This recruitment will close once 50 complete applications have been confirmed or by the final filing deadline date, whichever comes first.
Please see the SELECTION PROCESS below for required attachment(s) to the electronic application. Applicants will not be able to "submit" the application, without first electronically attaching the required documents.
If you have further job-related questions please contact staff in the HR Division at 805-925-0951 x2203. If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for technical assistance at 1-855-524-5627.
Under general supervision, the incumbent performs unskilled, semi-skilled, or skilled work in the operation, regulation, inspection, maintenance, and monitoring of the City's potable water supply, storage, treatment, transmission, and distribution facilities, including customer service tasks.
The incumbent may be assigned to Water Treatment or Water Production as determined by the Utilities Department.
Positions in this class require prior training or experience in the occupational field. Factors that affect position allocation include the variety and complexity of work assignments, supervision exercised or received, level of independent decision making, and limitations of responsibility and knowledge reflected in the level of water certificate required.
Incumbents may be assigned to work independently or as part of a crew based on the needs of the department. Positions allocated to the Water Operator classification generally participate fully in the work of the assigned crew, and may also be responsible for the productivity of the crew in completing a predetermined schedule of work.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
The following duties are typical of this classification and are intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed, the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s), and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement to address business needs and changing business practices.
Duties and responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of the City's water distribution and production system. This includes working with crew or alone in performing a variety of work such as fire hydrant maintenance, flushing of service lines and mains, meter installation, installation of new service lines and mains, repairs and/or replacements of broken service lines and mains, pumps, motors, controllers, and other work relating to maintenance and repair of the City's water system. Additional duties include monitoring performance of computerized automatic devices that regulate the treatment and distribution of domestic water supplies; conducting inspections; making adjustments and reviewing records of instruments for water supply and distribution control, water quality, blending-plant equipment, and basic laboratory instruments; monitoring water treatment facilities, wells, and reservoirs for water quality and operational-related characteristics; responding to treatment and/or monitoring equipment malfunctions, adjusting or diagnosing problems; cleaning and painting vaults, pump houses, and other equipment; assisting in regular inspections, making necessary preventive maintenance adjustments; operating a variety of power-driven tools and equipment such as a back hoe, skip loader, and dump truck; cleaning and maintaining tools used on the job; assisting in lubrication of equipment to keep equipment in good working condition; recording maintenance; being available for standby emergency call-back duty as assigned; making every reasonable effort to continually improve the manner in which the job is performed and increase the quality of service to the public; and performing other duties as assigned. Such other duties may include, but are not limited to, performing customer service tasks, including notification of delinquent bills, meter turn-ons and turn-offs; responding to customer inquiries; and perform other duties as assigned.
High school graduation or General Education Diploma.
Minimum of one year of full-time experience in Water Treatment or Distribution and a minimum of two years of full-time experience in maintenance work OR any combination of education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.
Principles, methods, materials, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of domestic water treatment and distribution systems; mechanical and electrical characteristics of pumps, motors, meters, valves, control panels, telemetry systems, and other water control or measuring devices; basic math and recordkeeping; Federal, State and local standards for maintaining water quality; occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in water resources and distribution facilities; and principles and practices of exemplary customer service.
Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; understand and follow oral and written instructions; perform routine laboratory tests and sampling, analyze results and take effective corrective action when necessary; keep logs, records, and charts; read and interpret gauges and recording devices reflecting water system operations; read and interpret maps, drawings, product label instructions, and equipment operation procedures; operate and maintain a wide variety of hand and power tools used in water treatment and distribution; perform assigned tasks in a safe manner; take a proactive approach to problem solving; establish and maintain effective working relationships; collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; learn the organization, procedures, and operating details of the City department to which assigned; attend work, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position's required duties and responsibilities; be available for standby emergency call-back duty as assigned; and practice and exemplify the City of Santa Maria's Mission Statement.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Motor vehicles and trucks, generators, pumps, gauges, common hand and power tools including shovels and wrenches, detection devices, mobile radios, phones, calculators, and a variety of lab equipment.
Once a recruitment has been open for ten (10) calendar days, the City reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to the initially posted deadline if a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. To ensure review of application materials, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible in the process. The recruitment is officially closed once it has been removed from the City's web site.
The completed electronic application packet will include the online application and supplemental questions, and we prefer electronic attachments of a resume, cover letter, and certifications. For any technical difficulties or help with attaching documents to your application, please contact NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.
