Water Distribution Technician

  • City of Vallejo
  • Vallejo, California
  • Nov 03, 2022
Full Time Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $58,223.78 - $70,771.58 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

The Vallejo Water Department is a dynamic organization engaged in growth and positive change for the benefit of our customers and community. The Department provides potable water to approximately 150,000 customers through a highly complex system including multiple raw water sources, three surface water treatment plants, a sludge dewatering Facility, 600 miles of distribution pipes, 8 pressure zones, 27 pump stations, and 37,000 service connections. Vallejo Water is a Treatment-5/Distribution-5 drinking water agency, classified among the State's largest and most complex water utilities.

The Water Department's growth and enthusiasm about the future support the larger community's vision and needs. The City of Vallejo is on the move with many economic development opportunities underway, including the redevelopment of Mare Island (former Naval shipyard). New eateries, a thriving arts community, parks, and water front development are all contributing to Vallejo's revitalization. The City engages with all facets of civic life, and the Water Department's services provide a vital resource to our residents, businesses, schools, City departments, and community organizations. The Water Department has six Divisions: Water Treatment, Engineering, Distribution, Watershed and Facilities Management, Water Quality, and Administration/Conservation.

This recruitment will remain open until all positions have been filled. We have four (4) full-time vacancies. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The City of Vallejo is seeking candidates for five Water Distribution Technician positions, as a collaborative members of the City's Water Department.

Water Distribution Technician is the full journey level class within the Water Distribution Technician series. Work within this class is distin-guished from the Senior Water Distribution Technician in that the Senior is a lead worker class that provides indirect supervision to lower level positions as an on-going assignment. Employees at the Water Distribution Technician level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. The Water Distribution Technician is distinguished from the Maintenance Worker II by the assignment of mostly skilled water distribution system installation and maintenance work whereas the Maintenance Worker II class performs mostly semi-skilled assignments. The Maintenance Worker II class prepares incumbents to promote to Water Distribution Technician.

The ideal Water Distribution Technician will be skilled in installation and be able to perform maintenance services of water distribution systems; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas or responsibility. The ability to work well as part of a team, and to collaborate and coordinate and support other team members' success is highly desirable.

Receives general supervision from a higher level supervisory class.

May exercise functional and technical (indirect) supervision over mainte-nance staff and may provide training to lower level staff.
Essential Functions
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following :
  • Perform and lead maintenance crews in the installation, connection, repair/maintenance, and relocation of water mains, service lines, valves, pumps, and fire services, and hydrants; cut and fit pipes and make water main taps; detect leaks and notify customers.
  • Participate in the installation and maintenance of water services and meters; install backflow devices; test and certify backflow devices.
  • Perform water quality field tests and collect water quality samples.
  • Survey various areas of the water system; locate and repair leaks in water distribution lines; check for potential hazards or contamina-tion.
  • Operate construction equipment, power tools, and moderately heavy and light mechanical equipment, including dump trucks, backhoe, wheel and track front-end loader, grader, paving machine, forklift, boom truck, compressors, jackhammer, tapping machine, wacker (compaction equipment), paint sprayers, sand-blasters, concrete saws, welding equipment and various other types of equipment; load, unload, and operate pick-ups, trucks, and truck-trailer combinations to transport maintenance supplies, materials, and equipment; maintain hand and power tools and assigned equipment; perform preventative maintenance on equipment and tools as required.
  • Perform heavy physical labor.
  • Locate water-related infrastructure with electronic locating equipment.
  • May perform welding in the cutting, repair, and fabrication of equipment, tools, parts, and fixtures.
  • Perform light building maintenance on pump stations, plant buildings, tanks and reservoirs, including light carpentry, masonry and concrete work.
  • Complete all paperwork related to work orders, work performed, resources ordered/used, timesheets, etc.
  • Estimate time, materials, and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials and other resources as required.
  • Train assigned employees in their area of work in maintenance and repair methods, techniques, and in the set up and use of equipment.
  • Ensure the adherence to safe work policies and procedures; utilize proper safety precautions related to all work performed.
  • Oversee and verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications and safety protocols.
  • Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner by providing information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Participate in, respond to, and be available for emergency call-outs for periods up to one week at a time.
  • Respond to emergency call outs within one hour when assigned to standby duty.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience :
Either three years of construction and maintenance experience in the installation and maintenance of pressurized water systems; OR, two years as a Water Maintenance Worker II with the City of Vallejo.

