Utilities Systems Operator I (Santa Rosa)

City of Santa Rosa

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compensation: $4,806.53 thru $5,850.00 Monthly
employment type: full-time
job title: Utilities Systems Operator I
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The Position

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The City of Santa Rosa is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization. Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, inclusive City for our community and visitors. We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.



Please be advised, this recruitment is open to the first 75 applicants and will close when that number is met.
In addition to offering a challenging, rewarding work environment and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave accrual package, your choice of three health plans, a flexible spending program, employer contributions to a Retiree Health Savings plan, and top of the line employer paid (FREE) vision and dental coverage. More information regarding benefits associated with this position can be found on our Miscellaneous Employee Benefits Page.

Additional benefits include:
11 paid holidays annually, plus 2 to 3 "floating holidays per year depending on years of service"
$500 Annual wellness bonus
The City is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) Employer
Santa Rosa Water protects public health and the environment by providing a safe and reliable water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, beneficial reuse of recycled water and biosolids, and storm water management. By providing these critical water, sewer, and storm water services to households, businesses, schools, hospitals, and others, Santa Rosa Water is achieving its overarching mission.

For more information about the City of Santa Rosa Water Department, it's divisions, projects, and commitment to the local community, please visit Water's website at: SR CITY WATER

In this role, you will perform the essential tasks necessary to construct, maintain, and operate the water delivery and wastewater collection systems of the Water Department. This is the entry-level class in the Utility System Operator series. Utility Systems Operator I's (USO) are expected to acquire the technical knowledge and skills needed for promotion through extensive and systematic on-the-job training. USO's are required to perform specialized, utilities-related maintenance functions necessary to ensure efficient operation on all local water delivery, water quality and wastewater collection operations. Promotion to the higher level occurs once an employee completes a three (3) year apprenticeship program and meets the established criteria.

The ideal candidate will be:

Ambitious, self-motivating, and possess a strong work ethic
Driven to help others and serve your local community
Mechanically inclined and possess an aptitude for problem-solving
Motivated by physical work and providing quality product
Driven to provide exceptional customer service and possess strong interpersonal skills
A team player
Quick to learn, retain, and implement safe working practices

"When I started working for Santa Rosa Water I had limited experience in the water and wastewater fields. It has been a great experience. I found myself surrounded by mentors willing to teach me and let me take ownership of different assignments. There have been many opportunities to further my career and I am still happy to be with Santa Rosa Water".- Employee of the USO Team

"As a veteran, I was pleased to have found, again, that culture where you work side by side with people for a common good. Where you know they have your back and they know you have theirs. I really enjoy serving the community again as a civil servant". - Veteran Employee of the USO team

Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, or responses such as "See Resume" may not be considered.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter.

The selection process will include a minimum qualifications assessment; and may also include an application and supplemental questionnaire review, followed by department selection interviews.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Debbie Gutman at dgutman@cpshr.us.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:
Repair and maintain water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure using hand tools, heavy equipment and specialized machinery.
Install, repair and replace underground water and wastewater mains and service laterals, using basic plumbing tools, tapping machine, pipe cutters, threader, reamer, pipe wrenches and assorted pneumatic and hydraulic tools.
Analyze repair options and implement repairs for both water and wastewater system operations including a large number of pressure zones, reservoir operations, and pump station operations and maintenance.
Operate and monitor automated systems in the Water Supply and Water Distribution sections.
Provide face-to-face customer service.
Enter cumulative data and produce reports.
Install and monitor traditional and automated water meters and meter boxes.
Test and repair water meters.
Collect and document water samples to determine water temperature and levels of pH, chlorine, and contaminates such as lead and copper.
Follow procedures to document and ensure the accuracy of sampling.
Follow safe work practices and observe safety rules and precautions.
Determine and set up safe work zone traffic control and maintain a safe work environment.
Notify the public of utility-related activities that impact traffic and utility operations.
Repair concrete curbs, streets and sidewalks after utility maintenance work is completed using gas operated or hand tampers.
Dig and shore trenches, using shoring jacks, timbers, ladders and plywood.
Work in confined space environments such as manholes, vaults, water storage tanks and sewer lift station dry wells.
Detect levels of gas and quality of air in vaults and confined work spaces.
Maintain pumping stations and perform preventive maintenance on alarm systems, motors, pumps, gauges, air compressors, chlorine application devices, and hydraulic valves.
Inspect water, urban recycled water and wastewater systems for leaks, construction flaws or root invasions.
Remove and replace manhole frames and covers.
Turn, install, check, tighten, repair and replace water valves, using wrenches and valve keys.
Check and maintain camera and flow monitoring equipment.
Use video camera to film pipeline inspections,
Utilize and understand basic electronic communication and reporting tools such as the City's Intranet, e-mail, timecard systems, and asset management systems.
Enter electronic data on various computer applications used in the course of the work.
Repair, maintain and install fire hydrants, using flow meter, spanner, valve key and hydrant wrench.
Additional Duties:
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
Knowledge of: Uses and purposes of a wide variety of general construction tools and heavy and light equipment; plumbing operation; basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; basic writing and report generation; computer operation and basic data entry; customer service skills, and safe work practices, including safety precautions for operating power equipment and for working in traffic and under hazardous conditions.

