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Water Wastewater Chief Operator 

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To perform and oversee the skilled work required to maintain the proper operation of treatment plants and system facilities to meet regulatory permit compliance. The chief operator ensures all proper plant operations by performing duties, observing work quality, and instructing team members work at the water/wastewater treatment facilities. Work involves the effective and efficient operation of the water/wastewater facilities in accordance with City and regulatory agency guidelines. The individual has primary responsibility for the operational control and maintenance of the wastewater or water treatment facilities and responsibility for the maintenance of facilities equipment. Work is reviewed through reports, observation and results obtained. In his absence, an operator of equal class or higher will assume his duties. Work is performed under the supervision of the Water/Wastewater Treatment Manager.


The list of essential functions is intended to be representative of the work performed. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Ensures the proper operation of all water/wastewater treatment facilities processes and facilities to include all wells, stations, outfall areas, pond sites, and industrial pretreatment monitoring if applicable.
  • Inspects, organizes, and verifies the proper operation of all facilities equipment.
  • Schedules and coordinates maintenance and repairs of facilities equipment and structures.
  • Evaluates laboratory results and processes control tests to determine if the proper operations of processes are being maintained.
  • Maintains and schedules proper facility coverage as required by facility permit requirements. In the event of insufficient coverage the Chief operator is responsible for providing on-site coverage.
  • Keeps records of all treatment facilities operational parameters. Maintains records pertaining to the facilities operations and permit compliance.
  • Prepares required reports and summary sheets that are sent to regulatory agencies regarding the operation of the facilities.
  • Facilitates and recommends employee training in the correct operation and maintenance procedures of the

various facilities processes, equipment and safety procedures.

  • Performs plant checks to confirm treatment staffs at the facilities are completing assigned work in compliance with established guidelines and regulations.
  • Verifies proper operation and maintenance of irrigation and other systems for effluent disposal.
  • Schedules the wastewater treatment plant sludge disposal by land spreading, landfill or other sludge disposal processes. Maintains and keeps for ready use, data on the wastewater treatment, effluent and sludge disposal programs.
  • Provides information for hiring, transfer, lay-off, recall, promotion and discharge of employees to the treatment manager. Assists the treatment manager with performance evaluations.

  • Willing and able to answer/respond to all types of emergency and trouble calls during hours not normally worked that deal with operational problems to assure smooth wastewater facilities operations continually.
  • Performs any necessary clerical work for purchases, repairs, and project reports as needed.
  • Performs other assigned duties as required.


  • Possess a valid Class 'A' Florida Water/Wastewater Plant Operator's Certification and a minimum of 5 years' water/wastewater experience is required.
  • 3 years of lead operator or team lead experience is preferred
  • Possess an acceptable Florida Class E Driver's License.

Exceptions to the minimum qualifications must be reviewed by the Human Resources Director and approved by the City Manager prior to job offer.


  • Knowledge of modern methods of advanced wastewater treatment, including activated sludge, aerobic digestion, disk filters, etc.
  • Knowledge of the mechanical, biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of wastewater treatment and disposal systems.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.
  • Thorough understanding of sewage treatment processes, wastewater biology, and the operation of sewage treatment equipment, including pumps, motors, aeration equipment, sludge collectors, digester, chlorinators, and related equipment used in the treatment processes.
  • Ability to read, record, and interpret meters, charts, graphs, drawings, plans, laboratory reports, operation and maintenance manuals, etc. Ability to troubleshoot the process and equipment used in these programs.
  • Ability to analyze basic mechanical and electrical problems and take proper corrective action.
  • Ability to instruct, train, coordinate, and review the activities of subordinates to ensure proper procedures. Ability to give effective oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with citizens, vendors, peers, and management.
  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to do strenuous tasks under varying weather conditions. Intermediate knowledge of PC computers and software programs such as SCADA, Excel and Word used by the City.
  • Proper use and operation of basic hand and power tools.


Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).


Tasks are performed in outdoor environments. Due to the nature and location of the work environment, tasks include potential for prolonged exposure to disagreeable elements, e.g., heat, humidity, inclement weather. Some tasks include working in and around moving vehicles and associated vehicle/equipment areas, where heightened awareness to surroundings and adherence to established safety precautions is essential in avoidance of injury or accidents.

The City of Winter Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Winter Garden provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Water Wastewater Chief Operator  
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Location City of Winter Garden  
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