Yuba County Water Agency
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The Operator works under the supervision of the Senior Operator and is responsible for performing journeyman level work associated with the operations, maintenance and repair of water supply, flood control, hydroelectric and recreation facilities and their various related components of the Yuba County Water Agency’s facilities.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following;
The Operator is responsible for all power plant generation and transmission equipment; performs and directs switching in accordance with established Agency and PG&E switching procedures; regulates the generation and water requirements as directed by PG&E dispatchers; regulates irrigation, fish and flood water releases as required by the Agency in compliance with various regulatory requirements; performs routine tests on automatic equipment; performs records all pertinent information of generation and water operations; isolates equipment and issues clearances to maintenance personnel; takes dam deflection and seepage readings; monitors the communication radio; receives and dispatches calls by telephone or radio; makes regular inspections of the generators and auxiliary equipment at several locations; monitors remote data sensing terminals, makes routine checks of water diversion bypass and storage facilities; operate manual and power actuated valves and gates; changes recording charts. Monitors in-stream flow to meet flow requirements, and may be required to make emergency flood control adjustments. Assists other trades and does other project related work as assigned.
CAPABILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
The ideal candidate for the Operator position would have recent experience working in a hydro power plant or similar working environment and have the ability to analyze and organize jobs, read complex drawings and documents, and make sound decisions. The Operator must have the ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions; accurately record and report information both written and orally. He/she must have knowledge of safe working practices; have good dexterity, coordination and ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. in accordance with safe working practices. The job entails substantial physical activity which requires the ability to climb ladders, climb stairs with 640 feet of rise, have dexterity to climb in and out and work in close quarters, walk up to 10 miles in steep terrain in a day and work outside in all kinds of weather. The job requires standing, sitting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pulling, pushing, prying, swinging hand tools and working from below one’s feet to above one’s head, close and distance vision. The Operator must have knowledge and ability to operate a boat. Must be able to use respirators, requires the use of safety hats, belts, harnesses, face guards, safety glasses and goggles, safety shoes, protective clothing including FR type clothing, ear protection and other safety equipment where necessary. The Operator must have the ability to work constructively as a part of a team with co-workers, consultants, and members of the public. This position is required to have the ability to work overtime, respond to after hour call outs, and must reside close enough to the Plant to respond within one hour. All employees must follow State and Federal safety standards and any safety policies and practices defined by the Agency.
DESIRABLE TRAINING, EXPERIENCE & LICENSES:
The Operator must have sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above. These normally would be acquired through at least three years of recent responsible experience in the operation of a hydro-electric power plant or an equivalent combination of training and experience with other types of electric generating plants. Must be proficient in the use of computers with minimal familiarization to new software. This position requires the ability to have or be able to obtain a valid California Class C driver’s license and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Vacation: 15 days per year. Sick leave: 15 days per year. Holidays: 13 days per year. Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision): Agency will pay full cost of Health Insurance for employee and dependents equivalent to the least expensive plan available to any qualified employee. The Agency does not participate in Social Security, but contributes to a deferred income plan in lieu of Social Security. Life Insurance: Agency pays for a $50,000 life insurance policy for each employee. Retirement: CalPERS retirement benefits (2%@62 retirement benefit formula for “New Members” to CalPERS, or 2%@55 retirement formula for “Classic Members” hired within six months of employment with another CalPERS agency or public agency that has “reciprocity” with CalPERS, as required by the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.) The Agency currently pays 5% of the employee’s 7% contribution to CalPERS. Upon the expiration or modification of the MOU, “New Members” will pay 50% of the normal cost rate to fund the 2%@62 benefit (currently at 6.25%).