2021-04-06 2021-04-26

Water Distribution Lead Operator Technician

City of Santa Barbara
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Barbara, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 65672
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Barbara, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 65672
  • Organization Website

Under general direction from the Water Distribution Supervisor, plans, prioritizes, and assigns the work of staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of the potable and recycled water distribution systems. Assign and schedule maintenance work activities, provide or coordinate staff training and work with employees to correct deficiencies; work with outside contractors on maintenance activities; coordinate work activities and ensure work quality conforms to standards. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Plan and train maintenance staff in appropriate distribution procedures, ensure adherence to safe work practices. Implement an Asset Management program for water distribution facilities equipment; identify and coordinate equipment maintenance needs. Optimize use of Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Plan the inspection, installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment and develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Plan and estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required. Prepare various reports on maintenance activities. Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; implement approved policies and procedures. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of CDPH, Regional Water Quality Control Standards, Air Pollution Control Standards and new trends and innovations in the field of water distribution operations and maintenance. Note: Incumbents may be required to respond after hours, including holidays and weekends, for emergency situations at any hour as needed.


Knowledge of: Principles of supervision and training; water distribution processes; maintenance procedures for inspection, installation and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment; principles and procedures of preventative maintenance. Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations. Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment. Standard principles of biology, chemistry and mathematics as related to potable and recycled water distribution. Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary to the work. Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting; basic principles of municipal budget control and purchasing rules. Operational characteristics of maintenance equipment and tools. Ability to assist in the selection supervision or staff; organize, train and review the work of staff; oversee and participate in water facility maintenance. Interpret, explain and enforce City and department policies and procedures; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Read, interpret and understand technical manuals, blueprints, drawings and diagrams. Maintain detailed records and prepare reports using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Ensure water distribution compliance with Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations. Perform and respond to difficult work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.

Ability to: Perform journey level skilled installation, repair and maintenance activities of water distribution systems; oversee the diagnosis, disassembly, and repair of routine water distribution system equipment; train and oversee lower level staff; work independently in the absence of supervision; accurately determine mechanical repair needs; apply good judgment and practical knowledge to resolve unusual or irregular problems in the area of work assigned; perform preventive maintenance on water equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Work with a variety of chemicals in water distribution activities; read meters and gauges correctly.

Training/Experience: Four years of advanced journey level experience in the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems. Or a combination of education and experience equivalent to four years of experience. Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized course work in water distribution, chemistry, biology, construction technology, mechanical and electrical maintenance, or a related field.

License/Certificate Requirements: Possession of a valid Grade D3 certification at the time of appointment. Ability to obtain a Grade D4 Water Distribution Operator certificate from the California Department of Public Health within two (2) years of appointment. Possession of a valid Class B Commercial driver’s license at time of appointment. Physical Conditions/Standards: Position requires field and office work; driving, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time; frequent lifting/carrying 25-50 pounds and occasionally 50-100 pounds; operating assigned equipment.

*NOTE: Positions in this class may be subject to pre-employment/pre-duty drug testing and subsequent random drug and alcohol testing under the City of Santa Barbara's Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy (D.O.T.).

It is important that your application show all of your relevant experience, training, and/or education that qualify you for this position. Please attach a copy of all applicable certificates that you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Applications will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may consist of an application rating, written, computer skills test, and/or oral examination.



Water Distribution Lead Operator Technician Supplemental Questionnaire:

* 1. Please describe your experience working with regulatory agencies as they relate to Water Distribution.

* 2. Please describe your leadership style and your approach to motivating staff.

* 3. Please explain your understanding of asset management as it pertains to the Water Distribution System.

* 4. Please describe your proficiency levels with various computer software programs.

* Required Question


APPLICATIONS must be filled out completely and show clearly that the employment standards listed on the front of this bulletin are satisfied. Information provided is subject to verification.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY is an established City policy, encouraging applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, political or religious affiliations, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or pregnancy.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) AND CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING ACT (FEHA). Applicants with a disability who require special testing arrangements should contact Human Resources.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS include satisfactory completion of reference checks, fingerprinting, and a police record check. Designated positions may require a City-paid medical exam by a City-designated physician based upon job-related physical standards, a psychological evaluation, polygraph test, background investigation and drug screening.

A PROBATIONARY PERIOD of one year must be satisfactorily completed for all Classified positions. The probationary period is regarded as a continuation of the testing process, during which time an employee may be rejected at any time without cause and without the right of appeal to the Civil Service Commission. An employee who changes from full-time status to part-time becomes an Unclassified / At-Will employee.

SALARY AND BENEFIT INFORMATION (Note: Salary and benefits are subject to change) THE SALARY RANGE consists of five steps, each representing an increase of approximately five percent.

STEP INCREASES, through the top salary step, are tied to job performance with annual performance reviews. Employees receive annual performance reviews.

THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS may vary and are subject to collective bargaining:

  • The City is a member of the Coastal Housing Partnership, which offers home loan assistance and rental reductions.
  • 9/80-Standard Citywide 9/80 work schedule with closures on alternate Fridays.
  • Flexwork/Telecommuting is available.
  • Bilingual pay may be available at a rate of $64 / pay period.
  • Vacation is accrued at 80 hours / year, increasing with City service.
  • Personal leave (32 hours) is provided each July 1st at the start of the fiscal year (pro-rated the first year).
  • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 96 hours / year.
  • Holidays: 10 holidays (80 hours) are observed / year.
  • Retirement: PERS Miscellaneous formula: "Classic" members: 2.7% @ 55; employee contributes 12.347% of salary. "New" members: 2% @ 62; employee contributes 6.75% of salary. The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Insurance including medical, dental and vision benefits are available under a group plan. The City pays a monthly maximum of $1020.01 (employee only coverage) or $1110.01 (employee + 1 or family coverage), towards medical, $82.66 towards dental, and $10.21 towards vision. The City also makes contributions into the Health Savings Account (HSA) for those employees enrolled in the applicable HSA-compatible Medical PPO Plan.
  • Employees who opt-out of the group insurance coverage may be eligible for a cash pay-out of up to $362.38 / month.
  • Life Insurance: City-paid term life insurance ($50,000) is provided.
  • Employee Assistance Program: A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.
  • Long-term Disability Insurance is provided.
  • State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) is provided. Employee pays 1% of salary (pre-tax).
  • Deferred Compensation Savings Plans (457) are available to employees through a deferred compensation program.
  • Uniforms will be provided by the City to those employees required to wear a uniform.
  • Employee must pay an amount equal to 1.45% of salary toward Medicare. An equal amount is paid by the City.

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P.O. BOX 1990
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93102-1990
(805) 564-5316

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