Water and Sewage Plant Operator, Chief
Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: September 18, 2023
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
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
- Collects samples quarterly and sends to commercial laboratory
- 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
- 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
- Conducts plant tours
- May supervise Park Department personnel on special projects and
may provide information regarding the location of existing lines
and other utilities
- Two years of responsible experience in the operation and
maintenance of pumps, electric motors, and associated equipment;
- Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the
class of Water and Sewage Plant Operator II with Santa Barbara
- 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.
SELECTION & EXAMINATION PROCESS
- 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
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
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
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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