Wastewater Collection Utility Worker I/II/III

Recruitment #18-A03-001


Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with wastewater collection knowledge?  Do you hold a valid Grade 1, 2 or 3 California Water Environmental Association Collection System Maintenance certificate?  If you are interested in a career in this field, the City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Wastewater Collection Utility Worker I/II/III vacancy on our innovative wastewater team in the Ventura Water Department.  To be considered, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time.

Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As environmental stewards, our goal is to integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community.  As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and use resources efficiently, understand and meet the needs of our customers, and protect our infrastructure by investing wisely in maintenance and renewal projects. 

To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water.


Under general supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled heavy manual work, alone or as a member of a crew, in the construction, maintenance and repair and related service activities for wastewater collection systems and sewer lines, and performs related duties as required.

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.


This job classification is flexibly-staffed and the position may be filled at any level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the City.  An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy as well as future full-time or part-time vacancies.


Wastewater Collection Utility Worker I: This is the journey level class in the flexibly staffed Maintenance Worker (Wastewater assignment) series with advancement to this certified level after meeting the wastewater collection system experience requirements and passing the California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) exam for a Grade 1 Wastewater Collection System Maintenance certification.

Wastewater Collection Utility Worker II & III: These are the full journey level classes of the certified Wastewater Collection Utility Worker series in which incumbents work with greater independence performing the full range of skilled maintenance tasks and have authority to make operational decisions in the absence of the lead worker. Positions are flexibly staffed with advancement to this certified level after passing the CWEA exam for the requisite Grade 2 or Grade 3 Wastewater Collection System Maintenance certification and demonstrated proficiency performing the full range of duties within this certified series.

The Wastewater Collection Utility Worker classification series differs from the Maintenance Worker classification series in that the former requires attainment of CWEA Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3 certification in this specialized field. It is further distinguished from the Wastewater Collection Utility lead worker in that the lead worker provides technical and functional field supervision. The Wastewater Collection Utility Worker II or III may lead in the absence of the lead worker.


  • Holds a valid Grade 1, 2, or 3 CWEA Collection System Maintenance certificate
  • Enjoys working outdoors and takes pride in providing services to community
  • Has a strong work ethic and can work independently with little instruction
  • Is energetic, organized and works quickly to get the job done
  • Is an environmental steward committed to high standards and safe work practices
  • Works collaboratively with other team members and is open to new ideas 
  • Is service oriented, responsive and seeks continuous improvement


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

Performs the full array of duties associated with inspecting, cleaning, maintaining, constructing and repairing wastewater collection systems.

Inspects, troubleshoots and maintains proper collection system operation using specialized techniques and instruments.

Operates or assists in the operation of heavy equipment including high pressure water jetting equipment -hydro-trucks, vactor machines, video inspection units in cleaning and inspecting of wastewater collection lines to maintain maximum flows. Opens and closes wastewater lines when necessary to do repairs or cleaning activities.

Participates in excavating, shoring and repairing the collection system including damaged pipe, manholes and casting adjustments. Breaks, cuts and restores concrete and paved surfaces using jackhammers, concrete saws, etc to maintain systems integrity.

Performs a variety of manual tasks including the lifting and carrying of heavy loads including materials, equipment and debris.

Prepares, inspects and maintains vehicle for use; ensures vehicles, tools and equipment are in proper operating condition and arranges for maintenance when required.

Participates in maintaining proper traffic safety controls at worksites to move traffic safely and efficiently around work site. Posts traffic control signs in work areas or when flooding occurs. Adheres to safe work practices and abides by all applicable regulations, policies and procedures.

Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner and provides information and resolves issues appropriate to the area of assignment.

Participates in the containment and cleanup of spills emanating from the collection system, conducts confined-space entries.

Provides assistance to other agencies and private organizations in locating and identifying utilities and manholes. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater collection systems operation and maintenance.

Maintains accurate, legible and times records of work performed.

Performs other related duties as required.


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 Class A driver's license with Standard Transmission and Air Brakes Restriction Tanker Endorsement.


Wastewater Collection Utility Worker I: Possession of Grade 1 CWEA Collection System Maintenance Certification required at time of appointment.

Wastewater Collection Utility Worker II: Possession of Grade 2 CWEA Collection System Maintenance Certification required at time of appointment.

Wastewater Collection Utility Worker III:  Possession of Grade 3 CWEA Collection System Maintenance Certification required at time of appointment.


Environment: works outdoors in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold; climbs ladders, uses power and noise producing tools and equipment, drives motorized vehicles and heavy equipment, works in heavy vehicle traffic conditions and often works with constant interruptions. Physical Abilities: sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires both near and far vision when reading gauges, inspecting work and operating assigned equipment. The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing 50 pounds or more is also required. Hazards: may use cleaning and lubricating chemicals, which may expose the employee to fumes, dust and air contaminants. Incumbents are required to wear breathing apparatus and other safety equipment when exposed to biohazards and wastewater or when working in confined spaces.


Wastewater Collection Utility Worker I: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to one year in the maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems or related work, and possession of a CWEA Collection System Maintenance Grade 1 certificate.

Wastewater Collection Utility Worker II: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to two years in the maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems or the performance of related work, and possession of a CWEA Collection System Maintenance Grade 2 certificate.

Wastewater Collection Utility Worker III:  A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to three years in the maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems or the performance of related work, and possession of a CWEA Collection System Maintenance Grade 3 certificate.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or ww.socialsecurity.gov/form1945

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.

Department Selection Interview

A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in June 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.

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