The City of Ventura :Water Distribution Operator I/II (2 vacancies)

Do you see yourself as 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 a Water Distribution Operator I/II vacancy in our innovative Ventura Water Department.  To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online at!

As this is an open-until-filled recruitment, applications are being accepted continuously, and 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 invest wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.  To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit

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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 of water distribution systems or related 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.

This classification is flexible staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the city.


  • Holds a valid California Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator certificate.
  • Takes pride in providing services to the City of Ventura residents.
  • Has a strong work ethic and can work independently 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.
  • Has formal training in confined space hazard prevention, asbestos safe handling and disposal, traffic safety control and flagging.


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

Operate heavy and light equipment including dump trucks, crane trucks, forklifts backhoes, loaders concrete saws and other related equipment in the construction and maintenance of the water distribution system. Cleans, greases and oils mechanical equipment and tools to ensure proper working order.

Participates in safe work practices; performs traffic control according to established guidelines; sets up traffic cones, barricades and other traffic control devices to reroute traffic; serve as flagman as necessary.

Installs, removes, relocate and repairs large and small water services and connections such as hot taps, curb stops, ball valves, meters and meter boxes. Replaces, repairs and installs new gate valves, butterfly valves, and lubricated plug valves above and below ground through out the City. Installs, removes, and upgrades service boxes, valve boxes and covers; performs excavation work, installs shoring set up and removal; sets and fits pipeline fittings of various size pipe, measures street cuts for asphalt patching operations; lays asphalt and pavement. Cuts, fits, lays, and repairs water mains; cleans and flushes water mains and reservoirs as needed; inspects, repairs, and maintains fire hydrants; exercises valves throughout the water system. Locates and marks water mains and other appurtenances using technical locating equipment. Performs hydrostatic testing and chlorination of new water mains and assists with sampling chlorine levels throughout the water system. Performs light welding duties and soldering and cutting using oxygen and acetylene. Performs weed abatement and general clean up around waste system facilities.

Answers questions and inquiries from the general public; assists and trains personnel as needed. Responds to emergency calls and situations as required. Performs other related duties as required.


License: 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 valid California Class A license with Auto Transmission and Air Brakes Restrictions – No Endorsement. Department of Transportation (DOT), drug testing is required.


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.


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 work in muddy conditions for long periods of time during regular work hours and during after hour emergencies. 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.


Water Distribution Operator I: A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to 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: A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to 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.


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

Department Selection Interviews

A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview.


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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