Wastewater Treatment Plant/Reclaimed Water Operations Manager

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

REPORTS TO: Public Works Director


SALARY: $29.31 – $45.42 hourly 



Highly responsible work in administration, planning, managing and directing operations and maintenance of The City of New Port Richey’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and Reclaimed Water Production systems.


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.

  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises the management, repair, and operational activities of the City’s wastewater and reclaimed water production systems, this includes multiple complex treatment processes, millions of dollars worth of equipment and a staff of sixteen employees.
  • Exercises considerable independent judgment in analyzing business practices; evaluating work progress; and efficiency of people, equipment and facilities to deliver services.
  • Develops implements and oversees operations and maintenance departmental policy.
  • Conducts studies and surveys to ensure proper operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant and reclaimed water production system, including development of methodology and procedures to increase efficiency.
  • Tracks and Monitors various daily, monthly and annual data including flows, meter readings, tank levels, instrument readings, lab and operating permit data for compliance.
  • Completes various required courses for certification.
  • Maintains a record keeping system in compliance with DEP regulations.
  • Performs performance evaluations of all subordinate personnel.
  • Oversees Safety Coordinator to insure all safety training, equipment and procedures comply with current Federal, State and Local regulations.
  • Insures that City Purchasing and Personnel policies are followed as it relates to the Wastewater Treatment/Reclaimed Water Production divisions
  • Prepares bid packages for large purchases, upgrades or services.
  • Serves as project manager for all construction projects at the WWTP/Reclaimed site
  • Represents the Cities interest at various meetings including, meeting with Engineers, Federal, State and local officials, Pasco County Officials, Construction Company’s and Service Providers.
  • Prepares reports for issues involving Engineers, Federal, State and local officials, Pasco County Officials, Construction Company’s and Service Providers.
  • Reviews Payroll
  • Develops, implements and administers a multimillion dollar Operation and Maintenance Budget
  • Develops, implements and administers a CIP program


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management, operations, and maintenance as applied specifically to wastewater, bio-residuals, and reclaimed water systems.
  • Knowledge of utility operations and maintenance program needs, utility business practices, and customer service.
  • Ability to direct and program the operation and maintenance of the City Wastewater Treatment Plant and Reclaimed Water Production Facilities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, technical information to management, fellow employees, engineers, federal, state, local and city officials.
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility for the entire operation.
  • 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.
  • Skill in Excel and Microsoft Word computer programs.
  • Skill in managing needs of a highly technical staff and be able to deal with a variety of personnel issues.


Graduation from an accredited College or Technical School in Environmental Services or related field. Class “A” Florida Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators License is required. Consideration may be given for equivalent experience in meeting the educational requirements. Must have three years experience as a Chief or Lead Operator in a medium to large wastewater treatment facility.


Must possess a valid Florida Drivers License.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must respond to emergencies. 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:

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.


This is an administrative position that requires work to be conducted within an office environment but occasional field work is required. Occasional 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.

Applications can be emailed to cliverd@cityofnewportrichey.org , faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652.   DFWP/EOE

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.