Click to Home
Contact UsEmailPrint

Go To Search
Related Pages


Posted on: June 26, 2019

The Town of Oliver Springs is hiring a full time Watewater Chief Operator!

Job Opportunity

The Town of Oliver Springs is hiring a full time Wastewater Chief Operator.

The schedule is generally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and may involve overtime which could include evenings, weekends, holidays and on-call.

This Position has a pay range of between $36,171. - $39,122 DOQ.

JOB SUMMARYThis employee reports to the Utilities Director and is responsible for the daily operation of the wastewater treatment plant.  Will assist the City Manager in the preparation of the department budget.  Chief Operator supervises the Wastewater Treatment Operators and participates in the operation and maintenance of the plant along with maintaining oversight of the pre-treatment program.  This employee receives general instruction from Utilities Director for the work performed uses independent judgment daily. Employee occasionally modifies existing work methods and develops new techniques for accomplishing the work within established policies or limits.  The Utilities Director will spot check work, as it is being done or completed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

  • Supervises and performs the planning, collection, and testing of industrial users wastewater discharge;
  • Supervises and participates in plant operations; performs the more skilled and technical work; performs laboratory tests relating to PH, dissolved oxygen, sediments, BOD, COD, ammonia, Fecal coliform and various other microscopic test;
  • Assigns, trains, supervises and evaluates staff and makes recommendations on personnel and personnel matters such as promotions, demotions, retention and pay increases;
  • Reviews and analyzes wastewater discharge monitoring reports submitted by industries
  • Coordinates and implements industrial sampling by preparing schedules, meeting with industry representatives and discussing problems;
  • Performs and/or oversees standard chemical and bacteriological test on collected samples;
  • Enforces limits on maximum permissible concentration of various substances found in industrial wastewater discharge;
  • Conducts special tests and inspections requested by city management or State authorities,
  • Installs and collects wastewater from samplers at industrial sites;
  • Interprets laboratory test results and prepares required reports;
  • Calculates and posts test results.
  • Prepares a variety of standard managerial reports and special reports as required by state and federal regulations; operates and utilizes standard office machines and computer programs;
  • Supervises the billing and collections associated with industrial users fees;
  • Performs the public relations function including handling of complaints of customers and contractors;
  • Enforces city, state and federal laws, rules and regulations relating to the operation of the plant;
  • Monitors compliance and enforcement as prescribed by department permit;
  • Performs general labor tasks and standard maintenance and repair of equipment;
  • Adapts productively to change

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  .


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, techniques, tools, and equipment used in wastewater treatment plant operations;
  • Knowledge of chemical principles, terminology, equipment, techniques and laboratory tests pertaining to the chemical and biochemical analysis of water and wastewater samples;
  • Basic knowledge of chemicals and testing
  • Knowledge of the processes and treatment stages involved in the wastewater treatment;
  • Knowledge of the safe handling of hazardous chemicals; ability to use laboratory and related equipment to compute and record test results;
  • Knowledge of cross-connection and back-flow prevention equipment, procedures, and regulations; and
  • Knowledgeable of pertinent laws, rules and regulations;


  • Strong supervisory skills and ability to explain, instruct and train wastewater treatment plant personnel
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff, other departments, industry representatives, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both verbal and written communication;
  • Ability to read, comprehend, interpret and explain written instructions, directions, diagrams and narratives.
  • Ability to learn the materials required to obtain a class 3 Wastewater Treatment license;
  • Skilled in the safe operation and use of tools and equipment used in work including Personal Protective Equipment PPE and self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Basic keyboard skills
  • Basic computer skills with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including, WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Ability to operate standard equipped light weight motor vehicle;
  • Good work and attendance record


  • High school diploma or GED certificate;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in related field; i.e. biology, chemistry, preferred;
  • Class III Wastewater Operator License required;
  • 3 years of experience in the operation of a wastewater treatment facility;
  • 2 years of supervisory experience.

To apply complete an online
application at the Town of Oliver Springs web site.

Please fill out an online application and send all resumes with cover letter(s) to:

Thomas McCormick/ City Manager

717 Main St.
Oliver Springs, TN. 37840  

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Home

Open Bids for Bobcat!

Posted on: July 27, 2019

2019 Utility Rate Survey

Posted on: July 22, 2019

2018 CCR Report

Posted on: June 24, 2019

Town of Oliver Springs
717 Main St.
Oliver Springs, TN 37841
Ph: 865-435-7722
Fx: 865-435-4881