Senior Operator

Silicon Valley Clean Water | Redwood City, CA

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Posted Date 5/23/2022

Salary: $8,851 - $11,858 monthly depending on qualifications & experience. (4.0% COLA 07-01-2022)

2% certification incentive pay available; benefited position.

Represented by International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary, Local 39

Under general direction of an Operation’s Supervisor, acts as shift leader in an assigned area to provide continuous operation of a modern activated sludge wastewater treatment plant and related facilities; provides leadership to Operators on an assigned shift (4-day/10-hour shift) that rotates every four (4) months.

Every employee appointed to a position at SVCW shall serve at the will and pleasure of the appointing authority, SVCW.



  • All SVCW employees shall work safely.


  • Performs the duties of a Senior Operator.


  • Assists in the coordination, scheduling, and review of the operation and routine preventive maintenance of the wastewater treatment equipment and facilities during an assigned shift.


  • Operate the treatment plant utilizing Wonderware SCADA.


  • Leads operational activities in accordance with established procedures, regulations, and safety requirements; provides direction to Operators and organizes work on an assigned shift.


  • Provides operators with ongoing technical and safety training.


  • Inspects plant equipment and facilities for proper operation; assists in location and troubleshooting plant malfunctions and initiates work orders in SVCW’s Computerized Maintenance Monitoring System (CMMS).


  • Reviews daily plant data in HACH WIMS database to ensure compliance with established operating conditions and parameters.


  • Regulates process controls in accordance with the SVCW Process Control Management Plan.


  • Reads, records, interprets, and acts on information taken from gauges and other instruments.


  • Makes complex process operating adjustments.


  • Prepares oral and written reports.


  • Writes new and revises existing Standard Operating Procedures, Operation and Maintenance Manuals, Contingency Plans, and other procedures.


  • Orders chemicals; processes and verifies invoices and billing for utilities, chemicals, supplies, and grease.


  • Collects data and keeps records; maintains logs (E-Logger software); prepares reports, performs data entry (HACH WIMS).


  • Participates in emergency response.


  • Drives motor vehicles on SVCW site and public roadways to reach pump stations.


  • Operates forklifts, dump trucks, and other industrial powered vehicles on SVCW site.


  • Safely enters and works in confined spaces and assists the SVCW Confined Space Rescue Team.


  • Performs “Lock Out Tag Out” on equipment to be repaired.


  • First aid responder.


  • Performs a variety of other duties as assigned.

Effectively work in a collaborative organization focused on continuous improvement; establish and maintain a positive customer service attitude and effective working relationships with internal and external customers; demonstration of strong two-way communication skills, including the ability to listen, explain and facilitate; ability to ask for input; offer help without being asked; accept suggestions; work with others to solve problems; and provide recognition and encouragement; ability to address co-workers needs; identifying issues and concerns, exploring solutions and implementing improvements.



  • High School Diploma or an equivalent certificate or diploma recognized by the State of California.


  • Two years’ experience as a certified operator in a municipal wastewater treatment plant.


  • Current California Grade III SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate.


  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record as defined by SVCW’s Driving Eligibility Standards required.


  • Ability to obtain certification in CPR and basic first aid.

Work involves working in indoor and outdoor conditions. The employee is regularly required to sit and frequently use hands and fingers, to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus, however employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works near video displays. The employee is exposed to chemicals, fumes, odors, and gasses, works at heights, and works with and around machinery having moving parts. The employee is exposed to outside weather conditions, uses a vehicle and is also assigned to work evenings, nights and/or on weekends, including holidays. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Safety is a priority, while performing all SVCW work tasks.

Pre-Employment Procedures
The selection process may consist of an evaluation of the applicant's qualifications, appraisal board interview, written examination, practical exercise and/or internal Department interviews and reference check. Upon completion of the selection process, an offer of employment may be conditionally based upon the successful completion of an employment and education verification, criminal background check, and a pre- employment medical exam.

How to apply –


  • Application & Supplemental Questions can be found on the employment page at


    • Complete an SVCW online employment application and supplemental questionnaire. A resume and cover letter will not be accepted in lieu of the Authority’s application form.


    • A current DMV Driver Report.

Filing Deadline – Friday, June 3, 2022, 3:00 PM. We encourage qualified applicants to apply now. Applications received after the deadline will be returned.

Application Screening and Panel Interview - The most qualified applicants for the position will be invited to participate in a panel interview.

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Local Government
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