San Mateo

Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

Environmental Services Division
Public Works
San Francisco/Peninsula
11/20/2018 at 5pm or until 50 applicants
$12,078.00-$14,406.00 Monthly

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


2050 Detroit Dive San Mateo, 94404


The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is looking for an experienced, motivated Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager

Why Join our Department?

The Public Works Department’s Environmental Services Division (ESD) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the City’s 15.7 million gallon per day (MGD) conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The WWTP 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. Planned upgrades to the WWTP include new liquids treatment process facilities consisting of new headworks, primary treatment, and a five-stage biological nutrient removal/membrane bioreactor (BNR/MBR) process.

When you join the Public Works Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our San Mateo citizens and improving the community in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse talents and experience in various fields.  We will provide you with a wide range of opportunities in a team-based collaborative environment while helping you achieve your professional goals.

Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking are attributes within the City’s mission, values and organizational principles that we are seeking in the candidates.

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

What You’ll Do

The WWTP Manager reports to the ESD Deputy Director and is responsible for planning and supervising the daily operation and maintenance of the City’s treatment facility. The WWTP Manager ensures compliance with all federal, state, regional and local laws, regulations and permits and also establishes effective management controls over processes.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Ideal Candidate

Who You Are

  • A highly motivated individual who possesses knowledge of the theory and practice of wastewater treatment and of machines, equipment and material used in such treatment.
  • An individual who possesses the ability to assist in planning and organization of process improvements and plant upgrades so that existing processes and equipment are not negatively affected.
  • An individual who is knowledgeable of budgeting principles and techniques, practices of project management, and principles of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • An individual who possesses the ability to analyze biological and physical processes and make adjustments to optimize waste treatment and disposal.
  • An individual who desires to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation, collaboration, coaching, and engagement of our workforce.

What You Bring

  • You possess at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in wastewater treatment plant operations, including four years of wastewater treatment plant operator qualifying experience with two years of supervisory experience.
  • You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil or sanitary engineering, environmental sciences or a related field.
  • You possess a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California OR you possess a certificate of registration as a professional chemical, mechanical or civil engineer in the State of California, with the ability to obtain a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Certificate within a minimal amount of time from date of appointment.
  • You possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.


Salary:  $12,078 - $14,406/Month

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.
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation, and matching up to 1.0% of the Employee’s contribution
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo Employees Association

Special Instructions

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé, 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

Recruitment will close by November 14, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications, résumés (required), and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Interview Process

All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview, tentatively scheduled for December 6, 2018.

The process may include an Oral Panel interview and department interview.  An employment list will be established from those who pass the examination process.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list.  The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months.  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 additional department interviews.

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

Date Posted:  October 17, 2018


Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

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).

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