Position Description

On Site Waste Specialist
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Conservation Planning & Zoning
Application Deadline Date 10/18/21
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Marathon County in Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to live, work, visit and conduct business. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by:

  • ensuring public safety;
  • protecting natural resources;
  • preparing for emergency and disaster responses;
  • protecting vulnerable populations;
  • creating and maintaining a high quality infrastructure for transportation;
  • providing education and fostering economic development; and
  • using process improvement techniques to improve public services.

Marathon County employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and a range of excellent benefits,  including:

  • Pay for performance system
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Wisconsin Retirement System defined benefit plan
  • Post employment health plan
  • Income continuation insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO plan) and paid holiday time off
  • 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Flexible spending account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Educational reimbursement program
  • Employee recognition programs and a positive work place culture


Marathon County's Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department has a full time opportunity to join their team as an Onsite Waste Specialist.  Employees in this position administer and enforce the Marathon County private sewage system ordinance and assist with administration of the Marathon County zoning, shoreland-wetlands, and floodplain ordinances. 



Bachelor's degree in soil science, natural resources management, land use planning, geography, or a closely related field, and one year related experience such as private onsite waste treatment system (POWTS) design, soil evaluation, and/or administration of land use regulations; OR equivalent combination of related education and experience.  Experience with geographic information systems desirable.  Equivalent combination of closely related education and work experience may be considered.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets County standards.
  • Ability to obtain certified soil tester certification (CST) and POWTS Inspector certification within 6 months of hire.



Estimate 70% of time will be to:

  • Assist with the administration of the Marathon County private sewage system ordinance.
  • Perform onsite evaluation of soil and site conditions, reviews and accepts/disapproves Soil & Site Evaluation reports submitted by certified soil testers and soil scientists.
  • Review and approves/disapproves sanitary permit applications and POWTS designs/plans, including state level POWTS designs/plans as an agent of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).
  • Inspect the construction and installation of private onsite wastewater treatment systems and components ensuring compliance with ordinances and codes.
  • Investigate violations of POWTS regulations, issues directives and orders, refers non-compliant cases to Corporation Counsel, and when necessary, testifies in court.
  • Document inspections and soil evaluations as required.  Manages and updates data in the POWTS database.
  • Assist with administering the Wisconsin Fund grant program for replacement of failing private sewage systems.
  • Assist with administering POWTS maintenance programs.
  • Provides technical information, education, and assistance to soil testers, designers, plumbers, and the public

Estimate30% of time will be to:

  • Assist with administration of comprehensive zoning and shoreland/wetland/flood plain codes.
  • Respond to questions from the public and governmental officials related to the work of the Conservation, Planning & Zoning Department.
  • Inform people making applications for permits of the various applicable code sections as well as providing information to consultants, licensed professionals, and the public via telephone calls, letters, etc.
  • Assist and coordinates with federal, state, and local agencies and institutions to implement programs, projects, and grants.
  • Prepare program/project status reports for committees; develops an annual outcome report.
  • Provide support to department supervisors by preparing, advising, and commenting on department policies and procedures as they relate to program implementation.
  • Develop and/or serves on internal teams that strive to improve the technical and administrative guidance to department plans and program initiatives.
  • Provide technical information and other assistance to the Board of Adjustment as needed.
  • Develop and implements community engagement activities utilizing newsletters, presentations, and training.

In addition the individual chosen is expected to:

  • Maintain a regular and predictable attendance, work extra hours as required.
  • Develop improvements to programs and work processes that add value for our customers.
  • Participate in establishing professional development goals that are supportive of broader County goals.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • Knowledge of soil morphology and the ability to make field determinations of soil conditions and limitations for on-site waste disposal. 
  • Basic knowledge of surveying practices.  Skill in understanding legal descriptions of real property.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of exterior plumbing, especially as it applies to the installation of septic systems and other on-site waste systems.
  • Knowledge of County and State land use regulations and codes and regulations applicable to the approval of soils and sites for on-site waste systems, general zoning, wetlands, shoreland, and floodplains.
  • Knowledge of the design and construction of on-site waste disposal systems.
  • Ability to deal firmly yet effectively with plumbing contractors, certified soil testers, developers, homeowners, and the public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, federal, state, and local agency staff, and other professionals.
  • Skill in reviewing reports of certified soil testers for completeness and accuracy.
  • Knowledge and skill using Geographic Information System (GIS) and software.
  • Ability to prepare reports and to present facts clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in using a computer for e-mail, calendaring, basic word processing, and data entry.
  • Understands the County's and department's mission, core values, plans, and priorities for the future.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.


Hourly Salary range (B23):  Minimum--$19.15 - Control Point--$22.50 - Maximum--$26.63    



Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, criminal record check, oral interview; review of references, and other appropriate job-related selection procedures.  All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application.



Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:      October 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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