Job Opportunities


Pay Rate: $40.38 - $44.23 per hour/
$84,000 - $92,000 annual equivalent

The City of Danbury is accepting applications for the position of Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator in the Public Utilities Department. This position offers an excellent pay rate and benefits package. Regular work week is 40 hours. For a complete list of position requirements and benefits summary, please obtain an application and job description available from the Human Resources/Civil Service Department, Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Ave Danbury, CT 06810 or at www.danbury-ct.gov. Completed original application plus 3 copies & $25 fee due Monday, April 2, 2018 No Later Than 6:00 P.M. EEO/M-F/D/V

Benefits Summary:

Some of the benefits this position has to offer include:

- Medical and Dental Insurance Plans​- Paid Holidays
- Retirement Plan​- Paid Vacation leave
- Deferred Compensation Plans​- Paid Personal Days
- Tuition Reimbursement​- Longevity Pay
- Overtime over 40 hours​(eligible)

Please carefully read this entire important announcement

The City of Danbury will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability, except where it is a bona fide occupational qualification. We encourage African Americans, women, Hispanics, and other minorities who meet the minimum qualifications to apply.

The following information is only a general description of the recruitment and hiring process and is not all-inclusive. Please note that any and/or all of the components of this process may be changed by the City of Danbury with or without notice. Additionally, the City of Danbury reserves the right to modify the order sequence of testing as may be appropriate.


This is managerial, technical & administrative work in the operation and maintenance of drinking water filtration plants, water supply sources, water distribution systems, water pump stations, water storage tanks and appurtenant facilities. The employee in this classification works under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Public Utilities.


• Directly supervises the drinking water treatment operations and maintenance.
• Supervises all water treatment and maintenance staff.
• Ensures the delivery of adequate quantities of safe high quality water that meets or exceeds the standards established by the State and Federal agencies for the protection of Public Health.
• Ensures operation actions are properly performed by operators to make equipment and systems do the work they are intended to do.
• Oversees maintenance activities and establishes maintenance programs (preventative & corrective) to ensure that all equipment, systems and facilities are able to perform as intended.
• Oversees and instructs operators in the proper operation of the supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA), metering pumps, rapid mix, sedimentation basins, filters & filter backwash techniques, and how to correct operational changes.
• Responsible for the accumulation and interpretation of plant and distribution system data from the SCADA system and other sources. Ensures the data from the SCADA system is properly acquired and protected.
• Supervises the operation of the distribution system pump stations and water storage tanks.
• Handles customer inquiry by telephone and in person as required.
• Ensures that meters associated with water treatment plant and distribution system operations are accurate and properly maintained.
• Administrative duties include creating work schedules, payroll, requisitioning material, and inventory.
• Creates operational reports as required for the water plants, distribution system, meter department, and collection system.
• Assists in the preparation of the annual budget and departmental goals, manages budget throughout year.
• Prepares various permits and documents for the Public Utilities as required by local, state, and federal agencies.
• Recommends and enforces emergency response procedures and safety policies.
• Assists in emergency responses to water interruptions in service as required.
• Oversees operation and maintenance of the Landfill Gas Collection and Treatment System.
• Assists with Public Utilities Department projects.
• Performs related tasks as required and directed.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices of water treatment, standards and operational procedures related to water treatment. Must realize the implications of improper water treatment for community health and well-being. Has the ability to meet and deal with the public, local & state officials on technical issues in non-technical terms. Ability to lead, supervise, and manage a staff. Ability to communicate and co-ordinate with contractors, vendors, and consultants to achieve departmental goals. Ability to implement change as necessary. May be required to attend after-hours meetings. Must be able to work off-hours when needed.

Shall possess or be able to obtain a class IV water treatment certification and class III distribution system certificate valid in the State of Connecticut within one year of appointment. Must have substantial knowledge of drinking water treatment, distribution, and maintenance of facilities. Must have extensive knowledge of computers, logic controllers, and related data collection devices. Minimum of ten years’ experience in the area of water treatment. Experience in regulatory compliance with State and Federal agencies. Graduation from High School is required. An associated degree or bachelor degree in related area is preferred. Valid driver’s license to operate automobiles within the State of Connecticut is required.

Able to work efficiently and use good discretion with only general supervision from Superintendent of Public Utilities.

If you do not meet the above minimum requirements your application will not be accepted by the Civil Service Commission nor will you receive a refund of your application fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to complete the application in its entirety by including ​your specific skills and responsibilities under each position that you have held. ​Should you not specifically indicate that you have the skills required as defined ​above, the Civil Service Commission will not accept your application.

2. Application Submission:

Applications are available at the Human Resources Dept., 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT 06810 or at www.danbury-ct.gov. Qualified applicants must submit a completed original application with three copies and a $25 fee* to Human Resources no later than 6:00 pm, Monday, April 2, 2018. EEO/M/F/D/V

*Application Fee waiver: A filing fee is not charged if you are receiving public assistance from the State of Connecticut, or if a applicant’s income falls below the federal poverty levels. A written request for a waiver must be made to the Civil Service Commission prior to the application closing date, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT, 06810. To have the fee waived, you must submit either a copy of your current benefit card (State of Connecticut Department of Social Services identification card) or your W-2 Statement of Earnings for the year. You must indicate your Social Security Number and/or Examination Number (if applicable) on the front of the benefit card copy or on the copy of your W-2 Statement of Earnings.

The application must be completed in its entirety. Omissions, false, misleading or inaccurate information will result in rejection of the application.

It is recommended that applicants do not wait until the last day to submit the application. Applications should be completed as soon as possible after publication of the announcement for examination.

