricter wastewater discharge limits mandated by the State.  The RWCF Plant Modifications Project will increase the reliability of the liquid and solids treatment processes.  Additional projects to enhance renewable energy alternatives are also underway.  The planned completion date for the RWCF Plant Modifications Project is June 2024. 

The ideal candidate will be technically experienced in wastewater treatment standards and practice and should be familiar with State and Federal regulations for the treatment and discharge of wastewater, as well as the general maintenance of a treatment facility. Experience with activated sludge and UV disinfection is preferred, but not required. The Chief Plant Operator will be integral in the RWCF Plant Modifications Project construction activities and should demonstrate the ability to read and understand design drawings and specifications and provide input to ensure the new facility is operable and efficient. The candidate will be responsible for ensuring the current treatment processes continue to meet all NPDES, state and federal requirements for treatment and discharge during construction. Additionally, the ideal candidate should demonstrate the interpersonal and management skills necessary to build relationships, communicate effectively, lead staff and work in a team environment. Experience with SCADA and CMMS is essential.

This is an exciting time for the City of Stockton, Municipal Utilities Department, and the RWCF staff.  State-of-the-art facilities and new treatment processes are on the immediate horizon providing an opportunity for the new CPO to demonstrate both their technical knowledge and management skills.  The ideal candidate will be able to combine their experience with the talent of the Operations staff for a smooth transition to a new facility.   

The incumbent will work a City of Stockton 9/80 schedule: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays, with every other Friday off. Hours may be subject to change depending on operational needs.

The Department
The Municipal Utilities Department (MUD) provides Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.  The MUD is responsible for the City’s regulatory planning and policy activities, including compliance with mandated State and Federal regulations regarding the quality of water treated and discharged and its impact on the environment.  The MUD is also responsible for planning, capital improvements and financial management among all three utilities.

In 2014, the MUD’s Wastewater Utility embarked on a large-scale project that will change the treatment process from trickling filters and chlorination to activated sludge and UV disinfection.  Groundbreaking in October 2019 kicked off construction of:

  • New Influent Pump Station and Headworks,
  • New Secondary Clarifiers,
  • New Aeration Basins,
  • New Activated Sludge,
  • New UV Disinfection,
  • New Administration and Engineering Office Building,
  • New state of the art Laboratory,
  • Expanded Maintenance and Collections Offices,
  • New Warehouse Facility,
  • Renovated Wastewater Operations Center, and
  • Relocation of Effluent Outfall

This is an At-Will (Unclassified/Unrepresented) position.  Only those applicants who best fit the needs of the City will be referred to the hiring department.  (Applicants who fail to fully complete the on-line application/supplemental questionnaire will be subject to rejection.)

Prior to appointment, eligible candidates will be required to submit to and successfully pass a background investigation, which will include fingerprinting.

 

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

 

         

This class is responsible for managing, planning, scheduling, directing, coordinating and reviewing, through subordinate supervision, the continuous operation of the wastewater treatment plant.  It is distinguished from Deputy Municipal Utilities Director/Wastewater in that the latter has full responsibility for technical services, operations and maintenance functions.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Illustrative Only)

 

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and reviews, through supervisors, all Wastewater Treatment Plant operations, including primary, secondary and tertiary treatment.
  • Develops and implements goals and objectives, evaluate organizational procedures and work standards; provides technical assistance to staff; prepares staffing, material, and equipment estimates for projected activities, and implements changes.
  • Selects, manages, and evaluates staff; provides for staff training and development; inspects and evaluates work being performed; identifies problem areas and directs remedial action, resolves a variety of routine personnel administrative matters; recommends and implements disciplinary actions.
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public.
  • Prepares,  reviews, and maintains a wide variety of computerized and written reports, periodic progress reports, maintenance requests, requisitions and accident reports.
  • Investigates legal claims against the City related to wastewater treatment activities.
  • Prepares detailed budget requests for wastewater treatment activities. Monitors and help prepares annual budgets.
  • Participates in long-term planning to assess future needs; researches new operation methods, techniques, and equipment and makes recommendations.
  • Ensures work activities are carried out in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Requisitions and maintains an adequate inventory of necessary tools, materials, equipment and supplies.
  • Reviews or prepares plans and specifications for contract work; inspects work performed to ensure compliance to standards.
  • Prepares, reviews, and updates computerized and written maintenance instructions and schedules.  Utilizes and manages a Computerized Maintenance Management System.
  • Coordinates section activities daily with other sections, departments, outside agencies and contractors.
  • May act as the Deputy Municipal Utilities Director/Wastewater in their absence.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education/Experience:
 

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public health, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, environmental science or a closely related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible wastewater operations and treatment program administration experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. 
 
OR
 
Possession of an Associate's degree or equivalent units from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, environmental science or a closely related field and seven (7) years of increasingly responsible wastewater operations and treatment program administration experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. 
 
OR
 
Possession of a high school diploma or GED and nine (9) years of increasingly responsible wastewater operations and treatment program administration experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. 
 
Other Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Grade 5 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California.
  • Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Must successfully complete the designated number of contact hours (e.g. continuing education/training requirements) required by the State of California. Certification is required as a condition of employment with the City of Stockton.  Failure to comply with State regulations pertaining to Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification will result in termination of employment. 
  • Must be willing to assume responsibility for 24-hour operations in assigned area of responsibility or to respond to emergency situations in off-hours as required.
     

Knowledge of:

  • Operation of pumps, valves, electrical motors, piping, control systems, related equipment common to wastewater treatment, biological and physical process control methods and practices;
  • Physical, chemical and bacteriological processes involved in the treatment of wastewater;
  • Automatic, manual and remote equipment controls;
  • Types and uses of wastewater treatment chemicals;
  • State of California water quality requirements and reporting procedures;
  • Principles of supervision, training and budgeting;
  • Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles;
  • Safe working practices; and
  • Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, computer based telemetry systems and software; Computerized Maintenance Management Systems and SCADA.


Skill in:

  • Planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of others;
  • Selecting, motivating and evaluating staff and providing for their training and development;
  • Analyzing complex technical and administrative problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action;
  • Developing and implementing goals and objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls;
  • Preparing clear and concise records, reports, correspondence and other written materials;
  • Exercising independent judgment within general policy guidelines; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, citizens and a variety of public and private organizations.

The Process:

Only those applicants who best fit the needs of the City will be considered for this exciting career opportunity.
 

ALL APPLICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED FULLY AND SUBMITTED ON AN OFFICIAL CITY OF STOCKTON APPLICATION FORM, INCLUDING A RESUME AND COVER LETTER.  (DO NOT STATE "REFER TO RESUME" ON YOUR APPLICATION OR SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE.)  INCOMPLETE AND/OR FALSIFIED APPLICATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTALS WILL BE REJECTED AND CANNOT BE REVISED AFTER SUBMITTAL ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE. POSTMARKS, FACSIMILES, AND PHOTOCOPIES OF THE CITY'S EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  RESUMES ARE WELCOMED BUT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ONLY.


This information in this announcement concerning the terms and conditions of employment does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

NOTE:
  • After on-line submittal, immediate notification will appear on your screen indicating your application has been received.  Please print this notice as proof of filing.
  • Notices and correspondence will be sent via email only.  No paper notices will be mailed to applicants.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a correct email address is provided and that correspondence is received.
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In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all City of Stockton employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.  

This position is subject to Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) annual filing requirements.  Please see the FPPC website, www.fppc.ca.gov, for more information.

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