• Kitsap County
  • Poulsbo, Washington
  • Mar 29, 2018
Full Time Administration and Management Utilities
  • Salary: $78,520.00 - $108,243.20 Annually

Job Description


Public Works
Kitsap County Public Works provides "must have" services to keep your every day running smoothly. We develop, support and maintain public services that enhance the quality of life for residents and economic vitality for businesses through responsible and sound management, innovation, teamwork, and vision. We provide dependable, high quality, and cost effective public works.

The Sewer Utility Division Ideal candidate
The Sewer Utility Division is seeking a dedicated, motivated person to lead the operations and maintenance for the County's four sewage treatment plants and 60 pump stations. An innovative leader with the drive to maintain the Sewer Utility Division's excellent standards, promote a team environment, and help guide the future of the division.

Position Overview
The incumbent is responsible for supervising the operations, planning, budgeting, and providing technical assistance for the wastewater treatment operations and pump station maintenance and repair. This position has direct and indirect supervision of employees performing wastewater process operations, laboratory analysis, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment, and buildings and grounds upkeep. The incumbent is directly responsible for facilities meeting and maintaining the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and biosolids management requirements with State and Federal agencies. The position requires a variety of skills associated with infrastructure asset analysis, treatment process, personnel management, and training


Required Education and Experience
  • Associates Degree in relevant field, Group IV Wastewater Operator's certificate and 5 years progressively responsible experience in operations and maintenance of a secondary or tertiary wastewater treatment plant, including 2 years of lead or supervisory experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education which is equivalent to 7 years of experience and provides the applicant has the required certification and the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences or Engineering, Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • Experience with mechanical and electrical equipment associated with sewer/water pumping facilities.
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as a Category 1 Driver that operates County-owned vehicle.

Criminal Conviction Standards :
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this positon:

Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must:
  • Pass a criminal background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Group IV Wastewater Operator's certificate.
  • Pass a medical/physical evaluation, including audiometric testing, conducted in accordance with WAC 296-817-400, medical evaluations.
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Provide references that demonstrate reliability, a good attendance record and a positive work ethic/attitude.
At time of appointment the successful candidate must :
(Evidence of ability to obtain these by appointment may be required at any time in the selection process.)
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license and appropriate amount of automobile insurance.
Within six months of employment must obtain (and maintain during employment) the following licenses and certifications :
  • Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR certification
  • Supervisory principles and practices including hiring, coaching, evaluation, discipline and discharge.
  • State and federal laws, regulations, and requirements applicable to wastewater treatment and equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of operating and maintaining Washington State regulated wastewater treatment plants, laboratory, sewage pump stations and related facilities.
  • Mathematics as related to sanitary sewer equipment and wastewater treatment process.
  • Chemical and physical processes involved in the treatment and activated sludge process.
  • Laboratory procedures utilized in wastewater analysis.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to wastewater treatment operations and equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Methods, techniques and procedures in the operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment associated with wastewater treatment plant process, pump/lift stations, and related facilities.
  • Work independently without regular direction, and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor under heavy workload and stressful situations.
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to policy and procedures of the department.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Operate computers and related peripheral equipment.
  • Organize and oversee work programs, including monitoring of budgets, funding and work schedules.
  • Establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
  • Utilize various computer applications specific to the department including databases, word processing, asset management software, spreadsheets, SCADA for monitoring, tracking, and producing data and documents.
  • Read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Schedule, organize, coach, train, and evaluate the work of assigned staff.


  • Responsible for operations and reporting of secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment and biosolids facilities under the Washington Administrative Code in compliance with State and Federal NPDES permits.
  • Responsible for the operations and maintenance of pump/lift stations within the collection and conveyance systems to meet NPDES permit requirements.
  • Evaluate and recommend process, organizational, staffing, and performance improvements to optimize resources and plan for future needs.
  • Responsible for addressing staffing needs through evaluating employee performance, interviewing, hiring, correcting performance or actions, and if necessary following the disciplinary process.
  • Provide technical advice or knowledge to supervisors on correcting or improving areas within the wastewater treatment process or with regards to use of mechanical/electrical equipment within the Utility.
  • Review and plan for plant biosolids management to ensure current and future compliance is met with output, equipment capability, hauling requirements, and disposal.
  • Determine budget requirements and expenditures based on regulatory developments, environmental issues, current/upcoming trends and methods for operating the treatments plants and pump/lift stations.
  • Work with subordinate supervisors and staff to develop monitoring tools and procedures to ensure the effective evaluation and use of power, chemicals, labor, materials, and equipment.
  • Manage and optimize scheduling of staffing to meet certification and safety requirements to ensure appropriate regular and after hours shift coverage.
  • Work within a collaborative environment with other Sewer Utility supervisors and engineers in providing input and justification on capital outlay decisions to achieve short and long term planning divisional goals and needs.
  • Actively participate in the design and construction of proposed treatment plant and pump/lift station modifications and upgrades to ensure standards, regulatory requirements, operational process, and maintenance needs will be met.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of developments in wastewater treatment, mechanical equipment, and electronic equipment technology to help meet future State and Federal regulations and guide performance and efficiency improvements within the Utility.
  • Work within a collaborative team environment to address interested citizen groups on treatment issues and environmental concerns and promote the education of the Sewer Utility's purpose and goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Kitsap County Departments and Divisions, County, State, and Federal agencies, local municipalities, customers, and the general public.
  • Maintain an effective team environment by motivating and encouraging the exchange of ideas, professional growth, assisting in problem solving, and providing timely and constructive feedback.
  • Develop write documentation or reports to track, monitor, and evaluate needs, maintain, regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned.


Positions in the classification are:
  • Classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
I m portant Recruitment Information
This position is open until filled. The first review will be the week of April 23, 2018 and then weekly thereafter.

Closing Date/Time: