Job Listing Overview

The Durham County Utilities Division is one of the Engineering and Environmental Services Department’s divisions that oversee the operation and maintenance of the TWWTP, which includes a reclaimed water system and biosolids management. The Utilities Division supports economic growth in Durham County by being a workplace of choice for team members who desire a culture of efficient operations, organizational and situational awareness, and uncompromised service, safety, and compliance. The Utilities Division’s budget (FY24 O&M budget of $17.8M and FY24 CIP funding of $24M) supports 37 approved FTEs.


The TWWTP is rated for an average daily flow of 12 million gallons per day (MGD) and meets future nutrient load requirements of the Jordan Lake nutrient management strategy. The TWWTP serves the southeast portion of Durham County inside and outside the Durham City limits and serves the Research Triangle Park areas within Durham County. 


Reporting to the Utilities Superintendent, the Utility Supervisor maintains an office in the TWWTP, oversees seven operators at the plant, and is responsible for all operations. The Utility Supervisor serves as the Operator in Responsible Charge of the facility, effectively manages resources (equipment and chemicals), and oversees a $1M annual budget that funds chemical contracts, a biosolids contract, and miscellaneous supplies/small contracts as needed.


The following are required:

·       Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, or a related field and one (1) year of experience in municipal or industrial wastewater treatment.

·       Must possess Grade IV North Carolina Biological Wastewater Treatment certification and a valid driver license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

·       Note: This position must respond to urgent matters 24/7 and rotate with other Managers/Supervisors for after-hours on-call duty.

Preferred qualifications:

More than five years of progressive wastewater treatment supervisory experience is preferred.
Four – five years of Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) system experience.
Experience at a Grade IV municipal facility with a capacity of 10+ MGD.

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for this position is $74,196 to $126,044, depending on qualifications and experience. Information about the county’s benefits can be viewed on the website. 

About Durham County Government

Durham County Government, governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, provides services ranging from animal control to zoning with solid support from the local Board of Education and School Superintendent. Durham County, recognized for its many award-winning programs and innovative practices, has an overall budget of approximately $750 million with an operating budget of around $500 million. The county has 27 departments employing over 1.900 FTE employees. Their strategic plan supports the community’s vision of Durham County as a “thriving, vibrant and diverse community with abundant opportunity for all residents to live, work, learn and grow.” As showcased in this ICMA focus video, the county's collaborative and innovative efforts post-COVID so beautifully demonstrated this vision at work. To learn more about the Community and Organization, visit the county website.