Water Treatment Plant Operator III/IV

City of Yuba City | Yuba City, CA

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Posted Date 1/10/2023

Salary: $38.85 - $51.95 hourly

Under general supervision, performs daily operation of the Water Treatment Facility, routine preventative maintenance such as lubrication, operating adjustments, cleaning and minor corrective maintenance on plant equipment, and performs other related work as required.  Operators do not have supervisory responsibilities. An Operator IV provides lead direction to other workers, but has no supervisory responsibilities.
Water Treatment Plant Operator III:
Incumbents work within an established framework of set procedures in performing assigned tasks and are expected to perform a variety of journey-level maintenance, repair, and water operation tasks with general supervision and minimum instruction. Work is normally reviewed only on completion and for overall results.
Water Treatment Plant Operator IV:
The classification of Operator IV represents the highest level of the series. Incumbents in this class are expected to perform their assigned tasks with limited supervision, assigned technically advanced duties and may be assigned responsibility for field direction of assigned crews. Incumbents are expected to know the work functions, act independently, and advise supervisors of needed work and approximate time and materials needed to complete the work. Incumbents are expected to have proven skills in the operation of all assigned equipment.
Please see job description for a complete list of essential functions and duties. (Download PDF reader) 
 Minimum QualificationsAny  relevant  combination  of  education  and  experience  that  would  demonstrate  the knowledge and skills outlined below is qualifying. A typical way of gaining the skills is:
Water Treatment Plant Operator III/IV: 
Completion of formal or informal education sufficient to ensure the ability to read and write at a level required for successful job performance; and two (2) years of recent, full-time increasingly responsible work experience at a water treatment plant performing the duties outlined below.
Licenses and/or Certifications Required:
Possession  of  a  valid  California  driver  license.  Individuals  who  do  not  meet  this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Water Treatment Plant Operator III:
Possession of a valid California Grade III or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate and Grade 1 Distribution System Operator Certificate within two (2) years of appointment, a Grade II Distribution System Operator Certificate must be obtained.
Water Treatment Plant Operator IV: 
Possession of a valid California Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate and Grade II Distribution System Operator Certificate.
It is the incumbents' responsibility to maintain valid California Water Treatment Plant and Distribution System Operator Certifications at the required levels.

(Application period is open until a sufficient number of applications are received and this recruitment may close at any time. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.) 

Please note:  If you have already applied for the Water Treatment Plant Operator II/III - Limited Term position and are interested in this full-time job opportunity for Water Treatment Plant Operator III/IV, a new application must be submitted.  

The information above is a brief summary of job duties. Please visit www.yubacity.net for additional information regarding this position and employment with the City of Yuba City. 

  • You must demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
  • Please complete ALL sections of the application.  A résumé or other supplemental materials may be attached to your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application.  Blank applications that reference "see résumé" will be disqualified. Your resume and supplemental materials will not be considered as part of the initial screening process.
  • Be sure to review your application prior to submission. No new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Application materials are the property of the City of Yuba City and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number and email address.  Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.

Selection Process
The minimum qualifications as stated in this job announcement represent only the basic requirements of the position. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

The recruitment process involves multiple steps which may include but are not limited to:

  • Video One-Way Interviews
  • Speed Interviews
  • Oral Panel Interviews
  • Department Interviews
  • Written Testing
  • Physical Agility Testing – for Safety Positions

Please note: The entire recruitment process from recruitment opening date to start date could take 6 – 12 weeks for successful candidates.
Final candidates must pass pre-employment screening which may include:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Substance Screening
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Reference Check

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Yuba City does not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, race, color, national origin, age, or disability in employment or the provision of service. Veterans, women, minorities and the disabled are encouraged to apply. EOE.
The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment process to accommodate candidates with disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 72 hours in advance so such aids or services can be arranged.  TTY users may contact Human Resources at (530) 822-4732.
The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.
Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Yuba City. If you have questions regarding this job announcement or the application process:

About the City: The City of Yuba City is located in Sutter County, adjacent to the beautiful Feather River and at the base of the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world. Located just 40 miles north of Sacramento, Yuba City is the agricultural, economic and social center of the Yuba-Sutter Region. The area offers excellent outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, water skiing, hunting, biking, horseback riding, and is within comfortable driving distance of the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and other recreational areas.
The City is the perfect mix of urban convenience and small town charm. A historic downtown and modern shopping facilities make shopping convenient and a pleasure. The City prides itself in its well-maintained parks and aquatic center, while offering a wide range of recreational activities for the entire family.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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