Maintenance Worker I/II - Water Distribution Operator I/II/III

2 vacancies

Recruitment #19-A01-001

Introduction

Do you enjoy working outdoors and take pride in serving our community?  Are you an environmental steward with water distribution knowledge? Do you hold a valid California Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator certificate?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for two Maintenance Worker I/II-Water Distribution Operator I/II/III vacancies on the innovative Water Distribution team in the Ventura Water Department.  To be considered for these rewarding career opportunities, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 9/29/2019 filing deadline!

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 invest wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.  To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water.

THE POSITION

Under general supervision, performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled heavy manual work, alone or as a member of a crew, in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water systems, wastewater systems, storm drains, streets, graffiti abatement or related public works and utility functions.

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.  

The current vacancies are in the Water Distribution section, however, the Maintenance Worker I/II eligibility list established may be used to fill current as well as future vacancies in any section, including Water, Wastewater or Streets.  When assigned to the Water System Section, positions are flexibly allocated up through the Water Distribution Operator I/II/III levels, and may be filled at any level depending on the experience and certification levels of the applicant.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Takes pride in providing services to the City of Ventura residents
  • Has a strong work ethic and can work with little instruction
  • Is energetic, organized and works quickly to get the job done
  • Is a steward of the environment and committed to high standards and safe work practices
  • Is service oriented, responsive and seeks continuous improvement
  • Is proactive and takes initiative to deliver quality product and service
  • Works collaboratively with other team members and is open to new ideas
  • Holds a valid California Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator certificate

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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

Water: Assists in the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of water mains and service connections. Repairs leaks in mains, lines and valves. Assists in repairing, replacing and maintaining fire hydrants. Maintains other related facilities as required. Shovels earth, concrete and mud debris using hand tools such as shovels, rakes, picks and sledges. Removes weeds, cuts brush away from meter boxes, sample stations, fire hydrants, and other various city facilities. Operates various pneumatic tools such as rock drills, tampers, etc. Cleans, greases and oils Water Division owned mechanical equipment and tools. Maintains equipment to ensure proper working order. Performs a variety of maintenance tasks. Operates various motorized and mechanized equipment incidental to the duties of maintaining and effective water system for the City. Performs repairs on gate valves, chlorinates pipelines, tests hydraulic systems, performs other related duties as required.

Wastewater: Inspects equipment at wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations. Performs preventative maintenance and repair work. Lubricates and repacks pumps and motors. Cleans pumping station equipment. Works on rodding crew, and repair and cleaning of sewage lines by rodding and flushing. Assists in stoppages and clean-up operations on collection system. Operates close circuit television equipment to inspect condition of gravity sewer system. Assists in repairing, replacing and maintaining gravity sewer pipe and pressure pipe. Performs a variety of maintenance tasks and operates various motorized and mechanized equipment incidental to the duties of maintaining and effective wastewater system for the City. Performs other related duties as required.

Streets: Shovels earth or debris using hand tools such as shovels, rakes, picks and sledges. Performs a variety of maintenance tasks. Operates simple pneumatic tools, spreads and tamps paving material or gravel. Loads and unloads trucks; cuts brush; removes weeds; cleans culverts, drains and ditches. Maintains and repairs streets, sidewalks and curbs. Lays rock base, shovels and rakes hot asphalt. Mixes and pours concrete. Assists in the installation of street signs and traffic safety painting. Operates in the installation of street signs and traffic safety painting. Operates a variety of mechanized equipment including but not limited to, skip loaders, dump trucks, and 90 lb. jackhammers. Maintains equipment to ensure proper working order. Performs other related duties as required.

Facilities: Eradicates or removes graffiti visible to the public and may perform duties in public right of way. Applies paint to buildings, fixtures or equipment associated with graffiti removal. Maintains equipment to ensure proper working order. Operates a variety of mechanized equipment including but not limited to scissor lifts, power washing equipment, and paint spray equipment. Performs a variety of maintenance tasks and performs other related duties as required.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATES

License Requirements (for all levels):
Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required. Within 6 months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain and, thereafter, maintain a California Class A driver's license with the following endorsements/restrictions:

Water: Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restrictions - No Endorsement
Wastewater: Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restriction - Tanker Endorsement. CWEA Wastewater Collection certification is desirable.
Streets: Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restrictions - No Endorsement
Facilities: Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restrictions - No Endorsement

Certificates:
Water Distribution Operator I: Possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D1 Water Distribution Operator certificate.

Water Distribution Operator II: Possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator certificate.

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

A pre-employment medical examination is required before appointment is made. Pursuant to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, drug testing is required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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 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 lbs. Uses hands repetitively to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools and equipment. Hazards: exposure to heavy dust, dirt, diesel, tar, and asphalt fumes, vibrations, chemicals, painting materials, and noise.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Requires a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to :

Maintenance Worker I:  6 months of construction, maintenance or related work experience.

Maintenance Worker II:  18 months of related maintenance experience or one year experience as a Maintenance Worker I.

Water Distribution Operator I:  18 months of related maintenance experience or one year experience as a Maintenance Worker I, and possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D1 Water Distribution Operator certificate. Formal training in the following areas is highly desirable: confined space prevention, asbestos safe handling and disposal, traffic safety control and flagging.

Water Distribution Operator II:  18 months of related maintenance experience or one year experience as a Water Distribution Operator I, and possession of a valid California Water Resources Control Board Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator certificate. Formal training in the following areas is highly desirable: confined space hazard prevention, asbestos safe handling and disposal, traffic safety control and flagging.

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

BENEFITS

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; 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 October 2019, date to be determined.

Conclusion

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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