Wastewater Supervisor

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Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. Popular brands include Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.


This position is responsible for ensuring the proper operation of the wastewater pretreatment facility and compliance with the facility wastewater discharge permit. The supervisor is responsible for routine operational decisions and will coordinate the tasks among the operators and technicians. This employee must work closely and effectively with all waste water operators, technicians, managers, and the local municipal regulatory employees. 

Core Responsibilities

50% Wastewater Operations

  • Monitor and control all wastewater operations to produce the best quality of final effluent possible to meet all regulatory permit requirements.
  • Ensure that operations of the wastewater treatment area meet existing Smithfield permits and plan requirements (i.e., spill control plans, storm water permit).
  • Minimize wastewater treatment system upsets by becoming familiar with and by monitoring system performance on a regular basis.
  • Reduce the electrical, mechanical, and chemical operating costs.
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained and in good operating condition.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with the Municipal Utilities wastewater treatment plant personnel.
  • Maintain inventory of all supplies and chemicals needed to operate the wastewater system, and manage byproducts and wastes to minimize spills and reportable releases.
  • Monitor sludge land application requirements, application rates and outside contractor job performance of application.

40% Laboratory Analysis and Sampling

  • Ensure that all required sampling and testing are completed as assigned, and filed according to the plant’s Environmental Management System document control requirements.
  • This includes daily sampling and on site analysis, as well as sample collection and packaging for offsite analysis.
  • Accurate Chain of Custody documentation and lab invoice approval is also required.
  • All lab equipment must be maintained and properly calibrated.
  • Timeliness of sampling operations is critical.

10% Management and Other Duties

  • Assist the Plant Environment Manager with other duties as directed.
  • Manage a team of wastewater operators and technicians.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • High school diploma and 3+ years related experience and/or training. Associate or Bachelor’s degree in an environmental field preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Grade I Wastewater Certification (or able to acquire within 18 months of employment).
  • Candidate must pass the Smithfield online wastewater courses and the Pure Safety environmental classes within three (3) months of employment.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one small group situations to regulatory representatives, and to other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to troubleshoot wastewater operations, both chemical and physical, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Basic understanding of wastewater chemistry (BOD, solids, pH, metals).
  • Perform math required for wastewater calculations (basic functions and simple algebraic equations, parts per million conversion to pounds).
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Knowledge of Window applications including Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software and Word Processing software, email.
  • Flexible shifts - Must be available for night and weekend on-call status.
  • Prior experience operating Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) units, anaerobic lagoons, biotowers, and clarifiers is preferred.
  • Prior meat and food processing wastewater treatment experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics and physical demands 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.

  • Plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually loud when in the production area.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position is responsible for supervising three or more Wastewater Operators and a Wastewater Technician if there is one located at the facility.

Career Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit smithfieldfoods.com/careerbenefits.

Why Work at Smithfield Foods? 

We are committed to meeting our employees' needs, addressing their concerns and helping them enjoy rewarding careers with our company. 



With more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.



Working at Smithfield isn't just a job – it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.



Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.



Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies.

We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030.

We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others.

For more information connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.
Sioux falls, SD
1st, 2nd, or 3rd Shift
Corp Affairs/Environmental
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