City of Ames Water Pollution Control Plant Assistant Superintendent in 50010, Iowa

Water Pollution Control Plant Assistant Superintendent



Water Pollution Control Plant Assistant Superintendent


$63,167.93 - $93,511.80 Annually


50010, IA

Job Type



Water & Pollution Control

Job Number



5/31/2018 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for the position of Water Pollution Control Plant Assistant Superintendent. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification.

The Water Pollution Control Plant Assistant Superintendent supervises the operation and maintenance of the Water Pollution Control Plant; supervises preventive and predictive maintenance and repair of operating equipment and machinery at the Water Pollution Control Plant and related facilities; performs related work as required.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Supervises, plans, and assigns the work of maintenance personnel in a wide variety of utility plant maintenance work; may directly oversee the more difficult machine work, welding, plumbing, electrical control and instrument repair; consults with plant superintendent on major jobs which may require taking plant units out of service. Orders replacement parts; maintains parts inventory; assists superintendent in developing and administering the division's budget. Develops and maintains preventive/predictive maintenance program for Water Pollution Control Plant equipment and machinery; assists in developing and maintaining written procedures for the operations and maintenance of the plant; develops and maintains operating and maintenance records; assists plant superintendent in scheduling operating shifts; may operate or assist in plant operation. Reviews and evaluates subordinate personnel performance; coordinates training; handles personnel issues; assists in recruiting and training new operating and maintenance personnel; may lead recruitments. On an infrequent basis, may interact with the public at outreach and marketing events, public tours, and responding one-on-one to citizen questions, concerns, and inquiries. Acts as superintendent in the absence of the plant superintendent.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: High School Diploma or GED; Two years of technical or vocational training in wastewater technology at the post-high school or adult continuing education level; five years of experience in mechanical maintenance and repair work with large equipment and pumps, at least two years which must have been in wastewater treatment; or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. One year of experience in wastewater treatment plant operation in direct responsible charge of operations is required; and cannot be substituted by additional education or experience.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Licenses and Certificates: Must have and maintain a valid Iowa Grade IV wastewater treatment plant operator certificate within six months of appointment. Must possess a valid Iowa driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods used in wastewater treatment and solids handling; considerable knowledge of the operation and maintenance of utility plant operating equipment; considerable knowledge of occupational hazards of wastewater utility operation and the necessary safety precautions (including confined space entry) and stray electrical currents; knowledge of applicable state and federal regulations regarding wastewater treatment.

Skill and leadership ability to plan, schedule, supervise, and inspect the work of subordinate personnel; considerable skill in diagnosing equipment or operation problems and in determining proper remedial action; skill in using a wide variety of hand and power tools; and skill in reading piping and wiring diagrams and blueprints; skill in the utilization of maintenance management software; and skill in responding to and resolving citizen concerns and requests for service.

Ability to maintain records and to prepare clear, concise written reports; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with superiors, co-workers, subordinates, vendors, contractors and with the general public; ability to plan, schedule, and supervise the work of subordinates; ability to prepare and maintain electronic and paper records in an orderly fashion.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:

Screen for Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and fully complete the application which includes the supplemental questions to be considered for this position. Preference may be given to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Phone Interviews: Depending upon the size of the candidate pool, the City may forgo phone interviews.

On-Site Interview Process: The on-site process will consist of an oral board interview, written exam, meet and greet, manager meeting and tour of the facility.

The civil service score will be based on the oral board and written exam. A score of 70% will be considered passing. Passing candidates will be certified to the civil service list for this position, which is effective for up to one year from the date of certification. The successful candidate will be chosen by the Director of Water and Pollution Control. An offer of employment to the selected finalist will be contingent on the successful completion of reference checks, confirmation of required licenses and a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry.

Residency Requirement: The required residence area is the area bordered by the Boone and Story County lines on the north and south, State Highway 65 on the east; and on the west, County Road R27 north of Boone, and the Des Moines River south of Highway 30 to the Boone County line. Communities intersected by the borderlines, and Zearing, shall be considered within the area. The permitted residency area is that area inside the borderlines. The area adjacent to but outside the borderlines is not included. After completing his/her probationary period, a new employee shall, within three (3) months, reside within the residency area. The department head may allow an employee up to an additional three (3) months if the employee provides documentation of financial commitment to move within the residence area.

All candidates will receive notification via email.

Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, talking, hearing, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, repetitive motions.

General Physical Characteristics of the Work: Work involves sitting 45% of the time, standing (but not walking) 10% of the time, standing and walking approximately 45% of the time; frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force, routine exertion of up to 50 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force to lift or otherwise move objects.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and outside and includes being exposed to cold, heat, mechanical and electrical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system, confined spaces, and use of a respirator.

Equipment Essential to the Job: Computers and peripheral; software including spreadsheet, word processing, scheduling computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), and purchasing/budgeting software; SCADA equipment; lab equipment, calculator; two-way radio; a variety of printed materials; chemical feed equipment; chemicals; and emergency equipment.

E-Verify Process

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.