Watershed Supervisor

Jersey City, NJ, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Who we are? With 90,000 people on five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances.

SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 6,700 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.4 million people on a daily basis; treats over 600 million gallons of water and over 450 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling; and rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers. The company is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.

Who are we looking for?

AS/BS degree in related field or equivalent work experience
NJ Operators Certification Level T-4 required

Work Experience Needed:

Minimum of 5-7 years related experience with technical degree in related field
Minimum 10 years related work experience w/o degree
Seven years of experience in the operation and /or maintenance of a water distribution system.
Five years of supervisory experience in construction, maintenance, repair and inspection of water installations

Special Skills/Abilities Needed:

Effective interpersonal, and problem-solving abilities
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Proficient  with MS Office Suite, especially Excel
Must be able to deal effectively with all levels of staff, management and organized labor groups
Proficient with planning.budgeting and variance analysis
Knowledge of water utility operations, maintenance and construction practices
Ability for emergency stand-by
Familiar with related safety practices
Familiarity with PLC programming and instrumentation

What will you be doing? Summary:

Supervises and performs work involved in inspecting watershed and protecting watershed ground and property


The drainage area of the Upper Rockaway River covers 121 square miles.
The Boonton Reservoir is on the Rockaway River and has a capacity of 7.989 billion gallons. 
The Split Rock Reservoir has a storage capacity of 3.306 billion gallon and acts a secondary supply during times of low flows. 
Insure safety and security of the watershed, dams, plant and aqueduct. 
Maintains pesticide application license to treat the Boonton Reservoir
Coordinates all health and safety programs for all UWJC employees.

Watershed Supervisory Responsibilities
Plan, organizes and supervises the care and treatment of reservoirs, streams. Etc.
Supervises the operation, repair and maintenance of a water treatment plant.
Supervises the collection and disposal of refuse on watershed property.  Establishment of rules and regulations for these procedures.
Responsible charge for the security of the watershed, plant and aqueduct that involves managing a security contractor, oversees security upgrades, and maintains security equipment once installed.
Supervises the guarding of watershed property.
Gives suitable instructions and assignments to subordinate personnel.
Cooperates with municipal officials and civic groups on matters affecting watershed areas.
Supervises the requisitioning, storage, safeguarding and use of needed equipment, materials and supplies.
Supervises the establishment and maintenance of needed records and files.
Directs the work of employees in the patrolling and inspection of watershed areas.
Oversees the inspection of sewer connections and road construction as they affect water polluting and drainage problems.
Ensures mechanical equipment is properly cared for.
Follow through on order from NJDEP Dam Safety that involves installing, measuring and maintaining piezometers and weirs and working with the JCMUA and the NJDEP in meeting the requirements set out in the order. 
Responsible charge for budgeting and keeping within budget.
Maintain and update operation and maintenance, SOP, and multiple emergency response plans, manuals and procedures for the entire operation.
Overall charge for safety for watershed and plant area.
Work with and managing multiple contractors for dam safety, operation, and regulatory compliance annually. 
Maintenance activities have expanded from the grounds to the buildings, i.e. painting, repairs, and upkeep of the dam, buildings and gatehouses.

Licensed Operator Responsibility

Maintaining NJDEP designation as “Operator in Responsible Charge” license for the Jersey City water treatment facility. 
Ensuring operational compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act regulations.
Preparation and submission of all relevant operating reports for state regulatory agencies, internal United Water Jersey City customers and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority. 
Ensuring operational compliance of all water diversion permits.
Ensuring operational compliance and reporting for plant residuals management
Directing supervisory workforce to accomplish daily operations and maintenance of treatment/production facilities in an efficient manner.
Ensuring knowledge transfer through development of subordinates and ensures appropriate operators licensing for departmental staff.
Provides guidance to supervisors to establish the proper chemical dosing and inventory at all facilities (treatment plants, production wells, etc.) supervising personnel in the collection of samples and deciding upon corrective measures
Ability to be Forward Operations Emergency Response Officer for the Jersey City Water Treatment Facility. 
Implementing emergency response for repairs on 24-hour basis, and for scheduling personnel to be available for response.
Liaison with Morris County Office of Emergency Management on all aspects of production operations including supply emergencies, flooding, and other emergencies affecting the delivery of potable water to customers.
Maintains professional relationship with Morris County Fire Chiefs, DPWs and other Providing operational expertise to engineering and other internal/external departments and contractors to ensure proposed facilities will meet operational needs
Assists the Safety Officer & Manager in conducting periodic department safety and training programs and assures that subordinates utilize appropriate safety gear and protection devices.
Interfaces with customers, outside contractors or any other City, County or Government Agencies.
Interfacing with Engineering and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority to ensure proper implementation of capital projects.
Developing and continuously improving Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
Ensuring departmental compliance with safety and regulatory policies.
Attend and participate in monthly Technical Meeting with the JCMUA.

Safety Coordinator Responsibilities

The Safety Coordinator is the local on-site employee safety representative.  The Safety Coordinator's work activities are in support of and at the direction of the Facility/Project Manager, Segment Safety Manager and Division Safety Manager.  Specific responsibilities include:

Assisting in health and safety training.  That includes scheduling, implementing and tracking safety programs for all United Water Jersey City employees. 
Managing the facility's injury/illness record keeping system, including reports and accident investigations.
Conducting quarterly safety inspections.
Ensuring effective health and safety communication among the facility staff.
Establishing and maintaining files documenting all required health and safety activities.
Preparing records of safety activities including safety classes and subjects discussed. Such records will be given to the Facility/Project Manager and/or Segment/Division Safety Manager for review and processing.
Assisting the Segment/Division Safety Manager and Corporate Safety Director in developing health and safety policies, procedures and practices to ensure regulatory compliance.

Essential Functions:

Physical: Walking on uneven terrain; climbing hills and stairs; moderate lifting up to 25 pounds; sit, stand and walk for long periods at a time.
Sensory: Must be able to speak, see clearly and hear. Must be able to smell gases.  Must be able to read and understand complex engineering and distribution maps.
Mental: Must be able to read and write. Ability to learn new water industry technology and teach.

This position description is intended for the purpose of evaluation and salary positioning and is not a contract setting forth the full scope of employment.  The employer retains the right to deviate from the description at its discretion, without notice.