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Northern California Power Agency
Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
131543.00 Per Year
Murphys, California
United States
Management - Other
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Hydro Operations Supervisor


Plans and directs the work of hydroelectric operations and maintenance personnel to meet generation schedules and control expenses directly related to operation of power plant and hydroelectric facilities. Assures operational efficiency, reliability, and compliance with safety, regulatory, and environmental standards. In addition to routine “on-call” responsibilities, the Operations Supervisor is expected to work the necessary hours to maintain compliance and plant availability.

Essential Duties (other duties may be assigned):
• Crew Supervision: Full supervisory responsibility for 4 to 12 employees including work direction, daily work load scheduling, staff development, and performance reviews. Assist maintenance crew in times of heavy workload, major overhauls, or emergency conditions. Participate with other plant staff members in planning, initiating and coordinating overall plant activities.
• Safety: Coordinate and conduct mandated OSHA safety training. Maintain and enforce safety and environmental procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and permit conditions. Manage public safety program and serve as emergency action plan coordinator. Identify, manage and respond to potential releases of hazardous materials and wastes. Must be able to take immediate and decisive action to maintain compliance with safety and environmental requirements and to minimize disruption to operations.
• Hydro Operations: Schedule and coordinate outages. Prepare and review switching orders. Coordinate mechanical maintenance activities to ensure equipment availability. Develop and direct the implementation of operating plans, giving consideration to equipment capabilities, environmental and regulatory constraints, operating personnel, and maintenance requirements. Monitor performance of the plant and facilities and initiate action to maintain operating efficiency. Inform management of operational status as appropriate.
• Compliance: Act as liaison to regulatory agencies such as USFS, USGS, and RWQCB. Maintain compliance with FERC, USFS, and CDFW license conditions. Oversee collection of field data including dam instrumentation and USGS hydrography data. Attend regulatory inspections, and prepare and respond to letters and reports. Oversee recreation concessionaire and campground water distribution system.
• Project Management: Coordinate permitting, CEQA, public works bidding, contracts, contractor oversight, and implementation of projects such as mechanical power plant upgrades, reservoir sediment removal, underwater construction (divers), and road maintenance.

At least 6 years experience in power generation operations and/or maintenance, with demonstrated knowledge of hydroelectric power systems and associated electrical-mechanical components. Two years of supervisory experience preferred. Above average analytical, decision making, math and computer skills (including CMMS, Word, Excel, SCADA, & databases). Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to read and interpret plant diagrams & schematics. Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in mechanical or electrical engineering preferred. Ability to work in rough natural terrain and noisy environments with the presence of safety hazards that must be properly managed to ensure safe operations. Must possess unrestricted CA Driver’s License & clean driving record.

NCPA offers excellent benefits including CalPERS medical and retirement plan including retiree medical benefits. See our website for more details on NCPA’s extensive benefits package.

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