Chief Plant Operator

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

REPORTS TO: Operations Manager


SALARY: $27.39 hourly



Under direction, performs skilled tasks as related to the operation and maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Facility


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Supervises and instructs subordinates in the day to day tasks required to operate the Plant as outlined in established protocols. Delegates plant operational tasks, objectives and goals to plant personnel through the Lead Operator.
  • Prepares and reviews work orders and checks lists, orders supplies.
  • Tracks and Monitors various daily, monthly and annual data including flows, meter readings, tank levels and instrument readings.
  • Tracks and monitors all plant operational data for compliance.
  • Completes various required courses for certification.
  • Maintains a record keeping system in compliance with DEP regulations.
  • Prepare work schedules and payroll for all personnel.
  • Makes process adjustments via SCADA to maintain the most efficient and economical operation.
  • Records data into excel spreadsheets and Microsoft word, files flow and other reports.
  • Fills in for Plant Manager, troubleshoots process, oversees laboratory as Director to comply with NELAC regulations.
  • Performs performance evaluations of all subordinate personnel.
  • Acts as Safety Coordinator and insures all safety training, equipment and procedures comply with current Federal, State and Local regulations


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in all types of mechanical and electrical components normally associated with the operation of a Wastewater Treatment Facility.
  • Knowledge in biological and chemical processes.
  • Knowledge in various laboratory tests, federal, state and local operating regulations. Ability to operate Plant SCADA systems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, technical information to management and fellow employees.
  • Ability to work effectively alongside fellow employees as well as independently. Must fit in with the existing team.
  • Ability to understand and take seriously the public health, environmental and financial ramifications of being negligent in his or her duties.
  • Ability to become familiar and comply with the all rules in the City Personnel Hand Book and all State, Federal and Local environmental laws.
  • Ability to take direction and follow established protocols.
  • Ability to read, write and perform math functions.
  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Ability to learn and follow established procedures.
  • Skill in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word computer programs.


Must be a High School graduate or have a G.E.D. and a Class “A” Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators License. Five years experience as a Lead Operator or Senior Operator required.


Must possess a valid Florida Drivers License.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be willing to perform on-call duties, work weekends, nights or overtime as needed. This position is to be considered an “essential personnel” and is required to report to duty for emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, sinkholes, water/sewer breaks and other crises to provide for public safety.  Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

Often transitions from indoor to outdoors. Some portions of the WWTP are hot, cramped and/or may contain offensive odors. Some surfaces are slippery and/or have open grates. Due to size, location and various levels within the WWTP and lift stations, the ability to sit, walk, climb stairs, and ladders and agility is required.

Sensory Requirements:

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents or rapidly spoken in order to be able to do job.  Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small.  Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others.  Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Frequent work in and around raw sewage. Working in confined spaces. Work near high voltage. In close contact with a variety of combustibles, corrosives, toxic chemicals, and gases such as chlorine, methane, hydrogen sulfide and biological hazards associated with working in and around raw sewage. This is an administrative position that requires work to be conducted within an office environment.

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.