San Mateo

WWTP Shift Supervisor (18088441)

Continuous from 17-56
Public Works
San Francisco/Peninsula
$9,029.47-$10,759.98 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


2050 Detroit Drive San Mateo, 94404


This job opportunity is continuous and application reviews are performed periodically.

San Mateo is a city of approximately 104,000 residents, strategically located midway between San Francisco and San Jose, and is within the Silicon Valley.  One of the City’s strengths is its diversity, both in the ethnic makeup and the physical development of the community.  San Mateo has a vibrant business and retail environment with national and international businesses, two major shopping centers and an active downtown.  The community values its historic and new residential neighborhoods and recently approved a major new Transit Oriented Development that will add 1,500 new homes, 300,000 square feet of new retail and as much as 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space.  

The City organization has a culture of innovation, collaboration and strong customer service.  The City’s annual budget is $191 million and is staffed by approximately 540 full time employees.  The City is continually evaluating new and innovative ways of providing high quality services to its residents while acknowledging the competing demands for the limited funds available. Find out more interesting facts at:

Look at some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work,


Why Join our Department?

The Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a 15.7 MDG sub-regional facility that serves a population of more than 140,000 with an annual operating budget in excess of $10 million and has a staff of 28 professional and technical personnel.

The City of San Mateo is building a cross-functional team tasked with upgrading the City’s 15.7 MGD conventional activated sludge plant with new liquids treatment process facilities, including headworks, primary treatment, five-stage biological nutrient removal/membrane bioreactor (BNR/MBR) process, biological and chemically enhanced treatment (BioCET) process, and other general plant upgrades, including odor control to serve the new facilities.


What You’ll Do
  • Act as and perform the duties of the Designated Operator-in-Charge as needed in accordance with State regulations.

  • Supervise and participate in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater, bio-solids effluent and bio-gas; monitor and adjust gauges, meters and control panels; observe variations in operating conditions; interpreting meter and gauge readings and test results to determine processing, status and requirements for adjustments.

  • Monitor, adjust and troubleshoot as needed plant operational processes utilizing data-driven technology, such as the SCADA or PCS system.

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for shift operations; implement policies and procedures.

  • Supervise and participate in the operation of valves and gates; start and stop pumps, compressors, fans, engines and electric motors to control and adjust flow and treatment processes; boilers and preheaters; perform routine maintenance work.

  • Supervise and participate in the collection of samples; coordinate the performance of routine


These positions require shift work, nights, weekends, holidays with on-call emergency response 24 hours per day. However, along with this challenge is the benefit of working a 12-hour shift that results in a very favorable work/life balance and requires the minimum commuting days as compared to other standard 8-hour shifts.


Who You Are
  • You have graduated from high school or equivalent.

  • You have two years of experience comparable to a Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator III.

  • You possess a Grade III Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California with the ability to obtain Grade IV WWTP Operator Certificate within one year of appointment.


What We Offer
  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.5% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.25% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential: $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation and will match up to 1% Employee contribution
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • Representation by the San Mateo Management Association


Special Instructions

Are You Ready? Apply.

Submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.


Application Deadline:

This recruitment is continuous. It may close at any time when the vacancies have been filled.


The Examination and Selection Process

All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Those applications identified as meeting the minimum qualifications will be rated by Subject Matter Experts using a Training and Experience (T&E examination process). An employment list will be established for those who pass the T&E examination process. The list will remain in effect for one year.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list.  Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for a department interview. 


NOTE: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the examination process.

Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference checks and a Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


HIRING REFERRAL BONUS: Candidates hired from this recruitment for a merit position will receive a signing bonus of $1,500.00 upon successful completion of probation. If an eligible merit City employee refers a candidate who is subsequently hired from this recruitment, he/she shall receive a $1,500.00 referral award in accordance with the City’s Targeted Recruitment Program Policy. The candidate must note the referring employee’s name on the City’s official employment application at the time he/ she submits it.




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