Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

JOB CODE: 1214


SALARY RANGE: $52,474 - $88,454

Department of Environmental Services

Under the direction of a professional superior, performs responsible professional work supervising the operations, administration, and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants. Work involves responsibility for performance of varied administrative tasks associated with wastewater treatment and disposal. Work includes coordinating field inspections and testing to check and report violations of water pollution laws and ordinances and testing work of a variety of sanitary and industrial waste materials. Work also entails responsibility for supervising the activities of a staff of operators in the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants. Employees of this class may be on twenty-four hour call. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment. Work is reviewed through observation, reports, equipment condition, and effluent results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Plans, organizes, assigns, instructs, and supervises the work of groups of skilled operators, maintenance workers, electricians, instrument technicians, mechanics, and related personnel in operating, maintaining, inspecting, and installing wastewater treatment equipment. Manages the predictive and corrective maintenance and repair of wastewater treatment facilities and ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. Makes necessary changes in plant operations; carries out plans and procedures to ensure efficient plant operation and that standards relating to wastewater treatment are enforced. Reviews the work of subordinate supervisors and advises them on policies, procedures, practices, and problems of an unusual nature. Performs routine inspection of equipment, grounds, facilities, and overall condition of the treatment plant. Proactively identifies treatment plant problems; supervises or performs special studies or tasks; takes or recommends corrective action. Prepares and maintains accurate operating reports; maintains parts inventory and requisitions parts and supplies for repairs and operations as needed. Meets with contractors and attends process control meetings. Schedules the work shifts of operating personnel and responds to emergency calls regarding plant equipment breakdowns. Assists in preparation of budget requests and manages plant expenditures. Reviews administrative reports sent to DEQ/EPA/State Police; completes any regulatory related paperwork in a timely manner. Responds promptly to any complaints received from neighboring citizens; takes immediate action to mitigate any discovered issues. Standardizes plant operation across shifts by issuing memorandums to document required operational limits, targets, and procedures.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants, storage facilities, pump stations, gravity sewers, and force mains. Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, inspection, repair, and installation of wastewater treatment components. Knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes pertaining to wastewater treatment and disposal. Knowledge of mechanical, biological, and chemical processes involved in the operations of a sewage treatment facilities. Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions for wastewater treatment plant work. Knowledge of Computer Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) to schedule, review, and monitor maintenance activities to ensure equipment meets or exceeds design life. Ability to plan, schedule, and review the work of professional or sub-professional assistants in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing with subordinate staff; and issue memorandums to share lessons learned and eliminate repeated mistakes. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering, or a closely related field, and four years of experience in wastewater treatment and disposal work, including two years of supervisory experience.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Possession of a Class IV Wastewater Treatment Operators Certificate issued by the Louisiana State Department of Health. Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.