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Vail Wastewater Treatment Facility - Vail, CO
Full Time
$29.74 - $44.61 Hourly

When you look at the landscape of our community, the towering mountains are the first thing you might notice but when you look a little closer you’ll find that the river is truly its lifeblood. We are looking for an experienced Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor to lead a dedicated team of operators and oversee daily operations as well as future growth at our Vail Wastewater Treatment Facility; further pushing our mission of protecting our vital rivers and watershed in our mountain community.

The Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor will serve as "Operator in Responsible Charge" for one of these facilities and will ensure that all requirements of the Colorado Department of the Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) Permit are being met, including effluent discharge limits, compliance schedule requirements, specialized sampling, reporting etc. so previous wastewater operations experience is a must for success in this role. This role will also provide daily leadership to the facility staff and will be responsible for developing and maintaining programs directly related to the operation of the facility and making process control and system integrity decisions. An ideal candidate for this role is an experienced hands on and inspirational leader with an eye for process improvement, construction management experience, and is just as comfortable collaborating with others as they are with mechanical and technical oriented work.

Why work for us? The work you will do as a Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor will have an immediate positive environmental impact on not only our community but our downstream users as well. Not to mention our excellent benefits, housing program, opportunities to learn, attend conferences, and trainings.

The Day to Day:

DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP: The Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor serves as a positive and engaged member of the district leadership team and manages employees for optimum productivity. This role takes a proactive approach to the management of employee performance while creating and maintaining a supportive, professional, and open environment, consistent with the district’s culture. A leader at ERWSD encourages leadership at all levels within the district as well as communicates the Vision, Mission, Values, and team norms of the district to employees frequently and consistently.

Directs, motivates, encourages, and develops a team of 3-6 operators. Participates in the employee selection process, evaluates employee performance, provides regular feedback, and participates in monthly performance alignment conversations. Develops on boarding programs and succession plans. Develops and maintains training program for staff to ensure employee development, growth, engagement etc.

Coordinates scheduling for shift coverage, training, staffing of the facility 365 days of the year including daily on-call coverage during off-hours. Serves as rotating ‘Operator On-Call.’ Responds to off-hours equipment failures, alarms, plant upsets, odors etc. as needed. Provides shift coverage or support for the other wastewater treatment facilities as needed. Responsible for reviewing and approving staff timesheets.

WASTEWATER FACILITY OPERATIONS: Responsible for developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for plant processes and equipment; ensures that SOPs are followed by facility staff. Makes process control and system integrity decisions on the operation and maintenance of the facility. Has the ability to operate and maintain all aspects of the plant including pumps, motors, controls, electrical control panels, disinfection, instrumentation, HVAC, foul air equipment, odor control, laboratory processes, and other mechanical and electrical equipment. Directs the activities of plant operators on plant operations, maintenance, communications, controls, instrumentation, process optimization, personnel policies, and employee relations. Prioritizes needs, activities, and expectations of the facility. Responsible for mitigating odor from the wastewater facility in a resort community/neighborhood. Develops and monitors facility operation and maintenance (O&M) budgets, approves all plant related invoices and reviews, and approves staff purchasing cards.  Maintains compliance with all District fiscal policies. 

COLLABORATION: Coordinates and communicates regularly with Wastewater Manager and the other two wastewater facilities frequently to establish system-wide efficiency and optimal performance.  Develop an understanding of the operation of the other two facilities that is sufficient to enable service as backup ORC for either of these other facilities, should circumstances require. Participates master planning efforts, assists with flow and loading projections, capital planning and budgeting, life cycle analysis. Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the district’s biosolids program.  Assists with program responsibilities as required. Contributes to district programs and initiatives as needed including inflow and infiltration (I&I) mitigation program, sustainability, employee engagement initiatives, energy optimization and monitoring etc.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: The Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all requirements of the Colorado Department of the Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) Permit are being met, including effluent discharge limits, compliance schedule requirements, specialized sampling, reporting etc. Serves as the "Certified Operator in Responsible Charge" (ORC) of the facility and thoroughly understands the requirements and responsibilities associated with this role pursuant to Regulation 100. Serves as the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) cognizant official. Prepares or reviews the monthly discharge monitoring reports to ensure accuracy, quality assurance and quality control. Reports instances of non-compliance or situations that could result in non-compliance as appropriate to the Wastewater Manager and General Manager. Drafts letters to CDPHE if upsets occur or if there are clarifications to the data, sampling, analysis, monitoring etc. Prepares new discharge permit renewal applications; works with Consultants and CDPHE during the renewal process to ensure that all proposed permit limits are capable of being met. Complies with all aspects of the District’s Regulation 100 Wastewater Operating Plan.  Contributes to plan updates on an annual basis.  Complies with the Colorado Certified Water Professionals Code of Conduct. 

