Lead Water Operator

City of Corona | Corona, CA

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Posted Date 8/06/2018

**First review date of applications will be August 13, 2018.  This recruitment is a continuous recruitment and may close without prior notice.** 

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General Purpose 

Under general supervision, assists and participates in the work engaged in the operation of potable water treatment facilities and transmission and distribution system; performs laboratory tests; and performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics 

The Lead Water Operator is the advanced journey-level class in this series. Incumbents in this position perform a higher degree of independence, initiative and responsibility in operating the water treatment and distribution operation. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Chief Water Operator with a wide leeway allowed for independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. May provide lead and functional supervision over the Water Operators in the performance of their assigned duties. 
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Leads and participates in the operation of water treatment facilities including transmission and distribution system using valves, pumping stations and manual, electronic and computer control systems.

2. Reads gauges, meters, charts and graphs to insure proper functioning to minimize interruptions in water production.

3. Participates in the inspection of reservoirs, wells and booster pumping stations including lubrication of pumps and motors and adjust automatic controls.

4. Operate well and booster pumps as needed to maintain reservoir levels and pressures throughout the system.

5. Operate and adjust chlorinators and pumps to maintain required chlorine residuals.

6. Inspects and adjusts pressure regulating stations.

7. Assists maintenance personnel and contractors in servicing, maintenance, repair, and upgrades of equipment, electrical and electronic devices.

8. Maintains logs of shift operations and prepares the necessary reports.

9. Recommends and implements measures to increase efficiency of the operation of production and distribution systems.

10. Provides direction and reviews assigned work duties of operators

11. Assists in the training of existing and new operators.

12. Prepares calculations to determine proper dosage of chemicals and other substances to insure water is safe for consumption.

13. On a rotating basis, carries an emergency phone and responds to after hour alarms with a remote computer or responds to treatment and distribution facilities.

14. Conducts research of new operational methods, equipment and techniques. 
Knowledge of: 

Principals, operating and maintenance requirements of pumps, valves, electric motors, diesel engines and electronic, computerized, and manual control systems; practices and methods of operating a potable water treatment facility; understanding of local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding the production, treatment, storage and transmission of potable water, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and relevant EPA and U. S. Public Health Regulations; current principles and practices in chemical, bacteriological, biological analysis, and water chemistry analysis; safety practices and procedures related to the work performed; database applications, spreadsheet, word processing, supervisory control and data acquisition system.

Ability to: 

Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; use of tools necessary in making repairs and adjustments to motors, pumps and other equipment; read meters and gauges correctly and act quickly and competently in emergencies; perform all facility operations without direct supervision; maintain numerous records and files; work accurately with attention to detail; prepare clear accurate and concise reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, officials, contractors and public.


A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D., equivalent to four years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation of water treatment facilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special Requirements: 

A valid Class C California driver's license and ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy.

Possession of a California Water Distribution Operator Grade IV, or ability to obtain one within 12 months of hire date.

Possession of a California Water Treatment Operator Grade IV, or ability to obtain one within 12 months of hire date.

Ability to work extended hours and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and talk or walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; smell and detect odors or presence of gases. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk during inspections of work areas and to lift and move records and documents.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Employees in this class are required to wear respirators regularly. In accordance with CAL/OSHA regulations, employees are prohibited from having facial or head hair that impairs the effectiveness of respirator equipment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties of the class as they relate to this requirement.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use oral and written communications skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or new skills; interact with City staff, other organizations and the public.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristic described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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