Plant Operator-in-Training (Wastewater) Recruitment

Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with experience or an interest in learning wastewater plant operations?  If you are interested in a career in this field, the City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Plant Operator-in-Training vacancy on our innovative wastewater team in the Ventura Water Department.  Apply on-line at by the April 17, 2017 deadline to be considered for this rewarding opportunity.


Under immediate supervision of a certified Plant Operator, operates treatment plant equipment and facilities on an assigned shift; and performs routine maintenance work of plant equipment and facilities.

Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on a 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 Plant Operator series is flexibly staffed and progression from one level to another is based upon the incumbent’s acquisition of the appropriate Plant Operator certificate.


  • Will have hands-on experience in, or an interest in, learning wastewater plant operations.
  • Is energetic and able to work effectively with a variety of people in a team environment.
  • Has solid technical knowledge with a background in industrial maintenance.
  • Is able to identify and resolve problems with a degree of independence.
  • Must be willing to work shifts and weekends regularly.


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

Inspects equipment to determine operating condition and makes necessary adjustments; operates pumps and other allied equipment; records instrument readings and changes recording charts; changes one ton chlorine cylinders; takes samples and performs standardized tests; records findings as necessary; maintains daily written logs of plant operation and other plant activities; demonstrates proper use of basic mathematical wastewater or water calculation formulas; performs general maintenance and repair of equipment utilized in and around the plant; lubricates, services, adjusts pumps, motors, and other plant machinery; performs general janitorial and light maintenance and general repair work around the plant including painting, and groundskeeping; cleans and replaces various types of filters, traps, and replaces new elements as needed; assists in major repairs of plant equipment and structures as assigned; learns and is trained in plant operations which may include terminology, treatment process, equipment, and maintenance equipment; and performs other related work as required.


License:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license upon employment.  Within six months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain, and thereafter maintain, the following license:

Water:  California Class C driver’s license

Wastewater: California Class A driver’s license.  According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), drug testing is required.


Water:  Incumbents are required to obtain a Grade I Operator certification within 18 months from the date of employment from the California Department of Health Services.

Wastewater:  Incumbents are required to obtain a State Water Resources Control Board Grade I Operator certification within 18 months from the date of employment. Successful completion of the Grade I Operator certification at time of application is desirable.


Environment:  works in water or wastewater treatment plant environment, may work in confined spaces, may work outdoors in seasonal climate and weather conditions, with exposure to raw sewage, biohazards, water/wastewater effluents, chemicals, noise and electrical energy; may be required to drive motorized vehicles and heavy equipment. Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities; ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Uses hands repetitively to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools, equipment, and personal computer. May be required to climb ladders, use power tools and equipment. Required to pass annual physical examination related to upper respiratory system, wear breathing apparatus and other safety equipment.  Hazards:  exposure to raw sewage, biohazards, water/wastewater effluents, chemicals, noise, electrical energy, fumes, dust, dirt, noise, and computer screens.


Graduation from high school or its equivalent, and one year of related training and/or experience in a field comparable to industrial maintenance which would provide general knowledge of the mechanical trade and motorized equipment.


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 $628 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.  Tier II2% @ 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.  Tier III – 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution.  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

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.


Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at  If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application material 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  You may also view notices sent to you by the City in the “My Applications” tab at

Department Selection Interviews
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in April 2017.


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:


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