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Field Operations Superintendent

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: S-80
Respirator Class: 2


Plan, organize, direct, control, and report on the activities of the Field Operations Section, Pumping Stations Operations Section, or Technical and Fleet Services Section, as assigned; coordinate activities among the groups of the Section, within the Division, the Department, and the District.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Field Operations Superintendent will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion, which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District’s respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general direction from the Director of Collection System Operations.
  • Exercise direction over supervisors within the Section and others as assigned.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control, and report on activities and work relating to the operation, preventive maintenance, repair and rehabilitation, and testing and inspection of the sewer collection system and reclaimed water system, as assigned.
  • Plan, organize, direct, control, and report on activities and work relating to the operation of information systems, the maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment, and the operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities, as assigned.
  • Plan, organize, direct, control, and report on activities and work relating to the operation of all District pumping stations including the operation, maintenance, and repair of pumps, electric motors, diesel and gas engines, air compressors, hydraulic systems, valves, and associated instrumentation, as assigned.
  • Review and prioritize daily work assignments and work reports; adjust planning schedules as needed; advise supervisors of scheduling problems, priorities, and other concerns regarding each section’s activities.
  • Coordinate activities with other District Divisions and Departments; meet with public, public agencies, utilities, and contractors to deal with field problems; participate in meetings.
  • Establish Section goals, objectives, schedules, and work methods; recommend and implement operating policies and procedures.
  • Develop effective preventive maintenance programs; monitor operations and maintenance procedures and modify programs as required.
  • Administer Section’s safety program with direction from Safety staff and Safety Committee; perform field inspections for safety conformance; direct investigations of accidents/injuries and property damage; recommend appropriate action including discipline and procedural changes.
  • Direct and participate in a variety of personnel actions including performance evaluations, selections, dismissals, transfers, and disciplinary measures.
  • Develop and support the Section operating budget; participate in identifying personnel and capital equipment needs; forecast of additional funds needed for vehicles, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget; monitor and approve expenditures.
  • Be responsible for the administration, coordination, and reporting of all pumping stations regulatory compliance matters, including the sulfide control chemical treatment program, as assigned.
  • Serve as an emergency backup to the primary on-call pumping station operator as needed.
  • Analyze operating records and costs; prepare, maintain, and present routine reports and other special reports as requested.
  • Serve as technical advisor to section personnel on difficult or unusual problems; direct emergency repairs.
  • Conduct final field inspection for acceptance of new facilities, investigate quality control problems, and identify and support the need for improvement projects.
  • Plan, develop, and participate in employee development and training programs.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance of sewer collection systems, pumping stations, reclaimed water systems, vehicle and equipment, and facilities. Purposes and operating requirements of sewage pumping station facilities and equipment.
  • Management control systems relating to planning, scheduling, workload, productivity, and material control.
  • Use of personal computer for maintenance, administrative, and operational functions including the remote operation and monitoring of the District’s pumping stations via the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system when assigned to pumping stations.
  • Wastewater sampling and process control tests.
  • Operating indicators, system maintenance trends, and collection system and reclaimed water system construction and inspection practices.
  • Operational characteristics of pipeline operations and maintenance.
  • Purpose and uses of a variety of equipment and tools used in collection system, reclaimed water system, and vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Principles of modern management, organization, supervision, training, and budgeting.
  • Principles and techniques of fleet and equipment management.
  • Records and computerized data management systems.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments, Cal/OSHA, and OSHA safety regulations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know and understand policies. Intermittently analyze, identify, interpret, problem solve, remember, and explain daily and accident reports and policies; and observe the field and personnel interaction.
  • Sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis.  Intermittently walk and stand at field sites, twist to reach equipment surrounding desk, and perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; and occasionally lift or carry weight of 80 pounds or less; lift or carry weight of 40 pounds or less when assigned to pumping stations. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Plan, direct, and control the work of a large group of employees engaged in collection system maintenance work.
  • Read, interpret, and supervise work from plans and specifications.
  • Prepare written and oral reports, letters, and memos.
  • Analyze operations, maintenance, and repair problems and develop sound and effective solutions and courses of action.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • When assigned to pumping stations, manage the operation, maintenance, and repair of pumping station facilities and equipment including diesel and electrical engines, pumps, generators, and compressors, and perform skilled mechanical repair work on station equipment.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Utilize District’s computer systems as needed to perform job duties.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District, including but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industrial Safety Orders, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work shift, on-call, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to enter confined space and/or respond in an emergency.  When required to wear respiratory protection equipment, must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform confined space entry and emergency response duties in protective clothing and equipment including S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance, repair, and inspection of wastewater collection, pumping station and reclaimed water systems, at least two of which were in a supervisory capacity.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by substantial training in related maintenance, rehabilitation, and inspection work.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License
  • Possession of a valid Class A California Driver’s License is desirable.
  • Possession of a Grade III Collection System Maintenance Technologist Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Control Association.
  • Possess ability to obtain a Grade IV certification within one year of appointment.
  • If assigned to manage the reclaimed water system, possession of a State of California Water Distribution Certification at a Grade I level or higher.

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