As you complete your online application, please provide complete and accurate information for each employment during the past 10 years. Although a resume is required, it does not substitute for providing the information requested on the electronic application. Do not write "See resume" or "See attached." Failure to provide complete information will cause forfeiture toward employment with the City.
As you complete your supplemental questionnaire, please provide length of experience as of the date the recruitment closes, not as of the date you are submitting your application.
Applicants are required to apply online. Hard copy application packets will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the online process. However, persons who believe they are qualified under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. The request must be received by Human Resources with sufficient time prior to the final filing deadline, to allow for the request to be considered through the interactive process.
The most qualified candidates will be selected to appear before a panel for an oral interview. Those applicants invited to an interview will be notified electronically at the email address provided by each candidate through the application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment. A tentative oral interview date has been scheduled for August 28, 2018. The oral board will recommend a limited number of candidates to the eligibility list from which the new Water Operator may be selected. This recruitment may also establish an eligibility list for future Water Operator/Water Operator Trainee (must have at least a Grade 1 certification) openings.
If at any time during the recruitment any portion of your application packet does not meet the requirements you may be disqualified from further consideration in this recruitment.
The City of Santa Maria is a participant in the E-Verify program through the Department of Homeland Security. Upon hire, the candidate must produce original documents according to the Department of Homeland Security Form I-9 List of Acceptable Documents. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources staff at (805) 925-0951 extension 2203.
Although you are unable to make changes to a completed application or add additional documents once you initially submit your packet, if you need to make corrections or attach a document you missed, you may only do so by submitting an entire new application packet prior to the final filing deadline. Please note if you reapply, ONLY your most recent application will be reviewed; all portions of previous applications submitted will be automatically archived without review. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a fully completed application for Human Resources review; incomplete applications will be subject to disqualification.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
As a condition of employment with the City of Santa Maria, all employees are required to be in compliance with the terms and requirements of the City's Dress Code Policy, CAM 2008-02; which includes restrictions regarding tattoos and piercings.
Upon hire, the candidate must submit a Department of Motor Vehicles printout summarizing their driving record covering the last 30 days from the closing date of this recruitment. Upon hire, candidate must possess a bank account to accommodate the City of Santa Maria's direct deposit for bi-weekly pay.
If a diploma/certificate/degree is required to meet minimum qualifications for the position, proof must be submitted to department staff and received during the reference check process, prior to offer of employment or promotion.
A "No Smoking" policy has been adopted in all City facilities to promote a health-based, smoke-free work place as part of the City's commitment to a pollution-free environment.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Minorities, women and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Interested parties may request a copy of the City of Santa Maria Equal Employment Opportunity Plan by contacting the Human Resources Division.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT (ADA) AND CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING ACT (FEHA)
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons desiring a reasonable accommodation to compete in the recruitment process may contact the Human Resources Office at 805-925-0951, Extension 2203, or the California Relay Service at 1-800-735-2920 or 1-888-877-5378 for TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf), prior to the final filing deadline.
IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, if you are selected for employment with the City of Santa Maria, you will be required to provide proof of identity and work eligibility.
The provisions contained in these job postings do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revised without notice.
Once a recruitment has been announced for ten (10) calendar days, the City reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to the initially posted deadline if we receive a sufficient amount of qualified applications. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the process, to ensure review of their application materials. The recruitment is officially closed once it has been removed from the City's web site.
APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY ONLINE AT:
If you do not have computer and internet capabilities available in your home, please visit the Santa Maria Public Library located at 421 S. McClelland or the Workforce Resources Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, for no cost computer access. Time usage restrictions may apply; thus it is recommended that you have all necessary background and experience information readily available.
Human Resources Division contact info:
805-925-0951 ext. 2203
A valid Class "C" California Driver's License. Within 12 months of appointment, attainment of a valid Class "B" California Driver's License with Tanker endorsement. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.
A valid Grade 2 certificate in Water Treatment or Water Distribution, based on assigned area of work, from SWRCB DWOCP. A valid Grade 3 certificate in Water Treatment or Water Distribution is highly desirable.
Under the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Program, may be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening and submit to random drug and/or alcohol testing throughout employment with the City.
Additional Salary Information: The following benefits vary by bargaining unit. For full benefit information please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding or compensation resolution available at http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/human-resources-employment/salary-group-agreements.
Life Insurance and AD&D Coverage
Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Employee Assistance Program
457 Deferred Compensation
Post Employment Health Plan (PEHP)
Educational Incentive Program
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