Wastewater Operator I/II/III – Regional Wastewater Facility (ESD)

City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD) | San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $70,844.80 - $99,361.60 Annually
Open Date: 01/14/2019
Close Date: 02/11/2019

Position Description

About the Department

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 550 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Salary Information

The annual salary range for Wastewater Operator I is $70,844.80 – 88,212.80, hourly range is $34.06 – $42.41

The annual salary range for Wastewater Operator II is $75,108.80 – $93,828.80, hourly range is $36.11 – $45.11

The annual salary range for Wastewater Operator III is $79,518.40 – $99,361.60, hourly range is $38.23 – $47.77

Position and Duties

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) manages the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Built in 1956, the Facility is a round-the-clock operation that cleans an average of 110 million gallons of wastewater per day, and has the capacity to clean up to 167 million gallons per day. The Facility serves eight cities with 1.4 million residents and a business sector with more than 17,000 main sewer connections.

Our wastewater undergoes a sophisticated 10.5-hour treatment process that simulates the way nature cleans water. The Facility removes 99 percent of the impurities before the cleaned water is discharged into the South San Francisco Bay or recycled for other uses such as industrial processes, cooling towers, and flushing toilets.

The Facility is the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States. Advanced (tertiary) level treatment is necessary to meet our region’s strict state regulations for the shallow waters and sensitive ecosystem of the southern Bay.

The City of San Jose Environmental Services Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill flexibly staffed Wastewater Operator vacancies at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Wastewater Operators work in an industrial environment where they operate various types of process equipment that removes hazardous and harmful pollution from wastewater coming from households, businesses, and industries. Wastewater Operators inspect, operate, and maintain equipment in process areas, take samples for process control and read, interpret gauges, dials and other process instruments to make necessary process and equipment adjustments. They ensure that the final product, which is clean water, meets federal and state environmental and safety regulatory standards before the water flows back to the San Francisco Bay. Wastewater Operators staff the facility 24/7, 365 days a year, and are assigned to 12-hour operating shifts. Applicants for this position must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Physical Requirement: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

Position Qualifications


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations

• Practical knowledge of the biological nutrient removal process in wastewater treatment.

• Operations experience with greater than 10 MGD at the advanced wastewater treatment level that includes secondary and disinfection.

• Operations experience with anaerobic sludge digestion.

• Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures used in wastewater treatment facilities

• Ability to perform a variety of wastewater facility operational duties.

Flexibility - Makes effective decisions and achieves desired results in the midst of major changes in responsibilities, work processes, timeframes, performance expectations, organizational culture, or work environment.

Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Wastewater Operator I

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade I Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Wastewater Operator II

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade II Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Wastewater Operator III

Experience: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least two (2) specific operational process areas at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility or equivalent facility.

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator Grade III Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

How to Apply

The job ID for this position is 1802038. To view the full job announcement and to apply for this position, please visit https://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Lisa Harding, HR Employment Analyst at lisa.harding@sanjoseca.gov