Sacramento County Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in United States

Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator


$90,598.32 - $99,889.92 Annually


Sacramento, CA

Job Type

Permanent Full-Time


Sanitation Districts Agency

Job Number



6/6/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

  • Description

  • Benefits

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The Position

Under general supervision, positions in this class perform a variety of advanced-journey level, lead worker and/or project coordinator duties in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant and related facilities and in the maintenance and repair of equipment and systems involved in wastewater treatment and associated processes to ensure optimum performance and compliance with State and Federal regulations.

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on 9/6/2017, 12/6/2017, 3/6/2018, Final cutoff date 6/6/2018

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Advanced principles of various wastewater, water reclamation, and related treatment processes in order to analyze the more difficult problems and perform the more complex start-up of systems such as the warm start up in the cryogenic plant

  • Methods, tools, materials and equipment used in the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and operation of mechanical equipment and the interrelationship of equipment and systems

  • Processes and corrective actions to respond to emergency and special operating conditions

  • Standard procedures for evaluating results for each process

  • Pertinent Federal and State laws\regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment including a knowledge of what constitutes a violation, reporting requirements, etc.

  • A variety of computer software applications to include word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs, maintenance management information systems, and process control systems

  • Mathematics, chemistry, physics, hydraulics, cryogenics, biology, and electrical/electronics circuitry

  • Safety regulations, practices and procedures

  • First aid and CPR

  • Wastewater sampling and testing procedures

Ability to

  • Inspect, troubleshoot, operate and maintain all process areas of the wastewater treatment plant

  • Provide lead direction

  • Train and mentor personnel

  • Perform inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of mechanical equipment and systems involved in wastewater treatment and associated equipment and systems

  • Operate a wastewater treatment plant using a centralized computer system recognizing abnormal equipment or system conditions and understanding how actions in one plant process impacts one or more other plant processes

  • Perform and evaluate plant control tests

  • Handle contact with external customers, agencies or the public with tact and judgment

  • Prepare reports, procedures, training documents, etc.

  • Use a variety of hand, precision and power tools

  • Drive a variety of mobile equipment such as forklifts, lifts, cranes, vacuum trucks and mudcats on paved and on uneven terrain such as hills, slopes, rocky, or wet ground

  • Read, interpret and utilize plant diagrams, manufacturer's specifications, operations manuals, piping schematics, etc.

  • Use computer equipment and related peripheral equipment to enter, maintain, and extract information, develop forms, do research through queries, etc.

  • Use communications equipment such as radios, phones, intercom and alarm systems

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions

  • Work effectively in a team environment

  • Perform laboratory tests

  • Provide first aid and CPR and pass the first aid and CPR portions of the Chlorine Sulfur-Dioxide Emergency Response Team training

  • Read, write and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade II Certificate or higher from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the final filing date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Shift, Weekend, and Holiday Work:

The Wastewater Treatment Plant is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, operation. All employees in this class will be subject to working shifts, weekends, holidays, overtime, and standby.


Note: Failure to maintain the appropriate licenses as described below constitutes cause for termination from the class in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining unit agreement.

  • A valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, is required prior to date of appointment. Individuals who are unable to maintain a valid Class C California Driver's License due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • A valid Class A, California Driver's License and/or a Hazardous Materials Endorsement issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles may be required for some positions.


Note: Failure to obtain and maintain the appropriate certificates as described below constitutes cause for termination from the class in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining unit agreement.

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board: An applicant selected for a position in this class, if he/she does not already have a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator III Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board at the time of appointment to this class, must obtain the Grade III Certificate within three years of appointment to this class.

  • California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Certificate: Employees who are hired or promoted into this class after the effective date of the establishment of this class must obtain a CWEA Level I Maintenance Certificate within four years of appointment.

Physical Requirements:

Individuals who are unable to pass the following physical requirements due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Perform heavy manual labor

  • Perform tasks requiring manual dexterity

  • Work for extended periods of time in a bent, stooped, kneeling, or prone position

  • Bend, squat, reach, and crawl to read gauges, locate leaks, remove debris, etc.

  • While carrying equipment which may weigh up to 50 pounds, climb and work on ladders (extension and A-frame) and step ladders with a total weight that does not exceed the weight capacity of the ladder or the highest rated capacity of the harnesses and lanyards used for fall protection.

  • Lift, pull and carry equipment and material weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance; lift heavier items with assistance

  • Pass the Chlorine Sulfur-Dioxide Response Team physical to include the wearing of a chemical protection suit

  • Wear respiratory protection

  • Enter and exit through restricted entrances of 24 inches in diameter

  • Demonstrate color vision sufficient to distinguish the colors on a computer screen that indicate equipment status and conditions

  • Have normal sense of smell and normal or corrected vision and hearing to observe process and equipment functions for normal and abnormal occurrences

  • Have normal sense of touch to detect abnormalities in temperature, flow, and vibration

  • Work on levee banks and other areas with unsteady footing

  • Work in a sitting position for extended periods of time

Working Conditions:

  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement or very hot weather

  • Work around dust, dirt, noise, and odors

  • Work in close and/or tight spaces which may be extremely hot and/or humid

  • Work in or around channels, tanks and sumps that contain treated and partially treated wastewater

  • Work with hazardous materials such as fuel, oil, chemicals and wastewater

  • Work with and/or around high pressure water, pressurized chemical systems, airborne contaminants, etc.

  • Work alone for extended periods of time

  • Work in areas of low illumination

  • Work at heights six feet and more above the ground on equipment and structures

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento

Department of Personnel Services

Employment Services Division

700 H Street, Room 4667

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service


Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.

  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.

  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.

  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.

  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.

  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.

  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.

  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.

  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.

  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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