Chief Operator (Water)

  • 009117

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, supervises, coordinates and controls the operation and maintenance of the City’s Water Treatment Facility; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Interviews, trains, motivate, assigns and evaluates work, and disciplines employees according to established City procedures. Conducts performance appraisals.
  2. Supports and actively promotes the City’s safety programs.
  3. Supervises, coordinates and controls the daily operation of the Water Plant.
  4. Schedules and implements preventive maintenance on a regular schedule.
  5. Prepares and monitors the Water Plant budget.
  6. Prepares and monitors plant operating reports.
  7. Formulates, recommends, and implements process control strategies.
  8. Maintains and tracks equipment and supply inventory.
  9. Negotiates, awards, oversees and inspects contract work.


  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, policies and procedures regarding the operation and administration of water and wastewater systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering.
  • Knowledge of various types of airborne and/or waterborne infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration.
  • Skill in operating water systems machinery.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification as a Chief Water Plant Operator.
  • Skill in supervising, evaluating, training and motivating employees.
  • Skill in scheduling and prioritizing manpower and projects.
  • Skill in researching and gathering information related to vendors, contractors, equipment and supplies.
  • Skill in negotiating and administering contracts.
  • Skill in resolving day-to-day questions and/or problems regarding equipment, materials, methods, and procedures needed to complete projects.
  • Skill in analyzing information of considerable difficulty and drawing valid conclusions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the public.
  • Ability to communication effectively, orally and in writing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves supervising or performing work in all types of weather. Work involves long hours with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the inspection of facilities and equipment. There is a frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas and on catwalks, lift (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s degree from an accredited vocational/technical school with studies in a related field and five (5) years experience in water plant operations including two (2) years lead or supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Water Treatment Certification, Class A, a valid Florida driver’s license and CDL are required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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