City of Ventura

Lead Water Distribution Operator III (#A63)

Unit: VMEA - Maintenance Unit (A)
$29.92-$36.36 Hourly / $5,185.37-$6,302.90 Monthly / $62,224.45-$75,634.83 Yearly

Lead Water Distribution Operator IV (#A69)

Unit: VMEA - Maintenance Unit (A)
$31.60-$38.41 Hourly / $5,477.80-$6,658.36 Monthly / $65,733.62-$79,900.29 Yearly


Under general supervision, as a working leader, to direct and assist in the work of an assigned crew engaged in the installation and maintenance of water distribution and service facilities, includes providing work direction, instruction, training, and guidance to employees and developing new procedures and methods for accomplishing the work in a safe and timely manner.

Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on 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.


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

Assigns work by giving instruction and direction to assigned crew; develops work orders using Lucity AMMS, determines priority of work to be performed; implements new and/or revised methods, practices or procedures which improve the work flow or utilization of work crews time and abilities.

Schedule work related to meter testing and audits, water meter installations, repairs and change outs, moving and upgrading water meters and service lines, meter box repairs and replacement; monitors and inspect work in progress; assists in field activities as necessary.

Conducts inspections of new fire line installations; develops and maintains records and reports relating to work in progress.

Conducts and performs inspections of fire flow tests; develops and maintains records and reports relating to work in progress.

Assists in developing and implementing preventative maintenance programs, safety training, and budgets; uses and trains subordinates in the use of the City computer system.

Instructs and trains employees in the technical aspects of installation and maintenance of water distribution and service facilities, including Valves, Hydrants, Air/vac's, Meter, and Services; schedules work assignments and sequence of operations when priorities are rescheduled. May lead multiple work crews.

Lays out and performs the work in the installation, shutdowns, maintenance, replacement and disinfection of water mains, valves and appurtenances, such as installing and relocating fire hydrants and making up to 12-inch taps on water mains, etc. Perform bacteriological sampling after all repairs and new installations.

Operates heavy equipment, such as backhoe, skip loader, tractor, boom truck and attachments, crew trucks, dump trucks, valve operating trucks; performs minor acetylene welding and cutting, etc.

Operates electronic pipe locators and leak detectors; marks service connection for contractors and Underground Service Alert.

Investigate water quality problems in the distribution system.

Assist with and oversee the draining, cleaning, disinfecting, and maintenance of distribution reservoirs.

Oversee and operate annual flushing program and installation and maintenance of automatic flushing units. Oversee and implement regulatory discharge requirements and best management practices as applied to NPDES.

Makes recommendations to the supervisor as to changes needed to improve programs, procedures, safety and equipment. Conducts weekly tailgate safety meetings. Organizes monthly specialty reports, compiles information for purchasing equipment, and gathers information for the preliminary budget. Fills in for Supervisor in their absence.

Prepares and maintains records and routine reports on time; maintains materials and equipment used; provides customer service as needed by notifying public of scheduled or unscheduled water outages and answer questions as needed.

Properly uses Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including but not limited to SCBA, full and half-face cartridge-type masks, other forms of respiratory protection, gloves, eye protection, fall protection, etc.

May be required to work in permit and non-permit required confined spaces such as but not limited to pits, tanks, vaults, trenches, manholes, etc. May be required to participate as a member of the Ventura Water Confined Space Rescue Team.

Coordinates work assignments with other divisions and City departments.

Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of: Accepted disinfection procedures for water storage facilities and pipelines; City standards, policies and procedures related to the position; regulations pertaining to the safe operation and maintenance of a potable water system; characteristics of various kinds of pipe and water system appurtenances; proper and safe methods of shoring and excavating trenches to grades; equipment, tools, industry wide accepted practices, procedures and methods employed in installing water mains and the services; California Water Resources Control Board regulations applicable to water distribution. Meter maintenance and customer service to include, but not limited to, meter testing, repair, water audits, meter replacement and preventative maintenance programs.

Ability to: Plan, organize, lay out and direct the work of assigned crew; prepare and maintain accurate records, reports and progress reports; read drawings and blueprints of underground utilities; follow oral and written instructions; comply with and train others in safety practices, procedures established by State regulations, professional water organizations and City rules and regulations; work independently; establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with employees, contractors, governmental jurisdictions and the public. Make independent decision at the job site.


License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required. Within 6 months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain and, thereafter, maintain a valid California State Class A license with Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restrictions - No Endorsement. Pursuant to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, drug testing is required.


Lead Water Distribution Operator III:  Possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator certification.

Lead Water Distribution Operator IV:  Possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D4 Water Distribution Operator certification.


Environment: works outdoors in seasonal climate and weather conditions on surfaces that may be wet, slippery, and uneven, where dust, dirt, and odors are frequently encountered. Required to drive motorized vehicles and equipment to various locations. Physical Abilities: hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; standing, walking, sitting, reaching, stretching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping crouching, squatting, climbing, balancing, crawling, throwing, and jumping in the performance of daily activities; ability to lift/carry/push/pull up to 100 pounds; ability to work in confined spaces. Uses hands repetitively to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools and equipment. Hazards: exposure to heavy dust, dirt, diesel, tar, and asphalt fumes, vibrations, and noise. Incumbents must be continually able to pass medical clearances for essential functions of the job and achieve fit testing for tight fitting respirators and other potential safety equipment requirements consistent with job hazards of this classification and per the department's Injury Illness Prevention Program.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and three years of related water system maintenance experience, one year of which should be in a journey-level capacity. Prior supervisory or lead experience and/or training highly desirable.  Formal training in the following areas is highly desirable:  confined space hazard prevention, asbestos safe handling and disposal, traffic safety control and flagging.

CLASS: A63; EST: ; REV: 4/6/2019;
CLASS: A69; EST: 4/6/2019; REV: ;