Ability to: Operate heavy equipment; repeatedly lift shovels full of earth or debris weighing up to 35 pounds; set up and remove barricades, traffic cones or similar objects; use common hand tools, such as a hammer, saw, drills, wrenches, screwdriver or similar tools; learn job-related material through oral instruction and observation; learn water and wastewater system design and operation; learn specialized plumbing, underground construction, heavy equipment operation and technical utility related repair activities; perform heavy manual labor under adverse working conditions; understand and carry out oral and written directions in order to accomplish assigned tasks in a timely manner; read and understand work orders, diagrams, and maps; take basic measurements of boards or spaces; learn how to use various hand and power tools, such as a chain saw, jackhammer, sprayer, hydraulic snap cutter, power saw and concrete saw; fill out work orders and daily logs of work performed; communicate and get along with the public and co-workers in a face-to-face, one-to-one setting; climb ladders or steps to reach objects; dig up ground for ditches using a pick, shovel, spade or other tools; learn job related material through structured lecture and reading.

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience - Sufficient experience in construction, manual labor work, or service trades-related work to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.
Education - Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:This classification requires the use of a City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating City vehicles safely and must possess, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

Possession, and maintenance throughout employment in this class, of a valid Class A California Commercial driver’s license, and any endorsement deemed necessary to operate all vehicles utilized by the local water, wastewater sections, will be required prior to completion of the probationary period. Subsequent to the probationary period, employees must also have the ability to obtain any additional endorsements determined to be required to operate these vehicles.

Possession of First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification issued by the American Red Cross is desirable.

Possession of a valid, Grade I, Water Distribution Operator’s certificate issued by the State of California and a Grade I Wastewater Collection Certificate, issued by the California Water Environmental Association, or subsequent licensing body, must be obtained by the end of the third year of employment.
Additional Information
Selection Process:
Applicants possessing the MOST DESIRABLE qualifications based on a screening of the application materials and supplemental questionnaire will be invited to continue in a selection process that may consist solely of an application screening, or may include an oral appraisal interview, assessment center, or another activity selected by the Human Resources Department. An eligible list will be established as a result of this selection process and may be used to fill future vacancies.
Working Conditions:

The work is performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions with exposure to the elements, heavy traffic, noise, dust, mud, water, sewage, poison oak, weeds, fumes, vibrations, airborne particles, noxious odors, grease, oil, cleaning chemicals, and solvents. Incumbents carry objects such as 90-pound bags of cement, 90-pound jack hammers and 50-pound meter boxes distances of 20 feet or less; move objects weighing 50 pounds, such as sand bags and tampers, distances over 20 feet. Directing traffic involves making continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements. Operating a forklift or driving vehicles with standard transmissions requires coordinating the movement of more than one limb simultaneously. Various maintenance tasks involve bending or stooping repeatedly or continually over time. Loading debris, tools, equipment and pipes into trucks and working in trenches requires lifting arms above shoulder level.

A Utility System Operator I must be able to respond to audible alarms and other auditory warning devices such as back-up warning devices on trucks and alarms on gas detectors. Duties often include walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces. Checking USA mark outs before digging requires the ability to discriminate among colors. Operating a backhoe or a Vactor reel speed control device requires making fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of a control mechanism. Assignments include work in small cramped areas and/or confined spaces, climbing and working off 30 foot ladders or on facilities up to 75 feet above the ground. USO's will be assigned to weekend shifts, or may be called out for emergency work at night, on weekends or holidays.

Santa Rosa – A Wonderful City to Call Home
The City of Santa Rosa is located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 180,000. Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County and the center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards and many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including golf courses. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. We boast many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally recognized restaurants, yet still retain the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California.

The City of Santa Rosa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Debbie Gutman at: dgutman@cpshr.us.

The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations needed to participate in the recruitment process may be made by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form within five (5) business days of being noticed that an event requiring accommodation is occurring. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at (707) 543-3060 or jobs@srcity.org.
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