Nov 07, 2018

Chief Water System Operator

  • City of Woodland
  • Woodland, CA, USA
Full time Construction Government Installation-Maint-Repair

Job Description

Plan and direct technical work involving process, production, treatment, distribution, control, operation, repair and maintenance of the City’s water production and distribution systems, and other facilities and programs as assigned.  The purpose of this recruitment is to fill a current vacancy as well as establish an eligibility list for future vacancies.



Plan, schedule and operate the water production and distribution systems to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.  Coordinate surface water supply to ensure adequate water delivery, and the proper blending of the delivered surface water with supplemental ground water. Plan preventative maintenance functions.  Interpret alarms, meters, gauges, computerized SCADA programs, control panels, and test results to determine process control, water quality, production, and distribution criteria.  Make daily decisions regarding need for adjustments and changes in system operation to gain improvements in system safety, efficiency, and economy.  Schedule operation and maintenance work, ordering of materials, and maintain records.  Implement an ongoing preventative maintenance program and accurately maintain and compile records and reports.  Assist in hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of personnel. Develop and review progress of projects and work assignments with assigned personnel and assist them in organizing resources.  Read and review plans, assist in all water system operations and maintenance, to include telemetry communications with SCADA to the remote well and storage facilities.  Establish training program for distribution and production personnel in processes, operation of equipment, preventative maintenance, system control, sampling, safety practices and, recordkeeping.  Assist in operating budget preparation for all water system programs.  Compile and sign California Department of Public Health mandated water system compliance reports.  Regular, predictable, consistent and timely attendance is an essential function of the position, in that Employee must be present to work on facilities and equipment affecting the public’s health and safety



Review data, analyze results and prepare reports as required.  Coordinate with other environmental services programs, such as the City or private laboratories ensuring tests and analysis are complete and a record of results are available for use.  Respond to inquiries or concerns from citizens and other departments and agencies.  Participate with tours and public presentations related to water system programs.  Work with consultants and contractors with regard to system expansions and operations.  Oversee and manage maintenance contracts for water system operations.  Plan and direct safety and training programs for the water production and distribution facilities.  Perform related duties as assigned.






Associate degree in a technical field related to water systems and/or plant operations, such as engineering, mechanical science, chemistry, biology or an associated discipline. Or, two years of operating a D4 water system in a supervisory, chief or shift operator capacity. Course work from an accredited college/university in a closely related field is a plus.



Four (4) years of experience in work involving the maintenance and operation of water systems including sampling, and backflow.


License and Certificate:

Required upon hire:

  1. Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
  2. Possession of a current Grade-4 Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California Division of Drinking Water.
  3. Backflow Tester certification issued by AWWA or NCBPA


Prior to the end of probation:

  1. Obtain Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the California Division of Drinking Water within 18 months of hire
  2. Possession of a current Grade-2 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the California Division of Drinking Water
  3. Cross Connection Specialist Certification from American Water Works Association or Northern California Backflow Prevention Association


Apply with a City of Woodland application by visiting the Human Resources Office, City Hall, 300 First Street, 2nd Floor, Woodland, CA 95695 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018.  Pre-Qualification Questionnaire must be submitted with application by the final filing date to be considered.  Résumés and cover letters are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of the application form.  Postmarks will not be accepted.  


Review Process:  Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best qualified applicants will be invited for further examination.  All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview or any combination thereof.  Applicants will be required to take and pass a medical examination by a City of Woodland physician to insure their physical suitability to perform the assigned duties. 

If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least seven days prior to the event.

  The City of Woodland hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
The City of Woodland is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Salary (Current):  Chief Water System Operator:  $6,896.41 - $8,382.64 per month

Salary (January 2019):  $7,034.33 - $8,550.29 per month (COLA increase of 2.0%)

Salary (July 2019):  $7,034.33 - $8,764.04 per month (Step F increase of 2.5%)           

Retirement:  CalPERS Retirement system (2% @60 Formula for current CalPERS members and 2% @ 62 Formula for new CalPERS members).  The City does not participate in social security

Deferred Compensation:  Choice of deferred compensation plans.  City will match up to 2% of employee’s base salary

Medical:  CalPERS Medical Insurance Plans, including HMOs & PPOs.  City gives an allowance toward the cost of insurance.  Maximum Family Allowance for 2018 is $1,876.97 per month

Dental/Vision:  City paid Delta Dental and Medical Eye Services

STD/LTD:  City paid wage protection for short and long term disabilities

Life Insurance:  City provides $50,000 life insurance policy

Voluntary Benefits:  Voluntary Supplemental Life, Accident Only, Cancer, and Critical Illness insurances, and Flexible Spending Accounts available

Vacation:  7 hours per month during first 3 years of service

Sick Leave:  8 hours per month

Administrative Leave:  96 hours of leave time given each fiscal year

Holidays:  12.5 paid holidays (including two floating holidays)

Bilingual Pay:  $200 per month upon certification

Professional Growth Incentive:  $625 per fiscal year for additional educational or professional activities

Special Instructions

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire must be submitted with application by the final filing date to be considered.

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