Regulatory Performance and Process Engineer

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Madison, WI

Do you have a passion for public works engineering? Are you interested in developing and implementing innovative solutions to protect public health and the environment? The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is seeking a Regulatory Performance and Process Engineer to ensure the District complies with various permits and regulations, and to help improve our process to ensure ongoing compliance.  

Who We Are
Since 1930, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (District) has maintained an enduring mission of protecting public health and the environment, and serves the Dane County region through wastewater collection, treatment and resource recovery programs. Through these programs, the District recycles and returns to the environment clean water, generates renewable energy and recovers nutrients for agricultural uses. As a result of its initiatives in source reduction and resource recovery, the District is a nationally recognized leader in returning clean wastewater to the environment.  
 
Made up of a passionate team of 120-employees, the District serves a population of over 340,000 in the greater Madison area. The District has a 180-square-mile-service area that encompasses 26 owner communities and operates a large network of interceptor sewers, pumping stations and a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant.
 
Working at the District is more than just a paycheck. It is about taking care of the communities we live in and giving back to the environment that surrounds us. We are trusted leaders working together to protect one of our most valuable resources-our water. When you think about your career and what you want to accomplish in your lifetime, make the choice to do Work Worth Doing! 

The person in this position will be a key member of the District’s Operations and Maintenance team.  Under the direction of the District’s Operations Manager, the Regulatory Performance and Process Engineer will be responsible for ensuring that the District is meeting all of the requirements of its regulatory permits. This will include monitoring all water and air emissions and submitting all required reports and notifications.  The Regulatory Performance and Process Engineer will be a member of the team which provides technical support and sustainable solutions for the operation of the 50 million gallon per day Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant. The person in this position will be expected to be current on new developments in the field of wastewater treatment and contribute that knowledge during planned expansions of the facilities as well as during day to day operations.

Please submit a cover letter and a resume along with your application. While we will accept applications through July 5, 2022, the first round of applications will be reviewed starting June 20. It is possible a candidate may be interviewed and hired prior to the closing of the posting.

Success Factors

  • Collaborative: Displays teamwork. Works effectively with all levels within the organization to makes decisions and actively support group goals. 
  • Systematic Decision Maker: Has a strong orientation to details, no matter how small, and uses data and technology to evaluate issues and solve problems.
  • Analytical and Conceptual Thinking:  Ability to analyze and simplify complex issues, developing coherent models and solutions
  • Creative Problem Solver: Is open to and seeks new novel solutions to problems
  • Adaptable:  Is flexible and open-minded to change and new ideas. Can adjust and modify to fit the situation.  Has the courage to make changes.
  • Mission Driven: Has a passion for sustainability, the environment and protecting public health.  

Essential Job duties

  • Manage the District’s air emissions control permit.  Ensure that processes and controls are being operated correctly and that all emissions data is being collected and stored properly.  Arrange for any required emissions testing.  In a timely manner submit to the regulatory agency all reports required by the permit.
  • Ensure that all of the provisions of the District’s Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Permit are being met.
  • Work with other District Staff to ensure that other regulatory requirements, such as general stormwater permitting, CMOM, and CMAR are being met.
  • Become familiar with the complex operation of the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Become familiar with the process control algorithms and the means of automatically controlling the treatment processes.
  • Work closely with the Operator Supervisor and Operations Section engineers to maintain and improve treatment performance. Coordinate activities with the Operator Supervisor and the Lead Operator on a daily basis.
  • Perform On-call duties on a rotational basis.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the treatment processes and provide solutions as needed.
  • Be involved with consultants in planning, design, and construction activities related to improvements at the treatment plant. Design and manage small engineering projects as needed. Prepare plans, specifications and bidding documents for small plant capital improvement projects.
  • Serve as a member of the Core Sustainable Infrastructure Management Team and the CIP planning team, and be responsible for developing CIP business cases related to the Plant's infrastructure as assigned.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a closely related engineering field.  
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience related to wastewater treatment and process control or air emissions control. A Master’s Degree may substitute for experience.
  • Certification of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin or be able to obtain certification when eligible to do so.
  • Shall obtain an ENV SP credential from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure within one year of hire.
  • Must have or be able to obtain within one year, absent extenuating circumstances, a State of Wisconsin wastewater operator certification for the processes at the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant.

For a complete list of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the Job Description here.

The incumbent will have opportunities to become involved in professional organizations such as the Water Environment Federation, the Central States Water Environment Association, the Federation of Environmental Technologists, and the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association.

The full salary range for this position extends to $110,788 and the selected candidate will have the ability to advance to that level through our merit-based pay system. However, only a well-qualified candidate would initially start at a salary of $100,000.

Please submit a cover letter and a resume along with your application. While we will accept applications through July 5, 2022, the first round of applications will be reviewed starting June 20. It is possible a candidate may be interviewed and hired prior to the closing of the posting.