2023-05-25 2023-06-15

Operator I (Water Operations)

Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 87027
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    Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 87027
  • Organization Website

Salary: $30.97 - $43.60 Hourly

Close Date: June 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/irwd/jobs/3986974/operator-i-water-operations

***Effective July 1, 2023, the salary range for this position will receive a 3.8% increase***

The Irvine Ranch Water District is currently recruiting for an Operator I position in our Water Operations Department. The successful candidate will, under direct supervision, perform a variety of tasks related to the operation of water production, distribution, and treatment facilities for potable and recycled water systems. Incumbents will monitor, analyze, and control water systems and treatment plants through field control devices and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

This is the entry level position in the Water Operations classification series. Incumbents assist certified Operators in making process, or control changes and are trained in the operation of potable and recycled water systems including ground water production wells, pump stations, water storage reservoirs, pressure zones, disinfection facilities, and treatment plants.

Summary of Duties

  • Inspect and monitor the District's water systems and treatment plants.

  • Perform routine water quality sampling and assist in adjusting chemicals to comply with Federal, State, and local regulations.

  • Communicate effectively on all operating conditions essential to the efficient operation of the water systems or plants as directed. Report all operating problems or emergencies immediately to a lead operator, supervisor, or manager as available.

  • Assist in the disinfection and testing of pipelines and reservoirs; check chlorine dosage rates; record daily usage.

  • Read and document critical water system pressures, flows, reservoir elevations and water quality.

  • Monitor chemical dosing facilities, pumping stations, treatment plants, wells, pressure regulating/flow control structures and reservoirs.

  • Meet with customers regarding complaints.

  • Maintain daily journals and other control data to document the progress and completion of projects.

  • Participate in pipeline shutdowns and startup of new facilities.

  • Responsible for the maintenance of tools and supplies as assigned.

  • Conduct accurate physical and chemical tests of water.

  • Work according to safety standards under potentially hazardous conditions.

  • Take readings from meters, gauges, graphs, and related instrumentation.

  • Assist in troubleshooting variations in operating conditions, report findings to the Water Operations Supervisor.

  • Perform lab tests and analyze data to determine unit process treatment efficiency.

  • May be required to work overtime. Overtime assignments are at the discretion of the Operations Supervisor or Manager.

  • May be required to work stand-by once a California State Water Resources Control Board Grade 3 Distribution Certification is attained.

  • Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.

  • Responsible for all other work-related duties.


A combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma is required. For degrees obtained outside of the U.S., an official equivalency evaluation is required.

One college level course in Water Treatment is required.

One year of experience in water distribution/treatment systems operations.


  • Valid Class 'C' California Driver's License is required.

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Grade 1 Water Distribution Certification (D1) required.

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Grade 1 Water Treatment Certification (T1) required.

  • Grade 2 Water Treatment Certification (T2) desirable.

  • Grade 2 Water Distribution Certification (D2) desirable.

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