Training :
Specialized training in water distribution, operation, and maintenance may substitute for one year of the required experience.

License or Certificate
Possession of a valid California Class A driver license at the time of appointment is desirable, however newly appointed employees must be able to obtain a Class A license within their initial twelve (12) month probationary period. Incumbents must be able to obtain a Class A permit within thirty days of appointment and their Class A license within their six (6) month probation period. License must have the following endorsement: air brakes and manual transmission. Additional endorsements for tanker and hazmat at the time of appointment are highly desirable. Individuals must understand that the City may require Class A drivers acquire such additional endorsements during the course of their employment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Obtain and maintain a Backflow Prevention Device General Tester Certificate issued by the American Water Works Association - California Nevada Section (AWWA-Cal-Nev. Section) and/or the Northern California Backflow Prevention Association (NCBPA) within the initial twelve month probationary period for new employees. Incumbents must be able to obtain a Tester Certificate within their six (6) month probation period.

Obtain and maintain a Distribution Operator Grade D1 Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board within the initial twelve month probationary period for new employees. Incumbents must be able to obtain the Distribution Operator Grade D1 Certificate within their six (6) month probation period. A Grade D2 Certificate is desirable.

Obtain and maintain a Cross-Flow Connection Certification issued by the American Water Works Association - California Nevada Section (AWWA-Cal-Nev. Section) and/or the Northern California Backflow Prevention Association (NCBPA) within six (6) months of appointment.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of general water line installa-tion and maintenance activities.
  • Methods, regulations, and practices of a water distribution system including standard water sample collection.
  • Basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and percentages.
  • General use, purpose and maintenance of hand tools.
  • Mechanical and hydraulic principles.
  • Techniques, equipment, and materials used in street and sidewalk maintenance and repair.
  • Safe work practices, including city policies and procedures and local, state and federal regulatory requirements regarding workplace safety.
  • Local, state and federal regulatory requirements related to drinking water, storm water and any other similar water related mandates.
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Methods and techniques of construction, maintenance and repair related to the area of work assigned.
  • Operational characteristics of mechanical equipment and tools used in the area of work assigned.
  • Cutting torch principles and techniques.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in the area of work assigned.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Computer use and associated programs used by the department.

Ability to :
  • Lead and perform a variety of skilled duties in water distribution facility repair and installation.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Perform a variety of manual tasks for extended periods of time and in unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Use, maintain, and repair automated and mechanical water meters.
  • Professionally and diplomatically respond to questions and comments from the public.
  • Successfully complete the City's respirator fit-testing protocols; may be required to be clean shaven.
  • Participate in, respond to, and be available for emergency call outs for periods up to one week at a time.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Use, operate, and care for hand tools, power tools, and other equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Proficiently and safely operate construction equipment related to the construction trades; perform maintenance and repairs on tools and equipment.
  • Perform a variety of semi-skilled duties in water distribution facility repair and installation.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment as required.
  • Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures within assigned crew.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the general public and work effectively as a member of a crew.
  • Read and interpret maps, sketches, drawings, specifications, and technical manuals.
  • Apply good judgment and practical knowledge to resolve unusual or irregular problems in the area of work assigned.
  • Perform duties in a manner to maximize public safety in the area of work assigned.
  • Lift 100 pounds.
  • Learn and operate a computer and associated programs used by the department.

Additional Information
Working Conditions
Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment. Acute hearing is required in both the office and the field. The ability to lift, carry, and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds is also required. Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including rain, heat, and cold. The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust chemicals, air contaminants, and moisture. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions, and work in and around confined spaces.

The Recruitment & Selection Process
1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 23, 2022 for the first round of reviews. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact governmentjobs.com applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of November 28, 2022.

3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of November 29, 2022. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of December 5, 2022. Oral Panel Interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates' score. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

7. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Sukari Dixon at (707) 648-4398 or send an email to: sukari.dixon@cityofvallejo.net no later than November 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam. 4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

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