Maintenance Worker/ Treatment Operator

Sweetwater Springs Water District | Guerneville, CA

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Posted Date 10/16/2019

The Sweetwater Springs Water District is pleased to accept applications for a full-time Maintenance Worker/ Treatment Operator at our District office, located at 17081 Hwy. 116, Ste. B, Guerneville.


Performs a variety of skilled and unskilled water system maintenance, repair, construction, and re-construction tasks under general supervision of senior employees.  May operate water distribution and treatment equipment as assigned.  Requires weekend, evening, and holiday on-call work assignments.  Performs related tasks as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The trainee-level classification is an entry-level position which requires some basic technical skills and knowledge related to underground construction.  A level of mechnical aptitude and the knowledge or ability to learn how to solve water-related math  problems is necessary.  Work is observed and reviewed during performance, and procedures are explained in detail relative to the specific task at hand.  Requires obtaining T-1 and D-1 CA state certifications within approximately one year of hire date.

Level I is the advanced entry-level classification.  The employee has a general knowledge of water system operation and maintenance procedures, and must have T-1 and D-1 CA state certification.

Level II. The employee is expected to fully perform a wide variety of tasks under general supervision, and must have a T-2 and D-2 CA state certification.

Level III  is the journey-level classification.  The employee has significant water system experience.  The employee can perform duties under limited supervision, and must have at least T-2 and D-3 CA state certification.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Dig trenches, excavate, clean, flush, inspect, repair, construct and/or reconstruct water lines and laterals
  • Locate and mark underground utilities
  • Operate equipment in a safe manner, including, but not limited to, soil compactors, compressors, leak detectors, jack hammers, weed eaters, backhoes and/or dump truck
  • Investigate and resolve inquiries and complaints from customers via work orders and by customer contact
  • Perform equipment maintenance
  • Mix chemicals and make adjustments to feed rates.
  • Maintain records and logs
  • Utilize proper safety precautions relative to work performed in the field
  • Perform heavy manual labor
  • Traffic control
  • Maintain storage tanks, paint and clean as assigned
  • Prepare written entries in diaries, work orders and other report documents
  • Work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings on a scheduled, on-call and as-needed basis
  • Obtain and maintain State treatment and distribution licenses
  • Conduct pump rounds on an assigned shift
  • Perform on-call maintenance and repair work
  • Maintain and monitor parts and material inventories
  • Perform site and building maintenance
  • Take water samples and record findings
  • Follow written and oral instructions and safety procedures
  • Develop cooperative working relationships with District staff and the public
  • Read water meters, transcribe to ledger book or electronic meter reading device
  • Conduct water meter checks, turn water services on and off, lock off meters, replace and set new meters
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Use and purpose of general construction tools and equipment
  • Safe work practices
  • Basic principles of domestic water biology, chemistry and mathematics
  • Spelling and grammar sufficient to perform the job
  • General construction methods and procedures
  • Principles and practices of water treatment and distribution in a community water system

Ability to:

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Perform unskilled, semi-skilled, and skilled tasks as assigned
  • Bend and lift heavy objects, walk long distances, and perform heavy manual labor
  • Communicate clearly with staff and the public
  • Work cooperatively and maintain harmonious working relationships with field staff, office staff and the general public
  • Read and record information from gauges, instruments and water meters
  • Work weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings on a scheduled, on-call, and as needed basis
  • Obtain and maintain State treatment and distribution licenses
  • Safely operate vehicles and construction equipment
  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations

Required Qualifications:


High school graduate, GED or equivalent.

Special Licenses/Certification/Skills

Valid California Class “C” drivers license, Water Treatment and Water Distribution certification issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services, at level required for the job classification.

Position open until filled. First Review of Applications: October 21, 2019

Completed applications will include:

  • Completed employment application form
  • Cover letter and resume with references

All applications will be reviewed. Based on the information provided, the most qualified applicants will be invited for an oral interview.  Employment offers are normally made following reference and background checks and are always contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, which includes drug testing.

Direct inquiries to Distribution Manager at (707) 869-4000. Mail, drop off, fax or scan/email completed applications to:

Sweetwater Springs Water District
PO Box 48
FAX (707) 869-4005
TEL: (707) 869-4000
DROP OFF: 17081 Hwy. 116, Ste. B, Guerneville

Application packets are available at the District office, or may be printed out from the District website (

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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