Job Posting – Assistant Water Superintendent – Town of Scituate

Assistant Superintendent – Water Division, Public Works Department
Town of Scituate


This position is a 40 hour/week benefited and salaried position with the Water Division of the Town of Scituate’s Public Works Department. The job description is listed below.

The position is compensated at a Grade 5 level ($73,251 to $87,072 annually) and is covered under the terms of the AMP (Town of Scituate Administrative, Managerial and Professionals) collective bargaining agreement.

The position is subject to CBA ratification and appropriation of funds. Interested applicants should submit Town employment application, cover letter, resume and three references to or via mail to Human Resources, 600 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066. AA/EEO/ADA.


Town of Scituate, Massachusetts
Position Description

Position Title:  Assistant Superintendent – Water Division, Public Works

Statement of Duties: Responsible for assisting in the provision of safe, sanitary drinking water in sufficient quantities to meet the personal, commercial, and fire-fighting needs of the community within the regulatory parameters of the USEPA, MA DEP, the policy guidelines of the Board of Selectmen as Water Commissioners, and the Town Meeting authorized budget.

Technical and some supervisory work assisting the Water Superintendent of the operation of the municipal water supply and distribution system; all other related work as required. Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and with a high degree of reliability and dependability.

Supervision: Works under the general administrative direction of the Water Superintendent and the Director of Public Works. Works in accordance with standard and established policies and procedures. Performs tasks and responsibilities independently requiring the exercise of judgment but referring problems to Water Superintendent.  Supervises assigned staff, including the water distribution crew.

Job Environment: Work is performed mostly outdoors and considerable time in distribution facility. Work may be performed in adverse weather and environmental conditions. May involve working with hazardous substances including chemicals, powders or fluids requiring adherence to safety and usage protocol. May involve mechanical testing and services requiring adherence to safety and usage protocol. Some indoor work for meetings and to process paperwork, report problems to Superintendent.

Work is performed in an environment with exposure to noise, at times loud, chemicals and machinery with moving parts. The position requires the employee to evaluate each work process and determine the appropriate response in accordance with departmental rules and regulations. Regular interpretation of rules and regulations is required.

Position has some contact with state and federal agencies, vendors and contractors as well as other town staff.  Provides information related to bid documents. Errors in judgment and performance may result in damage, delay in or loss of service, possible monetary loss, or adverse legal consequences to the Town as well as confusion and delay. Errors in equipment operation my cause legal or financial repercussions, damage to equipment or facilities, personal injury or danger to public health and safety.

May operate computer equipment, telephone and other standard office equipment.


Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Assists Water Superintendent in the operation, maintenance and construction work of the water division to provide an adequate supply of potable water to residential and commercial users.

In conjunction with the Chief Plant Operator, performs functions of the Water Superintendent in his/her absence.

Provides oversight to the installation and repair of water mains, water service, water gates, fire hydrants, water meters, valves and all related connections and fittings to ensure conformity to standard delivery and service requirements and regulatory standards.

Supervises work crews, and/or oversees work of contractors, during water system upgrades, general water line maintenance and emergency repairs.

Ensures water systems are maintained and works to minimize deterioration of water quality; operates storage facilities and pump stations to insure adequate pressures to meet consumer needs for personal, commercial and fire-fighting uses.

Educates the public in the ways and means of water supply. Serves as department liaison and provides public outreach on system improvements and general water quality concerns.

Insures compliance with federal, state and local water quality standards.

With Water Superintendent, helps determine plans for water infrastructure improvements throughout the town.

Provides quality and professional service to citizens and customers.

Serves as primary contact person for the department in receiving, investigating and responding to customer/resident concerns regarding water distribution issues. Evaluates problem areas and, in concert with Water Superintendent and DPW Director,  determines corrective measures and priority status of any issues.

Assists with programs for water conservation  and preservation of the watershed.

Provides for regularly scheduled preventative maintenance on supply and distribution equipment; makes recommendations for improvements to Director. Attends meetings of various town board and committees as needed.

Performs related duties as required or necessitated as situation dictates.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High School diploma, GED, or equivalent  combination of education  and experience  that enables performance of all aspects of the position. Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering,  Environmental Science or Chemistry preferred.

Minimum  five years of progressively responsible  experience in a public/municipal water system with at least three in a supervisory  capacity. Working familiarity of the operational  methods,  materials, equipment  required to perform the duties involved;  and the ability to effectuate  result for a wide variety of problems in the particular  type of work. Water treatment experience may be considered as relevant experience.


Special Requirements

Massachusetts Class I Driver’s License

Grade 3 Certification of Water Distribution System Operator, or the ability to obtain within one year, is required.


Knowledge, Ability and Skill


Working knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the installation and repair of water mains and service connections.

Familiarity and knowledge of federal, state, or local standards, law, codes or regulations that affect water operations; knowledge of the principles and practices of recordkeeping and reporting.

Familiarity with purchasing and payroll transactions helpful.



Ability to inspect, analyze, evaluate, diagnose and correct equipment and process failures. Ability to ensure that safety and professional work standards are set and maintained.   Must perform all aspects of job responsibilities with honesty and integrity; must work effectively and independently in situations where deviations and irregularities occur. Knowledge of the policies and operating procedures of water supply systems.  Working knowledge of the materials, methods and techniques of underground installation. Ability to deal with people appropriately and effectively.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other departments, employees and the general public. Ability to read and understand  construction and equipment plans, drawings, sketches, specifications, meters, gauges, labels or instructions.


Skill in the use and care of the tools and equipment used in the installation, maintenance and repair of water distribution systems. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.

Physical Requirements

The employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk, hear, walk, use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Employee must be able to hear normal sounds and distinguish sound and voice patterns, and communicate regularly with others. Requires sufficient eye/hand coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements. Tasks require sound and visual perceptions and discrimination and may include use of protective devices. May be required to move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) long distance (more than 20 feet).

Work conditions may involve walking and climbing on flat ground or hills, and over pipes, drains, or pumping equipment. Crouching, reaching, twisting, repetitive motion; carrying and lifting requiring some physical strength and endurance.

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