Water Distribution Utility Worker

  • Location: California - Southern California
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #323


Under general and direct supervision, constructs, operates, maintains, inspects and repairs water treatment, water supply and water distribution facilities such as wells, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) connections, pumping stations, reservoirs, treatment plants and components. All employees in this classification must possess a Class B Commercial Drive License.


This is the journey level grade in the Water Service/Wastewater Worker series. Positions allocated to the classification perform the full range of Water Service and Wastewater duties. Under the general supervision, performs the journey-level duties of the classification as listed under the example of duties below; and must possess at least a Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator Certification.


  • Minimum of two years of paid experience as a Water Service Worker I or equivalent, performing above job description
  • Able to proficiently perform all of Grade Level I duties
  • Performs field water quality testing such as color, turbidity, pH, and chlorine residual
  • Conducts water quality sampling for all source water and water distribution systems
  • Maintains and repairs chemical feed equipment and analytical equipment
  • Makes calculations dealing with quantity, rate and volume of water flow
  • Evaluates system functions through recording and indicating instruments
  • Installation and medication of plumbing and piping systems which regulate water flow through the system
  • Repair, maintain and replace water facility components
  • Understand water distribution system hydraulics and adjust as necessary under supervision
  • Understand water system demand and adjust flow as necessary under supervision
  • Performs other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

Must possess a valid Grade II (or higher) Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Public Health.

Possession of a Class B driver’s license issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles with airbrake and tank endorsements, Class A is desirable. Grade I is allowed 6 months from the date of appointment to obtain the Class B license. Possession of a valid Class B CDL is a condition of appointment. Loss of the Class B license will result in termination of the incumbent.

One of more years recent experience in the operation and evaluation of water pumping and control systems, including the operation and maintenance of pumps, valves, and related mechanical equipment such as a chemical feed machines, chlorinators, and/or other technical precision equipment.

Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Willingness to work various shifts, overtime, weekends, holidays and irregular hours as needed.


The physical demands described below are representative of those must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions on a case-by-case basis.

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly to walk; talk or hear in person; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; smell; sue hands to finder, handle, feel or operation objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands or arms. The employee frequently is required to stand. Employees 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, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this class, an employee is regularly required to use oral or written communication skills; read documents or instructions analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret data or information use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work under changing, interesting deadlines with constant interruptions; perform multiple concurrent tasks.

The employee frequently works in outside weather conditions, near moving mechanical parts, and on slippery and uneven surfaces. The employee is frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electric shock.

The work environment described here is representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Incumbent in this classification will work out in the field environment.

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