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Water Operator I/II/III Flex

Company: City of Corona, CA
Location: Corona
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:







Salary





$52,464.00 - $95,040.00 Annually





Location





Corona, CA







Job Type


Full-Time Benefited




Department


Utilities







Job Number


22/23-00090









DESCRIPTION

This recruitment may close at any time without advance notice. You are encouraged to apply immediately. You will not be able to submit an application for this position once the recruitment closes. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. The next review of applications will occur on December 7 2022.

We currently have two (2) vacancies in our Utilities Department. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill these vacancies and future vacancies as they occur.
Water Operator I: $4,372 - $5,314 monthly ($52,464 - $63,768 annually)Water Operator II: $5,337 - $6,488 monthly ($64,044 - $77,856 annually) Water Operator III: $6,516 - $7,920 monthly ($78,192 - $95,050 annually)
DEFINITIONUnder immediate supervision (Water Operator I), general supervision (Water Operator II), or direction (Water Operator III), performs a wide variety of skilled tasks involved in the monitoring, regulation, maintenance, and operation of potable water treatment, transmission, and distribution equipment and facilities; performs laboratory tests on raw and treated water; performs general maintenance work at plant facilities; and performs related duties, as assigned. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISEDReceives immediate supervision (Water Operator I), general supervision (Water Operator II), or direction (Water Operator III) from the Chief Water Operator or the Chief Distribution Operator. Some assigned positions exercise technical and functional direction over, and provide training to, less experienced staff. CLASS CHARACTERISTICSWater Operator I: This is the first-level classification in the Water Operator series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and perform more routine water treatment, transmission, and distribution duties. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied, complex, and difficult; close supervision and frequent review of work lessen as an incumbent demonstrates skill to perform the work independently. Within the scope and authority of their mandated certification, positions at this level perform some of the duties required of the positions at the Water Operator II level but are not expected to function at the same skill level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. Water Operator II: This is the second-level classification in the Water Operator series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Water Operator I level by the performance of higher level operating duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative within the scope and authority of mandated certification. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Water Operator III: This is the full working journey level classification in the Water Operator series responsible for independently taking actions necessary for the operation and maintenance on an assigned Grade V Distribution and Grade V Treatment system, consistent with the mandated certifications required to perform such duties, and which are dependent on the State designated grade level of the assigned plant. Incumbents regularly work on tasks which are varied and complex, requiring considerable discretion and independent judgment. Positions in this classification rely on experience and judgment to perform assigned duties. Assignments are given with general guidelines and incumbents are responsible for establishing objectives, timelines, and methods to deliver services. Work is typically reviewed upon completion for soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements. Positions in the Water Operator class series are flexibly staffed; positions at the Water Operator II level are normally filled by advancement from the Water Operator I level; progression to the Water Operator II level is dependent on (i) management affirmation that the position is performing the full range of duties assigned to the classification; (ii) satisfactory work performance; (iii) the incumbent meeting the minimum qualifications for the classification including any licenses and certifications; and (iv) management approval for progression to the Water Operator II level. In addition, positions at the Water Operator III level are normally filled by advancement from the Water Operator II level, also contingent upon factors i-iv outlined above.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Positions at the Water Operator I level may perform some of these duties and responsibilities in a learning capacity.

