Biosolids Coordinator

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jun 03, 2019
Full Time Public Works Utilities
  • Salary: $34.46 - $41.88 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

Come work for one of the most innovative recycling operations in the country. The City of Tacoma TAGRO program is looking for an forward-thinking, energetic team player to help move our program forward.

Primary Responsibilities
Under the direction of a Biosolids Supervisor, the Biosolids Coordinator is primarily responsible for scheduling and coordinating the transportation, handling and application of biosolids to various sites and promoting the program services to the community as well as inspection biosolids sites.

Our Ideal Candidate
The Biosolids Coordinator is part of a creative team that looks for and implements new opportunities for recycling organic products.
  • Has knowledge of biosolids recycling procedures and regulations.
  • Is energetic and enthusiastic about biosolids and advancing environmental sustainability through the beneficial use of boisolids.
  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.
  • Builds and maintains cooperative working relationships with customers, partners, coworkers and staff.
  • Motivated and self-starter who can work under pressure, analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action quickly.
  • Embraces and owns Environmental Services vision of supporting healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound and driving the strategic plan to completion within the organization.
  • Motivates and develops staff to become the next generation of great leaders by promoting continuous improvement, fostering innovation and leading by example.
If this sounds like you, please apply!

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

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An equivalent combination to: graduation from high school and two years of increasingly responsible experience in the biosolids or composting field

Bachelor's degree in biology, agronomy, forestry or related field desired.

Valid WashingtonDriver's License.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Biosolids recycling procedures and regulations.
  • Wastewater treatment plant operations including laboratory testing.
  • Agricultural practices compatible with the biosolids program.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Applicable hazards and safety precautions.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Direct and coordinate the biosolids recycling program for the City's wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • Oversee the transportation and application of biosolids products to various sites.
  • Promote biosolids program services to the community.
  • Inspect biosolids sites.
  • Train, supervise and evaluate personnel
  • Assign and review the work of others.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Operate a variety ofoffice machines including computers.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Work independently with little direction.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Please apply online and attach a current resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the Supplemental Questions scored by an evaluation committee. These questions will be scored on the basis of information provided, therefore it is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training. Applicants must pass all portions of the examination process to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check which will include a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 483. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, callthe Human Resources officeat (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closingdateof the job announcement.
Closing Date/Time: 7/8/2019 5:00 PM Pacific