Mountain Lake Municipal Utilities

Please submit resume and job application (link below) to Mountain Lake City Hall, 930 3rd Avenue, Drawer C Mountain Lake, MN 56159 or email documents to

Applications accepted until November 6, 2018.

Job Title:       Water/Wastewater Superintendent

Supervisor:    City Administrator

Department:   Water/Wastewater

Classification: Full-time, union, non-exempt


Work Schedule

As established by Union contract a normal work week is generally comprised of forty (40) hours, five (5) eight (8) hour days.  Hours of work shall typically be 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Hours of work may change if mutually agreed upon by the Union and Employer. Additional hours may be required.

Description of Work

Under the general supervision of the City Administrator, the Water/Wastewater Superintendent is responsible for performing operational and maintenance duties for the Water/Wastewater Department; complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations; administering the Department’s budget; directing personnel matters; assisting other City departments; and performing other related functions as assigned or apparent. 

Essential Functions of the Job

  • Performs operational duties for the Water/Wastewater Department.  Performs work necessary for the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater treatment facilities.  Inspects operations being carried out by employees within the department.  Directs the daily operation of the water and wastewater utility to provide maximum return on invested capital. 

  • Directs all maintenance requirements for the Water/Wastewater Department.  Prepares maintenance schedules for all equipment.  Determines operational status of equipment through periodic inspections.  Maintains and reviews maintenance records and monthly reports.  Requests and coordinates necessary electrical, mechanical, and instrumentation repairs.  Maintains an inventory of supplies necessary for the efficient operations of the Water/Wastewater treatment plants.  Orders, receives, examines and controls materials and supplies as needed for use within the department.
  • Complies with local, state and federal laws and regulations.  Prepares technical reports and performs a variety of operational calculations to ensure compliance with State and Federal requirements.  Performs testing per Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) standards and the Minnesota Department of Health.  Maintains liaison with local, state and federal regulatory agencies regarding water and wastewater treatment requirements.  Keeps current of procedures and policies for the safety of personnel and the efficiency of operations.
  • Administers the water/wastewater treatment department budget.  Prepares the budget request, including a capital improvement plan.  Monitors and administers the budget.  Supervises purchasing and advises the Utilities Commission, City Administrator, and City Council of the financial condition.    
  • Directs departmental personnel matters.  Manages the departmental workforce within the scope of city personnel rules.  Determines departmental staffing needs and makes appropriate hiring recommendations to the City Administrator.  Directs the work of staff.  Conducts performance evaluations, disciplinary and suspension actions and makes recommendations for termination.  Approves staff training and conference requests. 
  • Assists other departments in maintenance tasks in emergency situations.
  • Complies with appropriate local, state, and federal safety rules, regulations and statutes.
  • Performs physical demands and work environment requirements for this position.
  • Attendance during regularly scheduled work hours and outside of regular hours as necessary.
  • Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers.

Additional Functions of the Job

  • Participates in training and education opportunities to maintain and improve proficiency and required licenses. 
  • Performs other related functions as assigned or apparent.

Required Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the operating principles, practices and maintenance requirements of water and wastewater treatment plants and the mechanical, electrical, chemical, and instrumentation equipment. 
  • Knowledge of functions, collection and pumping of water systems and lift stations.
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of sanitary sewer systems.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations, occupational hazards, precautions and the promotion of safety. 
  • Ability to apply laws, rules, and regulations relevant to wastewater disposal and irrigation.
  • Ability to interpret maps, blueprints, and aerial photos.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems of various water and wastewater treatment processes and equipment, and to provide appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to train, supervise, schedule and coordinate employees to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare detailed reports.
  • Ability to understand and control requisitioning and use of supplies and materials. 
  • Ability to read meters.
  • Ability to work with computers and various software packages.
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to communicate with emergency response personnel and with the public during trouble events.
  • Ability to listen, comprehend, and effectively communicate information both written and orally to all individuals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications

Five (5) years of experience working with municipal water and waste water departments, while acting in a supervisory role for at least two (2) years. Minimum of Class B water and Class D wastewater licensure.

Working experience with a personal computer including word and excel.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical science, or related field.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess a valid Class B Minnesota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  New hires must possess CDL within 6 months of hire date.
  • Must possess minimum of Class B water and Class D wastewater licensure.
  • Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Requires incumbent to work inside, outside, on uneven ground, underground, in confined areas, alone, with others, around others, and have contact with the public or clients.
  • While performing the essential functions, this position may be exposed to all weather conditions including heat and cold, wetness, humidity, and marked changes in humidity.  There may also be daily exposure to infectious diseases and irritants such as dust, dirt, gases, chemicals and fumes.  The incumbent will also be exposed to noise and sufficient vibration.
  • The job duties require the incumbent to work with or around pressurized equipment, explosive material/equipment, burning material/equipment and moving objects.
  • Activities that occur continuously (more than 7 hours) are: talking; hearing; using near vision; and using color vision.
  • Activities that occur frequently (from 4 to 7 hours) are: walking; using fingers and hands for repetitive, non-repetitive, or consistent actions; handling; using right foot; using far vision; using field of vision/peripheral vision; using sense of smell; and carrying and lifting up to 24 pounds.
  • Activities that occur occasionally (from 1 to 3 hours) are: sitting; standing; bending/stooping; squatting; crouching; reaching at, above and below shoulder level with both arms together and/or independently; fine manipulating with fingers; using sense of touch; using left foot and/or both feet together at the same time; using depth perception; rapidly adjusting eyes to varying distances; and carrying and lifting up to 75 pounds.
  • Activities that occur infrequently (up to 60 minutes) are: kneeling; pushing; pulling; twisting; climbing staircases; climbing heights other than stair cases; and carrying and lifting over 75 pounds.


This position is located at the Mountain Lake Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants.  Equipment used to perform the job duties generally includes power tools, air tools, hand tools, locating equipment, heavy equipment, emergency pumps, chemical pumps, jack hammers, mowers, weed eaters, shoring equipment, two-way radios, computers, backhoes, jetters, rodders, pumps, trenchers, and blowers.  This position requires the operation of an automobile and vehicles requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Job Location

This position is located at the Mountain Lake Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants and requires work throughout town where needed.


The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Mountain Lake Municipal Utilities (MLMU) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, MLMU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


Reviewed September 24, 2018.

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