City of Ventura


Water Vacancy
Ventura Water Department
Recruitment #17-A51-001
Salary:  Grade I-III: $58,056 - $81,144/year

Are you seeking to gain experience in water treatment plant operations?  Do you hold a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Water Plant Operator Grade I, II, or II certificate?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Plant Operator Grade I/II/III vacancy on our collaborative Water Treatment team in the Ventura Water Department.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at by the 2/5/2018 filing deadline!
Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hour a day, 365 days a year.  As environmental stewards, our goal is to integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community.  As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and invest wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.  To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit

Under general supervision operates and maintains water treatment or wastewater plant facilities on an assigned shift; performs routine to complex maintenance work in the upkeep of plant equipment and facilities.
Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on a rotational basis and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame.  Standby assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.

The Plant Operator series is flexibly staffed and progression from one level to another is based upon the incumbent's acquisition of the appropriate Plant Operator certificate.
The eligibility list established will be used to fill the current Water vacancy as well as future Water or Wastewater Plant Operator vacancies.

The Plant Operator series is distinguished from the Operator-in-Training classification in that Plant Operators are required to possess a valid Grade I, II or III Plant Operator certificate issued by the California Water Resources Control Board. The Plant Operator series is flexibly staffed and progression from one level to another is based upon the incumbent's acquisition of the appropriate Plant Operator certificate.


  • Has solid technological knowledge and hands on experience in water operations
  • Holds a valid California Grade I, II or III Water Treatment Operator certificate
  • Is able to identify and resolve problems with a high degree of independence
  • Is an energetic team player who is able to work effectively with a variety of people
  • Has experience maintaining records and logs using computer database and spreadsheet software programs

Depending on assignment, duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Operates pumps, chlorinators, chemical feeders and other associated treatment plant equipment; operates SCADA systems for the treatment plants and the distribution system; checks equipment to determine operating condition and makes necessary adjustments; maintain, repair, lubricate and service plant equipment; adjusts pumps, motors and other plant machinery; records instrument readings; changes charts and chlorine cylinders; performs general janitorial and major maintenance and general repair work around the plant and other treatment facilities including painting, groundskeeping and other miscellaneous tasks; keeps logs of plant operations; performs bacteriological analysis as required; obtains, labels, analyzes, records and prepares reports on water samples as required by local, state and federal regulations; performs laboratory analysis; backwashes filters; collects samples for laboratory testing; responds to customer concerns; inputs data into computers for reports; and responds to emergency after hour call outs on a rotating basis; performs other related duties as required and assigned. May work shifts including nights and weekends.
Operates pumps, chlorinators, chemical feeders, headworks, flow equalization, activated sludge, bio-augmentation re-aeration, plate and frame filter press, and other allied equipment.  Checks equipment to determine operating condition and makes necessary adjustments. Performs maintenance and repair of equipment utilized in and around plant; lubricates, services, adjusts pumps, motors and other plant machinery.  Records instrument readings and changes charts; changes chlorine cylinders, utilizing the necessary safety precautions.  Performs mathematical Wastewater calculations to determine plant performance.  Performs general janitorial and major maintenance and general repair work-around the plant.  Keeps daily logs of plant operations.  Obtains, labels, analyzes and records process control samples. Instructs and trains Operator-in-Training in the duties of the position.  Performs other related duties as required.

A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to graduation from high school or its equivalent and education and experience commensurate with each grade level of certification as required by the state, which includes some course work in area of assignment.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license upon employment.  Within six months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain, and thereafter maintain, the following license:

  • Water:  California Class C driver's license.
    Wastewater: California Class A driver's license.  According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), drug testing is required.

Water:  Possession of a Grade I, II, or III Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Grade II Operators will be required to obtain the Grade III within a 24 month period.
Wastewater:  Possession of a Grade I, II, or III Wastewater Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

To view benefits, please visit our website at

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at
Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in February 2018, date to be determined.



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