Senior Water Treatment Operator

East Bay Municipal Utility District | Oakland, CA

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Posted Date 3/17/2020

Senior Water Treatment Operator
Salary Info: $106,200 - $117,084 Annually, Plus Excellent Benefits + Retirement
Opens online at on Monday, March 16, 2020
Online applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020
Internal Reference #20-036
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has six treatment plants: three conventional (two with ozone), and three inline, ranging in size from 25-175 MGD. Assignments may include working at any treatment plant on any shift. Working on shift without immediate supervision requires independent judgment, initiative, and action within established operational parameters.  Senior Water Treatment Operators act as lead operators, and assignments include working as the operator in charge of a facility. Duties include:

  • Monitoring water quality and adjusting chemical feed rates with remote controls
  • Monitoring pressure and flow data, routine field activities, and security
  • Responding to alarms, equipment failures, security violations, and taking necessary actions to maintain a reliable water supply
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting computer-generated data and taking appropriate actions
  • Operating a water treatment plant or reclamation facility and performing other routine treatment plant operator duties
  • Coordinating and communicating operating changes, maintenance, shutdowns/outages, and operating statistics/conditions with EBMUD staff and other agencies
  • Preparing daily and shift operating condition reports and compiling data
  • Maintaining operations records, reports, and logs
  • Collecting and analyzing samples using standard procedures and quality control methods; adjusting chemical feeders and other plant equipment
  • Logging plant operations, test results, maintenance work performed, and unusual operating conditions; preparing reports as required
  • Monitoring and operating the distribution system using the SCADA system as needed
  • Sampling water at established times, performing standardized quality control tests, interpreting the results, and adjusting chemical feeders and other plant equipment accordingly
  • Maintaining the plant, operating equipment, and facilities in a clean and orderly condition, including draining and hosing down filters, tanks, and basins, and flushing chemical metering pumps; depressurizing, de-energizing, isolating equipment, removing chemicals, and locking and tagging out equipment in preparation for maintenance crews
  • Making limited repairs and adjustments to equipment commonly used in water treatment facilities; listening for unusual equipment or machinery sounds to determine if there are potential problems; taking corrective action such as shutting down equipment or machinery and barricading off an area as appropriate

The monthly salary range starts at $9,187* per month, increasing to $9,646 and $10,128 after 6 and 18 months, respectively. 
EBMUD offers an excellent benefits program that includes: paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; family health insurance coverage; family dental and vision care plans; retirement plan (reciprocal with CalPERS); 401(k), 401(a) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans; transit subsidy; tuition reimbursement; and opportunities for professional growth including training and career development.
1.   A high school diploma.
2.   6 college semester units in water treatment or other specialized training accepted by the California Department of Drinking Water (CA-DDW) toward the T3 certificate; and either:

  • 30 months of EBMUD experience in water treatment plant operations, at least 6 months of which was as a Water Treatment Operator; OR
  • 3 years of water treatment plant operations experience, at least 6 months of which were as a T3 certified operator at a T3 or higher facility.

* An Associate Arts Degree in water or waste water technology or distribution including at least 15 units of physical, chemical, or biological sciences may be substituted for one year of experience under either of the above qualifying patterns.
**A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and completion of a State recognized comprehensive operator training program or may be substituted for one year of experience under either of the above qualifying patterns.
*** A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in chemistry, biology, microbiology, public health, civil, chemical, environmental, sanitary engineering or other closely related field may be substituted for two years of the required general water treatment operator experience under either of the above qualifying patterns.
3.   A California T3 certificate issued by the CA-DDW.
Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.
EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
Job Hotline: (510) 287-0742

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