Field Supervisor, Water Distribution - 3244

Career Purpose

To provide first line supervision of field crews. Prepares various reports, inspects completed projects, and visits with the public concerning complaints.


  • The following functions apply to positions in all divisions regardless of area of specialization. Specific functions are listed separately for individual areas of specialization
  • Assists Superintendent and Field Utilities Director in planning and establishing operating policies and procedures.
  • Answers questions and complaints from the public and higher level management; contacts citizens and utility companies and takes remedial actions.
  • Keeps necessary records and makes required reports and cost estimates.  Instructs and enforces City of Lawton and OSHA safety rules, policies and procedures.
  • Plans, assigns supervises and inspects the work of employees engaged in the repair, maintenance, and cleaning of sewer lines. 
  • Supervises the installation and maintenance of wastewater projects. Supervises and schedules work and assigns personnel to specific duties.
  • Responds to emergency operations when notified and participates in emergency operation schedule   changes for up to 12 hrs/day, or as needed.
  • Ensures proper preventative maintenance on equipment assigned to activity.


  • Assists Superintendent and Field Utilities Director in personnel Management activities such as interviewing candidates for hire and performance evaluation of division employees.
  • Assists in coordinating activities with other departments and divisions of the City and with State and county governments.  Trains subordinates in methods of operation, and ensures adherence to these procedures and methods. 
  • Works with Wastewater scheduler on work orders and backlog.
  • Investigates and writes injury and accident reports.  Writes specifications for purchase of equipment and tools. 
  • Assists in budget preparation for initial submission and assists in budget administration after adoption.
  • Sets up engineer levels to check grades.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be ale to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge skills, and ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Possession of a Class “D” certification in Wastewater from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license is desired but not required.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the areas of specialization.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary for the safe conduct of work and equipment operation.
  • Ability to plan, layout work, supervise a group of subordinates and obtain effective results and meet established schedules.
  • Ability to maintain required operating records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and the public.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and to work from knowledge of Oklahoma Plumbing Codes involving wastewater collection systems, sketches and plans.
  • Graduation from a standard high school or GED equivalent or vocational school supplemented by special training in supervision.
  • Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedent, and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical             Regularly         = 67% of the work time or greater;

Demands           Frequently       = 34% - 66% of the time;

                          Occasionally    = 12% - 33% of the time;

                           Rarely              = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Regularly:        Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Frequently:       Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.  The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

Occasionally:         Smell materials to better identify or insure purity (lack of contamination). The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 100 pounds.


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.

Environmental          Regular            = 67% of the work time or greater;

Demands                  Frequently        = 34 - 66% of the time;

                                 Occasionally    = 12% - 33% of the time;

                                 Rarely              = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Regularly:        Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions and in trenches and confined spaces

Occasionally: Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, vibration, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection.  Works in high, precarious places and is exposed to fumes and risk of electrical shock.


The personal contacts are typically with employees of different departments, external agencies and with the general public.  The contacts are to answer questions requiring explanations or limited interpretation of advanced procedures.  May involve some hostility.



Provides the first level of supervision for field work crews.



The employee performs duties under the direction of the Water Distribution Superintendent who makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines and assists the employee with unusual situations which do not have clear precedents.  The employee plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies and accepted practice.  Work is reviewed for technical conformance and consistence with practice and policy.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on September 8, 2020.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description 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 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.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Closing Date
Career Type
$1,335.79 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Public Utilities

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