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Operations Supervisor Recycling Operations

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Irvine Ranch Water District

$37.22 - $52.86/Hourly

Irvine, CA

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Irvine Ranch Water District is accepting applications for an Operations Supervisor in the Recycling Operations Department.  The successful candidate will under general direction from the Operations Manager or Chief Plant Operator, plan, coordinate and direct all operations and maintenance activities at assigned plants and facilities, including the water recycling, biosolids processing, sewage collection system facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with all federal and state environmental requirements. Monitor treatment process operation and performance, provide technical guidance to subordinate operators, makes adjustments to treatment processes and equipment in order to consistently and cost effectively meet state and federal effluent discharge and air quality requirements.

Summary of Duties:

Duties and responsibilities are broad in scope and are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Evaluate the performance of assigned plant operations personnel; establish performance requirements and personal development targets for assigned personnel; regularly monitor performance and provides feedback for performance improvement and development; with management approval, take disciplinary action to address performance and deficiencies in accordance with the District's personnel rules, policies and labor contract provisions.

Supervise plant operation to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements and to maintain processes at an optimal and cost effective level.

Participate in the selection, training, and motivation of plant operations personnel.

Provide day-to-day supervision, leadership and work with assigned staff to ensure the proper, safe and efficient operation of state-of-the-art water recycling plant processes.


Trouble-shoot variations in operating conditions, report findings to Operations Manager or Chief Plant Operator and make recommendations to address changes in order to prevent a process imbalance or upset.  Communicate all facts essential to the efficient operation of the recycling plant and report all operating problems or emergencies immediately to the Operations Manager or Chief Plant Operator. Analyze technical and operational issues and problems, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions and recommendations for action and improvement.

Analyze disposal processes, evaluate alternative approaches, project consequences of proposed actions and adopt effective solutions in support of goals

Read and interpret technical illustrations, blueprints, maps, plans, specifica¬tions, wiring and pneumatic diagrams. Provide technical assistance and advice to assigned plant operations personnel.

Inspect treatment plant and facilities equipment to ensure its proper functioning, minimize interruptions in the treatment/operation process, and to alleviate costly repairs; makes adjustments to operating equipment; report the need for major or specialized repairs to equipment, machinery and electrical and electronic systems; assist specialized trades personnel in making major and/or highly technical repairs to equipment, machinery and systems; ensure the timely completion of preventive maintenance activities on plant equipment, machinery and systems.

Monitor systems; control valves for emergency and scheduled shut down; troubleshoot diagnoses and report problems to appropriate personnel; responds to emergencies such as pipeline breakages, unauthorized discharges, chemical leaks, and equipment failure; schedules and coordinate responses, repair and clean up.

Responsible for ensuring treatment plant and other facilities operates in an effective and cost efficient manner; including the tracking and optimization of unit production costs and the development, implementation and continued assessment of key performance indicators.

Supervise and manage Operator's work schedule, including training, shift rotation, on-call, vacation, sick leave coverage while minimizing overtime.

May be required to work varying shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, overtime, on-call duty and respond to call backs and may be required to work alone on weekends and holidays.

Work a 4-10 schedule.  Incumbent may be required to work any of the District's work schedules including weekends and holidays.  Assigned work shift may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the District.

Responsible for ensuring that treatment plant unit processes, buildings and grounds are maintained in a clean and orderly manner. 

Responsible for ensuring operational supplies such as chemicals, polymers, office supplies orders are received by the warehouse. Receive chemical shipment; monitor unloading process and record into inventory; test shipments for compliance to standards; check chemical alarms and feed systems for leaks.

Requisition necessary tools, equipment, chemicals, and supplies.

Responsible for carrying out the District's safety program at the treatment plant and/or assigned facilities; ensure subordinates follow safety practices in work methods and procedures; enforce proper safety procedures while working in dangerous situations; educate and train employees on rules, regulations, codes, safe work habits and potential hazards presented by their work environment.  Schedule and conduct safety tailgates in compliance with District's safety program.

Prepare and maintain a variety of records, including incident reports, maintenance requests, round sheets, daily operation reports, operation spreadsheets, odor control surveys, construction plan and specifications, as-built drawings, etc.

May operate collection systems, lift stations, treatment equipment, machinery and facilities by using manual, electronic and computer control systems to regulate and control processes.  Read, analyze and report on data collected from gauges, meters, charts and graphs, and operates pumps, valves, electric motors and related equipment.

Collect samples for quality control tests and assists laboratory personnel in the analysis of samples using laboratory test equipment; conduct laboratory and field tests as needed.

Coordinate, assist in conducting research studies and/or tests with internal departments and outside agencies.  Ensure these studies and/or tests are done safely, economically, completely, while maintaining full compliance with current local, state, and federal rules and regulations.

Develop, implement, maintain, and update standard operating procedures, and other manuals. 

Review engineering plans and specifications for construction projects; attend design and construction meetings and contribute comments and recommendations on projects as assigned. 

Responsible for taking the lead on coordinating with construction management, maintenance, technical support and other departments on project commissioning and decommissioning, including shutdowns, tie-ins, startups, and troubleshooting new systems.

Develop, implement, and track the assigned department's annual budget. 

May fill in for Operation Manager or Chief Plant Operator in that person's absence.

Communicate effectively and interface frequently with other departments and occasionally with regulatory agencies.  Conduct or assist with preparation of plant tours.

Prepare reports summarizing treatment plant operational activities, including: process performance and efficiency, equipment operation, work performed, and materials used.  Provide feedback on work performed.  Assist in the preparation of a weekly and monthly report detailing unit process efficiencies, flows and cost of operation.

Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Operations Manager using MS Office Suite and database software to produce tables, graphs, and reports..

Respond to emergencies situations during off-hours as required.  Participate in Emergency Standby Program at the sole discretion of the District.

Comply with safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.

OTHER DUTIES: (Non-Essential Job Functions)

May attend and participates in professional groups; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of water recycling operations and associated activities.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



A combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation and three years of advanced experience in the operations of a Class V water recycling plant including biological nutrient removal (BNR) activated sludge treatment, tertiary treatment, and biosolids processing required.

Knowledge of treatment plant safety regulations, budgeting, records management, SCADA systems, pumps, valves, electronic motors, diesel and electrical engines, and principles, methods, practices, and techniques utilized in chemical, bacteriological and biological analysis required.

Bachelor's degree in engineering, sanitary engineering, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, public administration, or related field of study desired. Supervisory or lead experience desired.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

Valid Class 'C' California Driver's License required.  Class 'A' California Driver's License desired.

Valid Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.  Possession of a Grade IV or V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board highly desirable.

Related Collections System Maintenance, Water Treatment, and/or Water Distribution Certifications are desirable.

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