Water Treatment Plant Operator, Senior

  • City of Turlock
  • 156 Broadway, Turlock, California
  • Aug 08, 2023
Full Time Water and Wastewater Treatment Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $6,808.00 - $8,276.00 Monthly USD Monthly
  • Phone: (209) 668-5150
  • Apply By: Nov 06, 2023


Position Information

The City of Turlock is offering NEW INCENTIVES for Water Treatment Plant Operator, Senior.
The Water Treatment Plant Operator, Senior INCENTIVE breakdown is as follows:
$2,500 – Upon hiring
$2,500 – Upon completion of probation
$2,500 – Upon completion of 3 years of service from hiring


The City of Turlock is seeking applicants for the Water Treatment Plant Operator, Senior position. Under general direction, the Water Treatment Plant Operator, Senior acts as Shift Operator to supervise, operate, monitor, and inspect the Water Treatment Plant and ancillary facilities. 

This classification is assigned to the Turlock City Employees Association bargaining unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, call back, and standby assignments.

An eligibility list will be established from this recruitment that will be valid for six (6) months. All employees serve a one (1) year probationary period.  

Job Description


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Operate all necessary water treatment plant equipment to deliver potable water to the customers including plant flow and chemical feed rates.
  • Operate pumps, valves, and other equipment manually and remotely.
  • Inspect, adjust, and operate water treatment plant equipment as required.
  • Conduct water treatment sampling and process analysis to effectively produce potable water meeting all regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain necessary reports and records.
  • Observe and enforce safety rules.
  • Supervise and train subordinate staff.
  • Monitor and control plant operations using SCADA.
  • Understand the proper use and safe storage and handling of chemicals.
  • Coordinate the delivery and receipt of plant chemicals and materials.
  • Evaluate operations and maintenance activities within the area of responsibility and recommend improvements and modifications, document operation or maintenance procedures accordingly.
  • Ensure potable water meeting all regulatory requirements is always delivered in the required quantities.
  • Subject to rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. On Call may be required.
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports regarding plant operations and water quality.
  • Ensure that all analyzers and monitoring equipment are appropriately sending and storing accurate information via a cyber-secure SCADA system.
  • Monitor processes using a SCADA control system.
  • Participate in and provide documentation for studies related to plant and filter rerating including operation of parallel pilot filters. Collate and analyze the data from the studies, prepare reports, and assist with reports prepared for the Division of Drinking Water (DDW) toward the goal of rating the plant for higher throughput.
  • Participate in special projects or studies as assigned.
  • Assist with the preparation of technical and administrative reports, and other written documents, including the submittal of all regulatory required reports.
  • Operate specialized equipment involved in water treatment plant operations; assist maintenance staff with preventative and corrective maintenance; recommend equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Make critical decisions to resolve emergency situations.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of upgrades, changes or expansions of water treatment and conveyance facilities.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with staff, Cities employees, outside agencies, and the public through clear and concise communication.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of water treatment, water transmission, and water storage.
  • Drinking water quality regulations.
  • Equipment, tools and materials use in the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant.
  • Safety rules and regulations.
  • Hydraulics, applied mathematics, chemical metering, pumps, SCADA and chemicals used in water treatment.
  • Water sampling and analysis, including jar testing.
  • Regulatory reporting.
  • Use of modern office equipment and applicable software.

Ability to:

  • Work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Assess changing conditions and initiate appropriate action.
  • Know appropriate laws, regulations, codes, and evaluate plant conformance.
  • Understand and troubleshoot operations and maintenance problems and serve as a resource to staff to solve problems.
  • Operate modern office equipment and software programs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Operate and maintain SCADA systems.
  • Maintain and track chemical inventory, usage and order chemicals as needed.

Job Requirements


Any combination of education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and ability is as follows:


Equivalent to a high school diploma or GED certificate and six college units or CEU’s in a related field or scholastic general education (i.e. Speech, Math, English, Science, Foreign Language etc.) and three college units or CEU’s in Supervision or Management for a total of nine college units or CEU’s.


Three years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of a domestic water treatment plant, and operation of a water distribution system similar or greater in size and complexity to the SRWA plant, finished water transmission, and ancillary facilities.  Successful completion of the Water Treatment Plant Apprentice Program or equivalent program in water treatment plant operation; or two (2) years of experience in operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant including one (1) year working as a certified T-2 operator for a T-2 facility or higher working as a certified treatment operator Additionally, two (2) years working as a certified treatment operator working as a certified T-2 operator for a T-2 facility or higher including one (1) year as an operator in charge of a shift as a T-3 operator.


Possession of an appropriate, valid Class C California Driver's License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.  

  • Possession of a valid California Water Treatment Operator T-3 Certificate at the time of appointment.
  • Obtain California Water Treatment Operator T-4 within 18 months of appointment to this position and maintain thereafter as a condition of employment.
  • Possession of a valid California Water Distribution Operator D-2 Certificate at the time of appointment.
  • Obtain California Water Treatment Operator D-3 within 24 months of appointment to this position and maintain thereafter as a condition of employment.

