Salary: $36.56 – $43.60/Hour
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Under direction organizes, assigns and reviews the work of personnel assigned to the operation and
maintenance of the water treatment and distribution facilities and systems; coordinates, monitors, and
provides technical input for assigned water treatment and distribution related projects and programs;
performs a variety of technical tasks relative to the assigned functional area; and performs related work
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives direction from the Public Works Manager. Exercises technical and functional supervision
over assigned staff.
This is the first experienced level class in the water system operations series. Under direct supervision, incumbents operate and maintain water treatment and distribution equipment and appurtenances according to City practices and procedures, as well as State and Federal regulations. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different
positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential
functions of the job.
- Plans, prioritizes, leads, and reviews the work of assigned staff in the water treatment and distribution
- Develops schedules and methods to accomplish assignments ensuring work is completed in a safe,
timely and efficient manner.
- Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements and modifications.
- Monitors operations and activities of the water operations work unit; recommends improvements and
modifications and prepares various reports on operations and activities.
- Provides and coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies.
- Determines and recommends equipment, materials, and staffing needs for assigned operations projects
and programs; maintains a variety of records and prepares routine reports related to operations.
- Orders supplies and tools as necessary; prepares documents for equipment procurement; participates
in informal bid processes for repair and construction projects as necessary.
- Performs the most complex water operations duties and provides technical assistance to crews.
- Troubleshoots operational and maintenance problems; corrects and directs the correction and repair
of operational and/or equipment problems.
- Inspects for safety violations; ensures that safety procedures are followed, and the safety
equipment is maintained; makes periodic safety presentations to plant staff.
- Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints; recommends
corrective actions to resolve issues.
- Maintains logs and records of work performed; prepares periodic reports.
- Responds to emergency situations as necessary.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Principles and practices of technical and functional supervision and training.
- Principles and practices of utilities operations.
- Principles, practices, equipment, tools and materials of water treatment and distribution
maintenance and process control.
- Electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, system process, instrumentation, and calibration, as they relate to
water treatment and distribution system maintenance and process control.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines relevant to
- Safety principles, practices and procedures of water treatment facilities and systems, including
equipment and hazardous materials.
- The operation and maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools, vehicles, and power
- Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
- Computer applications related to the work.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
- Techniques for dealing effectively with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff, in person
and over the telephone.
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and
over the telephone.
- Provide technical and functional supervision over assigned staff; effectively train staff.
- Perform the most complex duties related to the operations and maintenance of water treatment and
- Analyze, interpret, apply, and enforce Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and
- Understand, interpret, and successfully communicate both orally and in writing, pertinent
department policies and procedures.
- Develop cost estimates for supplies and equipment.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
- Maintain accurate records and files of work performed.
- Develop and recommend systems and procedures related to assigned operations.
- Establish and maintain a variety of manual and computerized record keeping and project
- Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
- Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
- Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment and software programs.
- Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade supplemented by two (2) years of college-level
coursework in wastewater treatment utility operations or related field, and four (4) years of increasingly
responsible experience in the operations of water treatment and distribution systems and facilities. An
Associate of Arts degree is highly desirable.
- Valid California class C driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.
- Grade III Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California State Department of
Public Health (DPH).
- Grade I Water Operator Certificate issued by the California State Department of Public Health
Must possess mobility to work in standard water operations facilities; strength, stamina and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to read gauges and identify appurtenances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects necessary to perform job functions.
Must possess mobility to work in standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to work in water treatment and distribution systems and facilities; strength, stamina and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to read gauges and identify appurtenances; and
hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment.
Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects necessary to perform job functions.
May be required to work on evenings, weekends and holidays. Participates in after-hours emergency response and on-call and callback assignments.