Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is seeking a Source and Supply Field Supervisor in Public Works Operations.  The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience working in the operation, maintenance and repair of water facilities and treatment systems.  At least one year of supervisory experience is also required.  If you are able to effectively lead, supervise, mentor and coach others and have excellent analytical and prioritization skills, we welcome your application for this position!

There is one (1) regular, full-time position available.  This is a benefited position represented by the Teamsters union. 

**Please note that, in addition to completing the application, you must attach your cover letter and resume for your application to be considered complete. Uploading your resume to complete portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application. You must attach the cover letter and resume as a separate step in the process, along with any other documents you want to submit. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. If you have technical difficulties or if you have questions about completing your application, please contact our office at (253) 856-5270 from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and we will do our best to assist you.**

This position is open until filled, with a first review of applications on Friday, February 24th.


$7,460.00- 9,087.00 monthly, depending on qualifications

For a listing of benefits, please use the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (

Additional information may also be found in the Teamsters contract, which you can access at Human Resources | City of Kent (


Under the direction of the Water Utility Site Process and Control System Manager, incumbent in this position performs a variety of tasks such as identify, prioritize and schedule/coordinate the needs of operating and maintaining the City water sources, pumping, storage, water quality compliance and Utility Pump Stations and all other related or associated facilities. Incumbent must also supervise and evaluate the systems and assigned personnel.

Work is characterized by a high volume of skilled maintenance and supervisory tasks, such as: analyze and resolve system problems; monitor and operate the water supply, pumping, water storage systems, utility pump stations and water quality elements onsite or via telemetry; schedule, assign and supervise crews; conduct performance evaluations of assigned crews; investigate complaints, coordinate/schedule employee leave time, complete daily paperwork, review plans for upcoming work, requisition materials, coordinate projects, and attend pre-construction meetings.

Work is performed under limited supervision. The Manager sets the overall objectives and resources available. Incumbent assists the Manager by developing the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignments, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and uses independent judgment concerning repair methods. Incumbent keeps the Manager informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications. Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

As an employee within the Public Works Department, actively participate in processes and communications with co-workers to promote/support a culture of engagement.


Plan, organize, assign, supervise, lead, review and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel train, mentor, and coach personnel as appropriate.

Foster and maintain a positive work environment and team atmosphere

Recommend disciplinary action to Manager in cases where employees’ performance does not meet expectations.

Assist the Utility Site Process and Control System Manager with the daily monitoring and operation of the water supply, storage, pumping systems, water quality and utility pump stations onsite and via telemetry to ensure adequate operation of water, storm and sewer pumping facilities for City system demands.

Oversee the operation and maintenance of water treatment systems, including the water treatment plant; review and implement water quality monitoring and treatment programs; maintain knowledge of current and proposed regulations; project, plan, and implement procedures to maintain regulatory compliance.

Provide direction and instruction on proper work methods and safety procedures as well as assisting crews with their assigned tasks when necessary.

Work directly with sections leads and technical positions to request, coordinate, and oversee work done by contractors or consulting firms to repair or improve the water and utility pump station system.

Analyze and resolve system problems and deficiencies related to all types of mechanical, electrical or control problems.

Inspect water and utility facilities to evaluate needs and conditions, and to evaluate work performed by crews.

Plan activities and projects to coordinate with preventive maintenance and repair programs, order special equipment and parts to prepare for anticipated needs, as well as routine materials, equipment and supplies that may be needed.

Make recommendations for system control improvements and provide support for coordination and planning of such improvements, upgrades and repairs with SCADA Technician Section.

Attend a variety of department, division and staff meetings including pre-construction meetings and walkthroughs/inspections of work performed.

Review, coordinate and approve leave requests based on workload and minimum staffing requirements.

Review plans and make recommendations for changes or improvements on projects for new construction or repairs.

Investigate any on the job injury accidents/incidents; provide appropriate paperwork to Human Resources Department, Risk Management division.

Interact with both government and private agencies regarding projects, coordinating jobs, and processing paperwork as needed.

Complete daily work consisting of work orders, time entry and production tracking, weekly and monthly activity reports, sub-section budget monitoring, approving purchase orders and review of procurement card purchases. Prepare short- and long-range work plans and reports.

Assist with screening and interviewing of new applicants.

Implement and supervise safety programs for assigned personnel or the department, including training and safety tailgate meetings as needed. Investigate any on the job injury accidents/incidents; provide appropriate paperwork to Human Resources Department Risk/Safety Analyst.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and City.


Perform related duties as assigned.

Fill-in for Utility Site Process and Control System Manager when necessary.

May perform equivalent, or lower, classification work in other Divisions as assigned.

May perform work within other sections for skill set development.