  • Operates supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment to monitor and manage the City's water system by controlling booster stations, wells, pressure reducing stations, water pressures, control valves, pumping stations, and other water transmission and distribution facilities remotely to meet system demands, to control water levels in reservoirs, and at other critical points throughout the water system.
  • Maintains and operates pumps, valves, electric motors, and related equipment; responds to SCADA alarms such as intrusions into water tanks, intrusions into electrical panels, failed pumps, and failed motors.
  • Assists maintenance personnel and contractors in the servicing, maintenance, repair, and upgrading of equipment, electrical and electronic devices, machinery, and related appurtenances; inspects, maintains, and cleans water facilities; backwashes filters and cleans sludge ponds; cleans and inspects plant equipment to ensure proper functioning to minimize interruptions in water production; troubleshoots, diagnoses, and corrects control system malfunctions by resetting relays and adjusting other controls and components.
  • Calculates chemical feed and dosages and makes adjustments as necessary; monitors chemical inventories and usage; adds proper dosage of chemicals and other substances to ensure water is safe for consumption; monitors chemical levels and changes chemical cylinders as required and according to proper procedures; receives chemical deliveries and offload chemicals; runs lab tests, performs daily volumetrics, monitors regenerations, and maintains plant components.
  • Oversees third party contractors; travels to and provides contractor access to various sites; accompanies contractors to inspect and ensure their work is performed correctly; ensures contractors wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), follow proper traffic control procedures, and are working safely per City guidelines; schedules appointments and meets with contractors to obtain quotes; shuts down and re-opens lines and systems as needed by contractors.
  • Responds to inquiries from customers regarding water pressure, water quality, and related matters; prioritizes distribution of drinking water based on location of demand, costs, and availability of local ground water, untreated raw water, and treated drinking water sources; conducts tours of water facilities.
  • Operates water treatment plant and blending facilities; troubleshoots equipment and maintains facilities; completes, reviews, and distributes blend calculation sheets which summarize flows from every water system supply; reviews lab results and checks nitrate levels of water to blend water properly; performs water blending functions remotely via SCADA.
  • Performs a variety of custodial and groundskeeping duties to ensure facilities are maintained in clean, orderly, and safe condition; performs duties in confined spaces, utilizing departmental safety equipment and following City policies and procedures; reads gauges, meters, charts, and graphs.
  • Monitors historical trend data and weather patterns to estimate future water distribution demands and to address any abnormalities; makes mathematical calculations of water quantity stored in reservoirs and flows in and out of pumping facilities.
  • Collects samples and inspects and tests overall quality of raw, partially treated, and treated water by using various types of laboratory test equipment; conducts sample distribution checks for daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semiannual, and annual constituents; checks chlorine and turbidity levels at plant; submits samples to outside laboratories for analysis.
  • Operates an ion exchange water treatment plant; runs tests, monitors regenerations, receives salt deliveries, and maintains plant components; checks for nitrates and perchlorates; uses salt to recharge and clean out system dirt and resins.
  • Flushes water distribution systems to maintain healthy pipelines; hooks up diffusers and meters; disperses water through hydrants and fire hoses; takes samples to ensure water meets chlorine standards.
  • Maintains a variety of records, logbook entries, and reports.
  • Coordinates work with outside agencies, including other municipalities.
  • Complies with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.When serving as a Water Operator III:
    • Trains new personnel; answers questions and concerns from new personnel; provides instruction to and checks work of new hires; provides suggestions and guidance on how the system runs and how best to operate the system; trains new employees on performing blend calculations and how to operate SCADA system.
      QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES
      Positions at the Water Operator I level may exercise some of these knowledge and abilities statements in a learning capacity. Knowledge of:
      • Operational principles, practices, methods, functions, and servicing requirements of the equipment of a potable water treatment plant and distribution facilities.
      • Operational principles of pumps, valves, electric motors, diesel engines, and electronic, computerized, and manual control systems.
      • Conventional water treatment, direct water treatment, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, wells, boosters, storage tanks, flushing, residuals, and related equipment and equipment calibrations.
      • Supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA).
      • Current practices and procedures in chemical, bacteriological, and biological analysis, and water chemistry analysis.
      • Recordkeeping principles and procedures.
      • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures regarding the production, treatment, storage, and transmission of potable water, including the Safe Drinking Act and relevant EPA regulations.
      • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols, including confined space entry and fall protection techniques.
      • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
      • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
      • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed. Ability to:
        • Operate and maintain all aspects of the City's water distribution system, water treatment system, and related facilities and equipment.
        • Operate treatment and blending facilities, monitor trends, and pull water samples.
        • Operate a wide variety of pumping, treatment, control, and transmission equipment, including digital control (SCADA) equipment.
        • Analyze and troubleshoot system and equipment failures.
        • Accurately read meters, gauges, valve books, blueprints, and schematic drawings.
        • Operate and maintain a variety of equipment, power and hand tools, including front loader, forklift, crane and hoist, drills, saws, propane torch, arc welder, and air compressor.
        • Make accurate mathematic computations.
        • Establish and maintain accurate logs, records, and basic written records of work performed.
        • Prepare clear and concise records and reports.
        • Understand, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and departmental policies governing the operation of a potable water treatment and distribution system.
        • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
        • Work extended hours and rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
        • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
        • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
        • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
        • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
        • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Education and Experience:
          Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Education:
          • Water Operator I/II/III: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade, supplemented by college level coursework in water science or a related field. Experience:
            • Water Operator I: One (1) year of experience working in water distribution and/or treatment plant operations involving potable water production, treatment, storage, and transmission, or a related field.
            • Water Operator II: One (1) year of experience equivalent to a Water Operator I with the City of Corona plus at least one (1) additional year of experience working as a distribution operator.
            • Water Operator III: One (1) year of experience equivalent to a Water Operator II with the City of Corona plus at least one (1) additional year of experience working as a distribution operator.
              Licenses and Certifications:
              • Water Operator I/II/III: Possession of a valid California Driver's License, to be maintained throughout employment.
                • Water Operator I:
                  • Possession of, or successful acquisition within 12 months of appointment, a valid Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                  • Possession of, or successful acquisition within 12 months of appointment, a valid Grade T1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                    • Water Operator II:
                      • Possession of a valid Grade T1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                      • Possession of a valid Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                      • Possession of, or successful acquisition within 12 months of appointment a valid Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                      • Possession of, or successful acquisition within 12 months of appointment, a valid Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                        • Water Operator III:
                          • Possession of a valid Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                          • Possession of a valid Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.
                          • Possession of, or successful acquisition within 12 months of appointment, a valid Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate upon appointment, to be maintained throughout employment.

                            PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
                            PHYSICAL DEMANDSMust possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work; to sit, stand, and walk on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces; frequently reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, stoop, squat, crouch, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; possible entry into confined spaces and the use of confined entry equipment, to climb and descend ladders, to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; and vision to inspect and operate equipment. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to operate and repair tools and equipment. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 50 pounds or heavier weights, in all cases with the use of proper equipment and/or assistance from other staff.ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONSEmployees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, hazardous physical substances and fumes, dust and air contaminants. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


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