Onsite Sewage System Operation & Maintenance Program Supervisor

Thurston County
Full Time $6,696 - $8,907 Per year HI Hawaii, USA


Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is recruiting for an for our Environmental Health Division. 
Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is Thurston County’s local health jurisdiction and human services department and is responsible for protecting the health and promoting the well-being of all people who live, work, and play in Thurston County. We value diversity and strive to foster a sense of belonging, honoring the unique experiences, cultures, skills, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives of our employees and community. As an agency actively working to address health equity, we aspire for everyone to have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, regardless of their individual circumstances.
As an Onsite Sewage System Operation & Maintenance Program Supervisor, you will supervise 5 staff. This program is dedicated to preventing surface and ground water pollution related to failing or inadequately maintained onsite sewage systems in Thurston County. This program collects, interprets, and analyzes environmental health data to assure protection of public health and water resources. It also ensures compliance with government standards and regulations regarding proper operation and maintenance of onsite sewage systems, and proper certification and oversight of onsite sewage system professionals including pumpers and certified maintenance specialists. This position works primarily in the field and the office, but up to 1 day per week of remote working may be requested.
Some of the essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement a wide variety of water quality and septic operation and maintenance projects and programs that include: public education, routine and project-based groundwater and surface water quality monitoring, pollution investigation, oversight of onsite sewage system professionals, implementation of County on-site sewage system management plan, and compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Issue, withhold, or withdraw licenses and permits.
  • Review and report environmental data, program effectiveness, and project results.
  • Develop recommendations for consideration by policy makers and department managers.
  • Write department policies and procedures related to assigned section programs.
  • Coordinate activities with other department programs, agencies, and jurisdictions to effectively manage assigned programs.
  • Manage and direct the work of assigned employees and provide guidance and training.
  • Recommend selection of employees, monitor employee progress, and evaluate performance.
  • Develop and manage the section's annual budget.
  • Prepare grant project proposals that forward the mission of the department.
  • Manage grant projects and contracts and interlocal agreements with partner agencies.
  • Represent the department on regional and multi-agency work groups that work on water resource and sewage management issues.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned, including, but not limited to, a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.
The successful candidate is expected to possess knowledge and experience that demonstrates the ability to interpret and analyze work in both onsite and water quality in order to guide programs and staff, identify and address problems, and develop projects and/or resolutions, as well as possess strengths in the following areas:
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills
  • Experience in conflict resolution
  • Grant preparation and project management
  • Budget preparation and management
  • Effective public outreach and education methods
  • Experience working with elected officials
  • Enforcement of health and environmental regulations
  • Soils, hydrology, and onsite sewage system regulations, permitting, and evaluation
  • Water quality sampling techniques and regulations
  • Water pollution investigations
  • Ability to operate a small boat 


  • Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, biology, bacteriology, or a related field.  
  • Three (3) years of professional environmental health experience requiring extensive public contact, including one (1) year at the Environmental Health Specialist II level or equivalent, and specialization in one or more environmental health disciplines. Additional experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • May be required to posses a professional certification applicable to area of assignment (eg, Hydrogeologist, Waste Water Treatment System Inspection Certificate of Competency, Qualified Sanitary Surveyor, etc.).
  • Must be recognized by the Washington State Sanitarian Registration Board as Registered Sanitarian within eighteen months of the date of hire.
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval and tracking.

Desired Skills

Respect and Organizational Culture:

  • Create an environment where employees and partners can safely express needs or concerns and where employees can make and correct mistakes.
  • Effectively interact with sensitivity while working with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Serve the public in a timely, complete, accurate, and professional manner while ensuring that written and verbal communication is clearly understood by others.
  • Maintain cultural competency to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community.
  • Strong oral communication for networking and interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent written communication including the ability to craft correspondence, reports, and articles or web postings with minimal grammatical and syntax errors.
  • Supervise, motivate, and develop employees and team to become more productive and effective in achieving desired goals and career growth while encouraging employee critical reflection; able to give direction without conflict.
  • Show fairness and impartiality in interactions; is interested in employee welfare, elicits staff input where feasible; respond to staff suggestions and complaints in a sincere, sensitive, and timely manner.
Goal Setting and Accomplishment:
  • Use strategic thinking and planning for goal setting and evaluation.
  • Effectively plan, organize, and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure.
  • Create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling confidentiality, professional values, and ethics with honesty and integrity.