The City of Jonesville is currently accepting applications for a Water and Wastewater Superintendent. The incumbent has held the position for nearly 20 years and will be retiring before the end of the year. This position oversees and administers the full scope of drinking water production and water tower operation, wastewater collection and treatment, and laboratory processes. The Superintendent works under the general direction of City Manager. This is a department head position responsible for managing the facility operations and maintenance, as well as oversight of day-to-day activities. The position supervises a Deputy Superintendent and Plant Operator/Lab Technician. The position also coordinates closely with the Department of Public Works Superintendent, who manages the water distribution system.
The successful candidate will be a capable of operating as a working supervisor, helping to develop the staff. The individual must have experience meeting permitting standards and delivering a high level of service to the City’s water and wastewater customers. The ability to plan and oversee large capital improvement projects is also an important quality.
Wastewater Treatment Plant The Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was built in the early 1970’s. Major rehabilitations were completed in 1981 and 2005. The facility has a current average daily flow of 0.25 MGD and a capacity of 0.61 MGD. The collection system consists of 13 miles of sewer mains and no lift stations. The WWTP is a biological treatment system. The Asset Management Plan was adopted in 2019. The first major project, a $150,000 upgrade to the laboratory facilities, is fully funded and currently in the design phase.
Water Supply The City’s water supply system consists of two wells. The wells pump through the Iron Removal Plant (IRP), which aerates and filters the well water. The filtered water is disinfected using a hypochlorite solution and fluoride is added before the treated water flows to the distribution system. A 500,000 gallon elevated tower maintains pressure in the system. The average day demand is 0.23 MGD with a maximum demand of about 0.37 MGD. The wells were put into service in 1962 and 1972; the IRP was constructed in 1973. A major rehabilitation of the wells and IRP was recently completed, with the renovated facility fully in service as of July of 2020.
Capital Improvement Plan The water and wastewater utilities serve most of the incorporated area of the City, which is approximately 3 square miles. There are just under 900 household, commercial and industrial customers. The City maintains a progressive Capital Improvement Program to support the maintenance and operation of these critical utilities. The City contracts annual inspection and maintenance of the water tower.
Salary and Benefits Salary range for the position is $50,629 - $66,060, with the starting wage dependent upon qualifications. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and disability insurance; a defined contribution retirement program; vacation, sick, and personal leave; and twelve paid holidays.
The Superintendent is expected to work 40 hours per week, but has the ability to flex their schedule due to position demands and after-hours responses. The normal department work schedule is 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Minimum Qualifications An associate degree or knowledge and experience equivalent to an associate degree in wastewater treatment technology, civil engineering, or a similar field is required. Five or more years of experience in the operation of an aerobic and anaerobic processing wastewater treatment plant, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is also required. Successful candidates must possess a current and valid Michigan Motor Vehicle Operator’s license; a Class B Commercial Driver’s License is desirable. The City requires a Michigan Class B Wastewater Certification. A Michigan D-3 Water Operator’s Certification, or the ability to obtain one within two years of hire, is also required.
How to Apply Applications will be received through the close of business on Friday, October 9, 2020. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, completed application form, and resume to:
Jeff Gray, City Manager City of Jonesville 265 E. Chicago Street Jonesville, MI 49250 OR: firstname.lastname@example.org
The required application form, as well as a complete position description, can be found on the City of Jonesville website at www.jonesville.org. Materials may be submitted in person, by mail, or email to the above addresses.
The City of Jonesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About City of Jonesville
Jonesville may be one of the newest cities in the state, but its rich history dates back to the early days of Michigan’s history. The City of Jonesville is located in southern Michigan, about 20 miles north of the point where the Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana borders meet. It was founded in 1828, where the trading route known to the Native Americans as the “Sauk Trail” met the St. Joseph River. Today, the Sauk Trail is known as US-12 and serves as a crossroads with M-99 in the heart of the Downtown. Jonesville was incorporated from a village to a home rule city on August 14, 2014.
Although much has changed in the nearly 200 years since Benaiah Jones settled with his family at the St. Joseph River, Jonesville remains a town proud of its roots and history. The streets of Jonesville are lined with historic homes including a Victorian mansion, once owned by Ebenezer Grosvenor, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan. Grosvenor was also a member of the state building commission that oversaw the construction of the Capitol in Lansing. The beautiful home has been meticulously maintained and is now a museum highlighting not only the significance of Gr...osvenor but of the city of Jonesville as a whole. Inside the Victorian home guests will learn Jonesville is home to the first "Free School" in Michigan as was the first school district with a defined curriculum. Jonesville makes history every day when the doors open at Powers Clothing, the Andrew Mack Brush Company, or Jonesville Lumber. These family-owned business in downtown Jonesville have been a staples in the community dating back as far as 1890. In fact, Powers Clothing is the oldest Carhartt clothing retailer in the United States.
Today, Jonesville has grown to a diverse economy and approximately 2,300 residents. There is a significant manufacturing presence, including Martinrea, the largest manufacturer in Hillsdale County. Once primarily focused on the automobile industry, area manufacturers have diversified. Employers range from several locally owned businesses to national and international corporations.
As with any community, we think our restaurants are the best, and we have the national recognition to prove it. Jonesville has been recognized nationally as one of the great small towns for food. We have it all from fine dining for a date night out to casual fare and, of course, we have a great local ice cream shop! The restaurants in Jonesville are locally owned and operated and conveniently located near our two historic bed and breakfast facilities at either end of Downtown.
Culture abounds in Jonesville including local community theater and local artists in display. The Sauk Theatre is located in Downtown Jonesville and has long been the home of the Hillsdale County Community Theatre. From comedy to drama, musicals to children’s productions, The Sauk highlights the amazing talents of Hillsdale County and beyond and truly does have something for everyone. Gallery 49 is an artist cooperative located Downtown, featuring a variety of mediums. Along with exhibitions by juried artists, the gallery hosts opportunities to learn about different artist media and techniques, growing arts and culture in Hillsdale County.
The St. Joseph River flows north through town and serves as the centerpiece of the annual Riverfest celebration the third weekend in May every year. The river provides a fun and challenging canoe and kayak route for people of all abilities and skill levels. The scenic river parallels the Jerry Russell Trail, a 1.4 mile, paved non-motorized trail converted from an abandoned rail bed. The beautiful trail is enjoyed by walkers and cyclists alike and provides the first public access to the St. Joseph River in Jonesville. The project was supported be an MDNR Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant, Don and Donna Playford, Jonesville Rotary Club, and the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. The trail connects to other regional recreation trails and serves as the local leg of the North Country Trail, a 4,600 mile trail between Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota and Crown Point New York.
The next time you are in southern Michigan, be sure to stop in beautiful historic Jonesville, your new home away from home!