Lead Water Systems Operator

San Bruno Public Works Department | San Bruno, CA

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Posted Date 1/17/2023

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide the citizens of San Bruno, their elected representatives and our fellow City employees with rapid, professional and cost-effective Public Works Department services. Our interaction will always be courteous, productive and beneficial to our clients. We will continually strive to create a Public Works Department that sets an example of excellence in public service. The Public Works Department is responsible for the overall planning, maintenance, operation and improvement of public infrastructure, including streets, storm drain, wastewater collections, drinking water and storage distribution, and groundwater well production.  

Salary: $92,388.00 - $113,364.00 Annually

The Public Works Department is seeking a Lead Water Systems Operator to review the work of assigned personnel including pumps stations, wells, and field staff in the construction, maintenance, and repair of water distribution, treatment and related system facilities. This is an advanced journey level class in the Distribution Systems Operator series, who receives direction from Water Services Field Supervisor.  


Examples of duties may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Organize, schedule, assign, and review the work of assigned water distribution maintenance crew(s); coordinate with other departments, divisions, and agencies related to the work assigned. 

  • Lead staff and perform the most difficult and complex work in the installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of water systems; perform the full range of water utility maintenance repair and construction duties and provide advice and assistance to lower-level water utility maintenance staff. 

  • Record daily labor, material and equipment costs, and maintain work-related records; provide recommendations for project-related budget planning.  

  • Respond as appropriate to comments and concerns expressed by the public regarding water system field activities. 

  • Monitor the operations of the City’s water distribution systems including chemical feeding equipment; utilize telemetry system, filtration equipment, reservoirs and/or storage tanks. 

  • Excavate, inspect, flush, clean and repair water mains, lines and laterals; perform weed abatement as necessary to clear drains, channels, and ditches.  

  • Install, repair, upgrade and/or replace manholes, fire hydrants, valves, meters, and meter vaults; exercise valves according to preventive maintenance schedules and test water volume and pressure.  

  • Operate a variety of equipment including large trucks and medium-sized construction equipment such as loaders, backhoes, trenching machines, and compressors, as well as pipe threaders, sand blasters, and concrete saws.  

  • Operate leak detection and pipe location equipment relative to excavation, tapping and repair of mains and lines; inspect and assess leaks.  

  • Repair and/or replace water meters and related mechanisms, including disassembly, cleaning, inspection, replacement and testing of parts; maintain related records; prepare water service for use including installation of water meters and backflow prevention devices.  

  • Operate pumps, chlorinators, chemical feeders and related equipment used for the treatment of potable water; make necessary adjustments to equipment.  

  • Read and interpret water system maps and blueprints, including Underground Service Alert marking and notification; locate and mark water mains and other appurtenances.  

  • Maintain, repair, lubricate and service plant equipment; adjust pumps, motors and other equipment. 

  • Use a computer to enter and retrieve information related to work assignments and recordkeeping.  

  • Notify customers of water main shutdowns; respond to customer concerns and questions. 

  • Represent the City with dignity, integrity, and the spirit of cooperation in all relations with staff and the public.  

  • Respect and is sensitive towards the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community. 

  • Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication. 

  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 

  • Perform related duties as assigned. 


Any combination of education, experience, and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be a high school diploma or GED, and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience performing field maintenance work similar to that of a Systems Operator II with the City of San Bruno.  


Special Requirements: 

  • Possession of a valid California Class B driver’s license.  

  • Possession of a California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade 3 (D3) certificate by date of appointment. 

  • Possession of a California State Water Resources Control Board Water Treatment Operator Grade 2 (T2) certificate by date of appointment. 


In addition, the ideal candidate possesses the following competencies: 

  • Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical or professional knowledge in water systems; keeping up with current developments and trends in Public Works; leveraging expert knowledge to accomplish results. 

  • Taking prompt action to accomplish goals; achieve results beyond what is required; being proactive. 

  • Crafting and implementing practices that meet resident and organization’s needs; responding quickly to resolve difficult resident situations and maintain the confidence of the community. 

  • Identifying and leveraging opportunities to accelerate results and build capability by assigning tasks and decision-making responsibilities to individuals or teams with clear boundaries, expectations, support, and follow-up. 

  • Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences. 

  • Gaining others’ confidence by acting with integrity and following through on commitments; treating others and their ideas with respect and supporting them in the face of challenge. 

  • Using appropriate methods and interpersonal styles to develop, motivate, and guide the team to attain successful outcomes and business objectives. 

  • Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups; communicating in a focused and compelling way that captures and holds others’ attention. 


This recruitment is being conducted to fill one Lead Water Systems Operator vacancy and may be used to fill future full-time vacancies as they occur during the active status of the employment list. 


How to Apply 

Applications may be submitted online at?Governmentjobs.com.?Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023. The City of San Bruno utilizes a merit-based selection system that is competitive and based on broad outreach efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to take part in a process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  


What happens next? 

  • We will review your application and all supplemental materials to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. Screening will include a review of minimum qualifications, application appraisal rating of education, training and experience and relevance of background qualifications related to the target job as well as supplemental questions if applicable. 

  • Applicants selected to move forward in the process may be asked to participate in any combination of the following (at any phase of the selection process): a written examination, job related exercise, physical test or job simulation, phone interview, in-person or video interview(s), and/or web-based testing. 

  • The final phase of the selection process is the probationary period, which in most cases is one year, depending on your classification. 


Reasonable Accommodations 

The City of San Bruno is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws in its employment actions, decisions, policies and practices.?  


The City of San Bruno Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the process must inform the Human Resources Department by the final filing date by emailing?hr@sanbruno.ca.gov.  

Close: 1/27/2023

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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