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Water Treatment Operator II

Date Posted
Employer Name
Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego County)
Sector Name
Local Government
Rancho Santa Fe
Career Level
Entry Level


To perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of the District’s drinking water treatment plant; to monitor treatment plant operations; to collect, analyze and report on plant operations; and to monitor and evaluate plant flow and reservoir levels.
Water Treatment Operator – Grade II - This is the second Operator – In – Training level.  Positions work under close supervision while learning job tasks.  The Water Treatment Operator – Grade II level is distinguished from the Grade I level by the performance of tasks allowed with possession of a Water Treatment Operators Grade 2 certification.  The Grade II Operator is distinguished from the Grade III level in that the latter is able to serve as shift operator independently monitoring and operating the District’s treatment plant. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Grade I level once the appropriate certification level is obtained.
Water Treatment Operator – Grade  II
Receives general supervision from the Chief Water Treatment Operator may receive technical and functional supervision from a Water Treatment Operator – Grade III.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Monitors operations to ensure proper processing of water to meet local, State and Federal regulations; makes adjustments to treatment processes and chemicals as necessary to ensure proper water quality; maintains log books, daily plant data and other operational records.
Operates water treatment plant facilities including disinfection, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration equipment including pumps, valves, motors, feeders, and related equipment.
Collects water samples and tests for quality of raw, partially treated and treated water samples using a variety of laboratory instruments; adjusts water treatment operations based on test results.
Operates a hydroelectric generator plant; performs emergency and scheduled startups and shut-downs; monitors and controls water flows to generator units; inspects generator units; checks oil level and pressure in the generator units; reads and records water flow and electrical generation rates.
Operates water transmission facilities by regulating flow throughout the system using control valves and pump stations via electronic and computer control systems; acknowledges and responds to alarms from treatment plant and distribution system; takes appropriate action to resolve issues.
Inspects plant and related equipment for proper functioning; troubleshoots, diagnoses and corrects control system and equipment malfunctions.
Performs technical duties related to lake management including monitoring lake level, regulating flow, applying algae control procedures and other water quality enhancing methods; performs dam inspections.
Completes a variety of weekly, monthly and annual operational reports; develops and updates standard operating procedures; prepares and submits reports required by the State.
Collects, compiles and analyzes operational data for internal and regulatory purposes.
Monitors the receipt of chemical shipments; monitors unloading and storage process; records inventory; tests shipments for standards compliance; checks chemical alarms and feed systems for leaks.
Receives and responds to customer calls regarding water quality, water composition and related matters.
Inspects, maintains, cleans and backwashes filters; cleans sludge ponds.
Participates in special projects related to the operation and maintenance of the treatment plant.
Responds during emergency situations, as required, including those occurrences after normal working hours and HAZMAT related events, such as hazardous materials release incidents at the Operator II and III levels.
May perform standby duty and follow the standby duty procedures, including the response time requirement of sixty (60) minutes.
Observes safe work practices and ensures that proper safety practices and procedures are followed.
Builds and maintains positive customer-focused service processes and working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
Basic mechanical principles and practices. 
Tools and equipment needed to make general repairs. 
Principles of customer service. 
Arithmetic calculations.
Appropriate safety precautions, procedures, practices and regulations, particularly as related to hazardous chemicals.
Basic mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles. 
Tools and equipment needed to make general repairs and adjustments to water treatment plant equipment.
Principles and practices associated with operating a drinking water treatment plant and associated facilities.
Basic drinking water standards and regulations.
Basic water treatment and distribution practices and procedures. 
Proper handling of hazardous materials.
Basic water quality testing procedures.
Modern office equipment and methods including use of applicable computer applications.
Appropriate safety precautions, procedures, practices and regulations, particularly as related to confined space entry, traffic control, process safety management, stored energy protection, heavy equipment operations, defensive driving, electricity, and hazardous chemicals.
Ability to:
Learn basic practices and procedures related to the operation and maintenance of a drinking water treatment plant. 
Learn to keep and maintain written records and reports. 
Learn to maintain accurate records and logs. 
Learn to use SCADA.
Perform work in accordance with safety regulations, guidelines and safety regulations.
Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices, if required to drive for District business.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Learn and apply local, State and Federal regulations related to the operation of a drinking water treatment plant. 
Keep and maintain written records and reports.
Learn practices and procedures related to the operation and maintenance of a drinking water treatment plant. 
Learn to operate a variety of heavy equipment. 
Operate and use modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software.
Perform water treatment plant operations and activities as permitted with a Water Treatment Operators Grade 2 certificate.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of responsible journey experience similar to Water Treatment Operator I with the Santa Fe Irrigation District.
Education as required by the State of California Department of Public Health to obtain and retain a Water Treatment Operators Certificate, Grade 2 and Water Distribution Operators Certificate, Grade 2.
License and Certificate
Possession of a valid California Department of Public Health Water Treatment Operators Certificate, Grade 2 (T2).
Physical and Mental Requirements
Know and understand operations, and observe safety rules.
Analyze problem equipment and operational issues.
Identify and locate equipment.
Interpret work orders.
Remember equipment location.
Explain jobs to others. 
Sit while driving, studying or preparing reports.
Bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing repair of equipment.
Perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; use telephone.
Write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
Lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.
Employees in the Operator I classification may be required to wear respirators.  In accordance with Cal/OSHA regulations, the employee shall maintain physical condition that allows them to wear a respirator, as determined by District physician, and is prohibited from having facial hair, which impairs the effectiveness of respirator equipment.
Employees in the Operator II and III classifications, in accordance with Cal/OSHA regulations, shall maintain physical condition that allows them to act as Hazardous Materials Technician for HAZMAT emergencies, as determined by District physician.  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 which impairs the effectiveness of respirator equipment.
Environmental Factors
Work is normally performed in a temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise.  Some duties require field visits in an outdoor environment subject to outdoor conditions including extreme heat and cold and wet, humid conditions, fumes and/or airborne particles.  Duties may be performed near moving mechanical parts and on slippery and uneven surfaces with exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electric shock.

To Apply

To be considered an applicant for this position, a completed District application must be submitted by Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 5:00pm.  Applications can be obtained from our website at www.sfidwater.org, in person between the hours of 7:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday (and until 4pm on the Fridays we’re open) at 5920 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, or by calling 858-227-5806.  Completed applications can be submitted by e-mail to hr@sfidwater.org, mail to P.O. Box 409 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, or fax to 858-756-0450.

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