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20 Apr 2023

Full-Time Wastewater Manager

Eagle River Water & Sanitation District – Posted by akelkenberg@erwsd.org Vail, Colorado, United States

Job Description

What’s the deal? We’re looking for a strategic leader that can get down and technical when needed, but above all, is willing to grow their people. The Eagle River Water and Sanitation District is looking to hire a world class Wastewater Manager that’s willing to push the envelope and be a key piece of our journey to operational excellence. This is a great role for someone that can unite three wastewater plants, build tomorrow’s talent today, and appreciates a lively discussion about process optimization, regulations, capital improvement projects, and equipment maintenance. This role will collaborate with others on the management team to ensure we achieve our strategic goals. The next Wastewater Manager will oversee three wastewater treatment facilities, work closely with our capital program on plant upgrades, and stay ahead of industry trends. They will also be overseeing major nutrient upgrades at two of the three wastewater facilities – a unique professional opportunity!

Why work for us? We’re an organization that’s proud to employ a strong team of technical experts. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship and committed to public health. Come work and learn from professionals that know their subject matter, help provide vital water and wastewater services to our community, and spend your leisure time enjoying all the mountains have to offer. And don’t forget our excellent health benefits, housing program, and ample opportunities for training and development.

The Schedule: This position is expected to typically work onsite to support staff and plant operations.

The Day to Day:

DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP: Leadership is the number one competency we will require from our new Wastewater Manager. This role will serve on the management team, be responsible for continuing the District’s positive culture, be drama-free, and encourage leadership at all levels. A Reality-Based Leader is desired to oversee this team of 17. The ideal candidate will be confident in having difficult conversations to maintain our great culture.

DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATION: The ability to build and foster collaborative relationships with 14 other departments will be key to success as we move toward a One Water concept. Cross-functional meetings, regular travel up and down valley, and a close relationship with Business Administration are a must.

STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Wastewater Manager is the key player in establishing departmental goals and participates in the master planning process. This role will stay current with new developments in wastewater treatment methods, materials, tools, technology, and equipment to reduce regulatory risk. Other planning duties will include things like preparing annual operational and capital improvements budgets, organizing specialized water quality sampling events, etc.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: The Wastewater Manager ensures that all requirements of the three wastewater treatment facilities are met. This includes Colorado Department of the Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) requirements, such as effluent discharge limits, compliance schedule requirements, specialized sampling, reporting, etc. The role will prepare the organization for comprehensive performance evaluations, be responsible for discharge permit compliance, oversee the biosolids program, and maintain compliance with Clean Water Act Section 308, Safe Drinking Water Act, Regulation 85 Monitoring, etc.


Big Picture:

The Wastewater Manager oversees the team and strategies that protect our rivers and watershed.


Any combination of education, experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:



Associate degree in a scientific field related to wastewater management, such as biology, microbiology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, environmental science, and related disciplines.



Five (5) years’ experience performing operations, maintenance and/or monitoring of water/ wastewater treatment systems or facilities with at least one (1) year providing supervision.


Required Licenses, Certificates or Training: 


  • State of Colorado Wastewater Treatment Class A certification required within the first one (1) year of employment in this classification.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license within 30 days of full-time employment and be insurable under District’s standards.
  • Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within the first two (2) years of employment.
  • Must complete annual District safety trainings as a condition of continued employment.


Pay Range:

The pay range for this role is $115,291.90 – $172,937.86 annually. Starting salary depends on qualifications but generally falls within the minimum and midpoint of the pay range. Annual Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) and Merit Increases will occur.



At ERWSD, we value life-work balance and are leaders in the industry with our holistic benefits package, which includes but is not limited to:


  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Employee housing or $361 monthly housing stipend
  • Wellness program
  • Retirement savings plans (414h and 457)
  • 5 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Comp Time
  • Relocation Assistance (if applicable)
  • $500 Annual Recreation Benefit
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Loan programs for: Ski Passes, Electrical Vehicles, and Computers

Click HERE to learn more from our full 2023 Benefits Guide.




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How to Apply

All District employees must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check. For a full position description, email erwsdjobs@erwsd.org. All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.erwsd.org/jobs by May 10, 2023.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: engineering and wastewater. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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