American Water SCA Chief Water Operator, Class 3 or above (Ft. Belvoir) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

  • Position Summary: *Responsible for all activities involving the operations and maintenance of the water distribution system (pumps, storage tanks, fire hydrants, etc.). Limited supervisory responsibilities for water operators, technicians, and laborers, and works under the general direction of the Operations Supervisor.

  • Key Accountabilities:*

  • Prepares, reviews, evaluates, revises, establishes and implements policies and procedures used in distribution of water and the collection of wastewater, that result in safe, compliant, reliable, and profitable operations.

  • Directs day-to-day activities and schedules of assigned staff and participates in review and evaluation of staff performance related to water and wastewater collection systems. Follows company discipline policy when needed.

  • Performs work on water distribution system and wastewater collection system. Maintains work records, preventative maintenance records, analyzes water quality data, and prepares various reports as assigned.

  • Follows and implements Company’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Policies

  • Implements and fosters the coaching and development of employees, including idea generation, within respective functional areas.

  • Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations and all customers.

  • Performs other related functions assigned, or as they become apparent.

  • Skills:*

  • Ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of employees.

  • General knowledge of MS Office products, MS Word and Excel, and be able to learn the use of new software with training assistance. Hach WIMS is a plus.

  • Ability to plan and present safety training to employees.

  • Employee may be required to work shift work and maintain on-call assignments. There will be some weekend, holiday and overtime work as needed.

  • Knowledge:*

  • Extensive knowledge of the objectives, equipment, and operations of water distribution, surface water supply, consecutive water systems, groundwater supply systems, and wastewater collection systems.

  • Extensive knowledge of methods and materials of water system construction and maintenance.

  • Thorough knowledge of the layout, location and equipment characteristics of water systems.

  • Extensive knowledge of chloraminated water systems, chlorine conversions, heterotrophic bacteria, nitrification and chloraminated operational controls.

  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations for areas of responsibility.

  • Education:* Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

  • Experience:* At least two (2) years’ progressively responsible experience in supervision of operations, maintenance and administration of water distribution and/or wastewater systems.

  • Certifications & Licenses:*

  • Possession of a Virginia Waterworks Operator Class 3 license is required. If holder of another state license, must obtain Virginia within 120 days of hire.

  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license; a CDL is a plus.


  • Work Environment:*

  • Employee may be required to work indoors, or outdoors during seasonal heat and cold, or other adverse weather conditions.

  • Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator as required, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.

  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds, unassisted.

  • Must be able to work during high noise levels from operations of equipment.

  • Must be able to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time.

  • This position will constitute a 40 hour work week but may include a weekend day. In addition, the position requires an on-call schedule. The position requires periodic over time work as needed to maintain system operations. There will be some weekend, holiday and overtime work as needed.

  • Travel Requirements*: <5%

  • Key Interfaces/Relationships*: General Manager, Water Operators, Maintenance staff and Customer.

  • Join American Water. We care about water. It's what we do.*®

  • American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants* based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.