Maintain the following physical abilities: see well enough to read, write and make observations, operate hand and power tools, vehicles and heavy equipment; hear well enough to converse on the radio, telephone and in person; bodily mobility to walk, bend, stand, crouch or climb for extended periods of time, operate assigned equipment and vehicles and perform heavy manual labor for extended periods; ability to tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions and be able to lift equipment on a frequent basis 25lbs, and on an occasional basis 50lbs.


1.  All applicants must complete a standard City of Turlock application for employment form, supplemental questionnaire and submit the following documentation:

  • Proof of education level - this can be a copy of a college diploma or transcripts to show  college course work.
  • Proof of the following certifications - 
    • Possession of a valid California Water Treatment Operator T-3 Certificate at the time of appointment. 
    • Possession of a valid California Water Distribution Operator D-2 Certificate at the time of appointment.

Failure to include this documentation at time of application will be considered an incomplete application.

2.   You may submit your required Documentation using the following options:

  • Attach a scanned copy in the “Add Attachment” option (of the NeoGov online application) or
  • Fax a copy to (209) 668-5529 or
  • Email a copy to tdhanota@turlock.ca.us or
  • Hand deliver copies of your attachment to 156 S. Broadway, Suite 235, Turlock, CA 

3.  Applications will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications. In the event that a large number of applicants possess the minimum qualifications, applicants who appear to be the most qualified based on their breadth and recency of experience will be invited to compete in the testing process. 
 4.  Candidates invited to compete in the testing process may be required to take a written examination, which will be based on a pass/fail basis. If a written examination is conducted and a large number of candidates receive a passing score, the City reserves the right to invite a percentage of the top scoring candidates to compete in the next phase of the testing process, the oral examination. 
 5. Candidates who are invited to participate in the oral examination and receive a score of 70% or more will be placed on an eligibility list. Ranking on the eligibility list will be based solely on the results from the oral exam. 
 6.  Completion of a practical exercise may be conducted in order to further evaluate skills relating to essential job functions.
 7.   Top candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the Municipal Services Director for final appointment consideration.
 8.  Final appointment will be contingent upon passing the following: reference review, medical examination which includes a drug screening, hearing exam and vision exam.


The City of Turlock has adopted a veteran's preference system (effective January 1, 2002). The percentage score achieved through an entrance (non-promotional) examination which ranks applicants on an eligibility list shall be adjusted to provide: (a) one (1) percentage point added to the final test score for each six (6) months of active service during a time of armed conflict, up to a maximum of five (5) points, and (b) five (5) percentage points added to the final test score for veterans who are disabled as a result of active military service during a time of armed conflict, regardless of length of service. To receive preference points, applicants must provide supporting documentation and proof of honorable discharge. In no event shall an applicant receive more than a five (5) point adjustment. This request should be made in section #12 of the employment application form. A copy of your DD214 must be attached for this request to be considered.


The City of Turlock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are sincerely interested in receiving applications from qualified minorities, women and the disabled. Qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief except where indicated by requirements of the job.
The City of Turlock will make every effort to accommodate applicants that have disabilities that would not allow them to compete in the announced process. Applicants are asked to indicate their request for accommodation in the application form.


The incumbent will be required to take a medical examination including a drug/alcohol screening and be fingerprinted.


  • Health: The City offers generous health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance plans for employees and dependents.
  • Retirement - Qualified candidates who are currently a CalPERS member or have been a CalPERS member within the last six (6) months or are subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, may be a "classic member" and may be enrolled in the City's 2.7% @ 55 plan.  Employee pays employee contribution rate of 9% on a pre-tax basis. CalPERS "final compensation" may be based on the highest twelve (12) continuous months of qualifying employment. Non-classic or "new members" will be enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan and CalPERS "final compensation" will be based on the highest thirty-six (36) continuous months of qualifying employment. 
  • Term Life Insurance at 1-1/2 times annual salary
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Liberal vacation, holiday and leave plans
  • Retiree Health Savings (RHS) Vantage Care: Two (2) percent of the employee's base payroll will be deposited in each individual's RHS Vantage Care account
  • Holidays: Eleven (11) paid holidays and two (3) floating holidays.
  • Vacation: Paid vacation that increases with years of service.
  • Sick Leave: Accrual of one day (eight (8) hours) for each month worked.
  • The City of Turlock does not participate in Social Security, although employees hired after April 1, 1986 participate in Medicare.

Customer Service Policy

The City of Turlock is committed to quality service to our customers.  Our goal is to create a positive, productive and courteous atmosphere for our employees and customers. Employees are evaluated on the quality of customer service they provide.

Information contained herein does not constitute an expressed or implied contract as it is subject to change. 


City of Turlock
Human Relations Department
156 S. Broadway, Suite 235
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5150


Visit our website at http://www.cityofturlock.org to apply. 

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis. 

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser.

We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-56

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Additional Information

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis until this position is filled.

There may be a deadline on this ad because it requires a date for this ad to be posted. Please review the job announcement on our City website as this position is continuous until filled. 

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