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Water Treatment Facility Operator job in Napa

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Organization:  City of Napa
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Napa
Salary and Benefits:  $60,960.00 - $73,644.00 Annually + Excellent Benefits

The City of Napa's Public Works Department invites applicants for the position of Water Treatment Facility Operator (T3) within it Water Division. The eligible list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list. The active status of this employment list will be at least 6 months and no more than 1 year unless abolished sooner or extended beyond that date in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

The City of Napa is seeking qualified treatment plant operators to perform moderately difficult work independently in order to operate and maintain water treatment plant equipment and facilities during an assigned shift, in addition to performing other related duties as assigned. On assigned shifts, incumbents are expected to work independently and exercise sound judgment in performing the full range of water treatment functions to ensure water quality, adequate flows and pressure, as well performing minor maintenance, instrument calibration, computer system monitoring, and operating adjustments.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monitors, operates, calibrates and adjusts controls, instruments and equipment such as valves, switches, analyzers, turbidimeters and other water regulating devices used to regulate the flow, pressure of water and the feed of chemicals into the water at water treatment plants, pumping plants, wells, and reservoir facilities.
  • Reads, accurately records, and interprets data from computers and various instrument controls which indicate such conditions as water quality, flow and pressure. Checks data against established specifications and standards to assess such conditions; determines and takes appropriate action as required.
  • Monitors, interprets and adjusts computerized Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system controls and other programmable controllers in order to operate and maintain water supply, water treatment and water reclamation facilities and plants in compliance with State water regulations and established water quality standards.
  • Collects water samples, conducts various routine laboratory tests of bacteriological, chemical, and physical quality according to established procedures and records results of such tests; identifies unusual test results or conditions and takes corrective action and/or reports such conditions promptly to supervisory personnel.
  • Performs routine treatment plant maintenance work such as preparing valving and controls for servicing chemical tanks, loading, unloading and storing chemicals and other supplies, cleaning and sterilizing sample bottles and test tubes, cleaning and painting facilities and equipment, and performing general grounds-keeping and housekeeping tasks.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing to operator covering the next shift regarding shift operations and treatment plant status, effectiveness, and items of special interest to insure continued effective system operation.
  • Notifies supervisor and other appropriate personnel of needs for special maintenance or repair work.
  • May provide instruction and functional supervision to trainees and other assistants.

A typical way of gaining the knowledge and skills required for this classification is:

Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of necessary coursework to obtain a California Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Grade III certification.

Experience: Two years of experience performing water treatment functions as a Grade II operator in a plant of similar size and complexity as City of Napa facilities. (NOTE: City of Napa facilities include two 20 MGD conventional treatment plants: one employs potassium permanganate as a pre-treatment oxidant, the other uses pre- and intermediate ozone injection. Both facilities have dual media filters. The transmission system includes five pressure zones with 13 storage tanks.)

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Class “C” California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record. Possession of a valid California Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Grade III Certificate (T3). Must maintain valid certification as a condition of continued employment. Willingness to work shifts, holidays, weekends and to respond to emergency call outs in a timely manner.

Knowledge of: Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to the treatment and quality of potable and reclaimed water; Water Division policies, standards and procedures pertaining to the operation of water treatment plants and related facilities; laboratory procedures and appropriate sampling techniques to conduct water quality control tests; principles and use of computerized electronic equipment and systems as these relate to the treatment and storage of water and the interpretation of water treatment operations data; basic chemistry and general laboratory and sampling practices and procedures; functions, characteristics and the proper use and care of common tools, equipment and machinery; safety equipment and practices including the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals; basic mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles; record keeping requirements and procedures pertaining to the operation of a City water treatment plant and other related facilities; and basic computer operations.

Ability to: Read, interpret, and implement Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the treatment of potable and reclaimed water; read, record and interpret water treatment computerized and instrument data; calibrate instruments and adjust programmable controls; collect water samples and conduct standard laboratory tests of water quality; properly operate and perform routine maintenance of machinery and equipment as used in a water treatment plant and related facilities; perform basic arithmetic calculations and compute volumes and percentages using both standard and metric systems; maintain accurate records on the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant and related facilities; identify needs for adjustment, maintenance and repair of equipment and machinery of a water treatment plant and related facilities; provide instruction and functional supervision to trainees and other employees engaged in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant and related facilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Applicants are to complete an online City application and supplemental questionnaire by the final filing deadline. A resume may be submitted, but it will not take the place of the completed application forms. Please list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.
Each application will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational course work, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position.

1. Each applicant's application materials will be evaluated for satisfaction of Minimum Qualifications, educational course work, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. 2. An Application Appraisal will be conducted, based on the candidates applications and their answers to the supplemental questionnaire. Only candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position will be evaluated in the Application Appraisal.
3. Depending on the number of qualified applications received, further examination may be conducted. Only the most suitably qualified applicants from the Application Appraisal will be invited to participate in any further examination. The Application Appraisal or the additional examination process, (if held) will constitute 100% of the rank score which determines candidate placement on the eligibility list. Candidates must receive a final passing score of at least 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
4. The probationary period is the final phase of the selection process.

Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms authorizing thorough background and reference checks. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.

Applications are accepted on-line at wwww.cityofnapajobs.org. All applications and answers to the supplemental questions as outlined in the job bulletin must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on the final filing date

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE DISABLED: The City of Napa Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date as stated on the job flyer. A Reasonable Accommodation Request Form is available from the Human Resources Department, and may be obtained by emailing HR@cityofnapa.org, calling 707-257-9505, or (TDD) 707-257-9506.

The City of Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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