Distribution and Collections Manager (Water/Wastewater)

City of South Milwaukee

SALARY: $30.92 - $39.75 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 09/22/21

Under the general supervision and direction of the Water/Wastewater Superintendent, the Distribution and Collections Manager has charge of the repair and maintenance work in the water distribution, sanitary collection systems, and storm water collection systems, and supervises the distribution and collections staff.  This position requires sound management and communication skills and the ability to work independently, exercising good judgment and initiative. This position qualifies as emergency personnel as permitted Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502.



  • Assigns and supervises the work of the distribution and collections staff. 
  • Supervises and performs all necessary repair and maintenance work in the water distribution and collection systems.
  • Serves as supervisor on the job site by overseeing and directing shoring activities in compliance with governing safety regulations.
  • Maintains and updates maps and records related to the operation and maintenance of the water distribution system, sewer collection system, and storm water collection system.
  • Documents maintenance activities.
  • Operates all the equipment and tools incidental to assigned work.
  • Excavates and repairs water mains, hydrants, water services, manholes, catch basins, storm and sanitary sewer.
  • Monitors weather conditions and plans operations accordingly. 
  • Cleans, straightens, adjusts, and repairs valve and curb boxes.
  • Taps water mains for service connections.
  • Inspects water main and sewer installations.
  • Flushes and test fire hydrants.
  • Notifies customers of service interruptions.
  • Exercises gate valves.
  • Administers sewer televising program.
  • Oversees general maintenance and operations of lift stations. 
  • Consults with Superintendent and Engineering Department regarding sewer and water main projects.  
  • Reads water meters and registers.
  • Maintains all necessary system records regarding meters, valves, fire hydrants, cross-connection inspections, sanitary sewer and storm water.
  • Maintains an adequate inventory of parts and meters.
  • Maintains and updates water and sewer GIS system.
  • Investigates customer complaints.
  • Notifies other underground utilities of excavations so other facility locations can be marked.
  • Required to work nights, weekends, overtime, and at odd hours when emergency conditions require it.
  • Takes the necessary action to obtain emergency repair crews for distribution and collection work.
  • Trains employees in field maintenance operation and promotes work safety for employees under his/her direction.
  • Requisitions repair and replacement parts, tools, equipment and material for maintenance of the distribution systems.
  • Collects water samples from distribution system for laboratory analysis.
  • At times, may assist in the maintenance of filter plant, wastewater facility and pumping stations equipment.
  • Assists the Water/Wastewater Superintendent in duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Maintains prompt, predictable, and regular physical attendance.
  • Performs other related duties consistent with the function of the classification.


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED. 
  • Five years of recent increasingly responsible experience in a municipal water, wastewater, storm water, or engineering. 
  • Significant supervisory experience desirable.
  • A combination of education and experience that can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position may also be considered. 
  • Possession of Surface Water DNR Subclass “D” Certification within one year of hire.
  • Possession of Collection system DNR Subclass “SS” Sanitary Sewage Collection System within one year of hire. 
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required and must be maintained during tenure.
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License required and must be maintained during tenure.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Water/Wastewater operations, methods of treatment, lab work theory and practices, safety procedures, and general knowledge of equipment maintenance. 
  • Ability to provide leadership and foresight in all functions of the water distribution system, wastewater collection system, and storm water collection system.
  • Skill in providing excellent managerial skills and the ability to communicate with personnel, citizens, contractors, and vendors.
  • Thorough knowledge of the types of mechanical and electrical equipment found in Water Utility and Wastewater Treatment Facility operations; ability to read, interpret, and implement
  • engineering plans and specifications.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply organizational policies, laws, rules, and regulations as required by federal, state, and municipal ordinances.
  • Knowledge of occupational and safety hazards and precautions necessary in the work place.
  • Thoroughness, resourcefulness, and good judgment.
  • Ability to effectively and professionally interact and deal with the public and coworkers; ability to handle stressful situations; discretion is required.
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and related technology.
  • Ability to provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.  
  • Promptly responds to business communications during non-business hours. 

Additional Information

Motorized vehicles and equipment, including pickup truck, fork lift, saws, pumps, compressors, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, personal computer and related software; multi-line telephone; copy machine; fax machine; motorized vehicles and equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; talk or hear; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes, airborne particles, untreated sewage, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.
Must be able to respond to work in emergencies and in all types of weather conditions at any hour of the day or night. Must be able to work unsupervised for extended periods of time.

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.  All applicants may be required to submit to medical examination prior to appointment, consistent with the requirements of the position.   Background check of local, state or federal authorities will be conducted for all applicants. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
The City of South Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 
The City of South Milwaukee does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, political affiliation, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability, or any other non-merit factor.
Minority applicants and Military Veterans are encouraged to apply. 

The residency requirement for all emergency city employees shall be as permitted by Wis. Stat. Sec. 66.0502. 

As outlined in the annual Salary Ordinance.
The job 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.   This is an “at will” position, and no language found in this posting should be interpreted in any way to create an employment contract of any type.  


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  • This position was posted on: 09-28-2021.
  • It will be removed on: 10-28-2021.