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Superintendent of Plants job in Bellingham

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Organization:  City of Bellingham
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Solid Waste
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Washington (WA)
City:  Bellingham
Post Code:  98229
Salary and Benefits:  $6,822.00 - $8,292.00 Monthly + excellent benefits

The Public Works Superintendent of Plant Operations is responsible for management of the operation and maintenance of the City’s water supply, water treatment, and wastewater treatment systems. This includes responsibility for water/wastewater treatment management, budgets, process control systems, quality standards, laboratory services, plant maintenance and repair activities and for overall supervision of supervisors and personnel in the plants, maintenance group for plants, lift and pump stations and laboratory group. The person in this position ensures that all federal, state, and local regulations are met and that departmental policies and procedures are followed to provide a safe, dependable and cost effective operation of the municipal water and wastewater facilities. This position assists in establishing and implementing sound business practices, rates and long-range plans.


Work is performed in an office environment and an outdoor field environment with frequent visits to Public Works project work sites throughout the city. The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles and unfavorable outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate in the office environment and loud in the field. Incumbent is subject to stress associated with project deadlines, competing requests and demanding internal and external customer service requirements. Business travel is required.

Experience and Training:
  • Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, public administration, environmental sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience required in a comparable water and/or wastewater system involving automated systems. Must include two years of management experience with responsibility for operation and maintenance of treatment system(s), budgets, standards development; and supervision and training of laboratory, maintenance, and operations staff. Experience with full responsibility as an operations manager preferred.
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience required.
  • A combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the required skills and abilities will be considered.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record. A three-year driving abstract must be submitted at time of hire.
  • Must possess a minimum of one of the following Washington State Certificates of Competency at time of hire and be able to obtain the other within 30 months of hire:
-Water Treatment Plant Operator IV
-Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator IV
-Water Distribution Manager IV *Comparable certifications obtained in other states will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must be willing and able to accept on call status and respond to emergency call out as needed.
  • Employment contingent upon passing a criminal conviction and local background check.

NOTE: Substitutions for education and training requirements are available as outlined in: Water Certification Washington Administrative Code 246.292.060, 12/27/90; Wastewater Certification Washington Administrative Code 173.230.061, 10/23/87.

To view more information and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.cob.org/employment/jobs.aspx

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