Arlington, Virginia
$72,425.60 - $110,614.40 Annually
Feb 12, 2021
Feb 26, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a shift supervisor for its Wastewater Treatment Plant , a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, continuous operation facility that treats 24 million gallons of wastewater each day from residences and businesses. The supervisor will be responsible on a shift basis for all plant wastewater station operations and for preventive maintenance and some corrective maintenance on industrial equipment.

The work involves moving the work unit from traditional top down supervision and decision making to the supervisor serving as coach, and mentor including developing team-based decision making with a team of 7 - 14 operations staff members. This position reports to the Plant Operations Manager.

Specific duties include:

  • Planning, coordinating, and scheduling work; providing leadership, training and development for units/shifts and ensuring work orders are properly issued and field logs are properly completed;
  • Interviewing, training, and supervising the successful performance of the wastewater operations staff;
  • Collaborating closely with the other shifts, the operations team, and the maintenance and engineering departments, and attending meetings regarding plant-wide issues;
  • Assisting the Engineering Division with Plant Capital Projects to include developing project scope of work, selection of engineering design consultants, and performing on-site supervision of contractors' performance;
  • Coordinating the delivery of bulk chemicals to the facility and biosolids from the facility;
  • Providing information regarding process trends, operational problems, or equipment malfunction to other shifts and plant functions and conducting short and long-term problem-solving activities;
  • Ensuring that all permit parameters are met;
  • Ensuring compliance with safety and training procedures;
  • Providing resources, training and documentation to maintain the "Multi-skilled Wastewater Training Program"; and
  • Serving as part of the County's Emergency Response Team.
The successful candidates should have education and experience background that demonstrates the following:

  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment operations;
  • Ability to manage projects and track expenditures;
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate trades workers; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other agencies, contractors, and citizens.
Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High School Diploma or equivalent, and progressively responsible years of experience as a trades worker, trades team leader or senior trades worker in wastewater treatment operations (or closely related field) including responsibility for providing guidance, team coordination, or other similar level leadership work to other trades workers and/or managing trades projects. A Virginia Department of Commerce Wastewater Operators Class I License is required.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education experience on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Engineering or related field;
  • Experience supervising wastewater plant operations staff or other related trades employees; and/or
  • Experience managing projects and tracking expenditures.

Special Requirements

The employee in this position must have a Virginia Department of Commerce Wastewater Operators Class I License. Employees hired without the license will be considered a trainee and compensated at the trainee level and are required to obtain the license within one year.

Individuals with an equivalent license from another state who consider themselves able to obtain a Virginia license within one year are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Work is performed on one of four shifts. Each twelve-hour shift works on a rotating basis
between 6:00-6:30 mornings or evening shifts. Employee must work on weekends and holidays, and available for call back in emergencies. This position is classified as "emergency personnel". This position maybe assigned to any shift.

This position is part of a competency-based broad band. Entry salary range within the pay band is based on a review of qualifications and experience by DES.

Trainee salary range: $64,272.00 - $98,217.60

NOTE: In addition to base pay, work performed between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. will earn a pay differential of $1.00 per hour.

The official title of this position is Trades Manager/Leader II.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School or equivalent
  • Some College
  • AA or 60 semester hours (90 Quarter hours)
  • BA/BS not related to position
  • BA/BS related to position
  • Graduate work not related to position
  • Graduate work related to position


How many years of full-time experience do you have as a trades worker, trades team leader or senior trades worker in wastewater treatment operations (or closely related field)?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to less than 4 years
  • 4 to less than 5 years
  • 5 to less than 6 years
  • 6 to less than 7 years
  • 7 or more years


How much experience do you have in coordinating or supervising the work of others in wastewater operations?
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Do you have a Virginia Department of Commerce Wastewater Operators Class I License?
  • Yes
  • No
  • I have an equivalent license from another state and can obtain a Virginia license


This recruitment is to fill one (1) position for one (1) shift, either day or night shift, both of which require work on weekends, holidays and the availability for call-back for emergencies. Please check which statement applies to you.
  • I am only available for the day shift from 6:00am to 6:30pm
  • I am only available for the night shift from 6:00pm to 6:30am
  • I am available for either shift (day/night)


Please use this space (or attach a document) to describe:
  • The type of Plant(s) where you obtained your experience.
  • Your experience supervising and/or coordinating the work of others.
  • Your experience managing projects and tracking expenditures.

Required Question

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