2021-07-12 2021-08-15

Distribution Operator D3

Bella Vista Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Redding, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68509
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Redding, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68509
  • Organization Website

The Bella Vista Water District is excited to announce its recruitment for the position of Distribution Operator D3. This position offers a unique opportunity with an established public water agency located on the eastern edge of Redding, California. The District services approximately 53 square miles along with 6,300 service connections.

We are seeking a highly motivated self-starter to implement the District’s goals and objectives to provide the qualifications and knowledge of installation, maintenance and repairs of pipelines, meters, water services, valves and hydrants. This position requires good leadership and supervisory skills and is a Union position, through IBEW Local 1245. This position will perform standby and emergency duties on a rotational basis.

The ideal candidate will be an individual with demonstrated experience and knowledge in a Distribution system along with the mechanical abilities to operate a wide variety of equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, trailers, forklifts, etc. The candidate must possess a D3 certification through the State of California, Division of Drinking Water in addition to a California Driver’s License, Class A.

Redding, the county seat of Shasta County, is situated by the Sacramento River in the northern end of the Sacramento Valley approximately 160 miles north of Sacramento. A growing community with a population upwards of 100,000, Redding offers a wide range of urban, suburban and rural housing opportunities, excellent schools, health care facilities and shopping centers. Institutions of higher education in Redding offering two- or four-year degrees include Shasta College and Simpson University.

The Redding area offers a wide range of recreational activities surrounded by two national forests and located within an hour’s drive of Mt. Shasta and minutes from Whiskeytown and Shasta Lakes. Redding has a variety of outdoor activities including, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hunting, water and snow skiing, hiking, walking trails, and many other outdoor recreational opportunities.

Compensation and Benefits - The District is offering a competitive employment package. The starting step for this position is $29.55 with three additional steps over a five-year period if qualified.

Experience - Experience in leadership and supervisory roles as a D3 operator.

Licenses and Certifications - A valid California Class A driver’s license Distribution Operator D3 with the State of California

Vacation & Administrative Leave - Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of ten days per year. In addition, various floater holidays are accrued.

CalPERS - District is a member of CalPERS. Classic Employees contribute 7% of their regular earnings (pre-tax) and accrue their retirement of 2% at 60; New Employees contribute 6.75% of their regular earnings (pre-tax) and accrue their retirement of 2% at 62. Retirement calculations are based upon the top 3-year average earnings.

457 Deferred Compensation Plans - Several plan options are available for employee voluntary contribution.

Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance - District provides coverage for employee and eligible dependents up to a maximum monthly cap of $1,350.00. Retirees receive postretirement health benefits under PEMHCA and are based upon a percentage pro-ration of years served.

Work Week – The District currently recognizes a 9/80 work week (80 hours worked in a two-week period with every other Friday off).

Holidays and Sick Leave - Employees receive 12 paid holidays and earn approximately 12 days sick leave annually.

Life Insurance - District paid $50,000 life insurance policy.

To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume and application. Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held. The District requires a detailed job application regardless if a resume is submitted, which form is available at the District office, 11368 E. Stillwater Way, Redding, California, 96003 or https://www.bvwd.org/career-opportunities. Applications are requested by August 16, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Please send your materials to: Debbie Dias, Administrative Assistant, Bella Vista Water District, 11368 E. Stillwater Way, Redding, CA 96003. Materials may also be submitted electronically to ddias@bvwd.org. Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be invited to participate in panel interviews. An appointment is expected subsequent to a reference/background check to be coordinated with the candidates.


  • Lays out work and normally supervises a crew of one or two other employees

  • As assigned, performs installation and repair of the District's distribution system including pipelines, valves, hydrants, services, vaults, storage facilities, service meters, pumping plants, etc.

  • Performs standby and emergency work duty on a rotational basis.

  • Performs basic building and equipment maintenance.

  • Performs pressure testing and water sampling.

  • Investigates and resolves customer inquiries and complaints.

  • Records daily work, personnel, materials and equipment used. Keeps other records assigned.

  • On occasion, may be temporarily assigned to perform the duties of another classification in the District.

  • Reads meters and records usage.

  • Must perform duties safely with skill, tact, diplomacy and efficiency.


  • Possession of a valid California Drivers License, Class A, with a good driving record.

  • Knowledge of installation, maintenance and repair of pipelines, meters, water services, valves, hydrants, etc.

  • Possession of a California Water Distribution Operators Certification Grade D3.

  • Demonstrated supervisory skills.

  • Thorough knowledge in use of equipment common to water system operation and maintenance.

  • Ability to operate a wide variety of equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, trailers, forklifts, pavement cutters, compactors, compressors, generators, chain saws, and other equipment, etc.

  • Personal qualifications of leadership and supervisory ability.


  • Operates district truck, tractor, backhoe, dump truck, forklift, and equipment in distribution installations and maintenance work requiring repetitive use of both right and left hands, and foot controls.

  • Must have strength and stamina sufficient to carry, push, pull, reach, and lift equipment and parts weighing up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time; ability to ascend or descend ladders up to 110 feet tall, stairs, scaffolding, and the like using feet and legs and/or hands and arms; ability to twist or bend body downward and forward by twisting or bending spine at waist; bend legs at knee to come to rest on a knee or knees; and move about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • Works both inside and outside in all kinds of weather with exposure to significant temperature changes between cold and heat; exposure to odors, dust, and pollen; exposure to chemicals, skin irritants, fumes, and solvents. Must be able to work in a confined space. Must be able to use a respirator.

  • Ability to communicate orally in face-to-face and one-to-one settings; ability to communicate via telephone and two-way radio system; ability to project a voice that can be heard in a noisy environment; ability to hear and distinguish various sounds such as voice of coworkers, and the sounds of operating equipment in both quiet and noisy environments.

  • Ability to read and distinguish numbers, ability to see well enough to read instruction sheets, read addresses at night from the street while in a vehicle, and distinguish among the red, green, and amber colors of traffic signals.

  • Uses office equipment such as computer terminals, copiers, and facsimile machines.

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