Job Details

Position Title:Water Treatment Plant Operator III (24 Hour)
Reference Number:13.089
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY: $4,657 to $6,553 MONTHLY (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)

FINAL FILING DATE: We are accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

TENTATIVE TEST DATE: Oral Interview – March 19 & 20, 2014

The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator III in the Water Utility Division of the Environmental Utilities Department. The normal work schedule will be 24 hours on/48 hours off.

To perform a variety of routine and skilled technical duties in the continuous operation of a water treatment plant, on an assigned shift.

This is the journey level class in the Water Treatment Plant Operator series and is distinguished from the Water Treatment Plant Operator - Grade II by the ability to perform the full range of duties assigned including those that require a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3 certificate. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as unusual or unique situations arise.


• Receives general supervision from a Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator.

• May exercise technical supervision over less experienced staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES – Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Operate SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) computer equipment to control and monitor flow of water treatment and processing chemicals through the treatment plant and water distribution system; monitor gauges and meters and record meter readings; maintain shift log.

• Observe variations in operating conditions; interpret computer, meter and gauge readings; check, standardize, and calibrate instruments, analyzers and chemical feed pumps; start and stop electric driven pumps and motors to control and adjust flow and treatment processes.

• Collect samples and perform routine laboratory tests and analysis; determine chemical and physical characteristics of raw, settled, filtered, and finished water.
• Inspect mechanical equipment for proper working order and prepare/submit work orders for mechanic and/or electrical maintenance attention; perform routine maintenance work.

• Participate in preparation of reports to various external regulatory agencies, as well internal divisions and department; and participate in preparing costs estimates related to budget recommendations.

• Maintain records and documentation; respond to customer questions and complaints; and assist in oversight and training of less experienced water treatment operators.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

• May assist in the training of less experienced staff.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Principles, practices, and regulations related to operating a water treatment plant in accordance with the scope of duties allowed by a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3 certificate.

Ability to:

• Perform water treatment plant operations/activities as provided within the scope of a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3 certificate.

• On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, and observe safety rules. Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember equipment location; and explain jobs to others.

• Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing installation of equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; and lift or carry weight of 40 pounds or less.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Keep and maintain written records and reports.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training


• Two years of increasingly responsible experience operating a water treatment plant similar to that of a Water Treatment Plant Operator – Grade II with the City of Roseville.


• Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

• Possession of a Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3 (T3) certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.

Applications will be screened and those applicants meeting the qualifications will be invited to an oral interview exam (weighted 100%). Scores earned from the oral exam will establish the Employment List. Candidates within the top five ranked scores will be certified to the department for final consideration.

Job Status:Regular / Benefitted, Salary
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