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Hillsborough County Government

Plant Supervisor (#PLTSPVAFSN) AFSN
$18.45-$29.29 Hourly / $3,198.00-$5,076.93 Monthly / $38,376.00-$60,923.20 Yearly


Performs supervisory duties operating, maintaining and inspecting water or wastewater treatment facilities which includes reclaimed water systems to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations as well as to provide high quality treatment of water and wastewater.


     Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate;


Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and

Possession of a valid State of Florida Water or Wastewater Plant Operator "A" Certificate of License; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.



  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and methods used in the operation and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Considerable knowledge of the chemistry and biology related to the operation of water/wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal regulations governing operation and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment facilities including reclaimed water systems and related reporting requirements.
  • Considerable knowledge of policies, rules and collective bargaining agreements governing personnel management.
  • Working knowledge of County and Departmental policies and procedures and Group Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Working knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal material and chemical handling safety procedures associated with water/wastewater treatment operations.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of sludge handling.
  • Working knowledge of rules governing reclaimed water.
  • Working knowledge of required maintenance activities.
  • Working knowledge of procurement policies, rules, and guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of budget process and procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, and operation and maintenance manuals.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate, detailed operations and maintenance records and reports.
  • Ability to understand, follow and convey complex written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to use visual, auditory, and olfactory cues to detect faulty operating characteristics in equipment and/or processes, and make minor corrective repairs and adjustments.
  • Ability to plan, organize, schedule, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate water/wastewater operational data, and to develop logical conclusions for operational adjustments.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, utilize and adjust automation/instrumentation devices to meet facility operational requirements.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations to meet facility operational permitting requirements.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to routinely bend, twist, squat, kneel, push, pull, and exhibit a full range of movement.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds up and down stairs, and over uneven, rough terrain.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, and perform physical tasks at heights of up to 35 feet.
  • Ability to safely work with various chemicals, perform other operations and maintenance procedures and work in confined spaces while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Ability and willingness to respond to emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and/or unnatural crises to provide for public health and safety during crisis situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to perform duties in a standby status.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.


Note:  The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.


  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Establishes and implements operating protocols for one or more water/wastewater treatment facilities which includes reclaimed water systems according to local, state and federal regulations to ensure permit compliance.
  • Assists and advises operators at all levels in the resolution of difficult process problems.
  • Develops daily, weekly and monthly reports for submission to customers, management, and regulatory agencies in accordance with County, Department and Group policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and must adhere to all state and federal regulations associated with the licensed operation of a Potable or Wastewater treatment plant.
  • Modifies processes by changing such things as air application rates, sludge return rates, and chemical dosage rates as needed to maintain proper operation of facility in accordance with permit specifications.
  • Works closely with environmental laboratory personnel to develop and implement sampling and testing procedures in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Coordinates with Reclaimed Water staff to ensure uninterrupted service to all reclaimed water customers.
  • Receives, reviews, and submits work order requests.
  • Coordinates operational requirements with maintenance staff to minimize process impact during maintenance activities. 
  • Develops and implements standard operating procedures to ensure compliance with the facility operating permit.
  • Responds to customer complaints in a courteous and helpful manner to provide or find answers in a timely manner.
  • Conducts public tours of water/wastewater treatment facilities to educate the public and foster good relations.
  • Assists in the development, implementation, and training of personnel in emergency response plans and safety programs in conformance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to and from training classes, work sites, and the environmental laboratory, loads and unloads materials, tools, equipment, and laboratory samples.
  • May act on behalf of the Plant Manager.
  • May be required to work overtime assignments and/or during emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural and unnatural crises to provide public health and safety during crisis situations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: PLTSPVAFSN; EST: 5/25/2008; REV: 4/27/2011;