2019-11-27 2020-01-01

Water Treatment and System Operator

San Lorenzo Valley Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 53582
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Boulder Creek, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 53582
  • Organization Website

San Lorenzo Valley Water District is looking for applicants for the position of Water Treatment and System Operator. Please read the details of the position and how to apply below:


CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

SALARY: $5,803 - $7,778 per month depending on qualifications

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is located in the coastal redwoods approximately 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, CA. If you live in the nearby towns of Felton or Scotts Valley, you are a relaxing 15-minute drive to work or the beach. The District maintains approximately 190 miles of pipeline and serves a population of approximately 35,000 customers. The SLV Water District was established in 1941 and serves the communities of Boulder Creek to Felton and Lompico to Scotts Valley.

The District is seeking a professional self-starter with State of California certification in Water Treatment (minimum T2). The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of CCR Title 22 water quality regulations, as well as both surface water treatment and groundwater treatment operations along with pumps, valves, meters and water quality instrumentation associated with water treatment operations. The successful candidate will be assigned on a rotational basis to one of the two surface water treatment plants that the District operates.

Under the general supervision of the Water Treatment and System Supervisor, the Water Treatment and System Operator performs a variety of skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems; and performs other related duties as required.

This is a single position class. The incumbent assists in the monitoring, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plants; water production, distribution and storage facilities, wastewater collection system and wastewater pump stations. This class is distinguished from Water Treatment and System Supervisor in that the latter class is a supervisory class and has greater responsibility for operations, and exercises greater independence of action and judgment. This class is distinguished from the Field Services series in that incumbents of that series may perform limited monitoring and operation of facilities in a relief or on call capacity, but lack the broader responsibility for monitor and adjusting the system. Incumbent is subject to being assigned after hour, standby duty assignment, and other irregular hours.

Essential functions and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspects stream intakes, water production, treatment and storage facilities, and wastewater collection, transmission and treatment facilities.

  • Operates, maintains and repairs equipment used in the operation of the water and wastewater treatment systems, including wells, pumps, valves, reservoirs and treatment plants; monitors computer control system, responds to monitors and alarms and determines and takes appropriate action; monitors chlorination process and regulated dosage; monitors and adjusts treatment process and distribution system based on readings from meters, gauges, level indicators and recording charts.

  • Monitors and operates pumping facilities, valves and storage reservoirs to regulate water flow and storage utilizing SCADA computer control system.

  • Collects water and wastewater samples at various locations, performs routine laboratory analysis and records and reports results; coordinates delivery and shipment of samples sent for outside analysis.

  • Performs maintenance on equipment, facilities and grounds.

  • Responds to customer inquiries regarding water quality, including color, taste, odor, pressure and lack of water.

  • Calculates production, storage, treatment and quality values, maintains records and prepares reports on production, storage, treatment and maintenance.

  • May be assigned to assist Field Services staff in the repair and maintenance of water distribution system; may respond to system alarms during standby duty assignment, evenings and weekends.

  • When assigned to standby duty assignment may respond to customer service calls, SCADA computer alarms, and monitor and operate water and wastewater systems.

  • May be assigned to serve as designated Water Treatment Facility Shift Operator.



  • Principles and practices of water treatment and distribution;

  • Principles and practices of wastewater collection, treatment and disposal;

  • Methods and techniques of water and wastewater sampling and testing;

  • Safe working practices necessary in working with hazardous materials and chemicals, and confined spaces;

  • Principles and practices of electronics and electrical systems used in water and wastewater treatment equipment and hydraulics;

  • Methods and techniques in the maintenance and repair of pumps, valves, pipes, bearings, controls and related equipment;

  • Applicable local, federal and state regulations affecting water and wastewater treatment, water quality, water distribution and testing;

  • Principles of cross connection control.


  • Read, interpret and apply technical material, laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, blueprints, diagrams and written correspondence;

  • Conduct water and wastewater sampling and testing;

  • Monitor, operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment facilities, water production and distribution systems and wastewater collection and disposal systems;

  • Provide clear verbal communications and prepare technical reports and memoranda in a well-constructed and concise manner;

  • Repair, install and maintain water mains, services valves;

  • Perform mathematical computations including basic statistics and analytical formulas;

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, supervisors, regulatory agencies and the public;

  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;

  • Perform call back work as assigned;

  • Work independently.

Any combination of training and experience, which demonstrates attainment of the required knowledge and ability to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed), typically:

EDUCATION: High school graduation or equivalent is desirable.

EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years as a Field Services Worker II - OR - One (1) year in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment facilities, including or supplemented by field work in water distribution.


  • A valid California class C driver’s license must be maintained at all times.

  • Possession of and continued maintenance of a State of California Department of Health Services Water Treatment Certificate Grade T2 and Water Distribution Certificate D1.

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a Grade I Waste Water Treatment Operator, certification from the State Water Resources Control Board is highly desirable.

This District provides a competitive benefit package, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Pension, Life Insurance, Disability, and more.


Please submit a completed package consisting of the following:

  • District Employment Application (see below)

  • Resume

  • Letter of Interest

  • Supplemental Questions (see below)

You can find the complete package of documents at the following link: http://www.slvwd.com/_Employment.htm

Email to humanresources@slvwd.com, or mail to the following address:

Human Resources
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
13060 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

Supplemental Questions: Water Treatment and System Operator
Supplemental Questions are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. Responses to the questions serve as documentation of each candidates’ ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Responses must be typed and cannot exceed two (2) single sided electronic 8.5 X 11 inch pages.

Supplemental Questions:

1. Describe your experience in the operation of a surface water treatment plant and/or groundwater treatment facilities. Explain your specific duties.

2. Explain your experience in the collection of bacteriological and chemical samples. Provide examples.

3. Describe safety precautions and procedures you take while working with hazardous chemicals. Include examples.

4. Tell us about your familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel and Word).

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