Operations Lead

Description :

General Statement of Duties

Supervises the operation of water reclamation systems and determines parameters to optimize plant operations while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations and standards.

Organizational Responsibilities

Works under the direction of the Assistant Authority Manager and collaborates with other supervisors on issues that interface with their areas of responsibility.  This position requires a 40-hour work week and is an on-call position.  Must live within 30 minutes of the plant and be able to arrive at the plant within 30 minutes of an alarm.  Maintaining an acceptable MVR is required as this position must use a company vehicle.  Supervises and evaluates operations personnel.  Collaborates with Maintenance Lead regarding requirements for both personnel and maintaining the facility.

 Typical Duties and Responsibilities

Supervise, schedule, direct and evaluate work of operations personnel

  • Guides operators in determining computer set points to maintain operating parameters and achieve effluent goals.
  • Monitors operating parameters set by operators, giving instructions and other assistance as necessary.
  • Evaluates performance and skill levels of operations employees: providing training, counseling and discipline as necessary.
  • Coordinates on-call schedules and is available for any and all emergencies either by cell phone or physical response to the plant, unless prior arrangements are made with the Assistant Authority Manager or Authority Manager.
  • Enforces safety and health policies.
  • Maintain operations training program and guidelines.
  • Takes great pride in plant cleanliness and appearance.
Manage regulations compliance, budgeting and reporting

  • Supervise the plant operations ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations and standards for the discharge, reuse, biosolids, and air permits.
  • Coordinates with the Authority Manager, Assistant Authority Manager and Lab Technicians in preparation and review of the monthly Discharge Monitoring Report.
  • Coordinates with Director of Administrative Services for preparation of operations annual budget, capital purchases and capital replacement requirements.
  • Coordinates with manufacturers and/or representatives on purchasing new equipment or resolving issues with faulty equipment.
  • Coordinates with vendors on timely delivery and annual budgetary information for critical supplies. 

Supervise plant operations
  • Serves as the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) for the facility.
  • Supervise the operation of equipment and collaborate with Maintenance Lead on repairs and maintenance as needed.
  • Determines operating parameters to optimize plant operations.
  • Reviews existing operational control procedures, identifying constraints and making revisions as necessary.
  • Develops and updates operational procedures for new or existing unit processes or equipment.
Other Duties
  • May be required to provide reports to the board of directors and/or attend meetings.
  • May participate in the on-call rotation, responding to alarms within 30 minutes and performing weekend duties as necessary, including holidays.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to optimize operations and streamline work processes to improve facility operation.
  • Maintains Standard Operating Procedures for all operations duties.
  • Coordinate process startup and shutdown with individuals affected by such actions.
  • Perform special projects or other duties as assigned.

These duties are not all inclusive but represent items that are critical to successfully accomplishing this particular position.

Education and Experience 

  • Associate degree in wastewater technology or bachelor’s degree in the sciences – preferred.
  • 4 years’ experience in wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough, detail oriented, well organized.
  • Very good written/verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and the ability to motivate others in pursuit of PCWRA goals.
  • Knowledge of wastewater, biological and chemical processes.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of wastewater operations.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to interpret electrical, structural, mechanical, and flow diagrams.
  • Ability to use algebra to determine flow rates, tank volumes, dosing calculations, or other related process control calculations.
  • Ability to observe, monitor and correct as needed, employee behavior and compliance with operating and/or safety standards.
  • State of Colorado Wastewater A certification.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license with an acceptable MVR. 

Desired Qualifications                                      

  • Previous supervisory experience or ability to develop into strong leader.
  • Basic electrical, mechanical, and controls training.
  • Have or achieve certification in basic first aid and CPR.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements 

  • Work is performed both in an office environment and in the field.
  • May be exposed to various weather conditions including wet, hot and cold.
  • May be exposed to various environmental conditions such as excessive noise; solvents, grease and oils; and slippery or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Must follow all safety programs including, but not limited to, confined space and respiratory requirements, while adhering to and enforcing all safety programs for self and employees.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Moderate and occasional strenuous physical work
  • Activities requiring full range of body movements including sitting, bending, stooping, kneeling, walking, squatting, crawling, twisting and climbing.

Salary Range:

Annual Salary: $78,185 - $113,369
Hourly Rate: $37.59 - $54.50

Contact :

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled