Water Treatment Operator – Statewide (Multiple Needs)

  • Location: California - Statewide
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #109

LOCATION: Statewide Need (Multiple Locations)
POSITION TITLE: Temporary Water Treatment Plant Operator


Water Plant Operator is responsible for the efficient operation and routine maintenance of a water treatment plant, well field and/or distribution system on an assigned shift. Incumbents of this class exercise independent judgment within the framework of standard policies and practices; supervisory personnel are consulted in unusual or emergency situations not covered by operating procedures. Maintenance, adjustment, and repair duties are of a routine nature. Shifts and assignments, including Relief Operator, are typically performed on a rotational basis.


  • Operate and monitor pumps, valves, and related equipment to regulate the flow of water through a treatment plant or other portions of a water distribution system; starts, adjusts, and shuts down plant operations, and/or adjusts well field and distribution system flows, to meet production and storage requirements and water quality standards.
  • Takes water samples and performs standardized laboratory testing, such as chlorine residual, pH, turbidity, temperature, taste, and odor; calculates chemical dosages and adjusts chemical feeders as necessary to maintain water quality.
  • Controls filter operations removes from service and backwashes filters as needed.
  • Reads and interprets meters, gauges, charts, and instruments; logs plant operations, test results, unusual operating conditions, maintenance work performed, and related information; enters data into computer; prepares routine and special oral and written reports as required; changes charts and inking pens, as necessary.
  • Periodically inspects and tests motors, pumps, valves, chemical feeders, and related equipment; reports unusual conditions and/or the need for maintenance and repair of equipment, buildings, and grounds.
  • Takes inventory of chemicals and other treatment supplies; orders chemicals according to standard procedures; receives chemicals and supplies delivered during assigned shift and assists in their safe unloading and storage; handles hazardous materials in accordance with safety rules and procedures.
  • Lubricates and makes limited repairs and adjustments to equipment; maintains the plant and operating equipment in clean and orderly condition; assists in periodic cleaning of basins and pulsators, flushing of lines and related maintenance.
  • Answers and relays or responds to incoming telephone calls; provides information and assistance to customers, other cities, agencies, and the public.
  • May perform routine housekeeping tasks and/or supplemental painting and grounds maintenance tasks.
  • May operate radio communication equipment, motor vehicles, forklifts and/or hoists in the performance of duties.


  • CA Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator Certification
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