Wastewater Operations Supervisor I (Supervisor I – E) – Open Until Filled

City of Portland, Oregon
November 16, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Job Appointment: Full-Time
Work Schedule:

  • C-Shift (graveyard) Supervisor. The person assigned to this position will work a four days/week, ten hours/day schedule, from 10:00 PM to 8:30 AM, Monday - Thursday, at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP). This position requires onsite presence.
  • A-Shift (dayshift) Supervisor. The candidate selected for this position will work five days/week, eight hours/day, and will have the choice of either Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday off. This position requires onsite presence including weekends.

Work Location: Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5001 N Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97203.
Benefit: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position
Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.

Position Summary:
Are you ready to take the helm and lead a dynamic team in the critical field of wastewater management? The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking two dedicated and visionary individuals to join us as Supervisor I, overseeing the operations of a state-of-the-art activated sludge wastewater treatment plant. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in maintaining the health and well-being of our city. If you're looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful impact, work with cutting-edge technology, and contribute to Portland's environmental sustainability, we invite you to apply. Join us in shaping a cleaner, greener, and more equitable future for the City of Portland.

What you'll get to do:

  • Supervise and support staff in operating wastewater treatment processes.
  • Ensure the safe and efficient operation of treatment facilities.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in an on-call coordinator role.
  • Oversee work units responsible for various aspects of wastewater management.

Work Units:

  • CBWTP Treatment : This group is responsible for the day shift operation of the general liquids and the solids treatment and handling processes, including the management of flows coming into the plant as well as the headworks, primary treatment, secondary treatment, disinfection, and effluent discharge process areas, and the management of the digestion and solids thickening and/or dewatering process areas.
  • CBWTP Special Operations: This work group performs vital maintenance/cleaning work onsite during the day shift including collection and delivery of compliance samples; lagoon dredge operations, and operational preventive maintenance activities (i.e., gate/valve exercise program). Along with providing relief (vacation and leave coverage) and support for other programs when needed.
  • CBWTP B Shift (swing) and C Shift (graveyard) : These "off shifts" report to CBWTP and are responsible for operational control and oversight of all processes at both treatment plants outside of normal business hours. Both shifts have reduced staffing and receive support via on on-call coordinator system. TCWTP is monitored from CBWTP for these shifts.
  • Tyron Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP) Operations : This work group reports directly to the TCWTP and is responsible for the operation of all treatment process areas at the facility. Staff works day shifts with one-person onsite Saturdays and Sundays. TCWTP is monitored from CBWTP outside of the day shift.

About the Bureau:
At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders' sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our City and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities. To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/ .

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/75720.

Have a question?
Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter
To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position: Knowledge of operating a wastewater treatment plant to meet compliance with NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) including the operation of process control equipment, trouble-shooting techniques, and laboratory procedures. Experience in municipal or industrial wastewater treatment, with an increasing level of responsibility. Ability to plan, prioritize and schedule work while leading a team of operators in adhering to safety and compliance requirements. Ability to effectively communicate, support, coach, and train operators within a work unit. Ability to be a human-centered leader who will incorporate equity into the decision-making process. Applicants must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to obtain Oregon DEQ Wastewater Treatment Grade III certification or higher within 12 months. See DEQ's "Treatment System Operator Qualifications" here .

Use the table below to identify qualifying path:
Although not required, you may have:

  • Understanding of the biological treatment process in municipal or industrial wastewater treatment is beneficial.

The Recruitment Process
STEP 1: Apply online between October 16 - January 15, 2024

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Answer to the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)

Optional Application Materials:

  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.) by the closing date of the recruitment.

Application Tips:

  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis : Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.
  • E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of November 13, 2023, and every 4 weeks after

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of November 20, 2023, and every 4 weeks after

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Beginning Mid-December

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: Determined after interviews

Step 6: Start Date

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
Additional Information
Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

A Career with the City of Portland offers many Employee Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to

  • Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental)
  • Carrot Fertility
  • Wellness Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Short- and Long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families.
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement
  • Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), includingcontributions to the PERS IAP plan paid by employer
  • Family Medical Leave
  • City Paid Parental Leave


Benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status. Click here to review the many different benefits the City of Portland offers .

Closing Date/Time: 1/15/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

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