Water Systems Operations Leader

  • 009121

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, supervises and coordinates activities of the City’s water catchment area and distribution systems; may perform 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)
  • Interviews, trains, motivates, assigns, evaluates work, and disciplines employees according to established City procedures. Conducts performance appraisals.
  • Supports and actively promotes the City’s safety programs.
  • Supervises, coordinates and controls the activities of employees and contractors assigned to projects involved with the City water supply and flood control programs.
  • Supervises, coordinates and controls the daily operations of the Nature Center.
  • Supervises, coordinates and controls the application of herbicides and pesticides to control or eliminate invasive weeds and pests in compliance with Florida laws.
  • Negotiates, awards, oversees and inspects contract work.
  • Prepares and monitors the Budget for assigned operations.


  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, statutes, regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration.
  • Knowledge of exotic plants, aquatic weeds, aquatic herbicides and application techniques.
  • Skill in supervising, evaluating, training and motivating employees.
  • Skill in scheduling and prioritizing manpower and projects.
  • Skill in resolving day-to-day questions and problems regarding equipment, materials, methods, and procedures needed to complete projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves supervising or performing moderate to heavy work in an aquatic setting including operating watercraft and exposure to snakes and alligators. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (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: High School Diploma or GED and five (5) years related experience, including some experience with aquatic plants, construction, and project management, and including one (1) year lead or supervisor experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. Additional certification may include a State of Florida Restricted Pesticide/Herbicide License.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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