2021-10-08 2021-10-27

Water Agency Plant Operator

Sonoma Water
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 74283
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 74283
  • Organization Website

Salary: $7,762 - $9,433/Monthly

Application Deadline: Oct. 27, 2021

Become a Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) Plant Operator

Plant Operators at Sonoma Water have the incredible opportunity to operate five separate classifications and types of wastewater/recycled water treatment facilities that are located across the county, including tertiary, extended air, biological nutrient removal, membrane, and lagoon, as well as a water treatment facility that treats over 16.5 billion gallons annually and distributes to over 600,000 customers. This experience also provides Operators the opportunity to qualify for Grade 5 Water and Wastewater treatment certifications, and with time and certification, the ability to promote to Senior Water Agency Plant Operator.

In accordance with federal and state regulations, Plant Operators monitor and control the operation of the wastewater treatment plants. At Sonoma Water, this is primarily done by controlling flow and processing of wastewater biosolids and effluents. This position will operate pumps, valves, chlorinators, telemetry controls, sludge presses, and other water and wastewater flow regulating controls and equipment. Additionally, this position:

  • Maintains reservoir levels and coordinate water storage, usage, and user allotments

  • Reads, records, and maintains detailed operational records, as well as monitors a computer-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system which controls water supply, water and wastewater treatment processes, and reclamation facilities

  • Performs routine laboratory analysis of water and wastewater samples using accepted analyzing techniques, and interpret the results

  • Computes volumes and percentages using both standard and metric systems

The ideal candidate for this position will enjoy working independently and in a team environment, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and possess:

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Certifications, including:

    • Wastewater Plant Operator Grade II or higher

    • Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T2 or higher

    • Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 or higher

  • The written and verbal communication skills needed to effectively collaborate with a diverse group of co-workers, write reports, and present to stakeholders

  • The ability to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical plant issues

  • An understanding of biological processes and their functions

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel, and some experience with SCADA

  • The ability to remain calm, perform well under pressure, and potentially deal with extreme

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to many benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $565 and ongoing education/training opportunities

  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options

  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

For more information, including minimum qualifications, and to apply, visit www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org or call 707-565-2331.

The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.

When applying, mention you saw this opening listed at WaterDistrictJobs.com.