Under general supervision of the Utility Systems Manager, is responsible to assist and advise in development, implementation, and maintenance of drinking water and wastewater system quality control standards. Lead the development and implementation of backflow and cross connection control, water quality monitoring, and water management plans as directed. Assist in the operation of Water and Wastewater Systems programs including sampling plans, backflow device management, regulatory reporting, and sample collection. Prepare technical reports as directed.
Class Characteristics: Water Quality Specialist is journey-level class who works independently and is expected to perform essential job duties to ensure the continued safe operation of the City’s drinking water and wastewater systems with a minimum of supervision.
Education & Experience:
*Possess an Associate degree or 60 semester units from an accredited college with major coursework in chemistry, biology, microbiology or related field is highly desired
*Three years of work experience in water production and treatment is required.
Licenses & Certificates:
*Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license in conformance with adopted City driving standards
*Possess a California Water Treatment Operator Grade II certificate from Department of Health Services. Possess a *California Water Distribution Grade III certificate from California State Department of Water Services.
*Possess a Backflow Prevention Testers Certificate issued by the AWWA and USC Cross Connection Control Certificate within probationary period.
*Successfully complete a Pulmonary Function Test and be certified to wear a respirator at time of hire.
*Must be willing to work out of doors in various weather conditions.
*Work extended hours as required and respond from home to the Public Works Corporation Yard within 30 minutes when assigned to stand-by duty.
*Respond to emergencies on a 24-hour stand-by basis.
*Work within confined spaces.
*Methods and procedures for reading and adjusting domestic water meters.
*The geography, topography and general place locations within the City service area.
*Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water supply and distribution system including cross connection control and back flow prevention.
*The use of common hand tools.
*The safe and proper handling of chemicals used in water treatment and distribution.
*Maintenance of wells, boosters, and reservoirs.
*Preventative maintenance procedures for wells and boosters.
*Pressure zones and their effect on a water distribution system.
*Analyzing water and wastewater quality and recommending corrective actions.
*Responding to customer complaints regarding water quality.
*Making basic mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.
*Making repairs and adjustments to water quality equipment.
*Dealing tactfully with customers.
*Use of common office software including Microsoft Office.
*Providing outstanding customer satisfaction (internally and externally).
*Climb stairs and embankments.
*Read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
*Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
*Effectively present information and respond to questions from fellow employees and water service customers.
*Calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume and apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
*Solve practical problems and deal with variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
*Troubleshoot and recommend solutions for repair of wells, boosters, and reservoirs.
*Maintain pressure reducing valves and clay valves in pump stations and in the distributions system.
*Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
*Rapidly learn the specific procedures related to the work.
*Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
*Work independently with little supervision.