• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Sep 10, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $29.32 - $43.08 Hourly USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is hiring! We have immediate vacancies in a key position within the organization. Come join our team as we align our workforce to better serve our community together - they're counting on us.

We are accepting applications for the position of Plant Operator Grade I/II/III/IV. The current vacancy is in the Water Division. Positions are flexibly staffed and progression from one level to another is based upon the incumbent's acquisition of the appropriate Plant Operator certifications.

The Plant Operator Grade I/II/III/IV works under general supervision and is responsible for operating and maintaining water treatment plant facilities on an assigned shift. This position performs routine to complex maintenance work in the upkeep of plant equipment and facilities.

The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated an excellent work ethic, display integrity coupled with interpersonal and professional customer service skills. The candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively and perform routine to complex maintenance work. The candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Depending on assignment, duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Water Division
  • Operates pumps, chlorinators, chemical feeders and other associated treatment plant equipment;
  • Operates SCADA systems for the treatment plants and the distribution system;
  • Checks equipment to determine operating condition and makes necessary adjustments;
  • Maintain, repair, lubricate and service plant equipment;
  • Adjusts pumps, motors and other plant machinery;
  • Records instrument readings;
  • Receives chemical deliveries and changes chlorine cylinders;
  • Performs general janitorial and major maintenance and general repair work around the plant and other treatment facilities including painting, groundskeeping and other miscellaneous tasks;
  • Keeps logs of plant operations;
  • Performs membrane back-pulses, CIPs, MITs, fiber repares, as well as backwashes on filters;
  • Obtains, labels, analyzes, records and prepares reports on water samples as required by local, state and federal regulations;
  • Performs multiple laboratory analysis, including bacteriological analysis as needed;
  • Collects samples for laboratory testing; responds to customer concerns;
  • Inputs data into computers for reports; and responds to emergency after hour call outs on a rotating basis;
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned. May work shifts including nights and weekends.

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.


The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.

This recruitment is open until filled. The first review of application is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2020.

To be considered for this career opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire. For initial consideration, please submit your application and supplemental questionnaire by the first review date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at or by selecting here Plant Operator Grade I/II/III/IV .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources at .

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to graduation from high school or its equivalent and education and experience commensurate with each grade level of certification as required by the state, which includes some course work in area of assignment.

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver license upon employment.
  • Water: Possession of a Grade I, II, III, or IV Water Treatment Operator certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Grade II Operators will be required to obtain the Grade III certificate within a 24-month period.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method to submit your application is online at . If you are unable to submit an online application, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours or emailing Paper applications and answers to the supplemental questionnaire can be Faxed to (805) 648-4467 or mailed to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93001. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents via mail.

It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

Application Filing Deadline :

This recruitment is open until filled. Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis. The first review of applications will take place on Friday, October 9, 2020. For initial consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before this date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

Department Selection Interview :

A select number of candidates will be invited to a panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position. Selected candidates will be notified of specifics at any time after the first review date. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the panel interview process is completed.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

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:

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!Continuous

Job Address

501 Poli Street, Ventura, California United States View Map