Water Reclamation Trainee - Operations

City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department | San Bernardino, CA

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Posted Date 3/11/2020


Under close supervision, to receive training in wastewater treatment process and/or environmental regulations to assist in the operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment and devices utilized at Water Reclamation facilities; when assigned to Water Reclamation Operations: perform a variety of duties to gain on-the-job training experience to become a wastewater treatment plant operator; and perform related duties as required.


The class of Water Reclamation Trainee is the preparatory entry level in the Water Reclamation Operator Series or the Environmental Control Series and is assigned to the Water Reclamation or Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Divisions. Supervision is typically received from the Water Reclamation Plant Supervisor or the Environmental Control Officer.  Incumbents perform the more routine tasks and duties and must be familiar with environmental regulations and the variety of equipment utilized in the treatment of sewage and the drying of sludge or in the proper operation of a septic and brine receiving station.  In the course of duties, incumbents are expected to increasingly develop a breadth and depth of knowledge of environmental regulations and skill that leads to full proficiency in the operation of a wastewater reclamation plant or in the operation of a septic and brine receiving station.  As knowledge and skill is gained through on the job experience, certifications and satisfactory proficiency demonstrated, incumbents in this class may utilize their attained skills to apply for advanced positions at Water Reclamation facilities. The Operations Section of the Water Reclamation Division is responsible for operating two (2) wastewater treatment facilities (33 MGD and 41 MGD). The Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Division is responsible for operating a septic and brine receiving station that receives up to twenty incoming loads of septic or brine waste per day. Incumbents in the Water Reclamation Trainee class are expected to exercise discretion and independent judgment within established guidelines.


Education:       Graduation from high school, or equivalent;


Certificates:      Applicants for Water Reclamation Trainee positions in the Operations Section must possess a valid Grade I Operator-in-Training certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board or must present proof of passing the Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator examination within the three (3) years prior to application.  A copy of the Grade I Operator-in-Training certificate or proof of passing the Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator examination must be provided at the time of application.


Must possess a valid California Class “C” driver’s license; Note: For out-of-state applicants, a valid driver’s license is required, and a valid Class “C” California driver’s license is required within ten (10) days after appointment (Vehicle Code 12505c).

A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate Grade I issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board or an Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade I issued by the California Water Environment Association must be obtained within eighteen (18) months for continued employment with the City of San Bernardino Water Department.

Employee may be required to be clean shaven or have trimmed facial hair in order to proper use personal respirators.  Must pass a respirator medical exam and be able to wear respirator equipment  Must be able to work in enclosed spaces while wearing protective clothing under extreme temperatures and hazardous environments.


Work is primarily performed in a field environment that is frequently loud and prolonged, in a variety of environmental and extreme weather conditions (both indoors and out).  The Work involves exposure to potential physical harm, infectious disease and hazardous chemicals including smoke, fumes or airborne particles, gas, untreated wastewater, communicable disease, high frequency noise, risk of electric shock, dirt, dust, grease, oil, chemicals, solvents and toxic agents.  Incumbents regularly work near moving mechanical parts, are exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and heavy vibrations and work in precarious places.  Incumbents frequently work on slippery or uneven surfaces,  Incumbents need to be able to tolerate unpleasant odors, wet conditions and uncomfortable climate conditions. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, crawl, climb and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.  Incumbents may be required to work from heights on ladders, scaffoldings, motorized platforms, building roofs, or other elevated surfaces,  Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Incumbents require sufficient mobility to work in a field setting in varying weather conditions, to operate various equipment, transport materials and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds, and to travel to various locations. Must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction with vision sufficient to see color and read small print as well as distance. Must be able to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While performing the duties of this class, an employee uses written and oral communication skills; reads and interprets data, information and documents; analyzes and solves problems; uses math and mathematical reasoning; observes and interprets people and situations; learns and applies new information and skills; performs highly detailed work; deals with changing deadlines, constant interruptions and multiple concurrent tasks; responds to emergency situations; and interacts with others encountered in the course of work.

Salary $17.8905 to $22.9013 hourly
Apply online at: www.sbmwd.org
Recruitment opens 3/16/2020 at 8 a.m. and closes when 50 qualified applications are received or 4/12/2020, whichever occurs first
(909)453-6091  EEO/ADA

Salary17.89 Hour
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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