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Job Specification



Under direction, plans, coordinates and directs operations and 
maintenance and/or construction activities of a system of sanitary 
or combined sewage collection and treatment facilities and/or a 
water treatment and distribution system; may oversee the activities 
of a compost project and other experimental projects involved in the 
processing of sludge and other residue from these treatment facilities; 
does related work as required. 

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform 
all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties 
performed on the job may not be listed.


Plans, coordinates and directs the operation, repair and maintenance 
activities of one or more water treatment and/or sewage collection and
 treatment facilities; may also direct and coordinate installation and 
expansion activities.

Coordinates the activities of various departments.

May issue day-to-day instructions and work assignments to departmental 
supervisors and supervise their work.

May supervise the operations and activities of a compost project, and 
other experimental activities involving the processing of sludge and 
residues from the treatment facilities.

Coordinates maintenance and repair activities among multiple work 
units and/or facilities to make effective use of resources and personnel, 
in order to meet the standards prescribed by state and federal 
Environmental Protection Agencies.

May supervise the development and execution of plans and procedures 
related to the construction, inspection, maintenance, and repair of water 
and/or sewer systems and equipment.

Inspects field activities of contractors to ensure that construction projects 
conform to plans and specifications.

May plan and manage the methods and sequence of operations to 
facilitate additions, deletions, and modifications to water and/or 
sewer systems.

Meets with other agency administrative personnel and experts in 
the field, to revise, prepare, and clarify policy issues concerning the 
operation of water treatment and/or sewage collection and treatment 

Prepares operational plans, budgets and cost estimates for one or 
more treatment facilities; directs the implementation of approved 
operational plans and oversees expenditures in the approved budget.

Prepares and administers contracts for the securing of materials, tools, 
supplies and equipment, and supervises their storage, and distribution.

Evaluates new developments in materials, tools, and equipment and 
procures same.

Evaluates the feasibility of implementing recommendations from 
consulting and governmental agencies, concerning the operations 
and activities of the treatment facilities, explores probable variations, 
problems, and expenditures, and reports on same. 

Attends seminars and meets with representatives from governmental 
agencies, consulting firms, and others, to evaluate present operational 
procedures, identify problems and explore available alternatives and 
advances in Sanitary Engineering; participates in the evaluation of the 
proper implementation of new procedures in accordance with existing 

Prepares correspondence and technical reports containing findings, 
conclusions, and recommendations. 

Prepares, reviews, analyzes, and interprets engineering drawings, 
specifications, and technical manuals; and/or critiques work products 
from engineers engaged in preparing designs and plans to construct, 
enlarge, install, and modify treatment plants, pumping stations, mains, 
and other appurtenances, and suggests modifications.

Directs and coordinates engineers in conducting studies to determine 
the most feasible approaches to meeting organizational and technical 

Evaluates the programs, policies, operations, work activities and 
methods of the treatment facilities and/or field locations, identifies 
problems and needs, and implements solutions for improved 
efficiency/effectiveness and for utilizing available resources. 

Interprets and implements regulations concerning the maintenance 
and operations of water treatment and/or sewage collection and 
treatment facilities; may interpret and implement regulations 
concerning experimental treatment and disposal projects.

Directs the establishment and maintenance of necessary records 
and files. 

Supervises the handling of customer complaints and requests for 
service installations and repairs.

May be responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance 
activities of multiple sewage and/or water treatment plants in separate 
locations. Responsibilities may include supervision of multiple units 
engaged in treatment procedures, repair and maintenance activities, 
and experimental or operational sewage disposal projects.

May coordinate work among several separate locations.

May be responsible for the development and operation of a district 
sewage transfer system with multi-jurisdictional participation, and for 
general management of a regional sewage and/or water treatment 

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and computerized information systems used by 
the agency, office, or related units.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a 
Bachelor's degree in Business Management, Public Administration, 
Project/Construction Management, or Environmental, Civil, Sanitary, 
Chemical or Mechanical Engineering.


Six (6) years of experience in the oversight of sewer system programs 
and operations or related municipal utilities or public works construction 
and/or maintenance programs, four (4) years of which shall have included 
responsibility for the preparation of budgets, management of supervisory 
staff, and oversight of organizational programs and activities. 

NOTE:  A Master's degree in Civil, Sanitary, Environmental, 
Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or
university may be substituted for one year of the non-supervisory 


Appointees may be required to possess a license of the appropriate 
grade/level to operate a public sewage treatment plant and/or a water 
treatment plant, issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental 

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in 
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee 
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Knowledge of the procedures involved in the operation and 
maintenance of water and/or sewer systems.

Knowledge of the problems involved in the design, maintenance, 
and construction of water and/or sewer systems.

Knowledge of the procedures and problems involved in the activities 
of a sludge composting unit, where required.

Knowledge of supervisory theory and techniques.

Knowledge of asset management principles for water and sewer 
systems and in-depth knowledge of water and wastewater operations.

Ability to interpret and apply federal and state regulations concerning 
the operations of water and/or sewer facilities.

Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the operation and maintenance 
activities of water and/or sewer facilities.

Ability to handle the technical aspects concerning construction, 
maintenance, and repair of water and/or sewer facilities, and to 
direct same. 

Ability to manage staff and work activities.

Ability to prepare plans, technical specifications, project estimates,
 budgets, and operations schedules for the facilities.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret engineering construction 
plans and specifications.

Ability to organize assigned technical engineering work, conduct 
necessary research, and prepare clear, accurate, reports containing 
findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to work effectively with co-workers, other agencies and the public.

Ability to supervise the receipt and resolution of customer complaints.

Ability to evaluate the unit's operations and activities, identify problems 
and needs, and provide for solutions.

Ability to direct the establishment and maintenance of necessary 
records and files.

Ability to execute plans for the effective utilization of funds, personnel, 
equipment, materials, and supplies.

Ability to perform analysis and solve technical problems.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording 
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of the position.  American Sign 
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be 

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
07549LU N/A08-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.