Utility District Superintendent (#RM0340)
$50.00-$60.78 Hourly / $8,667.32-$10,535.18 Monthly / $104,007.85-$126,422.19 Yearly


Under general direction, plans, directs and supervises the operation and maintenance of Utility District equipment and facilities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent in this single position management class is responsible for effective utilization of staff, equipment and technical procedures to provide water, sewer and storm drainage systems to Utility Districts, and to maintain the related machinery, equipment, lines, buildings and grounds. An incumbent is certified in water, wastewater and water distribution.


  • Oversees the operations and maintenance of water, wastewater, distribution and collections of the County’s Utility District; initiates, develops and implements policies and procedures; supervises maintenance and repair of utilities systems; evaluates performance of division personnel.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the operating efficiency of sewage digestion and oxidation processes, the service and repair of water and sewage mains, and the maintenance of storm drains and pumps; recommends necessary changes or improvements.
  • Consults with and informs appropriate officials of the financial (fiscal?), engineering and other needs of the utility systems and facilities.
  • Supervises and reviews laboratory testing procedures required by local and state health departments, State Division of Water Resources, or other agencies; may perform analyses of water, wastewater, sludge and other materials.
  • Prepares and submits the preliminary budget for the Utility Districts and administers control of expenditures.
  • Represents the department on matters relating to Utility Districts operations with other County departments, public agencies, technical organizations and the general public.
  • Supervises and participates in maintenance of records; prepares correspondence and reports.


Certificate:  Possession of a valid Grade 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the State of California, State Water Resources Control Board; a valid Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Health; and a valid Grade D2 Water Distributions Operator certificate.

Special Requirement:  If newly hired incumbents do not hold the valid certification of level Grade 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, they shall have one (1) year from the date the first state examination is offered to obtain the required certification. Failure to successfully pass the exam and obtain the required certification may result in release from the position.

License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Laws, regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to water/wastewater operations and treatment; machinery, equipment, materials and operating practices of a modern sewage treatment plant, and sewer, water and storm drainage system; health and safety codes and practices regarding water distribution; the chemical and physical processed involved in the treatment of sewage; the practices, methods, materials and tools of the mechanical trades related to the maintenance of Utility Districts equipment; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations; administrative procedures including budget preparation, expenditure control and public relations.


Plan, assign, coordinate, and direct the operations of the County Utility Districts; prepare budgets and make expenditure recommendations; read and interpret rules and regulations; maintain records and prepare clear and concise reports on plant operations; determine operating conditions of equipment and detect malfunctions; operate tools and equipment; take proper precautions against occupational hazards connected with Utility District operations; operate computers and related software; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public agencies and the general public.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; frequent walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, driving for extended periods of time; occasional climbing; sitting, standing, running, crawling; occasional operating of heavy equipment; Lifting-Frequently 5 to 30 lbs or less; occasional 30 to 70 lbs; occasionally restraining, lifting and/or turning heavy objects; Visual-Good overall vision, color perception, depth perception; occasional reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; good field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching; grasping; occasional repetitive motion; frequent writing; Hearing/Talking- frequent hearing of normal speech; occasional hearing/talking on the radio, talking in person, exposure to traffic noise; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration, and decision making, public contact, working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; occasional dealing with emergency situations; Special Requirements-May require working overtime, weekends, nights and holidays; occasional travel; Environmental-Frequent exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RM0340; EST: 8/13/1958; REV: 2/14/2007;