Assistant Water Plant Operator I/II

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: See Job Description
Open Date: 07/14/2021
Close Date: 07/20/2021

Position Description

Assistant Water Plant Operator I/II

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01310-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 7/20/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

South Water Treatment Operations Unit (Position Code 0345)

Assistant Water Plant Operator I: $6,546.80 – $8,378.93 monthly
Assistant Water Plant Operator II: $7,590.27 – $9,722.27 monthly

Overview:
Do you have water treatment process experience? Are you a T1 or T2 licensed Water Treatment Operator? Are you interested in working various shifts, including night shift? If so, check out the Assistant Water Plant Operator position at Valley Water.

Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying wholesale water, providing flood protection, and serving as environmental steward for clean, safe creeks and healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mt. View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale, and the towns of Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos, and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.

The Assistant Water Plant Operator helps with all day-to-day plant operations, including operating and maintaining plant equipment, calibrating water quality monitoring equipment; taking and analyzing water and chemical samples; cleaning equipment and facilities; receiving bulk chemical deliveries; operating the sludge dewatering process; using the computer-based plant control, or SCADA system, completing data entry, initiating work orders, and maintaining plant operations logs and reports. Operators work 20-week assigned rotations between day shift, night shift, belt press shift. The facility operates and is staffed continuously, which means 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This position reports to the Water Plant Supervisor and works under direction from the Senior Water Plant Operator.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Regularly conduct rounds to monitor plant operations and maintain plant equipment and grounds; observe, evaluate, troubleshoot, and report condition of the facility and equipment, including, pipes, pumps, valves, feeders, motors, basins, tanks, generators, analyzers, and sludge beds; take and record measurements and instrument readings, such as pressures, temperature, flow, volume and concentrations; operate and adjust pumps and valves; calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on plant instruments; observe and report on the flow, volume, and quality of the water, including color, odor, and turbidity; and assist in maintaining grounds in a clean, orderly, and secure state.
• Draw samples of water and other materials from different phases of a water treatment process; measure and analyze samples to determine compliance with district and regulatory standards for chlorine, ozone, phosphate and ammonia residuals, pH, turbidity, taste, and odor. Receive and monitor deliveries of bulk chemicals and other plant supplies.
• Perform cleaning and minor maintenance on plant operating equipment and facilities, including flocculators, basins, filters, solids handling facilities/belt presses, and containment and delivery areas.
• Perform various administrative tasks including data entry into spreadsheets, update standard operating procedures, initiate work orders, maintain, compile, and update plant operation logs and reports.
• Use the plant’s computer based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor plant operations; scan multiple computer monitors simultaneously; navigate a multitude of program screens to observe, track, and retrieve water, chemical and equipment readings.
• Attend and complete safety and other required trainings. Adhere to established safety regulations, policies and procedures that are applicable to area of responsibilities.

Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for Assistant Water Plant Operator I and II:

• Chemistry necessary to monitor and operate a water treatment plant as required by the State of California.
• Math necessary to use formulas to calculate rates, ratios, pressure, dosages, concentrations, volumes, and dilution factors to be able to pass California licensing requirements to operate a water treatment plant.
• Common desktop applications and software as well as specialized software related to the work.
• State regulations pertaining to the shift operation of a T-5 rated water treatment plant, including reporting procedures and requirements.
• SCADA system components and capabilities.
• Working knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
• Navigate and interpret SCADA screens and data.
• Some knowledge of state regulations pertaining to the shift operation of a T-5 rated water treatment plant, including reporting procedures and requirements.
• Some knowledge of Operational characteristics of common mechanical equipment such as pumps, valves, motors, and meters.
• Multi-tasking with short deadlines.
• Working knowledge of common desktop applications and software as well as specialized software related to the work.

Ideal Experience, Training and Education:
Assistant Water Plant Operator I
Training
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by six (6) quarter units in chemistry and six (6) quarter units in math from an accredited college.

Experience
None

Substitution
An associate degree in engineering or chemistry from an accredited college may substitute for the training required at the time of application.
Possession of a Grade T1 Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board may substitute for the training requirement at the time of application.

Required License or Certificate:
As a condition of employment individuals must acquire and maintain a Grade T2 or higher Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board within eighteen (18) months of appointment.

Assistant Water Plant Operator II
Training
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by six (6) quarter units in chemistry and six (6) quarter units in math from an accredited college.

Experience
One (1) year experience performing work as a licensed operator at a water treatment plant that is rated as a T-4 or higher facility.

Substitution
An associate degree in engineering or chemistry from an accredited college may substitute for the training and experience required at the time of application.

Required License or Certificate:

• Possession of a Grade T2 or higher Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.
• As a condition of employment, individuals must acquire and maintain a Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board within twenty-four (24) months of appointment.

Required License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination.

To review the Classification Specification, please click http://apps2.valleywater.org/About_Us/_Jobs/Salary_and_classification/_Spec_PDFs/Assistant Water Plant Operator I-II – 5-2019.pdf https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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