Utility District Assistant Superintendent (#RM0360)
$38.40-$46.68 Hourly / $6,656.00-$8,090.42 Monthly / $79,872.11-$97,085.05 Yearly


Under general direction, assists with the planning, directing and supervision of 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 directs the overall operations of water, sewer and storm drainage systems and maintenance of the related machinery, equipment, lines, buildings and grounds. An incumbent is certified in water, wastewater and water distribution.


  • Directs the service, maintenance and operation of water, sewer and storm systems; plans and prioritizes the work of division staff; allocates staff to various projects; directs the work of division staff through subordinate supervisors; monitors work in progress and reviews completed jobs. 
  • Coordinates maintenance and operations assignments; ensures that the necessary equipment and supplies are available on job sites; coordinates work activities with other County and external agencies. 
  • Supervises the maintenance and repairs of Utility District buildings and grounds, including weed and rodent control in and around district facilities to ensure soil stability. 
  • Maintains records regarding Utility District operations; prepares correspondence and reports; purchases supplies; may assist in budget preparation and control of expenditures; assists with planning Utility District needs. 
  • Evaluates District operation and maintenance activities and makes recommendations for increased efficiency; may represent the department on matters relating to the Utility District with other County departments, public agencies and the general public; acts in the absence of the Utility District Superintendent.


Certificates: Possession of: 1) a valid Grade 2 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certificate issued by the State of California, State Water Resources Control Board; and 2) a valid Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the State of California, Department of Health; and 3) a valid Grade D2 Water Distributions Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Health.

Special Requirement: If newly hired incumbents do not hold a valid certification for level Grade 2 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 and wastewater operations and treatment; chemical and physical processes involved in the treatment of water, wastewater and sewage; machinery, equipment, materials and operating practices of modern water, wastewater and sewage disposal plants; standard practices, tools, water system and storm drainage system; safety principles and practices; principles of supervision and training; 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.


Operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment facilities and sewage disposal plants; operate tools and equipment; inspect mechanical equipment and detect flaws and defects in operation; prepare correspondence and reports; plan, assign, coordinate, and supervise the work of others; maintain operation records; prepare budgets and make expenditure recommendations; read and interpret rules and regulations; operate computers and related software; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


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: RM0360; EST: 9/28/1988; REV: 2/14/2007;