Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator IV*

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $66,268.80 - $89,148.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job



Up to an additional 7.5% differential per MOU
San Bernardino County has reciprocity with CalPERS
and other California '37 Act counties.

EXCELLENT BENEFITS Package includes retirement, health, vacation, certification differentials, & much more!
San Bernardino County's Special Districts Department's Water and Sanitation Division is recruiting for Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators IV who are responsible for the safe and economical operation, maintenance, and supervision of water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment facilities. Duties consist of supervising the operation of wastewater treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater to meet discharge permits; coordinating and assisting with preventive and corrective maintenance projects on all water/wastewater systems throughout the County; and optimizing water/wastewater treatment system's processes to ensure regulatory compliance and water quality are maintained at all times. Some positions may include responsibility as the Chief Plant Operator, with an up to an additional 7.5% differential hourly compensation while performing these duties per MOU .

These positions are assigned to Special Districts only. Current assignment is based in Devore, Ca. (San Bernardino area). Work sites are located throughout the County, including high/low deserts, mountains, and valleys. Official vehicle is provided at the reporting location for use during work hours and any on-call duty, to be used when traveling within and between sites.

*Official Title: Treatment Plant Operator IV (Special Districts). For more detailed information, refer to the job description.
Health and Physical: Persons seeking appointment to this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper for performance of the duties established by the San Bernardino County Special Districts Department.

Certification: Must obtain a California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 certification within twelve (12) months or two (2) consecutive test cycles, from date of employment, or be terminated.

Certification: Must obtain a SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade IV within 18 months of employment or a Water Treatment Operator Grade T4 and a Wastewater OIT certification within 24 months of employment or be terminated.
License: Must obtain and maintain a CA Class A unrestricted driver license with tanker endorsement within 18 months of employment, or be terminated.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required. A valid CA driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance is required at time of appointment and must be produced and maintained throughout employment.

Assignment: Incumbents are required to be available on-call evenings, weekends, and holidays, as needed; employees on call must respond by phone within thirty (30) minutes. Sites/locations encompass the mountains, the deserts, and the valleys; employees may be assigned to one region, but are expected to work any site located throughout the County, to meet the Department's needs.

Minimum Requirements

Must possess Certification AND Experience as follows:
Current Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade III OR Water Treatment Operator T3 , issued by the CA State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).


Experience: Two (2) years of recent experience (within the last 5 years) as an operator in a Class III (or higher) Wastewater or Water Treatment plant.

Substitution: Possession of SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade IV OR Water Treatment Operator T4 certification with one (1) year of above experience is acceptable.


License: Must possess a valid CA Class C (or higher) driver license.

Copy of required certificate must be attached to the application.

NOTE: Ensure your work history clearly details qualifying experience in water/wastewater activities, including records, logs, and visual diagrams, as well as supervisory/lead experience.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidates will have supervision experience over other Water/Wastewater Plant Operators, as well as a CA class A driver license, in addition to possession of the SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade IV certification, SWRCB D2 Water Distribution certification, SWRCB T3 Water Treatment certification, California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Collection System Grade 2 certification, and San Bernardino County Back Flow certification, along with experience using a SCADA computer program.

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application, as well as the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department. In the event of a large number of qualified candidates, a written examination may be conducted.

All communications regarding the recruitment process will be via e-mail. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail frequently to learn additional information regarding this recruitment. Check your GovernmentJobs account for notifications. Update your firewalls to allow e-mails from San Bernardino County through governmentjobs.com. Update your Spam, Junk, and Bulk settings to ensure it will not spam/block/filter communications from e-mail addresses with the following domain: "@hr.sbcounty.gov". Finally, be sure to keep your personal information updated. Taking these steps now will help ensure you receive all communications regarding this recruitment.
Application Procedure : To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire by the deadline. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note: if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application, we have not received your application.

Applications will be accepted and processed until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. This recruitment may close without further notice; interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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