Wastewater Plant Operator-in-Training (Internal) City of Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz

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A valid California drivers license and a safe driving record May answer phone calls from customers regarding service problems and questions Must obtain a Grade I Wastewater Plant Operator Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control ,…

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The Position Due to precautions the City is taking to protect employees and the public against the coronavirus, the Human Resources Department will be closed to the public until further notice. You are encouraged to apply for this position by using the "Apply" button at the bottom of the on-line job announcement.
The current opening is in the Public Works Department. This recruitment is open to current regular City employees and temporary employees who have accrued a minimum of 600 paid hours worked for the City of Santa Cruz and who have worked for the City within the previous twelve months. As an Internal recruitment, the list established from this recruitment is valid only for the current vacancy listed above.
Under direct supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the routine operation, inspection and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment plant; learns the principles and practices of wastewater treatment; performs other related duties as required.
Recruitment # 20-104

Selection Timeline: (The following process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Human Resources Director.)

  • On Thursday 06/18/20 recruitment will close. All application materials must be received by the Human Resources Department by 5:00 pm. To apply, submit:
  • Applicationonline application preferred. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of filling out the application form completely.
  • Response to supplemental questionswill be a primary tool in the evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Any work experience described here must also be included in your employment history on the main application.
  • Week of 06/22/20 and 06/29/20: Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications for this position. Once all applications have been reviewed, applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment.
  • The selected candidate will undergo fingerprint screening as part of the pre-employment process.
Typical Duties (Duties may include, but are not limited to, those duties listed below.) Learns and assists certified plant personnel in the following duties:
  • Monitors, reads and calculates the flow of water or sewage through the plant by meters, gauges and visual inspection; operates pumps and valves to regulate flow and adjust chemical feeding according to established standards.
  • Collects samples and makes routine chemical and physical tests monitoring for changing conditions and chemical feed requirements.
  • Logs test results, meter and feed readings, flow rates, maintenance and other data; prepares daily and periodic reports on plant operations.
  • Inspects pumps, motors, chemical feeders, level controls and other equipment to ensure proper operations; makes adjustments and emergency repairs as needed; works closely with maintenance and technical personnel to correct equipment problems.
  • Performs routine plant cleaning and maintenance such as backwashing filters; cleaning lines; hosing filters and basins; disposing of sludge; cleaning sludge beds; painting structures, equipment and piping; performing routine carpentry work; and maintaining plant grounds and facilities.
  • Loads, unloads and stores materials and supplies, including the storage and transfer of chlorine and other hazardous materials; mixes dilutes and distributes chemicals used in plant processes.
  • May answer phone calls from customers regarding service problems and questions; may serve as central communications, taking and relaying information to and from department personnel on emergency needs and services.
  • Participates in skills and safety training programs; learns and implements safety rules, regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Participates in confined space entrance and rescue.
  • Performs other related duties that may be reasonably expected as part of this classification.

Position requires sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, climbing, crouching, crawling, balancing, twisting body motions, grasping, reaching, pushing, pulling, working overhead, making repetitive hand movement, distinguishing by touch and working with finger dexterity in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires talking, hearing, plus near and far and color vision when inspecting work and operating assigned equipment. The ability to lift, carry, and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds is also required. The incumbent works indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions including wet; the working environment has constant noise. Work takes place on slippery uneven surfaces, around machinery with moving parts or stationery equipment, around moving objects or vehicles, on ladders or scaffolding, and below ground. The incumbent occasionally works in confined spaces. The incumbent may use chemicals, grease and oils which will expose the employee to fumes, dust, and risk of skin exposure; the work includes working with hands in water. The incumbent must be able to perform duties assigned while wearing respiratory protection equipment. The incumbent may be exposed to biohazards and/or electrical energy. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment and drive motorized vehicles.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills and Abilities are the following:
Education and Experience

  • High school graduation or tested equivalent; and
  • Some experience involving the use of common tools.

Licenses and Certificates
  • Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California driver's license and a safe driving record.
  • Must obtain a Grade I Wastewater Plant Operator Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board within two (2) years from date of hire.

  • Basic mechanical principles.
  • The proper identification and use of common hand and power tools.
  • Common safety procedures for physical labor.
  • Basic mathematical principles, including fractions, decimals, proportions and measurements.

  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions given in English.
  • Accurately read and record technical data from meters and gauges.
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations accurately.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Learn the principles, practices, techniques and regulations pertaining to wastewater plant operations.
  • Learn to recognize unusual or dangerous operating conditions and make sound judgments within established guidelines.
  • Perform manual labor involving the frequent bending, pulling, pushing, lifting and carrying of weights up to about 100 lbs.
  • Perform the duties assigned while wearing respiratory protection equipment.

  • Willingness to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as assigned.
  • Must be clean shaven at all times as required to wear respiratory protection equipment.

  • Volunteer experience with the City of Santa Cruz agency.
Career Ladder
  • Wastewater Treatment Facilities Operations Manager
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor
  • Senior Wastewater Plant Operator IV
  • Senior Wastewater Plant Operator III
  • Wastewater Plant Operator III
  • Wastewater Plant Operator II
  • Wastewater Plant Operator I
  • Wastewater Plant Operator in Training

SALARYThis classification belongs to the Service bargaining unit and has a nine-step salary range. All classifications in this bargaining unit add an additional wage Step J on 7/14/18 by MOU agreement. Appointment may be made commensurate with experience. The current salary schedule is posted on the City website. See MOU for salary practices. UNION REPRESENTATIONThis classification belongs to the Service Employees' bargaining unit. All employees within this unit are represented by the Service Employees' International Union. APPOINTMENTAny candidate selected by the appointing department may be required to pass a pre-employment medical exam administered by a City-selected physician before hire to non-sedentary positions. Prior to starting work, all newly hired employees will be fingerprinted, to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Candidates must present documentation verifying authorization to work in the United States and take a loyalty oath as required by the State of California at the time of hire. Appointments to regular positions are subject to a six-month probationary period (unless specified as 12-month by Service Employees MOU) which is considered a part of the selection process. Probationary employees may be terminated without recourse during this period. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing. LEAVEVacation – 80 hours/year up to 5 years, 120 hours/year 6-10 years, plus 8 hours for each year after 10 years up to a maximum of 160 hours/year.Sick – 12 days/yearHolidays – up to 11 days/year
Floating Holidays24 hours per yearprorated for part-time INSURANCE – (available to employee and eligible dependents)Medical – Depends on plan selected; City generally pays 95% of the cost of coverage (pro-rated for part-time).
Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Program – City currently pays full cost of employee and family coverage (pro-rated for part-time). Plus an additional $29.50 per pay period.Life – City provides a $20,000 life insurance policy.Long Term Disability – City provides a long term disability plan. RETIREMENT All new regular employees become members of PERS. Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) 2% [at] 62 (3 year average). Prior PERS membership may affect retirement formula. Employees contribute 9.75% of their salary to PERS on a pre-tax basis. An employee is vested after 5 years of membership. No Social Security is withheld. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS (not all inclusive)457 Deferred Compensation PlanAccident Protection InsuranceBilingual Pay if required by positionCancer and Critical Illness InsuranceDirect DepositDiscount Bus Pass ProgramFlexible Spending Plans for Health & Dependent CareLongevity Pay (after 10 years and 15 years)In lieu Medical Reimbursement of $200 /month (if not participating in City offered Medical Plan)Shift DifferentialSupplemental Life InsuranceTuition Reimbursement
The information included in this listing is subject to change and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Leaves and most Insurance contributions are pro-rated for part-time benefited employees.

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