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Utilities Plant Operations Manager

City of Waco, Texas
Waco, Texas
Closing date
Mar 23, 2023

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Water, Wastewater & Stormwater Infrastructure
Position Type
Manager / Leader
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Waco, known as “The Heart of Texas” for its upbeat and friendly hospitality, is situated on the celebrated Brazos River and midway between Dallas and Austin on Interstate 35. With a population of almost 140,000, it is the largest city in Central Texas and the 25th largest city in the state. The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of McLennan and Falls Counties, has an estimated population of 280,428.

Water Utilities Services is responsible for treating, transporting, storing, delivering, and metering drinking water for citizens and consumers; Wastewater Services, for safely and reliably transporting wastewater and maintaining and repairing all equipment and infrastructure necessary for these tasks, ensuring that all state and federal standards are met. The Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewage System is responsible for transporting the wastewater flows of the City of Waco and cities with wholesale contracts, treating the wastewater, releasing the clean effluent into the Brazos River, and disposing of residual solid wastes in an environmentally responsible way.

The City of Waco is seeking a Utilities Plant Operations Manager who is knowledgeable in water and wastewater maintenance issues, evaluating alternatives and developing recommendations; repair standards for distribution, collection, and equipment; and state and federal regulations governing municipal utilities and the treatment and transmission of water and wastewater, including those of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Utilities, the Utilities Plant Operations Manager assists with planning, organizing, and managing the daily work of the Waco Water Utility Services Department. This position also assists in evaluating operations and developing recommendations for additional programs and improvements to existing systems.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, engineering, business, public administration construction, or a related field and at least 10 years of work experience in water and wastewater management, including five as a supervisor. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Candidates must also possess a Class A Water license from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — or the ability to obtain one within an agreed-upon time — and a valid Texas driver’s license. Experience with multiple plants of various ages, dams, and SCADA system implementation, would be particularly valuable. According to the City’s needs, additional training and certifications may be required.

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For more information on this position, contact:
Lissa Barker, Senior Vice President

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