  • Modern water and utility system maintenance and operation practices, hydraulic principles, water system standards, water quality regulations and sampling/analysis procedures

  • Computer based control systems with Wonderware (Windows NT based SCADA) systems and graphics/programming techniques

  • Fundamental understanding of electrical and control systems, PLC’s and their logic systems

  • Radio based telemetry and communication systems

  • Safe working practices and operation of equipment and tools used in repairing and maintaining the water and utility systems

  • Methods, tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance and operation of the water and utility facilities, treatment, and control systems

  • Pump, motor, pressure reducing/relief, and control valve system operation and maintenance

  • General mathematics, standard algebra formulas and percentage calculation conversions for operating and maintaining the water system correctly and efficiently

  • Personal computers and modern techniques for creating large data systems and methods for setting up reporting procedures

  • Information technology used for planning, executing, and documenting work

  • Safety requirements and specifications of various types of vehicles and equipment

  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures

  • City organization, operations, policies, and procedures

  • Statistical record keeping techniques


  • Performing supervisory, maintenance, and operational tasks related to all forementioned systems

  • Operating equipment used in water and utility system maintenance and repairs

  • Communicating both orally and in writing

  • Mentoring and training lesser skilled employees on technical equipment and procedures, communicating technical aspects of tasks in understandable terms

  • Resolving issues and conflicts in a professional, courteous and non-threatening manner

  • Technical reading and writing

  • Performing laboratory analysis and measurements


  • Monitor maintenance activities to assure the efficient, safe and effective working condition of Water Section facilities and equipment

  • Plan and organize work for self and others

  • Assign and coordinate workload to employees based on their skills and abilities

  • Maintain effective working relationships with managers, subordinates, other City employees, as well as outside agencies and individuals

  • Maintain accurate operating logs and records; and prepare reports

  • Utilize electronic equipment such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices

  • Learn hardware, software and I.T. tools needed for planning, operating, and documenting work

  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and manuals/drawings

  • Train, supervise, motivate, and evaluate personnel

  • Analyze situations accurately, establish priorities, and adopt an effective course of action to meet schedules and timelines

  • Work independently with little direction


Education: High School diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by two (2) years of post high school training or trade school in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water systems. A Water Supply Technology vocational training certificate or an equivalent is required, although a Water Supply Technology Associate degree is preferred.

Experience:  Five (5) years experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water facilities and treatment systems. At least one (1) of the five (5) years must include experience in a supervisory capacity.


  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain within 30-days of employment.

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A with air brake and tanker endorsements, or the ability to obtain within 6-months of employment.

  • Valid Washington State DOH Water Distribution Manager 3 certification, or ability to obtain within 6-months of employment; Distribution Manager 4 cert preferred.

  • Valid Washington State DOH Water Treatment Plant Operator 2 certification, or ability to obtain within 1-year of the City’s use of the 212th Water Treatment Plant for said duration

  • Valid Washington State DOH Cross Connection Control Specialist 1 certification, or ability to obtain within 6-months of employment

  • Traffic Control Flagging Card or the ability to obtain within 6-months of employment.

  • Valid First Aid/CPR Card, or the ability to obtain within 6-months of employment.

  • Successful completion of the Confined space entry and fall protection training as required by WAC 296-62-14511 within 6-months of employment

  • New employees must successfully pass the City’s pre-employment driver’s records check and maintain an excellent driving record.

  • Successful completion of the City’s Defensive Driving Course within 6-months of employment.

  • New employees must successfully pass the City’s pre-employment substance abuse screening and physical agility exam

  • New employees must successfully pass a position specific background inquiry

In the event the State of Washington mandates or requires a license or certification, the incumbent will be given 24 months, or timeframe specified by the State (whichever is shorter) to obtain such license or certification.


Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water facilities, treatment, and control systems, including, but not limited to diagnostic equipment and software for SCADA programs and PLC’s, laptop and desktop computers, volt/ohmmeters, loop analyzers and simulators, laboratory equipment and analyzers, electric drills and grinders, measuring devices, hand wrenches and screwdrivers/hand tools.

Motorized vehicles including but not limited to heavy trucks, dump trucks, loaders, tractors and other heavy equipment. Incumbent will also be required to operate a City vehicle to travel between work sites.

May use typical business office machinery and equipment, including, but not limited to, personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and calculator.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The incumbent must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. The incumbent may also be required to lift and/or move 100 pounds or more with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Incumbent works indoors in an office environment to complete paperwork and other related tasks, or at a workbench performing tests and repairs, and in an outdoors environment while operating tools and equipment or supervising and reviewing crews as they work.  Incumbent can be exposed and required to perform duties in unfavorable weather conditions while working outdoors. Work is performed in vaults, excavations, confined spaces and hazardous environments.

Incumbent is subject to call out after normal work hours for emergency work and to assist during severe weather events and natural disasters; may also be required to be on standby duty after hours and on weekends.  Will be scheduled to work shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays as needed. Will also frequently work alone during a work shift or after hours.

The noise level in the office environment is usually moderately quiet and in the outdoors environment is usually loud to very loud. Incumbent may be exposed to individuals who are disgruntled, irate, or hostile.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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