Wastewater Operations Manager - City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Location: Department of Public Works, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Job Status: Full-Time
Shift: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; 37.5 hours/week
Salary range:   PMA Grade 21 - $83,131.79 - $101,047.22    

The position performs responsible technical and supervisory work in the daily operations of the City’s wastewater treatment facilities. Position requires examining, analyzing and evaluating the wastewater treatment systems, wastewater characteristics, effluent water quality, determining actions and operational changes that need to be taken to manage resources in an integrated and sustainable manner. Judgment is needed to understand, interpret and comply with complex federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to the operation of treatment, facilities, pumps, yard piping and water quality analysis. Assignments typically involve evaluation and interpretation of factors, conditions or unusual circumstances; inspecting, testing or evaluating compliance with laws and regulations; permit compliance; gathering, analyzing and evaluating samples or data using specialized fact finding techniques; and/or determining the methods to accomplish the work.

Incumbent works under general direction of the Deputy Director of Public Works or his/her designee. Work is performed in accordance with standard practices and previous training, with substantial independence in determining the sequence and timing of duties and in planning and organizing the work activities. Incumbent uses judgment to solve problems of detail or unusual situations by adapting methods or interpreting instructions. Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statements of desired objectives, deadlines and priorities. Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with supervisor. Incumbent prepares and submits weekly reports on treatment operations and preventive and corrective maintenance status for the supervisor’s review. Incumbent stays current on and studies industry trends for application to City treatment operations. Incumbent trains and evaluates employees and provides input for the discipline, hiring and firing of employees. Incumbent develops treatment system and staff performance metrics and tracks performance against targets. Workload fluctuates predictably throughout the year. Incumbent is on call for emergencies 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Oversees operation of wastewater treatment components and staff. Develops operational policies and procedures. Responsible for assuring the wastewater treatment facility operates efficiently and provides a consistent high level of service for the municipally.
2. Exercises sound judgment in decisions related to treatment facility operations to avoid compliance, regulatory and other legal repercussions for the City. Adjusts daily and routine operations for changes in treatment needs, managerial or regulatory requirements. Studies operational trends to evaluate options for improved performance.
3. Reviews state and federal wastewater treatment regulations. Informs responsible officials of treatment methods, compliance standards and deadlines. Compiles and submits required daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports as required by wastewater regulators or Supervisor.
4. Administers employee training related to wastewater treatment, operation and maintenance, enforces all regulations, laws and applicable rules related to these items. Advises operating personnel of the treatment results achieved.
5. Performs administrative duties for division; prepares bid documents; maintains records and data; develops record and report forms; compiles information, prepares and submits monthly reports according to city, state, and federal requirements. Review annual budget, tracks budget expenditures and provides recommendations for future budgets. Regulatory reporting requires incumbent to assure through signature that information collected is to the best of their knowledge complete and accurate and is required to meet certain regulatory guidelines, rules and laws established through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
6. Takes or directs staff to collect wastewater samples throughout the treatment system. Tests samples to determine their regulated content and the required corrective actions to maintain compliance. Maintains sample, test results and recommendations. Records and informs operating managers of his/her findings and recommendations.
7. Investigates and/or assists in the investigation into treatment concerns and advises responsible officials of issues, investigation results and recommended courses of action, if any. Appropriately summarizes the findings.
8. Corresponds with customers, municipal, state, and federal officials and consultants regarding regulatory requirements related to wastewater treatment.
9. Orders and maintains adequate inventory and proper storage of equipment and supplies.
10. Maintains daily logs and monitoring equipment necessary to manage wastewater treatment resources and quality to the highest standards.
11. Works on special projects and pilot projects in an effort to enhance operations; works with engineering firms on studies and other appropriate measures to improve and protect water quality.
12. Assists the Deputy Director or his/her designee in the development and implementation of policies related to wastewater treatment.
13. Develops and oversees the implementation of standard operating procedures.
14. Manages and assists with the implementation of the City’s Industrial User Program. Receives and reviews new and renewal permit applications. Develops and submits for approval permits to Supervisor. Maintains records (including inspections) and regulatory compliance information related to the program.
15. Coordinates the City’s Sewer Department for improved Fats, Oils and Grease control and identification of illicit discharges. Develops outreach material with Sewer Department for public education and outreach. Relays information measured or observed at the treatment facilities to the Sewer Department in order to facilitate identification of illicit or inappropriate discharges. Assists in investigations.
16. Assists the engineering group with planning, development and implementation of design and construction projects at the wastewater treatment facilities. Integrates facilities master plan projects into proposed work and prepares for funding in advance through the City’s Capital Improvement Plan process.
17. Is on call for emergencies 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
18. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Work Environment
Work is performed in office, laboratory, plant, field locations and vehicles which require substantial physical dexterity and use of all limbs and most fingers. This includes the ability to work in, around, under and on top of machinery and equipment and to lift up to 80 pounds unassisted. Work is performed inside and out-of-doors in all weather conditions.

The position results in frequent work in an environment where hazardous chemicals are used in daily operations for wastewater treatment. The treatment facility may at times have offensive levels of odor and noxious and/or explosive gases that could result in health issues. The City will provide adequate personal protective equipment. This position also works in a facility that relies upon complex and sensitive computer based controls and system for automated operations.
 

Qualifications
 

Education and Experience:  Applicants for this position must have a Bachelor’s degree in wastewater treatment, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, bacteriology or a related field, a Master’s degree or Professional Engineering license is preferred. Incumbent must have a minimum of 7 years of work experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and managerial responsibilities.

Certification & Licensing:  A candidate should have a current New Hampshire Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Grade IV license or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire. Obtaining additional certification or licensing may be required.

An incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict any insurance carrier from providing coverage to the City.

Physical Requirements:  Position requires examining, analyzing and evaluating the wastewater treatment systems, wastewater characteristics, effluent water quality, determining actions and operational changes that need to be taken to manage resources in an integrated and sustainable manner. Judgment is needed to understand, interpret and comply with complex federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to the operation of treatment, facilities, pumps, yard piping and water quality analysis. Assignments typically involve evaluation and interpretation of factors, conditions or unusual circumstances; inspecting, testing or evaluating compliance with laws and regulations; permit compliance; gathering, analyzing and evaluating samples or data using specialized fact finding techniques; and/or determining the methods to accomplish the work.

The position has occasional contact with the public and daily contact with co-workers, employees, vendors, engineering firms, state agencies, consultants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.  This position requires contact with regulators and customers (industrial users, septage haulers, etc.). The purpose for contacts is to answer questions or concerns regarding the wastewater system’s wastewater characteristics, troubleshoot operational challenges, treatment details, quality and protection, coordinate and obtain information and services or products, or to report on operations and related issues. Contacts occur in person, on the telephone, and in writing.

Position requires the ability to work in, around, under and on top of machinery and equipment and to lift up to 80 pounds unassisted. Requires substantial physical dexterity and use of all limbs and most fingers.   Significant scientific, analytical, mechanical systems, and meticulous record keeping skills are required.

Full Job Description:  Wastewater Operations Manager 2020.pdf

Disclaimer:  The essential functions and duties described herein are normal for this position. They are intended as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension, of the position. Other duties may be required and assigned by the supervisor.

Apply using the following link:  
https://nh-portsmouth.civicplushrms.com/CareerPortal/JobDetail.aspx?RequisitionId=59582&SourceId=6214

Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing, & background check.





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