Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

Onsite - Yuma, AZ
Application Deadline: 6/14/24

**Open until filled **

$89,980.54 – $116,974.78 Annually DOE

**This position is assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Division ONLY** 

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Are you looking to join a team that values Professionalism, Accountability, Integrity, and Responsiveness? Do you want to be a part of a strong team dedicated to serving our community, building relationships, and creating opportunities? Then this might be the opportunity for you!

We are looking for someone to join Team Yuma as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager, working with the Department of Utilities. This ideal candidate will be responsible to manage and monitor operations at the City’s Wastewater Utility plant. 

Under general supervision, plans and manages the operation, maintenance and repair of Wastewater (WW) treatment systems and operating plants for the City of Yuma’s Utilities Department; coordinates with City departments and State agencies to assure compliance with state and Federal environmental regulations and standards, and City policies, procedures and goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: — Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, manages, reviews and evaluates multiple wastewater treatment plants including operations, maintenance and repair of treatment plant pumping process control equipment, booster pumping stations, water storage facilities, wastewater lift stations, and biosolids disposal.
  • Manages Wastewater activities and functions to protect the health and safety of the citizens and the environment; provides leadership, direction and guidance to assure potable water resources and effective wastewater treatment; assures compliance with state and Federal environmental and water quality regulations and standards, and City policies, procedures and goals.
  • Monitors operations to assure that operating procedures are followed; initiates actions required to correct environmental and safety violations, and potential problems.
  • Leads staff to increase the efficiency of the Wastewater systems, reviews progress of projects and work assignments, and assists staff in prioritizing, organizing and allocating resources.
  • Plans and manages the activities of staff; plans, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; trains and coaches staff; monitors work, develops staff skills, and evaluates performance.
  • Plans and prioritizes Wastewater special projects; assures accomplishment of goals and objectives; plans staffing assignments to assure operational effectiveness; reviews the work of assigned staff to assure the work quality and timely completion of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Monitors Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) telemetry and process control systems; monitors reports, evaluates trends and maintenance issues, anticipates problems, and develops solutions.
  • Identifies repair and upgrade requirements; oversees special projects, including work with consultants, engineers and contractors; reviews progress of projects and work assignments, compiles data and generates operational reports; assures effective communication of trends and issues.
  • Identifies repair and upgrade requirements; oversees special projects; compiles data and generates operational reports; assures effective communication of trends and issues.
  • Manages regulatory agency reporting; responds to critical incidents, and takes command when appropriate; coordinates plans and resolves issues with other state and regional agencies.
  • Manages budgets and monitors expenditures; manages administrative activities including procurement, inventory, records management, personnel issues, payroll reporting, and work activity reports.
  • Supports the relationship between the City and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities, vision, values and the “Yuma Way”, and complies with all City policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines 

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, or related field; AND five years of Wastewater operations experience, including two years of supervisory experience, preferably with City of Yuma; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge of: 

  • City policies and procedures.
  • State and Federal regulations, safety standards, and inspection protocols, including United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, American Water Works Association, Uniform Plumbing Code, Yuma City Code, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration laws, rules, and requirements governing the management of water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and emergency response protocols.
  • Methods, practices, standards and specifications for compliance to Wastewater regulations.
  • Principles and practices of Wastewater plant facilities and equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Principles of design, construction and maintenance of Wastewater plant facilities, and servicing requirements of plant machinery and equipment, including SCADA systems.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient public utilities maintenance techniques.

Skill in:

  • Managing Wastewater systems operations, and interpreting and applying technical standards and procedures, Federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures.
  • Analyzing Wastewater problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending methods, procedures and techniques for resolution of issues.
  • Tracking and analyzing Wastewater utility costs and usage patterns.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and coaching to improve staff performance.
  • Interpreting technical instructions and analyzing complex variables.
  • Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other local, state and Federal agencies.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


A valid Arizona State Driver’s License is required. Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Grade 4 certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is required. ADEQ certifications in both W/WW functions are preferred; additional technical training and certifications may be required. Equivalent certifications from other jurisdictions may be considered at application. ADEQ reciprocity certification is required within 60 days of hire.


Work is performed in a standard office environment and on location at City Wastewater Utility plants with moderate physical requirements, and strength sufficient to lift and move items weighing up to fifty pounds; may be exposed to safety hazards and dangerous tools and equipment.