City of St. Helena

Underground Utilities Superintendent

Onsite - St. Helena, CA
$75K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/28/24

Underground Utilities Superintendent

City of St. Helena

Annual: $97,136 – $118,069

Position Description:

Are you passionate about the construction, repair, and maintenance of underground utilities? Are you looking for a way to have an impact on the community for which you work? Are you a self-starter who embraces out-of-the-box thinking when managing maintenance-related projects? Does the thought of leading others and building crews from the ground-up excite you?

If so, the City of St. Helena is looking for their next Underground Utilities Superintendent to join the team!

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The Position:

Under direction, plans, organizes, supervises, and implements the activities of the water distribution, sewer collection system, and storm drain sections of the Public Works Department including exercising direct supervision over supporting staff in assigned sections; evaluates and participates in the work of crews responsible for construction, repair, maintenance, and operational work in the water distribution, sewer collection system, and storm drains; provides technical guidance to assigned sections and performs a wide variety of administrative and supervisory duties; develops, implements, and administers assigned program responsibilities, including the section’s safety program, budget preparation, financial management, and invoice review; conducts a variety of research related to assigned programs; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Underground Utilities Superintendent reports to the Operations Manager and is responsible for the overall assignment and supervision of crews engaged in construction, repair and maintenance work of water distribution, sewer collection system, and storm drain systems; to participate in assigned processes, procedures, and programs; and to provide information and assistance to the public regarding assigned programs and services.  

Supervision Received/Exercised:

Receives direction from the Operations Manager. Exercises direct supervision over assigned public works staff, as well as indirect supervision to other supporting staff within the Public Works Department.

Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, supervises, and directs the programs, projects, operation activities of the water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drain sections of the Public Works Department with the support of the Operations Manager.
  • Assists in overseeing the proper organization and staffing of assigned sections; participates in Citywide programs and long-range planning for water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drains.
  • Assists in the establishment of division goals, strategies, and priorities; develops and manages continuous improvement processes.
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures; recommends programs, projects, and work assignments to the Operations Manager.
  • Participates in the selection, training, and evaluation of maintenance personnel; establishes and monitors employee performance objectives and performance management; recommends promotions and disciplinary action to the Operations Manager. 
  • Directly and/or through supporting staff, assigns work and provides direction to assigned staff, evaluates staff performances, ensures desired staff performance levels are maintained, and participates in processing personnel actions.
  • Ensures assigned sections operate in compliance with rules, regulations, and policies; prepares reports and maintain records as required.
  • Inspects work sites before, during and after completion to assure work is completed in a satisfactory and thorough manner; ensures the adherence to safe work practices by field maintenance personnel.
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and participates in the work of crews responsible for the construction, maintenance, repair, and/or operation of water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drain systems as necessary; provides day-to day leadership to assigned crews; coordinates the work of the unit with other City departments and divisions, outside agencies, community groups, and the public.
  • Oversees the reading and repair of water meters and water service connections and disconnections; provides pressure and flow information on hydrants; fabricates and installs piping, fittings, valves, pumps, hydrants, and controls; oversees the repair, overhaul, and installation of pumps and motors; oversees the annual meter testing.
  • Supervises and participates in the removal of pavement, digging of holes, cutting of trenches, and removal of concrete and earth using hand tools, power equipment, and related equipment required for the installation, replacement, and repair of water mains, service lines, sewer collections lines, and related water, sewer collections, and storm drain system projects.
  • Performs the more difficult and complex maintenance and construction duties of the work unit, including reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications; provides technical assistance to field crews; coordinates with contractors providing services to the City; performs inspections of construction and maintenance work in assigned areas of responsibility; assists with inspections on private and public improvement projects for adherence to City standards; responds to afterhours callouts as assigned.
  • Oversees the cross-connection program; oversees and directs testing of backflow devices as necessary.
  • Coordinates and provides ongoing safety training programs; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies, and procedures; establishes performance goals for crews and individual employees.
  • Develops and maintains short- and long-range maintenance schedules for the water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drain systems; assists in the development of cost estimates for implementation of maintenance programs; maintains tracking systems for all work including maintaining appropriate work records and documents.
  • Prepares statistical and/or analytical reports on operations as necessary; participates in budget preparation and monitors approved budgets; participates in the equipment procurement process; orders, monitors, controls, and maintains supplies, tools, materials, and equipment.
  • Responds to the more difficult questions and concerns from the general public, contractors, and outside agencies; provides information as is appropriate and resolves public service or operational complaints; establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within the unit.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.

Education and/or Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an Underground Utilities Superintendent. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of five years of experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of a water distribution, sewer collections, and/or storm drain systems, including two years in a supervisory or lead capacity; a high school diploma or equivalent. 


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Grade III Collections System Maintenance certificate from the California Water Environment Association within one year of employment.
  • Possession of a Grade 3 Water Distribution Operator certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board within one year of employment.
  • Possession of a Grade T2 certificate as a Water Treatment Plant Operator from the California State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Possession of a Cross-Connection Control Specialist certificate as state mandated from the Water Resources Control Board.


(The following are a representative sample of the KSA’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position)  

Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices, and methods of public works maintenance, supervision, program development, and administration including water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drain systems.
  • Operating characteristics and safety requirements for operation of trucks, construction vehicles, and other heavy and light equipment; defensive driving
  • Plan review for determining impact on maintenance activities and maintenance cost
  • Public administration policies and procedures
  • Structure and organization of public sector agencies
  • Principles and practices of public personnel administration
  • Budget development and implementation
  • Basic principles of mathematics
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases

Skill to:

  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Safely and effectively operate a variety of maintenance and construction equipment, tools and materials.

Ability to:

  • Oversee and participate in the supervision of the underground utilities section.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate staff.
  • Supervise and direct the operations and activities of the water distribution, sewer collections, and storm drain system in the Public Works Department.
  • Estimate time, materials, and equipment needed to complete projects.
  • Read and understand plans and specifications.
  • Coordinate and conduct training programs for staff.
  • Respond to issues and concerns from the community.
  • Respond to after-hours call-outs and reside within a reasonable distance from the downtown City area within three months of employment.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection field and office data, and reports; perform required mathematical computations.
  • Consult effectively with management, staff, and the public.
  • Serve as a liaison between various public agencies.
  • Participate in developing and administering a budget.
  • Interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Interpret USA markings.
  • Read, interpret, and record data accurately.
  • Organize, prioritize, and follow-up on work assignments.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines.
  • Analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response.
  • Follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


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