Established:  4/15
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2



Under general direction, to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation and maintenance of all wastewater treatment systems for the department; to oversee activities and personnel involved in the operation of the wastewater treatment facility; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Water Environment Services manages and operates the County's utility service districts, including sewage facilities, collection systems, pumping stations, treatment plants, and storm and surface water facilities and structures.

The Wastewater Plant Manager is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating wastewater plant operations and maintenance for multiple treatment facilities, process control and administrative functions for those facilities, and to ensure facilities and systems meet state and federal permit discharge requirements. The incumbent also acts as a member of a professional management team for construction projects related to wastewater and surface water treatment facilities for the Department.

The Wastewater Plant Manager differs from the WES Technical Division Manager – Operations, which oversees the maintenance, field operations, and water quality services functions. The Wastewater Plant Manager is also distinguished from the Wastewater Treatment Services Supervisor which supervises staff and processes at one small-medium sized treatment facility.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Hires and directs supervisory, professional, and technical operations and maintenance staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; provides leadership and conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.
  2. Oversees the performance and evaluation of plant operations staff performing process control, plant operations, and related maintenance activities; manages quality control processes; resolves complex issues concerning staff scheduling, equipment, operations, maintenance and process control; provides technical assistance, training and advice in operation, maintenance and repair activities.
  3. Participates with management and engineering staff in planning, designing, and implementing capital improvement projects to enlarge or enhance the treatment plants and collections system; manages small operations capital improvement projects at the Tri-City treatment plant.
  4. Serves as Principal Operator of the Tri-City WPCP as designated by DEQ; plans, directs and coordinates services provided by wastewater treatment facilities; participates in negotiating NPDES, DEQ, and other permit requirements and discharge standards with those agencies; works with Environmental Monitoring Division to ensure provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, regulations and permits, including those relating to safety and environmental quality; monitors and evaluates the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends corrective actions and improvements.
  5. Investigates new technologies and initiates pilot projects as appropriate; works with staff or consultants to implement new strategies to optimize plant operations through automation; assists in the review and analysis of the impact of new regulatory requirements on operating practices; assists other managers in recommending Department position on regulatory and legislative issues.
  6. Participates in the development and implementation of Department policies, goals, objectives and standards; assists in long and short range planning for wastewater treatment facilities; establishes appropriate service levels; develops and implements methods, procedures and standards; prepares annual reports.
  7. Assists in the preparation annual and supplemental budgets for treatment operations; recommends equipment purchases; contracts with professional organizations and consultants for the upkeep and support functions of the treatment facility.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of wastewater and surface water treatment, conveyance and maintenance systems and processes; machinery, equipment and materials associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities; principles and practices of public administration, including personnel management; techniques of construction project management; Federal, State and local environmental regulations, permits, and discharge standards; occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to wastewater treatment facilities, conveyance systems and maintenance activities; technical report writing; basic computer applications and management information systems.

Skill to: Plan and implement management goals, objectives and standards; establish priorities; develop and participate in negotiating wastewater treatment permit discharge standards; plan, develop, and implement improvements in wastewater treatment processes; manage complex civil and sanitary engineering projects; mediate and resolve technical procedural and interpersonal issues and problems; interpret and apply appropriate regulations, codes and safety standards; prepare and maintain accurate records and reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; provide leadership and motivate employees to provide quality service to citizens; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes requested by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, County personnel and government agencies.


Possession of a Wastewater System Operation Certification, Grade Level IV, and/or a Wastewater Collection System Operation Certificate, Grade Level IV issued by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

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.


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