San Mateo

Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager (20095761)

Public Works
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$12,752.00-$15,209.00 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 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 a team of 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.

What You’ll Do

The WWTP Manager reports to the Deputy Director, or higher level personnel, and is responsible for leading the Operations, Maintenance and Laboratory teams at the City’s treatment facility.  The WWTP Manager is responsible for the daily planning and supervision of staff, for establishing effective management practices, and for ensuring compliance with all federal, state, regional and local laws, regulations and permits.

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

Ideal Candidate

Who You Are

  • An individual who desires to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation, collaboration, coaching, and engagement of our workforce.
  • 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.

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.
  • It is preferred (not required) that you possess a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California; OR it is preferred (not required) you possess 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, preferred (not required).
  • You possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.


ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:  Ability to work in a standard office environment with some ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch squat, stoop, reach crawl, twist climb, and lift 25 pounds; some exposure to extreme noise, outdoors, electrical hazards, vibration, chemicals, dust, toxic waste, and explosive materials.


Salary:  $12,752 - $15,209/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 7.96% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation and will match up to 1% Employee contribution
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential: $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 Management Employees Association



The Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager hired from this recruitment will receive a signing bonus of $1,500 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 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 the application.

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 be opened until filled.  This recruitment is subject to close at any time without notice.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  First review of applications will be April 23.

Interview Process

All applications, résumés (required) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.  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, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these.

An eligible list will be established for 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 eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted – March 15, 2021


Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.  ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.  Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:


Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks.  A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.  The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, 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.  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.

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