The work involves responsibility for the operation and maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment plants, biosolids dewatering facilities and certain pump stations. An employee in this class exercises considerable independent judgement and initiative with consideration for conforming to standard procedures and regulatory compliance. Supervision is exercised over a number of technical and professional subordinates. General supervision is received from an administrative superior. Does related work as required.





Oversees and manages the overall operation of several wastewater treatment plants and applicable pump stations; manages Operations Division in ensuring compliance with New York State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

Supervises and assigns wastewater treatment plant personnel in the operation, maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment, including pumping equipment, grit chambers, mechanically operated bar screens, compressors, settling tanks with collectors, aeration tanks, electrical, heating systems, digesters, gas holders, chlorination equipment, ultraviolet disinfection, odor control systems and biosolids treatment equipment and other wastewater treatment plant infrastructure.

Develops and updates standard operating procedures and quality standards for wastewater treatment operations; implements procedures and provides guidelines for staff training to insure consistency of treatment results and response to changing wastewater quality conditions.

Establishes operational targets, reviews the work of others and aids in the scheduling of maintenance.

Prepares plant and personnel records and operational reports, work and vacation schedules.

Prepares complete information data for requisitioning of replacement parts and materials for equipment, supplies, and commodities.

Maintains adequate stock of replacement parts, tools, supplies, chemicals and materials necessary for wastewater treatment plant operations; monitors and manages use of same.

Manages wastewater infrastructure and asset renewal projects as required.

Develops key performance indicators for wastewater treatment operations and correspondingly monitors plant performance.

Assists operations personnel in the troubleshooting of operations.

Analyzes treatment processes and interprets treatment data to maintain maximum efficiencies and to improve treatment techniques.

Assists with the development of capital improvement projects.

Prepares annual operating budgets; monitors and manages approved funds.

Develops contracts for operational materials, supplies, biosolids disposal, and other materials in need of disposal; performs associated contract management.

Responds to after-hours emergencies.





Comprehensive knowledge of the practices and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of Grade 4A municipal wastewater treatment plant and contributing pumping stations.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of sanitary engineering as they relate to the operation of modern wastewater treatment plants.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and applications of physics, biology, chemistry and bacteriology as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal.

Good knowledge of computer applications for office operations, including word processing and spreadsheets.

Strategic planning, organizational, and decision making skills.

Ability to supervise the operation and repair of pumps, valves and related mechanical and electrical equipment.

Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to interpret plans, diagrams and specifications.


Ability to analyze data and develop reports and make recommendations.

Ability to make routine arithmetical calculations.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.






Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status as a Head Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.


Open Competitive:

Possession of a 4A wastewater treatment plant operator certificate issued under the provisions of part 650 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Regulations and three (3) years of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, which must have been in a supervisory capacity involving the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant including both maintenance and operation.




When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State CDL or Non-CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.





06/2020 Revised