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Chief Plant Operator

JOIN OUR TEAM! Groveland Community Services District is seeking a Chief Plant Operator.

Annual Salary: $86,793-$105,498

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

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Job Description:

Appointed at the discretion of the General Manager under direction of the Operations and Maintenance Manager, the Chief Plant Operator operates, repairs and maintains the District’s water and wastewater treatment facilities, including water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater treatment facilities, reads and interprets charts and meter readings for analyzing the efficiency of plant operations, maintains chemical inventory, and performs other related work as required. Compiles and submits monthly, quarterly, and annual reports for regulatory agencies.

Essential Duties: 

• Operates and maintains a variety of automatic and manually controlled equipment, motors, and pumps used in the treatment and disinfection of water and wastewater.
• Regulates and controls the amount of chemicals used to maintain specified water and wastewater treatment requirements.
• Takes samples, performs standardized quality control tests, and adjusts chemical feeders and other plant equipment according to results.
• Produce work related reports and making presentations to District staff and Board of Directors.
• Participate in local and regional organizations meetings, trainings and prepare written reports.
• Participate on District Ad-Hoc/Standing Committees.
• Assist with the preparation and updating of annual reports.

• Reads, interprets, and records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity, water pressure, biological activity, etc.
• Makes regular assessments of water flow, turbidity, pressure, chemical use, residuals, and other pertinent data to maintain proper plant operating conditions.
• Performs a variety of maintenance and repair work on plant facilities and equipment.
• Supervision and training of WWWTO I/II/III staff members.
• Observes pumping equipment and troubleshoots and identifies possible problems and operating difficulties.
• Changes recording charts as required.
• Maintains logs, records, and data systems for required plant reports. Performs general maintenance on facilities and grounds.
• Assist in maintaining District SCADA system and record keeping
• Inputs data into computer to develop database for generating plant operations reports.
• Operates a District vehicle, driving to pumping stations and other facilities for inspection and maintenance work.
• Practices and ensures adherence to District and OSHA plant safety procedures.

Qualification Requirements:

• Methods, materials, procedures, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plants and facilities.
• Extended Aeration Activated Sludge treatment process.
• Journey Level knowledge water and wastewater treatment methods, principles, and practices.
• Federal, State, and County regulations pertaining to water and wastewater treatment plant operations.
• Methods and precautions for handling and storing potentially hazardous chemicals.
• Standard water quality tests.
• Standard water and wastewater Laboratory testing procedures
• Plant measurement and recording equipment.
• Safe work methods and safety precautions as related to the job.

Ability To:

• Perform a variety of operations and maintenance assignments.
• Operate automatic plant control systems.
• Read plant measurements and recording equipment, interpret results to make adjustments to plant operations.
• Operate District treatment facilities in manual mode.
• Troubleshoot, diagnose, and correct a variety of operating problems.
• Use proper safety precautions in working with plant chemicals.
• Perform standard water and waste water quality tests.
• Maintain and update plant records and logs.
• Read and interpret plant piping and distribution diagrams.
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work. Respond to customer complaints/inquiries as assigned.
• Read and write at the level required for successful job performance.
• Perform algebraic and geometrical calculations.
• Perform metric conversions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and hear to effectively interface with other staff members and the public, walk, stand, kneel, crawl, climb, lift and move up to 75 pounds, pull, stoop, bend, squat, twist, turn and work in tight, confined space, use hands and fingers to write and to handle, grip, feel and operate tools, pumps, and equipment.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Outside: Drive a vehicle and perform tasks in a variety of weather conditions ranging from snow to 100°+F; confined workspace; heights, such as ladders.

Inside: Work performed in a temperature-controlled environment.

Fumes/Gasses: Exposure to various vapors and/or airborne particles from powder and liquid chemicals; gasoline fumes.

Noise/Vibration: Exposure to generators, air compressors, air blowers, heavy construction equipment, and jack hammers.

Other Requirements:

• High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
• Must possess a valid Grade III Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health. Must possess a valid Wastewater Treatment Operator III Certificate issued by the California State Water Resource Control Board.
• Must possess a Grade III Distribution Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health.
• Must possess a valid California driver’s license, have a satisfactory driving record, and be insurable by the District to operate District vehicles.
• Must Obtain CPR and First Aid Training Certification annually.
• Must Obtain Trenching and shoring competent person training annually.
• Must obtain Confined Space Entry training annually.
• Must obtain and maintain Traffic Control certification training within 12 months of assignment.


Thirty six months experience in the operation of water and wastewater treatment plants and related facilities.

If you are interested in applying, email your application and resume to Administrative Services Manager, Jennifer Donabedian, at