The City of Sierra Vista is currently accepting applications for the position of Wastewater Supervisor. This full-time position includes a competitive salary and attractive benefits package. Scroll for more information and apply online.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Sierra Vista is a full service municipal government located in beautiful Southeastern Arizona. It is also home to Fort Huachuca, the largest military installation in the state and the Army's military intelligence and network command headquarters. Home to the Buffalo Soldier, the fort has a fascinating history in addition to its significant role in the nation's modern-day military. With a population of 42,000 and a metropolitan area of nearly 123,000, the community has a wide variety of business, retail, restaurant and housing options. The community is located in the Huachuca Mountain foothills at an elevation of 4,600 feet and boasts enviable weather with temperatures typically 20 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area.
Sierra Vista, Arizona consistently ranks as one of the best places to live and work. It has been named one of the top ten places in Arizona for young families and one of the top five places in Arizona to live. With a year ‘round temperate climate, this active community enjoys four seasons and easy access to outdoor activities.
Located just 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Sierra Vista has small town charm with many amenities found in larger communities. There is a robust retail hub with diverse store chains along with smaller, privately owned businesses for a local flavor. A wide variety of restaurants from well known national chains to numerous smaller dining establishments and ethnic choices are available.
The cost of living in Sierra Vista is below the national average, including the Tucson and Phoenix areas. In addition, the local crime rate is below state and national levels. Healthcare services available in Sierra Vista include a state-of-the-art hospital as well as multiple specialty physician groups, several extended care and assisted living facilities, and numerous independent physicians. Behavioral health, eye, and dental providers, as well as other medical specialists, are available in Sierra Vista.
Educational opportunities abound for local residents, with a variety of public, charter and private schools. Buena High School offers its students a high quality and meaningful education experience, with a graduation rate of 84%, compared to 78% in Arizona. Buena High School is part of the Cochise Joint Technical Education District, offering career and technical education programs such as marketing, culinary arts, sports medicine, and engineering. Higher education includes Cochise College, ranked the second best community college in the nation, University of Arizona – College of Applied Science and Technology, Wayland Baptist University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Sierra Vista is one of the top employers in Cochise County, with a staff of approximately 325 full-time and 150 part-time employees. One-third of its employees have been with the organization more than ten years. Their positions are challenging and rewarding, and they consider the City a great place to work—and Sierra Vista a great place to live.
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Opportunity Profile | Wastewater Supervisor
DEPARTMENTAL CLIMATE & PRIORITIES
The City of Sierra Vista’s Wastewater Treatment facility at the 640-acre Environmental Operations Park is a state-of-the-art treatment facility that utilizes natural processes to treat municipal wastewater. Using a biological nutrient removal process, clean effluent flows into wetlands, then ultimately is recharged to the aquifer. Since 2001, the City's Environmental Operations Park has sent more than 9 billion gallons of clean water to the aquifer--nearly 7 million gallons a year. The first EPA WaterSense Community in the nation, Sierra Vista is committed to water conservation, aquifer recharge, and water efficiency community-wide. Part of that commitment is the responsible treatment of wastewater. To support that goal, the City is installing new ammonia-based aeration controls at the EOP to better control the aeration blowers in the current fiscal year. Along with this upgrade, a nitrate analyzer will be installed to better control the denitrification process.
The Wastewater Supervisor position is open as a result of the retirement of a long-time employee.
Reports to: Operations Manager, Public Works Department
Under general supervision from the Operations Manager, the Wastewater Supervisor performs a range of duties as assigned in the operation, maintenance, monitoring, and technical tasks relative to the operation of the City's sewer collection system, wastewater treatment facilities, and water distribution system.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Sierra Vista is seeking a self-directed, highly motivated, and creative Wastewater Supervisor. Successful candidates will bring 3-5 years of experience in wastewater operations and be a Grade IV Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and have a Grade IV Wastewater Collections System Operator certification and a Grade I Water Distribution System Operator certification. The Wastewater Supervisor holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Management or related field and has four years of experience in municipal wastewater operations OR an Associates degree and eight years of experience in in municipal wastewater operations with three years of supervisory experience.
Along with the skills and duties of the position, the Wastewater Supervisor must be comfortable in public speaking roles. As a leader in wastewater treatment operations, the City of Sierra Vista hosts visitors to the facility, meets with organizations to share advancements and accolades, and engages the public in water- and wastewater-related issues.
The Wastewater Supervisor will oversee the operation of the facilities and ensure that they meet regulatory requirements. Along with keeping the facility running smoothly and in compliance with state and EPA standards, the Wastewater Supervisor will work with their team to develop and implement techniques and methods of process control to increase plant efficiency. The Wastewater Supervisor will work with the public, contractors, agencies, City commissions, and others, as needed to further the understanding and operations of the facility. The Wastewater Supervisor must be available for on-call response should an emergency situation arise.
- Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, and reviews the work of employees engaged in the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant, sewer collections, and water storage and distribution facilities
- Oversees operation of facilities to meet all applicable regulatory requirements and in accordance with design criteria
- Develops and implements techniques and methods of process control which increase plant efficiency
- Investigates citizen complaints and provides timely responses
- Meets with organizations regarding the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities
- Participates in employee recruitment and selection; coordinates training; conducts employee performance evaluations
- Serves as liaison with agencies, commissions, and public relating to water and wastewater issues
- Oversees contractors working on City water and wastewater projects
- Performs research and prepares reports; writes and assists with the administration of grants and contracts assigned to water and wastewater operations
- Coordinates the repair and maintenance of equipment and vehicles; ensures that tools and equipment are properly cleaned, maintained, fueled and stored
- Evaluates procedures to assure operational efficiencies and compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations
- Participates in the preparation and monitoring of section budget; plans procurement of materials, supplies, and equipment; assists in preparing equipment specifications, may initiate major purchases
- Works with computer spreadsheets, data base programs, word processing, and specialized application programs and systems
- Performs related duties as required
- Federal, state, and local rules and regulations relating to operations, security, safety, and emergency procedures relating to water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment
- City of Sierra Vista Self Monitoring Report forms, Aquifer Protection Permit, Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
- Mechanical, biological, and chemical processes involved in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant
- Principles and practices of public and business administration, office administration, and report writing
- Principles of sound management and budgeting and ability to apply them
- Occupational hazards in wastewater treatment plants and safety measures to be implemented
- Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, inspection, repair, and installation of wastewater treatment plant components
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Perform, analyze, and interpret laboratory tests for the purpose of making operational adjustments
- Plan and direct the work of subordinate employees
- Utilize office computer systems to include personal computer, spreadsheets, word processing, and database software programs
- Utilize computerized systems used in the control and monitoring of wastewater treatment facilities and interpret data presented
- Analyze facts and exercise sound judgment in decision making
- Communicate effectively with people at all levels
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The starting annual salary range for this position is $56,148-$84,221. Placement within the range depends on qualifications and experience. The City of Sierra Vista offers a competitive benefits package, which includes but is not limited to:
Retirement. Sierra Vista participates in the well-funded Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), a defined benefit plan. Current employee contribution rate is 11.5% of employee’s pay, with the City contributing an additional 11.48%. Employees are vested in the system after five years, and service purchases from other governmental entities is allowed under specified ASRS rules.
Medical Insurance. City pays 100% of the health plan premium for employees and contributes a portion of the premium for dependents, resulting in highly competitive rates.
Dental Insurance. City pays 100% of employee costs of a dental plan, currently provided through Delta Dental.
Short-term Disability. City provides a short-term disability plan at no cost to employees.
Vacation. Twelve vacation days per year are provided for employees, available for use after six months, with increases to accrual rates in five-year service increments.
Holidays. Twelve paid holidays.
Additional Time Off/Sick Leave. City provides 12 paid sick days per year.
Auto. City provides employees the use of company vehicles for all official business. Out-of-town mileage reimbursement is provided when a personal vehicle must be used.
Phone. City provides a smart phone with unlimited data, text, and talk.
Life Insurance. City provides $50,000 in term life insurance with up to $250,000 in additional insurance available for purchase by the employee.
Tuition Reimbursement. After one year of employment, City contributes up to $500 per course for employee’s initial job-related master’s degree.
Professional Development. Sierra Vista supports continuing education for management employees via conferences, courses, and other methods, covering all costs and providing time away from the position to attend, as budget allows annually.
This position is open until filled, with an on-going review. Applications must be submitted through the City's electronic application management system. A letter of interest and résumé are strongly recommended.
The City of Sierra Vista's primary means of communication with applicants is via email. Please add the domain sierravistaaz.gov to your email filter and monitor your spam mail to ensure prompt awareness of correspondences from the City of Sierra Vista.
REFERENCES & BACKGROUND INFORMATION
It is the City’s policy to complete an extensive background and reference check of candidates. Once strong mutual interest has been established, candidates are asked to provide a list of references that should include, but not be limited to, a supervisor, a peer, a development client and a subordinate, as applicable. Candidates will be asked to sign an authorization to release Information for the purpose of background investigation, which may include verification of education, credit check, criminal and driving records. Should an offer be extended prior to the completion of these checks, the offer will be made contingent on the successful completion of the reference and background checks and submission of official college transcripts.