2020-10-06 2020-10-23

Operations Technician II - Wastewater Treatment Plant

Western Municipal Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Riverside, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 61992
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Riverside, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 61992
  • Organization Website

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates must answer the supplemental questions to be considered further.

Visit https://www.wmwd.com/402/Job-Opportunities to apply for this position.

The Ideal Candidate

Western is looking for a skilled wastewater operator to complement our team. We are looking for a real go-getter with a knack for strengthening relationships in every project—someone who can support the team, is willing to invest in themselves, will align with Western's values, is highly accountable and can get the job done with enthusiasm.

Individuals within the Operations Technician series can expect to perform routine to complex duties related to the operation of District wastewater facilities.

Western employees are expected to work overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays as required to accommodate the District needs, in addition to responding as a Disaster Services Emergency Worker.

Operations Technician II

The Operations Technician II is the intermediate journey-level class in the Technician series. Incumbents perform the full range of duties of the class independently or as a member of a crew with limited guidance and direction, applying a thorough knowledge of the assigned section’s systems, facilities, equipment, procedures and standards for the construction, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of assigned equipment and facilities. Assignments vary, encompass a variety of tasks, seldom require detailed instructions, and require sound judgment and initiative. Incumbents work under general supervision while exercising independent judgment within established functions and procedures.

The Recruitment Process

Western is committed to protecting the health and safety of its customers, employees, and prospective employees. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Western will be conducting initial interviews in a virtual environment through Zoom technology.

Step One: Candidates chosen to participate in the recruitment process will be contacted by Western's Human Resources department and invited to participate in an initial virtual interview. This initial interview will consist of a panel interview with internal and external representatives.

Step Two: Candidates chosen to move forward in the process will be contacted by Western's Human Resources department and may be invited to participate in a second interview with the Department Management. This interview may be conducted in person along with a timed practical exercise.

Step Three: Candidates chosen to move forward in the process will be contacted by Western's Human Resources department and invited to participate in a final in-person interview with Western's General Manager and Deputy General Manager.

Step Four: The successful candidate will then be contacted by Western's Human Resources department to discuss the next steps in the process.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

- Universal Functions to Operations Technician Series:

- Perform grounds maintenance, weed abatement and facilities cleaning duties, some of which requires heavy manual labor.

- Operate a pager, cell phone, and a mobile and/or base station two-way radio for dispatching and routine communications.

- Investigate public complaints and recommend corrective action.

- Maintain accurate and legible records for timesheets, workload planning, and related documents in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations, and District policies and procedures.

- Utilize and maintain detailed records for use within the Computerized Work Management System (CWMS).

- Participate in safety training programs and other related functions.

- Inspect, operate, calibrate, and maintain light/heavy equipment linked to department functions.

- Perform inspections and maintenance of District facilities, equipment, tools, and vehicles.

- Monitor and utilize the District’s SCADA system as required by department or call team roles.

- Coordination and purchase of department supplies or equipment.

- Operate GPS equipment in order to locate and survey District systems as determined by department functions.

- Perform lockout/tag out (LOTO) procedures to block electrical and other energy sources utilizing District safety policies and procedures.

- Perform duties in confined spaces utilizing District safety policies and procedures.

- Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled maintenance, operational, and repair tasks involved in the District’s water or wastewater systems.

- Operate sign boards, flagging, placing and removing barricades, delineators, warning signs and traffic plates in work areas.

Contingent upon meeting certification and experience requirements, employees may be assigned to the appropriate department call team to provide continuous operational services in accordance with the California Municipal Water District Act of 1911. This requirement is at the sole discretion of the District and typically occurs on a rotating basis for a 1-2 week period following supervisor approval.

Wastewater Treatment Team:

Members of this team may be assigned to either the WRCRWA WWTP or WWRF WWTP as needed. Also, working hours and schedules may change with operational need.

The Wastewater Treatment team is responsible for operating and maintaining wastewater treatment plants to ensure compliance of applicable discharge and regulatory requirements. The team spans from the Western Water Recycling Facility (WWRF) in Riverside to the operation of the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority (WRCRWA) in Corona. The performance of this team is essential to protect public health and the environment through the operation of compliant treatment plants. Incumbents in the department can expect to utilize their skills in the areas noted below:

- Operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge and effluent; monitor gauges, meters, SCADA and control panels; observe variations in operating conditions; interpret and gauge readings and test results to determine processing requirements.

- Operate valves, gates, pumps, engines and electric motors to control and adjust the flow and treatment processes, in addition to operating and maintaining boilers and incinerators.

- Inspect plant machinery, equipment, storage ponds, disposal systems and related equipment to determine need for repairs, calibrations, and perform routine preventative maintenance work.

- Calculate loading and flow rates, sets pump rates and make process adjustments in accordance with applicable requirements.

- Read and interpret plant piping and distributing plans; and assists in locating and troubleshooting plant malfunctions.

- Perform lab analysis of process samples, while calculating and verifying results.

As a member of the Wastewater Treatment team, individual may be required to maintain ability to wear respirator protection and maintain cleanly shaved face in the sealing areas of the mask; in the event that a public health concern is identified and specific protocols enacted (i.e. a known Ebola patient in the service area).

Please visit our website to view the full job announcement and to apply for this position. https://www.wmwd.com/402/Job-Opportunities

REQUIREMENTS: - One (1) year experience operating and maintaining a wastewater treatment plant - Valid Wastewater Operator Grade I certification - Valid California driver license with an acceptable driving record

HIGHLY DESIRED: - Wastewater Operator Grade II or above - Two or more years of professional experience operating and maintaining a wastewater treatment plant

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