Water Plant Operator

Santa Clara Valley Water District | San Jose

Salary Range: $6,954.13 - $8,905.87 per month
Open Date: 08/05/2016
Close Date:

Position Description

Water Plant Operator

$6,954.13 – $8,905.87 monthly-based on a seven-step salary plan
$83,449.60 – $106,870.40 annually-based on a seven-step salary plan


To perform the duties of a state-designated shift operator in the monitoring and operation of a District Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Plant and, as necessary, to perform the duties of an Assistant Water Plant Operator. Tasks include regulating flows within the system; monitoring and operating facility equipment; and ensuring compliance with prescribed state and federal codes and regulations. Operators assigned to the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center typically work 10-hour shifts rotating approximately every 6 months between week days, weekends, and relief.

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:
• Oversee all plant activities on an assigned shift (i.e., maintain situational awareness of, or assist in, maintenance, engineering, and construction work, special projects, contractors, non-plant District employees and all plant visitors; represent the treatment plant with personnel located offsite such as retailers, regulators, other District plants and support units, and other water agencies; direct the activities of the operator on shift; and formulate production and quality related decisions).
• Use SCADA to monitor and control plant operations, investigate and respond to alarms; scan multiple computer monitors simultaneously; navigate program screens to observe, track and retrieve on-line instrumentation readings for water, chemicals and equipment. Control process systems and analyze data to ensure State and Federal drinking water codes and regulations are met.
• Perform data entry into spreadsheets and database programs, initiate and follow up on work orders for preventative and corrective maintenance; create and revise standard operating procedures; order chemicals, maintain, compile and review plant operations data; complete entries into the plant’s log book; participate in pass down and review SCADA system to determine plant status and activities at shift change.
• Perform shift duties as the assistant operator including plant rounds; physically observing treatment process and equipment functions, cleaning and maintenance procedures on operating equipment and facilities such as reverse osmosis trains, micro filtration racks, UV vessels, pipes and containment and delivery areas.
• Perform scheduled and emergency plant shut-downs and start-ups.
• Train lower-level operator staff; sign off on training schedules
Ideal candidate’s background includes:
• Five years experience as an operator at a water/wastewater/recycled water treatment plant.
• Two years experience as a designated shift operator while holding a valid T3 or T4 operator or a Wastewater Grade 3 or 4 certificate at a T5/Grade 5 rated facility.
• Understanding of key regulations, including turbidity, disinfection (Ct), and disinfection byproducts, as well as reporting procedures and requirements.
• Knowledge of safe work practices around water treatment plant chemicals and equipment.
• Proficient in water/wastewater treatment math and chemistry.
• Detailed understanding of regulations, and familiarity with new or pending regulations.
• Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), SCADA, Maximo.
• Significant experience/expertise in operating and troubleshooting standard and advanced water treatment plant equipment.
• B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, engineering, or related field is preferred.

Position Qualifications


Two (2) years experience performing work as an operator at a water treatment plant that is rated as a T4 or higher facility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the Division of Drinking Water (DDW).

How to Apply

Closing Date for Applications: Open until filled. For detailed information regarding requirements and qualifications for this opening and to apply online, please see the job posting by clicking on the following link: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/scvwd
Contact Email: recruit@valleywater.org
Website: www.valleywater.org