Wastewater Operator I/II/III, Environmental Services Department

City of San Jose | San José/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $77,396.80 to $108,576.00 Annually
Open Date: 12/16/2021
Close Date: 2/1/22

Position Description

Job ID: 2101417
Salary Range: $77,396.80 to $108,576.00 Annually
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in recently, review the 2019 Annual Report (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=49182). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

Pursuant to the City’s Covid 19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City of San Jose is requiring all new hires to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) manages the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Built in 1956, the Facility is a round-the-clock operation that cleans an average of 110 million gallons of wastewater per day and has the capacity to clean up to 167 million gallons per day. The department serves eight cities with 1.4 million residents and a business sector with more than 17,000 main sewer connections.

Our wastewater undergoes a sophisticated 10.5-hour treatment process that simulates the way nature cleans water. The Facility removes 99 percent of the impurities before the cleaned water is discharged into the South San Francisco Bay or recycled for other uses such as industrial processes, cooling towers, and flushing toilets.

The Facility is the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States. Advanced (tertiary) level treatment is necessary to meet our region’s strict state regulations for the shallow waters and sensitive ecosystem of the southern Bay.

The City of San Jose Environmental Services Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill flexibly staffed Wastewater Operator vacancies at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Wastewater Operators work in an industrial environment where they operate various types of process equipment that removes hazardous and harmful pollution from wastewater coming from households, businesses, and industries. Wastewater Operators inspect, operate, and maintain equipment in process areas, take samples for process control and read, interpret gauges, dials and other process instruments to make necessary process and equipment adjustments. They ensure that the final product, which is clean water, meets federal and state environmental and safety regulatory standards before the water flows back to the San Francisco Bay. Wastewater Operators staff the facility 24/7, 365 days a year, and are assigned to 12-hour operating shifts. Applicants for this position must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Wastewater Operator I

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade I Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Wastewater Operator II

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade II Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Wastewater Operator III

Experience: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least two (2) specific operational process areas at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility or equivalent facility.

Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator Grade III Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license.

Physical Requirement: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

How to Apply

To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Christi Salinas, HR Employment Analyst at [email protected]

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