Water Treatment Plant Supervisor - Job Description (Sample)

Job Summary

Under general supervision, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s water treatment plants and related facilities including pump stations, lift stations, storage reservoirs, and sludge handling facilities; ensures compliance with federal and state water quality guidelines and regulations; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, contractors, and outside agencies; maintains appropriate work records including time cards and work orders; serves as technical resource for assigned work crews; and performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


  • Plans, coordinates, and directs all wastewater plant operations and maintenance activities for wastewater treatment system and wastewater treatment plant equipment;
  • Analyzes primary functionality and ancillary systems, and supervises maintenance and repairs of plant systems and components.
  • Ensures the safe operation of equipment, systems and facilities.
  • Organizes and assigns the activities of treatment plant operators; trains new employees and ensures all subordinates follow the appropriate safety policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and provides input on wastewater operational design and functions.
  • Regulates flow of wastewater through the plant.
  • Maintains and repairs complex and technically difficult wastewater systems, equipment and components.
  • Plans and manages resource allocations; ensures efficient operations and cost-effective practices; manages the collection, analysis and reporting of operational, budget and financial data; analyzes future needs and forecasts assets, equipment and resource requirements.
  • Monitors and manages operations and assures that wastewater treatment plant and program activities are in compliance with all laws, regulations, policies and safety standards.
  • Reviews wastewater maintenance trends and issues, and recommends operational improvements.
  • Requisitions and purchases materials, parts and supplies.
  • Assists in the development and management of budgets, policies, projects and programs.
  • Develops, implements and monitors contracts for the operation of wastewater treatment plants.
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public.
  • Responds to plant emergencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry or related field
  • Five(5) years’ experience in Wastewater programs, including two(2) years supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Federal, state, county and local laws pertaining to operation of wastewater collection and treatment facilities.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Principles and processes of wastewater treatment.
  • Functions and servicing requirements of wastewater plant machinery and equipment including SBR equipment and SCADA systems.
  • Wastewater facilities planning and management methods.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

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