Water Systems Operator I/II/III - Environmental Services Department

City of San Jose - ESD | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 7/30/2019
Description

Job ID# 1901302
Salary Range: $70,844.80-$99,361.60 Annually
Closing Date: August 19, 2019

 


About the Department
 
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2018 Annual Report (http://www.sanjoseca.gov/esdannualreport). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What is it like to be an ESDer? Watch this video: Day in the Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDI5f8lFT6M). Join us to make a difference!


Positions & Duties
 
Salary Information:

Water Systems Operator I annual salary range is $70,844.80 - $88,212.80

Water Systems Operator II annual salary range is $75,108.80 - $93,828.80

Water Systems Operator III annual salary range is $79,518.40 - $99,361.60


The Environmental Services Department is recruiting for a Water Systems Operator in the Water Resources Division.

The Water Resources Division is comprised of three sections: Potable Water Supply and Engineering (Municipal Water System), Water Recycling (South Bay Water Recycling), and Systems Operations and Maintenance.

The Water Resources Division provides potable water service through the Municipal Water System to the communities of Evergreen, North San Jose/Alviso, Edenvale, and Coyote.  It consists of 311 miles of pipeline, 15 pump stations, 14 wells and 18 reservoirs, serving a growing population of over 125,000, with over 26,500 potable water accounts, in a 33.3 square mile service area.  The Water Resources Division also provides recycled water service through the South Bay Water Recycling program and system to the Cities of San Jose, Santa Clara and Milpitas.  The recycled water system consists of 105 miles of pipeline, 4 pump stations and 3 reservoirs, serving over 530 recycled water accounts.  The Operations and Maintenance Section is responsible for operating and maintaining the potable and recycled water systems, preventative maintenance, and customer service.  

The position performs mechanical and technical work of moderate difficulty in performing field and shop work in servicing and maintaining City of San Jose water services, equipment and devices for the potable and recycled water systems. 

Typical duties include:

·     Check and maintain pumps and equipment in the main water system plant and other various field stations for proper operation.

·     Repairs and replaces defective meters, lids, and boxes in the field, and repairs, rebuilds and tests meters that are brought in from the field due to malfunction.

·     Installs water meters, boxes, and lids, as required, for new construction.

·     Tests and calibrates compound, displacement type, and turbine meters in the system according to American Water Works Association specifications.

·     Operates, maintains, and repairs valves and hydrants of all types.

·     Reads and records data from water meters, pressure gauges, tank level indicators and well level indicators.

·     Responds to and corrects malfunctions and emergencies such as water main breaks, service leaks, water quality complaints and broken hydrants.

·     Takes water samples for bacteriological testing, and makes routine chemical analyses of water for fluoride, chlorine and other constituents.

·     Responds to consumer complaints, (such as high bills, high or low pressure, bad taste, odor, color, noise, leaks, or no water)

·     Performs occasional landscape maintenance at water system facilities sites.

 

The position requires both scheduled and unscheduled standby and overtime work.

Depending on the work group, assignments will be made to any shift needed for an around-the-clock operation. Incumbents must also be available for work on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

The incumbent in this position will be required to comply with Municipal Water Systems Standby Policy, which includes responding to system emergencies within 45 minutes upon being notified. 

Duties require a heavy level of physical exertion, including exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects (e.g. large hand tools, pipes, or other water equipment). Incumbents work with large industrial equipment and machinery, in confined spaces, outdoors, and around hazardous materials. Incumbents may be required to utilize self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment, which requires the ability to pass an annual fit and spirometry test.

The ability to perform the essential physical functions of the job will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Competencies

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, including water regulations, safety management, water sampling and treatment best practices, meter reading technologies, water systems maintenance and repair practices and equipment, chlorination and disinfection specifications, chemical analysis, and water system hydraulics, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts. 

Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.
 
Planning - Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


Minimum Qualifications

Water Systems Operator I

Experience:

One (1) year general experience in maintenance, repair and installation in the water utility industry or similar industrial work environment.

 

Licensing/Certifications:

·         Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

·         Possess and maintain valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Distribution Operator Grade 1 certification.

·         Possess and maintain valid SWRCB Water Treatment Operator Grade 1 certification.

 

Water Systems Operator II

Experience:

One (1) year experience in potable water distribution or treatment operations experience at a distribution or treatment facility.

 

Licensing/Certifications:

·         Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

·         Possess and maintain valid SWRCB Distribution Operator Grade 2 certification.

·         Possess and maintain valid SWRCB Water Treatment Operator Grade 1 certification.

·         Possession of a valid California Class A driver’s license.

 

Water Systems Operator III

Experience:

One (1) year experience as a Water Systems Operator II for the City of San José.

 
Licensing/Certifications:

·         Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

·         Possess and maintain valid SWRCB Distribution Operator Grade 3 certification.

·         Possess and maintain valid SWRCB Water Treatment Operator Grade 1 certification.

·         Possession of a valid California Class A driver’s license.

 

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The Job ID for this opening is 1901302. To view the full announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane at Maria.Lane@sanjoseca.gov or at (408) 535-7012

 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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