Wastewater Chief Plant Operator – Environmental Services Department

City of San Jose

San Jose, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $148,563.74 - $239,832.32
Deadline Apr 19, 2024
Required Experience 7+ years

Salary Range: $148,563.74 - $239,832.32 Annually

Application Deadline: 4/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Wastewater Chief Plant Operator – Environmental Services Department

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San Jose. 

We offer an array of meaningful career paths and value flexibility – offering hybrid work and alternative work schedules in select roles. Additionally, the City offers excellent health and pension benefits, as well as 15 paid holidays! 

To learn more about ESD, follow @sjenvironment on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and San Jose Environmental Services on LinkedIn. 

The Division

The Wastewater Management Division oversees the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF), one of the West Coast’s largest advanced treatment facility. With over 260 full-time positions, it treats wastewater from 1.7 million residents and 17,000 businesses in a 300-square-mile area. Originally built in 1956, the RWF has a rated capacity of 167 MGD, currently treating 110 MGD. A $2 billion capital improvement program (CIP) is underway to enhance aging infrastructure. The RWF, providing primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment, has maintained NPDES permit compliance, earning four Platinum Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in the last decade. Not only does the RWF protect public health in Silicon Valley; it also protects the fish and wildlife in the lower South San Francisco Bay.

Position Duties

As the Chief Plant Operator, you will be at the forefront of planning, organizing, and directing critical aspects of our Operations Division, Biosolids Management Programs, Air Compliance, and Asset Management/Engineering Support. You’ll play a key role in recommending budgets, setting standards, and ensuring the continuous and proper operation of our facility while meeting state permit treatment performance and regulatory requirements. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, AND six (6) years of supervisory or management experience at a wastewater facility, including at least three (3) years of experience supervising more than 20 fulltime employees.

Required Licensing (positions in this class may require one or more of the following):

  • Valid CA Driver’s License;
  • Licensed Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in the State of California.

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email CityCareers@sanjoseca.gov and we will research the status of your application. 


How to Apply

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST APPLY & SUBMIT YOUR JOB APPLICATION AT https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/human-resources/browse-city-jobs/executive-opportunities IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A CITY OF SAN JOSE JOB OPPORTUNITY.

Brochure - https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/110001/638467121816310529

Link to Apply: https://www.cpshr.us/recruitment/2334

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship , Hydrology