SAFETY: Required to follow all District safety and security policies, including IT / Cybersecurity policies.  Maintains constant collaboration with District IT and Operations Technology departments and notifies these groups immediately of any new or emerging vulnerabilities.  Wear and use Personal Protective Equipment as required by the job duties.

WATER QUALITY AND TREATMENT OPTIMIZATION:  Responsible for coordinating or performing specialized field sampling including total dissolved solids (TDS), river sampling, nutrient sampling, whole effluent toxicity (WET), facility stormwater sampling etc.

TECHNOLOGY AND DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING: Monitors and evaluates Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) trends and to interpret and quickly detect anomalies. Determines and implements both process and mechanical equipment changes to optimize facility performance based on data. Tabulates and reviews plant operating data. Develops or directs the development of appropriate data management tools to track seasonal variations, etc. Develops strategies for seasonal variations of flows and loading as are inherent to resort communities. Develops maintenance programs; oversee Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS); reviews work order status, tasks, and maintenance schedules. Directs the scheduling and purchasing of chemicals and hauling of wastewater by-products. Ensures that the Online Manual System (OMS), plant as-builts, instrumentation, controls and electrical (ICE) drawings are accurate and current.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: Evaluates the reported deficiencies of existing processes, facilities, equipment, and support systems for meeting the facility’s needs. Documents enhancements or expansions needed to ensure sufficient capacity, improve performance, increase efficiency, meet future needs, or improve safety. Recommends capital projects, life cycle projects, programs, changes, and activities for optimal plant operations. Serves as the Owner’s facility representative during design and construction projects; serves on the selection committee for selecting engineers and contractors, develops or review methods of procedures (MOPs), coordinate construction phasing to manage compliance risk, participates in design and construction meetings, review and provide input on all plans, specifications, and schedules.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: Keeps apprised of new developments in wastewater treatment methods, materials, tools, technology, and equipment and analyzes and makes recommendation to adopt when in the best interest of the district.  Pursues and successfully completes approved trainings to earn training units (TUs) as sufficient to maintain professional operator certification.  Coaches supervised employees to earn and maintain professional operator certifications. Encouraged to participate in regional and national wastewater organizations; participate in professional and academic committees, councils, workgroups, and conferences.

THE BIG PICTURE: Eagle River Water and Sanitation District has a responsibility to our customers and to the environment. A Wastewater Treatment Facility Supervisor is key player and community leader in protecting our rivers and watershed.

Competencies and Qualifications
  • Passion for water and for environmental protection are a must.
  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or Associates degree with three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Class A Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification or the ability to obtain within six months of employment required.  
  • Four to five years’ experience in wastewater treatment operations.
  • Two years’ experience leading and coordinating employees in a team-based environment required.
  • Coordination and collaboration skills are essential.
  • Experience with oversite of large construction projects required. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Stakeholders, Contractors and Design Engineers to deliver projects that meet long-term goals, reduce risk and deliver the best value for our rate payers.
  • Must be able to tactfully, respectfully and professionally communicate in English, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills required, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, Board of Directors, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills are a must.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
  • Must have the ability to identify issues, think through problems and come up with creative solutions.
  • Pleasant attitude and an ability to work honestly, and with integrity required.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team is a must.
  • Proficiency with computers and technology required. Specifically experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, as well as SCADA (GE Proficy, or similar). Experience with Cityworks or a similar asset management platform also preferred.  
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's license within 30 days of full time employment and be insurable under District's standards. 
  • Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within the first six (6) months of employment.
  • Required to follow all District safety and security policies and wear Personal Protective Equipment as required by the job duties



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to taste or smell.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.   



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


The pay range for this role is $29.74 - $44.61/hr. Starting range depends on qualifications but generally falls within the minimum and midpoint of the pay range.  Wastewater Supervisors also receive Wastewater Conditions Supplemental Pay in the form of a lump sum of $295 per paycheck .

Comprehensive benefits package including health benefits, wellness program, retirement, housing program (including rental program or $300 monthly housing stipend), and more available to all full-time, year-round employees. Click HERE to learn more.

All District employees must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check.

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This position will remain posted until filled. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.



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