Wastewater Plant Operator II

  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #530

DATE: 2/6/2023
LOCATION: Santa Cruz, CA 
POSITION TITLE: Wastewater Plant Operator II 
COMPENSATION PER HOUR: $33.18 – $46.70

Under general supervision, the Wastewater Plant Operator II performs a variety of skilled tasks in the operation, inspection, and maintenance of the City's wastewater treatment plant and related facilities.

  • Monitors, reads, and calculates the flow of sewage through the plant by meters, gauges, and usual inspection; operates pumps and valves to regulate flow and adjust chemical feeding according to established standards.

  • Collects samples and makes routine chemical and physical tests monitoring for changing conditions and chemical feed requirements.

  • Logs test results, meter and feed readings, flow rates, maintenance and other data; prepares daily and periodic reports on plant operations.

  • Inspects pumps, motors, chemical feeders, level controls and other equipment to ensure proper operations; makes adjustments and emergency repairs on plant equipment as needed; works closely with maintenance and technical personnel to correct equipment problems.

  • Performs routine plant cleaning and maintenance such as cleaning lines; hosing filters and basins; disposing of sludge; painting structures, equipment and piping; and maintaining plant grounds and facilities.

  • Loads, unloads and stores materials and supplies; including the storage and transfer of chlorine and other hazardous materials.

  • May answer phone calls from customers regarding service problems and questions; may serve as central communications, taking and relaying information to and from department personnel on emergency needs and services.

  • Participates in skills and safety training programs; learns and implements safety rules, regulations and emergency procedures.

  • Participates in confined space entrance and rescue.

  • Performs other related duties that may be reasonably expected as part of this classification.


  • Operating, maintaining, and adjusting treatment system equipment.

  • Reading, interpreting and recording data accurately.

  • Basic mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles.

  • Current principles, practices, and regulations related to the treatment process of the wastewater treatment plant, including standard quality tests.

  • Operation and maintenance of pumps, motors, valves, metering control systems and chemical feed equipment.

  • Hand and power tools used in routine plant maintenance.

  • Safety procedures pertaining to plant operations, including the techniques for handling and storing hazardous chemicals.

  • Chemistry and mathematics as used in the operations of the plant.

  • Willingness to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as assigned.

  • Must be clean shaven at all times as required to wear respiratory protection equipment.


  • High school diploma or tested equivalent

  • Two (2) years of experience in a wastewater treatment plant

  • The successful completion of one (1) college-level course directly related to wastewater treatment.

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license.

  • Possession and continued maintenance of a Grade II Wastewater Plant Operator's

  • Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

  • Must obtain a Grade III Wastewater Plant Operator’s Certificate from the California State Water Resources Control Board within two (2) years from date of appointment as Plant Operator II.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, climbing, crouching, crawling, balancing, twisting body motions, grasping, reaching, pushing, pulling, working overhead, making repetitive hand movement, distinguishing by touch and working with finger dexterity in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires talking, hearing, plus near and far and color vision when inspecting work and operating assigned equipment. The ability to lift, carry, and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds is also required. The incumbent works indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions including wet; the working environment has constant noise. Work takes place on slippery uneven surfaces, around machinery with moving parts or stationery equipment, around moving objects or vehicles, on ladders or scaffolding, and below ground. The incumbent occasionally works in confined spaces. The incumbent may use chemicals, grease and oils which will expose the employee to fumes, dust, and risk of skin exposure; the work includes working with hands in water. The incumbent must be able to perform duties assigned while wearing respiratory protection equipment. The incumbent may be exposed to biohazards and/or electrical energy. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment and drive motorized vehicles. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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