Centrally located in the heart of Iowa, Ames is a vibrant, progressive community with more than 60,000 residents providing an excellent quality of life. Home to Iowa State University, Ames offers year-round recreation opportunities, diverse cultural offerings, a stable economy, safe neighborhoods, and a high-achieving school district.
The City of Ames is conducting an open recruitment to fill this position within the Water and Pollution Control Department. This position reports to the Director of Water and Pollution Control and manages and supervises the operation and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment plant and lift stations; performs related work as required. Serves as a member of the departmental leadership team.
Examples of Essential Job Functions
Plans, schedules, assigns, manages and inspects the work of wastewater plant personnel in the operation and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment and pumping facilities; checks operating records of plant flow, biosolids handling, and gas production; prepares and supervises preparation of a variety of operational reports related to volume treated, flow diversions, biosolid handling, and on-site power production; analyzes operating records to determine permit compliance, areas of potential increased efficiency, and to forestall breakdowns in equipment; reviews and approves written standard operating procedures; approves changes to established plant operating procedures; establishes work schedule for plant personnel; oversees improvements to plant and equipment; assesses and recommends candidates for plant vacancies; develops and administers division budget; prepares disaster plans to deal with a variety of emergency situations; prepares and submits reports required by regulatory agencies.
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: Four years of post-secondary or continuing education level training in wastewater treatment technology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, or a closely related hard science discipline; four years of supervisory or operations experience “in direct responsible charge” in a grade III or grade IV wastewater treatment facility, preferably including responsibility for maintenance operations and management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess an Iowa Grade IV wastewater treatment plant operator certificate within six months of appointment. Must possess a valid driver's license, an Iowa driver’s license within six months of appointment.
About City of Ames
Ames, Iowa has repeatedly ranked as one of the best small metropolitan communities in
which to work and live. It is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstates 80
and 35, just 20 miles north of the state capital. Because Ames is home to Iowa
State University, the community offers a vibrant array of sporting, arts, and
entertainment venues. The community is also home to a diverse high-tech
industrial base, including a number of leading edge research and development
firms in the bio-energy field. Ames boasts 33 parks and a full compliment of
recreational facilities. The newest park, Ada Hayden Heritage Park, not only
provides hiking trails, a boat ramp, and hundreds of acres of restored prairie and
wetland areas, but its lakes also serve as an indirect source of water during
The 42 employees of the Ames Water and Pollution Control Department are
responsible for providing drinking water and wastewater treatment for the Ames
community. The department is organized into five divisions. The Water
Treatment Plant is a 12-MGD conventional iron removal-lime softening facility
that treats groundwater from a system of 22 wells. Ames’ water regularly ...finishes
near the top of water tasting contests, including the prestigious Berkeley Springs
International Water Tasting Competition.