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Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Lake Stevens, WA, US

Company: Snohomish PUD

Job ID  13565  Department  Water Operations & Maint (10000099) 
Union Classification  Non Union  Type  Full Time - Salaried  
# of Openings  Job Location  Lake Stevens (LS)  
Closing Date  02/07/2022  Salary/Wage  $95,711.00 - $143,567.00 annually 


Job Definition

Manages the efficient operation, maintenance and related construction activities of the District’s water systems.  Ensures that adequate personnel are available to provide 24-hour standby coverage of water system operations and maintenance.  Performs as the certified operator in charge for all of the District’s Water Systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics


Essential Job Functions

Manages and evaluates the performance of assigned staff inc performance expectations, coaching, recognition, and discipline.  Ensures equitable distribution of work load amongst staff and provides opportunity for employee development & training.  Ensures staff understands & complies with directives, safety rules, and other policies and procedures.  Maintains employee performance records.


Plans and establishes work priorities, schedules and assigns work; cooperates with other depts to maintain coordinated work efforts; evaluates staffing needs and makes recommendations to the Sr Manager for increases and/or decreases in staffing levels or the need for contractual assistance; supervises contract staff.  Conducts interviews and makes staff selections to meet strategic plans and critical goals.


Performs as certified operator in direct responsible charge for all of the District’s water systems and serves as primary point of contact to the State Dept of Health. 


Manages operations, maintenance and related construction activities of the water systems to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations and a safe, reliable supply of water to customers.  Ensures personnel are available to provide 24-hour standby coverage of water system operations and maintenance. 


Oversees water quality testing, reporting, and record keeping to ensure compliance with State and Federal requirements.  Assists or leads in preparation of the annual Consumer Confidence Reports for each of the water systems.


Coordinates supply issues with City of Everett for all wholesale purchased water.


Reviews & approves all chemical dosage changes made at water facilities.


Coordinates with developers, contractors, and engineering staff to help ensure new main extensions and water systems are installed to standards; reviews and recommends changes to water utility design and construction standards.



Develops and/or maintains programs for fire hydrant maintenance, valve maintenance leak detection, pump station maintenance, treatment facility maintenance, etc.


Manages the activities of staff to ensure rapid and efficient responses to water customer concerns and questions regarding the operation of water systems and quality of water delivered; works with General Accounting and Customer Accounting to investigate questions related to adjustments to customers’ water accounts.


Determines tool, material, and equipment replacement and purchase requirements.  Plans & expedites delivery of maintenance and construction equipment, materials, and vehicles.


Informs mgmt of operations, conditions, activities, incidents, and violations at all times. Evaluates and recommends to the Sr Manager new methods for effectively and efficiently operating water systems.


Enforces safe work practices in cooperation with the Safety Dept to ensure safe working conditions; participates in Safety meetings; assists in resolving safety problems.  Monitors industrial injuries, property damage claims, and accidents in an effort to reduce their occurrence.  Ensures compliance with Federal, State, and District legally mandated safety, health, and environmental policies, procedures and practices.


Participates in pre‑construction meetings and coordinates with Water Resources’ engineering and/or regulatory affairs staff, contracts and purchasing, Local, State, and Federal agencies, and other District areas.


Leads efforts to provide efficient warehousing, crew dispatch, use of personnel, vehicles, equipment, and other support systems.

Specialized Job Functions


Other Job Functions

Reviews work related accidents, completes accident reports, initiates corrective measures and completes appropriate notification procedures.


Assists in the development of departmental goals and objectives and the departmental budget; develops maintenance, operation and construction estimates of input into the Water Utility budget.


Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
• Water utility operation, maintenance and construction standards, practices, procedures, techniques, and materials, including basic hydraulics.
• Federal, state and local standards for public water systems.
• Mathematics, physics, chemistry, interpreting engineering drawings, and surveying as applicable to water system operations, maintenance and construction.
• Water utility rate structures and billing.
• District policies, directives, procedures and Collective Bargaining Agreement.
• Teamwork processes and team leadership.
• Organizational systems and business processes.
• Budgeting processes, finance and procurement cost management.
• Project management.
• Management/leadership theories and practices and change leadership.
• Training theory and practice.
Ability to:
• Communicate and work effectively with all levels of the organization, the public, and government agencies.
• Use independent and discretionary judgement.
• Make and carry out effective business decisions.
• Identify and work with others to remove barriers to change.
• Manage confidential information.
• Manage and coordinate/schedule many projects and shifting priorities.
• Coordinate the activities of contractors and consultants.
• Supervise, coach and provide positive direction to staff.
• Learn, interpret and apply District Directives, policies and procedures.
• Analyze situations and develop effective solutions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field.
  • Six (6) years progressively more responsible work experience in water system operations, maintenance, engineering or construction, including three (3) years in a lead or supervisory capacity.


  • Ten (10) years of progressively more responsible work experience in water system operations, maintenance, engineering or construction, including three (3) years in a lead or supervisory capacity.


• Valid Washington State Driver License.
• Certified in Washington as a Water Treatment Plant Operator II or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date.
• Certified in Washington State as a Water Distribution System Manager III, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Combination Driver’s License (CDL) Class A.

Working Conditions

• Duties performed in office and field environments, and require the repetitive use of a computer, mouse and keyboard.
• Field locations expose incumbent to varying weather conditions and uneven terrain.
• Travel to business meetings is required.
• Requires the ability to walk off road to sites, climb ladders, and lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
• The position may work schedules other than normal business hours and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days per week.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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