Lorton, Virginia

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Job Description

Operations Manager - Fairfax WTE plant in Lorton, VA

The Operations Manager will oversee Plant operational responsibilities and requirements, at this Energy from Waste (EfW) mass burn power plant.

This job offers an exciting growth opportunity with a very competitive Total Rewards package that includes:
  • A Competitive Base Salary
  • Performance based Annual Incentive Plan
  • Great benefits including PTO, health insurance, Retirement Savings Plan and 401K match
  • Some relocation assistance may be available

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Effectively organize daily activities and oversee proper and efficient daily work of all operations personnel
  • Provide guidance and over-site to keep boiler and turbine performance at maximum levels.
  • Manage and implement established operator and technical training programs.
  • Administer and supervise studies to improve plant operations, maintenance, or equipment and monitor the effectiveness of plant manuals and procedures, institutingchangesor additions, as required.
  • Ensure the plant's readiness to meet unusual situations and safe/efficient day-to-day operations.
  • Proficiently inspect boilers and machinery and meet plant performance targets.
  • Oversee or compile various reports at plant and corporate levels.
  • Adhere to environmental, health, and safety procedures and permit requirements.
  • Work with the Maintenance Manager to address plant operational deficiencies.
  • This position reports to the Facility Manager

Working Conditions:
  • Plant environment.
  • Some overtime required as special projects arise.
  • Travel 10%

Minimum Requirements:
  • The ideal candidate will have a B.S. in Engineering. 10+ years of plant operations supervisory/managerial experience will be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • The ASME, QRO/CFO Certification is desirable, or must be able to qualify for this certification within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • To be considered for this position, you must have a broad background in plant operations, including approximately 10 years' experience in a supervisory or managerial level role in an industrial power generating facility.
  • Maintenance experience with rotating and electrical generation (turbine generator) equipment. Knowledge of electrical and controls systems is desired.
  • Must have Materials Processing experience to be considered (Boilers, Turbines, etc)

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Understanding of municipal solid waste (MSW) combustion practices and materials handling processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications, and organizational skills.
  • Off-hours work may be required.

Physical Requirements:
  • Stay alert while standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Work in close quarters and confined spaces
  • Climb ladders, stairs and structures
  • Tolerate heights
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Tolerate high temperatures


Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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Lorton, Virginia

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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