Under direction of the Public Services Director, this position is responsible for the day to day operations of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and the collections system including the training and supervision of staff, maintenance of facility and lift stations, housekeeping, safety and all regulatory compliance of the building, grounds and treatment facility.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK
Manages the operations of a wastewater treatment plant and collection system to ensure compliance with TDEC regulatory procedures and reporting practices
Gathers and submits all samples in compliance with the TDEC NPDES permit pursuant to the US EPA Regulations.
Ensures that all documentation is in place and kept up to date per Local, State and Federal Agencies
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following duties are typical for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Oversees sampling and testing systems, and the functionality of pumps, conveyors, blowers, and other equipment;
Supervises wastewater staff, enforces plant, lift station and collection system procedures and policies, conducts performance reviews, and oversees training programs;
Troubleshoots mechanical and operational problems;
Manages and coordinates activities related to municipal wastewater collection systems projects and programs;
Operates the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the best possible standards providing uninterrupted operation;
Monitors plant systems, ancillary equipment and the chemical composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams; makes necessary adjustments to ensure operation is within established guidelines;
Responds to unscheduled equipment or process failures;
Performs preventive maintenance and repairs in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications on all systems including pumps, valves and piping;
Monitors and analyzes the collection of raw waste, performs chemical, biological and physical analysis and maintains a thorough knowledge of the composition of the influent, effluent and internal process streams;
Completes maintenance records; maintains laboratory and operating logbooks and databases as required;
Maintains control of plant tools, manuals, repair parts, assemblies and consumables Maintains inventory accuracy at 98% or better;
Coordinates with the Chief Plant Operator and Collections Supervisor in ordering repair and/or spare parts, assemblies or consumables;
Maintains cleanliness of plant and grounds through the supervision of cleaning and maintenance of the WWTP, offices, laboratory and lift stations;
Complies with all Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance, requirements and goals. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation;
Works to achieve goals, objectives and contractual commitments;
Maintains a safe workplace and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace;
Plans, organizes and directs projects including, the overall safety, cost, schedule and quality of assigned projects;
Provides managerial direction and work assignments;
Establishes project teams, coordinates activities, ensures the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff;
Demonstrates creativity, foresight and mature judgment in anticipating and solving problems;
Establishes and maintains relationships with customers, developers and contractors;
Identifies opportunities and manages team efforts for submittals, proposals, presentations, and related activities.
Performs other duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
Broad knowledge of wastewater collection systems and related projects;
Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills;
Must have the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, clients, and public stakeholders;
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
The ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change;
Demonstrated success in project management;
Proficiency in the use of basic computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
Experience with public inflow & infiltration (I/I) identification and, program development, management, planning, design, and construction administration;
Must be detail oriented and have strong laboratory background including, laboratory analysis, QA/QC Procedures, and the ability to maintain records and reports.
Ability to pass a reasonable fitness and physical standards to safely perform work, if required, as determined by city physician.
Vision and hearing, normal or corrected sufficient to read, write, and safely operate tools and equipment used in work
Dexterity and fitness sufficient to safely operate utilize and maintain tools and equipment used in work
Ability to lift and carry about 50 pounds, though greater weights may, at times be lifted, carried and/or placed
Dexterity and fitness to grasp, crawl, crouch, bend, stoop, climb, stretch, walk, and otherwise perform physical functions of the assignment.
Employee use of Personal Protective Equipment PPE) is required in certain areas. Such PPE includes but is not limited to head, foot, hand, torso, respiratory, vision and hearing protective devices;
Must comply with OSHA, EPA, Fire Department Regulations and published company work rules
Work environment is generally agreeable with good working conditions but may be slightly dirty or involve exposure to some other slightly disagreeable elements;
Work environment demands minimal confinement with some protective equipment required;
Generally physical and working conditions are such that minor abrasions, bruises, or burns are encountered, despite provision of safety measures and health precautions (generally no lost time results);
Ability to work in small, cramped spaces and comply with confined space entry procedures.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Education / Certifications
Possess a valid Class II Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System Operator’s certificate issued or recognized by TDEC, or have the ability to obtain an appropriate State Certified license within twelve (12) months of employment;
Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, environmental science, environmental health or related field is required;
Training and Experience:
Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of DIRECTLY RELATED experience in the operation and maintenance of wastewater systems similar in size and complexity to the City of White House.
Proven management skills;
Minimum 2 years of experience developing and managing budgets.
Good communication skills, both verbal and written;
Strong knowledge of applicable compliance requirements and state and federal (EPA) regulations;
Must have knowledge in the operation and maintenance of Wastewater treatment procedures and methods, and operation of pumps, motors, drive units, electrical controls, etc.;
Must be computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing software and be able to create and maintain documents and spreadsheets.
Necessary Special Conditions:
A valid Tennessee Operator’s License appropriate to the assignment is required.
About City of White House
White House is a growing city that offers a friendly, small town atmosphere. The City of White House is located off of Interstate 65 at Exit #108 approximately 22 miles north of downtown Nashville. The City of White House is governed by a Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The City Administrator oversees the City's nine departments whose 2018 - 2019 total budget is $20,650,853. These departments provide various services to approximately 11,600 citizens.