CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 745
Established: 12/14
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 8

BIOSOLIDS SUPERVISOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the activities and personnel related to the Biosolids Management Plan; supervise the work of biosolid application personnel; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Department of Water Environment Services manages and operates the County’s utility service districts, including sewage facilities, collection systems, pump stations, treatment plants and surface water management.

The Biosolids Supervisor is responsible for supervising, coordinating, and monitoring the Biosolids Management Program and staff. The incumbent schedules, coordinates, and provides technical and administrative support to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding the land application of biosolids. The Biosolids Supervisor also supervises the activities of staff by participating in work planning, training, problem solving, scheduling, budgeting, and personnel issues.

The Biosolids Supervisor differs from the Environmental Program Coordinator which is responsible for coordinating County-wide environmental utilization programs, but does not supervise employees. It differs from the WES Technical Division Manager which has full managerial responsibility for an assigned division.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Supervises the work of regular and temporary employees; provides daily work direction; plans, schedules, assigns and reviews work; approves absences and overtime; trains and provides technical assistance to staff; analyzes and resolves work problems; conducts performance evaluations, disciplinary action, or responds to grievances; makes recommendations on personnel actions, such as hiring; facilitates participation and training of team members in work activities.
  2. Plans, schedules, coordinates and supervises the activities of the Biosolids Management Program, monitors and evaluates operations relative to established goals and objectives and for effectiveness, efficiency and compliance with WES policies, rules, and regulations; recommends and implements changes; prepares various reports on operations and activities
  3. Develops and recommends annual work plan and budget; monitors and controls expenditures; oversees and coordinates special projects and contracted services; coordinates operations with other teams and personnel within and outside the department.
  4. Evaluates, recommends and purchases equipment and other material needs; prepares, develops and reviews specifications for purchases; contacts vendors to research and analyze information; coordinates with purchasing division for bid invitations and requests for proposals.
  5. Ensures compliance with safety procedures and regulations; plans and implements safety and technical training programs; participates in the development of written procedures for maintenance activities; reviews safety concerns and suggestions.
  6. Maintains and oversees monitoring program for the land application of biosolids, including scheduling and performing analysis; oversees installation and maintenance of GPS instrumentation and equipment; approves sites for and ensures proper land application in accordance with the department’s Biosolids Management Plan.
  7. Oversees record maintenance and regulatory compliance reports; resolves land owner and neighbor complaints; performs public relations contacts with landowners to maintain an adequate amount of land application sites for use.
  8. Provides public and customer service support to County operations and other municipalities; responds to complaints and inquiries; conducts facility tours and public information meetings; answers technical questions and explains wastewater operations and maintenance systems; represents WES and participates in meetings, committees, activities, and associations.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of personnel management, supervision, and budgeting; purchasing and contract administration; federal, state, and county regulations regarding biosolids reuse associated with the Clean Water act and related programs; occupational hazards and safety precautions at a wastewater treatment facility; computer software applications; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; principles and concepts of work teams; public and customer service techniques.

Skill to: Supervise and direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; recommend appropriate corrective action; train and direct the work of personnel in field operations and safety; incorporate team participation in decision making; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, contractors, government agencies and other County employees; coordinate public information activities; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The incumbent may be exposed to bacteria, viruses and toxins in wastewater. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations, such as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas, and on elevated platforms.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.