Please contact the Human Resources/Civil Service Department at (203) 797-4598 or humanresources@danbury-ct.gov if you need assistance or if you have any general questions.

3. Application Review

The Civil Service Commission is responsible for reviewing the applications to determine if they are complete and meet the minimum requirements for the position. The Commission will review all the applications for the position during their monthly meeting following the closing date of the position.

If an application is accepted by the Civil Service Commission, then the applicant will be notified in writing and will be informed of the next step in the process. If the Commission does not accept an application, the applicant will also be notified in writing.

4. Testing
Once an application is accepted by the Civil Service Commission, the applicant will be notified in writing of the next steps in the testing process. Each test phase named below is listed in the order in which they occur. Each test phase must be passed in order to continue to the next level of the selection process.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to adhere to the City’s testing schedule. Unless otherwise stated, there will be no make-up examinations or alternative examination dates.

If an applicant fails the test phase listed below, the applicant will be immediately eliminated from consideration for this hiring process.

Oral Examination ​(100% of the final score)

Test Date: ​To Be Determined
Location:​Public Works Complex
​Public Utilities Building 3
​53 Newtown Road
​Danbury, CT 06810

(Unless otherwise notified, applicants are not permitted to bring and/or use calculators, electronic devices, books or other reference materials during the examinations).

Reasonable Accommodations in the testing process:
All requests for reasonable accommodations in the testing process along with medical documentation establishing the need for the accommodation must be submitted to the City of Danbury Human Resources Department no later than the closing date of applications.

5. The Eligibility List

A passing average score on the above test will place an applicant on the Chief Operator – WTP Eligibility List in rank order. The rank on this list is established according to the averaged score on the written and oral exams according to the percentages as indicated above plus any additional applicable veterans points awarded. The resulting list is then certified by the Civil Service Commission and will be used to fill vacancies as they occur, as per Civil Service Rules. If the list is not exhausted, it remains in effect for one year. However, the Commission can decide to extend an eligibility list for one additional year.

Participation in the testing and recruitment process and/or placement on an eligibility list does not guarantee a continuance in the remainder of the hiring process nor does it imply or constitute an offer of employment.

6. Additional Testing Requirements

Once the eligibility list is certified, depending on the number of vacancies, candidates with the highest ranking on the list will be interviewed by a panel of City Officials. As future positions become available, applicants are interviewed from this list based on their ranking for as long as the list is active.

Those candidates selected through the panel interview will continue in the selection process by participating in an additional series of testing which may include but is not limited to background checks, drug screens, medical physical, etc. Once again, each test phase must be passed in order to continue to the next level of the testing process. If any one of the test phases is not passed, the candidate will be immediately eliminated from consideration for this hiring process and subsequently removed from the eligibility list.


Promotional Opportunities (COD Employees Only)

SALARY: $91,129 / annually

Applications must be on file at the Human Resources/Civil Service Office, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810:
MONDAY, February 5, 2018, NO EARLIER THAN 8:30 a.m., through
MONDAY, February 26, 2018 - NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements and other criteria established by the Civil Service Commission will be rated according to their merit and relative fitness to perform the duties of the position.

The Civil Service Commission will review all applications received. At the discretion of the Civil Service Commission, the number of applicants admitted to the examination process may be limited to those applicants whose background and experience, as stated on the application, would indicate skills and qualifications of most immediate benefit to the department and the City of Danbury. The examination for this position will consist of the following parts:

ORAL EXAM - 100%

Passing scores for each phase is 70%. A candidate who is denied entrance to an examination, or who is notified of a failing grade on any portion of an examination, has the right to a review and/or appeal of that portion of the examination process. All appeals must be made in writing to the Civil Service Commission office within 10 days of the mailing of the notice of results of the examination. Employees applying for a promotional position are not required to undergo a physical exam.


*ORAL EXAM: WEEK OF March 19, 2018
Human Resources/Civil Service Department 155 Deer Hill Avenue Danbury CT, 06810
Times to be scheduled

*Please note: only those candidates with a passing score on the written exam will be eligible for the oral exam. All candidates will be notified of their score on the written exam in writing


NOTE: All oral examinations will be audio recorded

Applications: Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources-Civil Service Department, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810. EEO/M-F/D-V



Employees in this classification perform firefighter duties as required but their main duties are in the repair, preventive maintenance and maintaining of fire apparatus and equipment in working order. The individual has immediate supervision of the Assistant Mechanic and reports directly to the Fire Chief or Assistant Chief.

Maintain and repair all pumpers, aerial ladders, ambulances and related automotive equipment.
Maintain all records, repair and testing of self-contained breathing apparatus and accessories.
Maintain all hose records and the repair-damaged sections.
Maintain inventory of all small appliances, repair when needed.
Maintain inventory of all tools, parts, tires, and fluids used in the daily operations.
Schedule annual aerial and ground ladder testing.
Submit Capital Improvement Program items as they relate to the apparatus division.
Submit annual budget requests for the apparatus division.
Performs related work as directed by the Fire Chief.
Recommends new equipment and procedure for the safe operation of apparatus, equipment, and appliances.
Familiar with computer systems for record-keeping and inventory purposes.


Considerable knowledge of fire apparatus and equipment; considerable knowledge of the materials, tools and methods used in the repair, maintenance and servicing of automotive equipment and pumps; considerable knowledge of the operations and repairs of internal combustion engines and chassis parts; ability to diagnose defects of fire apparatus and equipment and to remedy defects; skills in the use of tools and equipment of the trade.

Experience and Training:
Required to be a bargaining unit member. Three to four years’ experience in the repair and maintenance of heavy automotive equipment and some experience in the repair of complex pumps.

Promotional Application