Established: 01/99
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 7



Under direction to plan, schedule and coordinate the operation and process control of wastewater treatment plants and related equipment, instruments and machinery; coordinate and lead the work of plant operations personnel; coordinate wastewater analyses with the analysis services division, coordinate the work of temporary employees, 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, pump stations, treatment plants and surface water management.

The Wastewater Operations Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the operation of the wastewater treatment plants. The incumbent schedules, coordinates, and provides field and administrative support to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding treatment plant operations. The Wastewater Operations Coordinator also coordinates activities of staff participating in work planning, training, problem solving, scheduling, budgeting, and personnel issues as part of a self-directed work team.

The Wastewater Operations Coordinator differs from the Wastewater Operator 2 which is responsible for daily plant operations and does not have responsibility for operations planning. It differs from the Wastewater Operations Supervisor which has full supervisory responsibility for operations and maintenance of a treatment plant.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Leads 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; makes recommendations on personnel actions, such as hiring and performance evaluations; facilitates participation of team members in work activities.
  2. Develops, recommends, and implements wastewater plant operations procedures; estimates project time and materials; prioritizes routine and emergency activities; oversees installation and maintenance of technical equipment related to a wastewater treatment plant; reviews construction plans for system extensions for acceptance and conducts final inspections; assists in assessing effectiveness of programs and procedures.
  3. Participates in the management of the wastewater plant system with other self-directed work team members; develops and recommends annual work plan and budget, including contracted services; monitors and controls expenditures; oversees and coordinates special projects and contracted services; coordinates operations with other teams and personnel within and outside of the department; assists in the design and construction management of wastewater components.
  4. Evaluates, recommends and purchases equipment and other materials; 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; assists in planning and implementing safety and technical training programs; assists in developing written procedures for maintenance activities; reviews safety concerns and suggestions.
  6. Applies chemistry, biology, microbiology, and related environmental sciences to resolve technical treatment operations problems; coordinates with treatment plant staff to develop operational procedures to meet NPDES and DEQ plant licensing and discharge requirements.
  7. 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.


Working knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of personnel management, budgeting, construction practices and blueprint reading; purchasing and contract administration; operation and maintenance of primary, secondary, and advanced wastewater treatment facilities; federal, state and county regulations regarding wastewater treatment, operations, and construction specifications; standard processes and chemicals used in testing and treating wastewater and sewage samples; principles and concepts of self-directed work teams; occupational hazards and safety precautions at a wastewater treatment facility; mechanical operation of sewage treatment equipment; computer software applications; programmable logic controllers used in plant operations; math including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; microcomputer applications in wastewater operations and maintenance; public and customer service techniques.

Skill to: Coordinate completion of construction projects within established budget and time guidelines; incorporate team participation in decision making; promote individual agreement and group consensus on issues and problems; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; identify treatment process deficiencies and implement appropriate corrective action; safely and efficiently operate all wastewater treatment plant equipment; diagnose equipment malfunctions; recommend appropriate corrective action; train and direct the work of plant operations personnel; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, contractors, government agencies and other County employees; provide technical assistance to other plant and maintenance personnel; coordinate public information activities.


Duties require physical labor, including walking, reaching, squatting, kneeling, bending, balancing, climbing, shoveling, fine motor control, and ability to lift up to 50 pounds, carry, and push/pull up to 70 pounds. Duties also involve exposure to bacteria, viruses and toxins in wastewater, chemicals, exhaust fumes and dust, loud noises, and vibration. Some duties involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous locations, such as streets, live sewers, confined underground areas and on elevated platforms.


Incumbents may perform after-hours emergency response on call-out basis.

Possession of Wastewater Treatment Certification Grade Level III issued by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality with the ability to obtain Grade Level IV within one year of appointment.

Must be able to obtain certifications for Competent Person; Confined Space Entry, and CPR/FA within one year of hire.

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

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.

Edited: 07/16