Water Treatment Superintendent

City of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
up to $154,091.00
Closing date
Oct 9, 2022

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Water Resources Engineering
Position Type
Manager / Leader
Contract Type
Organization Type

$126,771.32 - $154,091.86 Annually

The City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department is seeking a knowledgeable and dedicated Water Treatment Superintendent.   The City of Santa Barbara is seeking a highly motivated individual to supervise the desalination plant operations and advanced water treatment section of the Water Resources Division.  This position is responsible for overseeing the contracts, operations, maintenance, and assisting with the capital improvements at the City’s Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant (a DDW Grade T4 Plant).  The incumbent will be part of an elite team of Water professionals, which works directly for the Water Resources management team.  


Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general direction from the Water Resources Manager. Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical and clerical staff.



Knowledge of:

  • Operations and maintenance of traditional and advanced water treatment systems for municipal purposes.
  • Functions and purposes of water treatment and distribution systems, including desalination processes and technology.
  • Contract oversight and management.
  • Standard principles of biology, chemistry and mathematics as related to water treatment.
  • Basic mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Materials, methods, practices and equipment used in potable water systems maintenance and repair activities.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the work.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting using current software and programs.
  • Principles of municipal budget preparation and control.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Recent water industry developments, current literature and sources of information related to water treatment plant maintenance systems operation and regulation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.


Ability to:

  • Manage and coordinate the work of supervisory, technical and clerical personnel.
  • Organize, direct and implement operation and maintenance schedules.
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of water treatment machinery and equipment.
  • Ensure facility compliance with Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Perform responsible and difficult work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Understand the organization and operation of the City and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Interpret and apply administrative and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate, compile and analyze information for complete and timely records and reports.
  • Utilize software such as SCADA and CMMS to monitor treatment plant performance and operations.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the water treatment operations and maintenance.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities



The combination of experience, education, and licensing found below would provide the required knowledge and abilities to qualify.



Five (5) years of increasing responsibility and experience in the operation, maintenance, and capital improvements of potable water treatment facilities including two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility; and/or five (5) years of experience providing project/contract management at potable water treatment facilities.  



Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in chemistry, biology, civil engineering, or a related field.


License, Certificate and/or Other Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Grade T5 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California OR Possession of a Grade T4 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the State of California within three (3) years of appointment and a Grade T5 in five (5) years.




It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Be sure to be thorough in your responses. Statements such as “See application”, “Extensive Experience”, or "See Resume" are not an acceptable substitute for a completed application and supplemental questionnaire.  
The selection process may consist of an application screening, written exam, computer skills exam and/or an oral interview. The successful candidate's employment history will be thoroughly evaluated prior to appointment.





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