Water Treatment Plant Operator I: $26.4196 - $32.1132
Water Treatment Plant Operator II: $29.8914 - $36.3326
Water Treatment Plant Operator III: $33.8194 - $41.1070
Due to a recent retirement, the City of Poway has opened a
recruitment for Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III. This
dynamic team provides safe drinking water to the residents and
businesses of Poway. This is a great opportunity to advance your
career in the water industry while serving the community.
Under immediate, direct, or general supervision, Water Treatment
Plant Operators operate equipment, facilities, and related
appurtenances involved in the monitoring, regulation, maintenance,
and operation of a conventional water treatment plant using
coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection,
and chlorination. Water Treatment Plant Operators perform routine
water quality laboratory analysis and adjust chemicals to comply
with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. They operate
and maintain plant equipment including pumps, motors, valves,
chemical feed systems, and filters to maintain adequate production
and reserves. Water Treatment Plant Operators assist with
preventive maintenance and make repairs to plant facilities and
equipment; monitor water distribution system infrastructure,
wastewater lift stations and potable/reclaimed pumping and storage
systems and report deficiencies; and perform related work as
Incumbents in this position receive immediate, direct, or
general supervision from the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor or
assigned supervisor. May exercise technical and functional
supervision over lower-level staff.
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.
- Operates the City's water treatment facility and distribution
system using electronic and computer control systems called
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and revises
equipment settings as appropriate; interprets gauges, meters,
charts, and graphs; operates pumps, valves, motors, and related
equipment; inspects plant equipment; notifies supervisor of unusual
situations, and makes inspections or corrects system problems as
- Monitors the distribution system via SCADA to maintain adequate
reservoir levels, meet system demands, ensure adequate fire
protection, and address distribution water quality concerns. Also
complies with all Federal, State and Local regulations.
- Monitors Water Treatment Plant operations, equipment, and
processes to ensure safe and ascetically acceptable drinking water
is being produced in compliance with all federal, state and local
- Optimizes the treatment process efficiencies, properly responds
to alarms and satisfies the distribution system demands; advises
system technicians and mechanics of potential problems and alarms;
coordinates activities with system technicians and mechanics.
- Performs preventive and corrective maintenance to the Water
Treatment Plant equipment, such as electric motors, engines, gas
and electric powered pumps, air compressors, emergency systems,
power generation systems, pressure and flow regulators, analyzers,
filters, chemical feed systems, and blowers; reports the need for
repairs to equipment, machinery, and electrical and electronic
- Makes minor repairs to equipment and assists Utility Systems
Maintenance staff with major repair work as needed.
- Performs routine maintenance and painting of machinery,
structures, equipment, and piping systems; operators may be
required to perform minor weed control maintenance at the Water
Treatment Plant and the Dam facility.
- Performs surface inspections on the Clear Well cover and
reports any concerns to supervisor.
- Performs chemical calculations and volumetric checks to
determine and ensure proper dosage of chemicals.
- Uses chemicals properly and handles them safely according to
- Performs analysis for parameters such as chlorine, turbidity,
pH and odor.
- Performs field water quality monitoring at sample sites and
- Boosts residual as needed in distribution reservoirs to
maintain water quality.
- Determines chemical, laboratory reagent and other product usage
in the Water Treatment Plant and places orders for these
- Calibrates and/or repairs online and bench water analyzing
instrumentation to ensure proper operation.
- Submits work requests for repairs to water treatment and
distribution system equipment; completes requests for repairs to
sewer, street, drainage, and parks infrastructure during after
hours dispatch duty.
- Assists in determining chemicals, laboratory reagents, and
equipment needed for budget purposes.
- Inspects and repairs water treatment filters; analyzes and
measures filter media to determine compliance with design
specifications; replaces and/or adds as needed.
- Monitors phone and radio systems and responds or dispatches
appropriate personnel to resolve water, sewer, street, or drainage
problems throughout the City after normal business hours and
- Performs periodic water quality and visual inspections of Lake
Poway and reports any cases of non-native plant species and
- Maintains accurate records of gauge reading, level sensors
data, flow meter values, chemical usage, and lab results to be
utilized in compiling comprehensive and accurate reports.
- Participates in safety training and exercises; implements safe
working habits based on safety training and through the proper use
of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how
to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or
similar class of positions.
- Responds to after-hours emergencies.
- Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of
scheduled hours on a regular basis.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements/License or Certificates Required
Water Treatment Plant Operator I: One year of experience in a
water-related field and/or mechanical/electrical repair and
Water Treatment Plant Operator II: One year of experience
equivalent to Water Treatment Plant Operator I in the City of
Poway. If the City recruits through an open competitive
recruitment, two years of experience equivalent to Water Treatment
Plant Operator I is required.
Water Treatment Plant Operator III: Two years of experience
equivalent to Water Treatment Plant Operator II in the City of
Poway If the City recruits through an open competitive recruitment,
two years experience equivalent to Water Treat Plant Operator II is
Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III: Equivalent to the
completion of the 12th grade supplemented by specialized training
in water treatment operations. Additional college level coursework
in water treatment, water distribution, chemistry, biology, or a
related field is desirable. Education and training required to
obtain Grade I - III certifications through the State Water
Resources Control Board as outlined below.
Licenses and Certifications:
Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III:
- Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory
- Possess and maintain valid CPR and First Aid Certificates.
Water Treatment Plant Operator I:
- Possess and maintain a valid Grade I Water Treatment Plant
Operator Certificate (T-1) issued by the California State Water
Resources Control Board, and obtain T-2 certification within two
consecutive test cycles.
- Ability to obtain SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos Handling,
Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.
Water Treatment Plant Operator II:
- Possess and maintain a valid Grade II Water Treatment Plant
Operator Certificate (T-2) issued by State Water Resources Control
Board, and obtain Grade III Water Treatment Plant Operator
Certificate (T-3) within four consecutive test cycles.
- Possess and maintain valid SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos
Handling, Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.
Water Treatment Plant Operator III:
- Possess and maintain a valid Grade III Water Treatment Plant
Operator Certificate (T-3) issued by the State Water Resources
- Possess and maintain valid SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos
Handling, Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard water treatment
plant and related 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 weighing up to 100
pounds, or heavier weights with assistance and/or with the use of
Employees work inside a water treatment plant and in the field
and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures,
inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining
workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and
hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact
with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and
contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and
May be required to be on-call and to work various or rotating
shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays. In case
of a Citywide emergency or natural disaster, employees in this
class may be required to serve as an Emergency Responder.
A completed NeoGov application, including supplemental
questions, must be submitted through NeoGov for consideration by
the application deadline. Application materials will not be
accepted separate from NeoGov or after the deadline.
A FULLY COMPLETED APPLICATION AND RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL
QUESTIONS ARE REQUIRED AND PART OF THE REVIEW AND QUALIFYING
PROCESS. QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED COMPLETELY.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training,
education and experience as presented in the application and
supplemental questions. The process may include interviews and/or
performance tests. Successful candidates will be placed on the
eligibility list established, which will be in effect for a period
of up to six months. A background investigation including LIVESCAN
fingerprinting and a verification of a valid driver's license and
satisfactory driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles
may be required. All appointments are also subject to the
successful completion of a pre-placement physical examination that
includes a drug screening. Applicants will be required to submit
verification of the legal right to work in the United States. The
City of Poway participates in E-Verify. All employees are required
by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of
California Constitution at time of hire.