Lead Utility Worker

Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency | Santa Clarita, CA

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Posted Date 3/08/2023

Salary: $44.71 - $54.47 Hourly
$92,996.80 - $113,297.60 Annually

Close: 3/31/23

Under general supervision, organizes, plans, and directs staff responsible for construction, maintenance, and various other potable water distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water system activities, including but not limited, to Underground Service Alerts, system repairs, meter reading, and other field customer service related tasks; provides direction over Utility Workers in construction and maintenance; may perform any or all of the essential functions or may delegate as needed; and performs other related duties as required. 




The Lead Utility Worker is an advanced journey-level class in the operations department. Successful performance requires a thorough knowledge of operations, maintenance, and/or construction procedures and the ability to exercise sound independent judgment. 




Receives general supervision from the Director of Operations and Maintenance. The incumbents of this class may exercise functional supervision over assigned agency 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. 


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Directs and assigns work to employees engaged in the operation, maintenance, construction, and repair of the potable water distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water systems.  

  • Directs and assigns capital improvement projects, routine preventative and corrective action maintenance projects related to potable distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water systems operations.  

  • Requisitions materials and supplies, maintaining an inventory as needed; schedules contractors for welding, asphalt cutting, permanent paving, main and service repair, hydrant repair, etc.  

  • Directs and oversees projects requiring trenching, pipe laying, back filling, reinforcement and shoring placement, concrete placement, masonry construction, soil compaction, and various other water main and service installations.  

  • Inspects potable distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water systems to determine work to be scheduled; responds to emergencies and mainline breaks; plans temporary services.  

  • Assists with the development of preventive maintenance programs for potable distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water systems; evaluates new and existing equipment, manufacturer specifications and operating history; evaluates, and recommends purchases.  

  • Responds to customer inquiries and complaints regarding pressure issues, leaks, meter reading, and other customer related operational concerns within the distribution system.  

  • Directs and oversees the locating and marking of agency facilities when construction is scheduled within proximity; monitors and reviews dig alerts; identifies and marks location of service lines using maps and/or personal knowledge of area; may re-mark lines when requested by contractor.  

  • Reviews and evaluates the job performance of water utility employees and provides feedback to their direct supervisor; conducts training sessions; approves scheduled leaves and signs time sheets, counsel's employees and may recommend disciplinary action for assigned personnel.  

  • Assists with and provides information related to the operations, maintenance, and construction of potable water distribution, sanitary sewer, and recycled water systems capital improvement and expense budgets and planning.  

  • May require after hour response and support related to distribution system operations, maintenance, and construction activities.  

  • Operates a computer and assigned software. 

  • Performs other related duties as required. 



This position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and/or stooping in the performance of daily activities.? The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in making repairs.? Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in making mechanical and system repairs. Incumbents are required to turn valves. The need to lift, drag, and push materials, supplies, and equipment weighing 50 pounds also is required. 


Most work is performed in a standard office environment, but some work is performed outdoors in varied weather conditions, including heat, rain and cold, and with potential exposure to road traffic, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, and occasional confined spaces. 


Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.



Read the job notice thoroughly, note the minimum requirements of the position, and compile any information or documents necessary for the application. Complete and submit your application along with supporting documents such as resume and cover letter. It is important that your application is complete and thorough. Please include all requested information including education, certifications, and relevant experience.


Be advised that, while you may submit a resume with your application, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Incomplete applications will likely be rejected.



Human Resources administers the Agency’s recruitment procedures to ensure a fair and unbiased selection. Applications may be removed from the process if they are incomplete or where the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications. Accepted applicants will interview before an unbiased, multiparty interview and scoring panel. Interviewed applicants will be scored on areas such as education, experience, demonstrated qualifications, communication skills, and interview presentation, among others. While seniority is considered, the Agency will choose the best qualified candidate regardless of time at the Agency. The Agency strives to fill each position with the most qualified candidate.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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