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Water and Sewage Plant Operator, Chief

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

We are accepting applications to fill one full-time Water and Sewage Plant Operator, Chief vacancy at the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County.

Under general direction, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of sewage treatment and domestic water treatment plants for the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area system, including the maintenance and repair of all pump stations, sewer lines and associated equipment; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from that of Water and Sewage Plant Operator by the responsibility for the complete functional operation of a Class III wastewater treatment plant and small domestic water treatment plant.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. For information click . In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
    Examples of Duties
    • Operates or supervises the operation of a Class III municipal wastewater treatment plant and the associated sewer collection system, including activated sludge and stabilization pond treatment, and operates or supervises the operation of a chemical feeding domestic water treatment plant
    • Makes daily tests of water and sewage in various stages of process and determines necessary changes in dosage and treatment
    • Collects samples quarterly and sends to commercial laboratory for analysis
    • Adjusts and repairs mechanical equipment such as pumps, chlorinators, engines, contacts and metering devices
    • Checks for leaks and performs plumbing repairs
    • Makes every effort to anticipate malfunctions that might contaminate the Cachuma water supply, replacing worn or corroded parts before failure and keeping a supply of such parts for preventive maintenance use; keeps records of all money spent on water and sewage plant operations
    • Prepares budget estimate for fiscal year
    • Maintains a work flow chart showing personnel requirements and cost projections for anticipated projects, projects in process, and completed projects
    • Requisitions operating supplies
    • Recommends additions or alterations to present systems
    • Maintains records and makes weekly and monthly reports to the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water and monthly and annual reports to the Regional Water Resources Control Board
    • Conducts plant tours
    • May supervise Park Department personnel on special projects and may provide information regarding the location of existing lines and other utilities
      Employment Standards
      • Two years of responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of pumps, electric motors, and associated equipment; OR,
      • Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Water and Sewage Plant Operator II with Santa Barbara County; OR,
      • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.Possession of valid Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's and Grade II Water Treatment Plant Operator's certificates, or higher, issued by the State of California within eighteen months of appointment.

        Additional Qualifications: Possession of valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

        Knowledge of: methods and techniques of water and sewage treatment and equipment used; tests used in checking the effectiveness of water and sewage treatment processes.

        Ability to: read and interpret gauges and recording devices reflecting plant operations; make repairs and adjustments to equipment and recommend additions or alterations; keep records and make reports; supervise others.
        Supplemental Information
        • Review applications and supplemental questionnaires to determine applicants who meet the employment standards.
        • Application Rating: Applications that meet the employment standards will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by the information provided on their application. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 11 qualified candidates.
          Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the Application Rating to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

          Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

          Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

          Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks.

          REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

          COVID-19 Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.

          Statement of Commitment
          The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

          We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

          We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

          We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.

          APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open Until Filled. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

          Chanel Y. Johnson, Employment Analyst -

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