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Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent

Department:  Wastewater Treatment Plant

Job Title:  Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent       

Classification: WWTP Superintendent

Salary Range: $44,558 – 66,837

The Town of Spindale (Pop 4,322) is recruiting for an experienced Wastewater Superintendent to lead the operation of its 3 MGD wastewater treatment facility located in the foothills of Western North Carolina.  This facility recently completed a $9M rehabilitation project, which involved in part the installation of fixed bottom fine bubble tube diffusers, three 150 horsepower blowers, and an equalization basin.


 Position Summary:  Performs difficult technical and supervisory work planning, organizing and directing the operations, maintenance, and laboratory analysis at a wastewater treatment plant.


Send resume and application to:  Town of Spindale, Human Resources Department, PO Box 186, Spindale, NC  28160


Distinguishing Features

An employee in this class plans for twenty-four hour operations of a plant to treat and dispose of wastewater in an environmentally safe manner. Work is performed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.   This position serves as theOperator in Responsible Charge (ORC) of the plant insuring that the permitted levels are met in the discharge and disposal of wasted sludge.  Work involves planning and assigning work, inspecting the operations of the plant through observation and analysis of laboratory results, insuring proper preventive maintenance and repairs, supervising the industrial pretreatment program, and overseeing contracted biosolids land application.  Work also involves researching and recommending long and short range capital facilities and equipment construction and renovation, establishing and maintaining records and reports necessary for full compliance with all regulations and for effective management decision-making, requesting necessary resources in the annual budget, and motivating, coaching, and insuring effective productivity of division personnel.  Work involves considerable initiative and judgement.  General administrative direction is received regarding matters of policy, budget, long range plans, personnel matters, and work priorities.  Work is evaluated through conferences and reports for productivity, and compliance with required laws and regulations.

 Essential Job Tasks:

·         Plans, organizes and directs the work of employees engaged in plant operations and process control, industrial pretreatment, laboratory analysis, and preventive maintenance and repair of plant equipment and facilities. 

·         Serves as operator in responsible charge insuring the town meets its permitted discharge levels; reviews laboratory reports for operational performance of the plant and oversees changes in the chemical and biological processes of the plant.

·         Supervises the contract for land application of biosolids program; oversees contracted transportation and land application of biosolids.

·         Participates with management in planning for current and future capacity needs and plant modifications for increased efficiency or regulatory compliance; presents information at Commissioner’s planning retreats.

·         Researches and recommends strategies for meeting new regulatory requirements.

·         Manages the pretreatment program; researches and recommends provisions of the Town's sewer use ordinance; oversees the collections of industrial samples and the issuance of industrial permits; supervises and participates in on-site inspection and enforcement of industrial permits; participates in establishing effective working relationships with industries in pretreatment program.

·         Establishes, maintains, and analyzes a variety of reports as required and as needed for effective management decision-making.

·         Supervises laboratory operations; insures state annual recertification; supervises contracted or in-house analysis of more complex properties and industrial samples.

·         Requests necessary resources for plant operations as part of annual budget process; requisitions supplies, chemical, equipment and other resources.

·         Insures proper preventive maintenance is performed on plant equipment and facilities; participates in trouble-shooting equipment repair needs and recommends in-house repair measures of contracted repairs.

·         Motivates, coaches, and reviews the performance of employees; insures proper training and certification of assigned personnel; recommends and participates in disciplinary actions; participates and recommends in the hiring process.

·         Participates in regional and water basin activities.

Knowledges, Skill, and Abilities:

·         Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater treatment.

·         Thorough knowledge of the local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to wastewater treatment.

·         Thorough knowledge of safety procedures and practices and recognition of hazards in wastewater treatment.

·         Considerable knowledge of the town budget, purchasing, and personnel policies and practices.

·         Considerable knowledge of effective supervisory practices including motivation, communications, delegation, discipline, performance review, and other supervisory practices.

·         Knowledge of the application of information technology to the work.

·         Knowledge of laboratory analysis principles and practices in a wastewater treatment facility.

·         Working knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and electronic trades as applied to wastewater treatment facilities and equipment maintenance and repair.

·         Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.

·         Ability to analyze information and make effective decisions.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with town officials, industrial officials, regulatory officials, contractors, other employees, and the general public.

·         Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science or related field and five (5) years wastewater treatment experience, including supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses or Certificates:

·         Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

·         Possession of a Class IV State of North Carolina Operator’s License.

Work Environment:

The employee is subject to the hazards associated with working around raw wastewater including hazards of noise, vibration, proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and may be required to enter crawl spaces, sewage and water line pipes, and other hazards.  The employee is also subject to the final OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens in coming in contact with raw wastewater. 

The Town of Spindale

is currently accepting applications for the position of

Police Officer

Spindale Police Department

Position reports to the Chief of Police. Duties include but are not limited to: Effect arrests; prepare investigative and other reports; safely operate law enforcement vehicles; communicate effectively; gather information by use of interview techniques; maintain proficiency in the use of various firearms; testify in court; read and comprehend legal and other documents and interact with the public. Applicants must be BLET certified; a resident of North Carolina; possess a valid North Carolina driver's License; have a high school diploma or equivalent and pass an extensive background investigation to include drug testing.

Benefits include: Competitive salary, health, dental, and vision insurance, state retirement, and 401k, paid holidays, vacation and sick days.


Applications may be requested at the Spindale Town Hall 125 Reveley St. Spindale, NC 28160 and should be submitted to: Chief of Police, Town of Spindale, open until filled. EOE.

Please remit all applications to Spindale Town Hall, 125 Reveley St., Spindale, NC 28160.
during normal business hours 8am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Please attach your resume with the completed application.
or scan and email completed applications to: cswafford@spindalenc.net

Town of Spindale - EOE

Town of Spindale,
Jul 25, 2016, 1:51 PM