• Kitsap County, WA
  • Poulsbo, Washington
  • Sep 26, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management Utilities
  • Salary: $84,507.15 - $119,406.39 Annually USD

Job Description


Position Overview
The successful candidate will be responsible for performing professional level work associated with operations of the County's four wastewater treatment plant and collection and conveyance systems. This is a stand alone position managing all areas of the operations and maintenance for the Sewer Utility. The work encompasses oversight of the mechanical, electrical, facility and piping maintenance, treatment plant operations, and laboratory. Responsible for meeting federal and state requirements for wastewater treatment, planning, budgeting, sewer system analysis and troubleshooting, and developing and maintaining a team working environment. Works with supervisors on staffing projections, making staffing recommendations and oversight of a $13M annual operations and maintenance budget. Assists with project review and project recommendations for the annual Capital Facilities Plan update. Demonstrates knowledge of change management and process improvement principles.

Applications are reviewed weekly!

This position receives and additional 10% premium pay paid bi-weekly on the base salary; through December 31, 2024.


Required Education and Experience
  • Associates Degree in relevant field, Group IV Wastewater Operator's certificate; and
  • Five years progressively responsible experience in operations and maintenance of a secondary or tertiary wastewater treatment plant, including 3 years of 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, Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.
  • Experience with analysis and selection of mechanical and electrical equipment associated with treatment plants and 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.

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:
  • Group IV Wastewater Operator's certificate.
  • Pass a medical/physical evaluation, including audiometric testing, conducted in accordance with WAC 296-817-400, medical evaluations.
  • 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.
  • Authorize and complete a criminal background check. Information received is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license and appropriate amount of automobile insurance.

Within twelve months of employment must obtain (and maintain during employment) the following licenses and certifications :
  • Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR certification

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment and conveyance systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and sewer systems treatment plant and sewer conveyance system design.
  • Knowledge of budget techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and techniques.
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting technical information and making presentations to non-technical and technical audiences.
  • Skilled in team building, building consensus and working effectively with a diverse employee population, individuals in varying occupations, and the general public.
  • Skilled in budget monitoring and cost analysis.
  • Skilled in assigning, coordinating and supervising the work of employees.
  • Ability to evaluate issues/situations and make decisions and recommendations.
  • Ability to meet the assignment locations and travel requirements of the position.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement policies, procedures, and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal health and safety regulations and within the framework of the department.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply county, state and federal regulations as related to specific facility services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic educational and economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, perform and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to schedule, organize, coach, train, and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Ability to appear for scheduled work and complete assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and adhere to policy and procedures of the county and department.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Ability to utilize various computer applications specific to the department including databases, word processing, document imaging, spreadsheets, and web-based systems for entering, retrieving, and researching data and records.
  • Ability to physically perform assigned duties and essential functions of the position.
  • Ability to report for duty on time and remain at work until the end of their scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared as an “Essential Employee” under the Public Works Inclement Weather/Emergency Response policy.

  • Wastewater Treatment Operations and Maintenance: Provides wastewater treatment expertise to the Treatment Plant Supervisors. Knowledgeable in different types of wastewater treatment, technology, and the microbiological testing and analysis associated with the wastewater treatment process to evaluate plant performance and suggest corrective actions. Understands the treatment plant equipment, including electrical, SCADA, and instrumentation and controls to help troubleshoot problems, and makes recommendation for improvements. Knows the federal and state permitting schedule, requirements, and reporting for operating each wastewater treatment plants. Works directly with regulatory agencies and stays current with upcoming regulation changes.
  • Collection and Conveyance Operations and Maintenance: Knowledgeable in sewer system design, operation and maintenance, including pump/lift station equipment, electrical, SCADA and instrumentation and controls. Provides collection and conveyance guidance and oversight to the Utility M&O Supervisors regarding improving efficiencies, equipment recommendations, troubleshooting problems, system improvement recommendations, and asset management. Knowledgeable in local, state and federal regulatory requirements and industry standards pertaining to operating, maintaining, and reporting issues for sewer systems.
  • Supervision: Provides oversight and guidance to Utility M&O Supervisors in developing and maintaining an open and team focused working environments. Works directly with Human Resources on recruitment, staff engagement and motivation, union issues, personnel concerns, and discipline of staff. Sets performance expectations and provides constructive feedback for supervisors or crew supervisors to meet or exceed expectations. Encourages career development and provides training opportunity for staff to succeed. Maintains safe working conditions by providing proper tools and equipment, PPE, and safety training to meet legal requirements. Develops and writes work plans, implements policies and procedures, and sets goals, to ensure the Utility stays focused to meet divisional and departmental objectives.
  • Planning and Financial: Provides overall operation analysis to improve efficiencies and processes. Provides visionary changes and evaluation of goals to assist the Division Manager in determining intermediate and long-term changes to enhance the Sewer Utility effectiveness and day to day operations. Develops the annual operations and maintenance budget, tracks and reports on infrastructure asset conditions to make annual recommendations for the treatment plants or within the collection and conveyance systems improvements for updates to the six-year Capital Facilities Plan. Analyzes staffing and equipment needs and recommends changes to meet current and future workloads. Provides expertise to consultants of operation and maintenance concerns and review during design of capital projects. Addresses customer complaints and the general public questions or concerns.

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Additional 10% premium pay: Paid bi-weekly on the base salary; expires December 31, 2024.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This posting may be used to fill future openings.
  • Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the application materials submitted. Per RCW 42.56.250, all applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant are exempt from public inspection.

At Kitsap County, we strive to take care of our team! Our employees are the greatest asset of Kitsap County, and we take pride in offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees.

County Paid Benefits Include:
Medical - Kaiser Permanente (HMO) or Aetna (PPO)
Dental -Delta Dental or Willamette
Vision - VSP
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Life Insurance - Basic, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Voluntary Term Life Insurance (VTL)
Disability - Short-term disability & Long-term disability
Voya Voluntary Insurance
Transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Travel Assistance Program
Wellness program
Benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begin on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: or the Kitsap County Digital Benefits Guide .

*Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Employees are covered under the PERS retirement plan provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Social Security.

Deferred Compensation (IRS Plan 457b): tax-deferred savings program

11 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holiday per year

Vacation Leave
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave upon hire and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure, as follows:

Upon completion of 3 years: 15 days per year (10.00 hours per month)
Upon completion of 5 years: 20 days per year (13.33 hours per month)
Upon completion of 10 years: 25 days per year (16.67 hours per month)
Sick Leave
All new hires will be credited with 48 hours of sick leave upon hire and will begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will beprorated***

Current County Employees
If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail. The Personnel Manual is available at:

Job Address

Poulsbo, Washington United States View Map