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 a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.
The WPC Plant Assistant Superintendent supervises the operation and maintenance of the Water Pollution Control Plant; supervises preventive and predictive maintenance and repair of operating equipment and machinery at the Water Pollution Control Plant and related facilities; performs related work as required.
Examples of Essential Job Functions
Supervises, plans, and assigns the work of maintenance personnel in a wide variety of utility plant maintenance work; may directly oversee the more difficult machine work, welding, plumbing, electrical control and instrument repair; consults with plant superintendent on major jobs which may require taking plant units out of service. Orders replacement parts; maintains parts inventory; assists superintendent in developing and administering the division's budget. Develops and maintains preventive/predictive maintenance program for Water Pollution Control Plant equipment and machinery; assists in developing and maintaining written procedures for the operations and maintenance of the plant; develops and maintains operating and maintenance records; assists plant superintendent in scheduling operating shifts; may operate or assist in plant operation. Reviews and evaluates subordinate personnel performance; coordinates training; handles personnel issues; assists in recruiting and training new operating and maintenance personnel; may lead recruitments. On an infrequent basis, may interact with the public at outreach and marketing events, public tours, and responding one-on-one to citizen questions, concerns, and inquiries. Acts as superintendent in the absence of the plant superintendent.
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:
High School Diploma or GED; Two years of technical or vocational training in wastewater technology at the post-high school or adult continuing education level; five years of experience in mechanical maintenance and repair work with large equipment and pumps, including at least two years which must have been in wastewater treatment; or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. One year of experience in wastewater treatment plant operation in direct responsible charge of operations is required; and cannot be substituted by additional education or experience. Supervisory experience preferred, but not required.
Licenses and Certificates:
Must have and maintain a valid Iowa Grade IV wastewater treatment plant operator certificate within six months of appointment. Must possess a valid Iowa driver's license.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Ames has a compensation philosophy that the starting pay for our merit salary ranges establishes the salary for employees who meet minimum requirements of a position. The median of any merit salary range is for an employee who can reasonably meet all expectations of the position responsibilities without initial extensive training. In order for employees to have an opportunity to grow within their position, we may consider a candidate's education, experience, and skills above the minimum requirements when looking at a salary closer to or slightly above the median. The median salary for this position is $85,605 annually.
Internal Number: 20-5215-01
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.