Treatment Plant Operator II (LA-057-24E), Whittier

  • LA County Sanitation District
  • Whittier, California
  • Apr 02, 2024
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $7,951.00 - $9,878.00 Monthly USD

Job Description


The Sanitation Districts own and operate one of the largest wastewater recycling programs in the world. We have a long history of providing affordable, high-quality recycled water to help meet the water supply needs within the Sanitation Districts’ service area.

Our water reclamation facilities produce treated and disinfected recycled water, most of which essentially meets drinking water standards. Each day, the Sanitation Districts produce recycled water that is a safe, affordable and drought-resilient resource for residents and businesses. This water is used for industrial, commercial and recreational applications such as groundwater replenishment, agriculture irrigation, industrial processes, and irrigation of parks and schools. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in water recycling and contribute towards a more sustainable Southern California.






Note: The current vacancy is a roving position. Employees in this position are required to work various schedules and shifts. Employees who work a swing shift are paid a bonus equivalent to five and one half percent (5.5%) for each hour worked and employees who work a graveyard shift are paid a bonus equivalent to eight and one half percent (8.5%) for each hour worked.

Future vacancies that occur in the locations listed above may be filled from this posting.


To lead a crew, coordinate and participate in water reclamation operations functions of a crew at a wastewater treatment plant.


Under the general supervision of a Supervisor of Treatment Plant Operations, incumbents lead other operators and perform the more difficult operational duties, including touring assigned area to ensure that all stations are functioning properly; specifying and reviewing work procedures; providing instructions or training to maintain efficiency, safety and technical adequacy; implementing special operating orders; checking operating logs and charts for proper entries and evaluating instrument readings; evaluating laboratory data to ensure plant operation is within prescribed parameters; reporting plant irregularities or needed repairs and recommending corrective action; assigning and overseeing workers performing routine plant maintenance; ordering parts and supplies; training other crew members; keeping employee time records; scheduling and conducting plant tours; participating in the work of the crew; performing basic maintenance duties; driving to other work sites; and performing related duties as required.


Candidates must possess a valid California Class C driver license, a high school diploma or equivalent (passing an approved General Educational Development Test, or obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Board of Education in accordance with section 48412 of the Education Code) due to the California State certification requirements -AND- a Grade III, or higher, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board by date of appointment -AND- Two and a half years of experience performing full-time qualifying treatment plant operator duties.

NOTE: Applicants must be able to provide annual evidence of medical fitness.


The competitive selection process may cover Kn owledge of: The principles of operation and maintenance of sewage treatment and sludge disposal plants and equipment; safe work practices; various sewage treatment and sludge processing techniques and the results to be obtained at the various stages; chemical/biological reactions in the process; and principles and practices of supervision and training. The A bili t y to : Interpret plant instruments and analyze laboratory data to recommend or make proper adjustments; maintain records and prepare reports; schedule, evaluate and provide technical guidance to others; operate any assigned area of the treatment plant; and coordinate operational activities of a treatment plant.


  • All applications will be reviewed to determine if the conditions and qualifications for testing are met.
  • The selection process will consist of a written test weighted at 50% and/or an interview weighted at 50%.
  • Candidates must receive a qualifying score on each selection component to move forward in the selection process.

Please apply online at within the application period. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed LACSD Employment application. Check your e-mail regularly throughout the recruitment process as notifications are sent via e-mail. Please make sure that your registered e-mail address is accurate and current. To ensure proper delivery add to your contact list.

NOTE: The individual(s) recommended for hire must undergo a job-related pre-employment physical, as well as a reference check, background, check, DMV report, and a drug test.

To learn more about how the Sanitation Districts convert waste into resources, please visit the following video: Converting Waste into Resources .

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Luz Avila at or (562) 908-4288 extension 1329.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Districts strongly encourage people with disabilities and people from historically marginalized communities to apply.


  • CALPERS: The Districts belong to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), and all monthly status new hires will be enrolled in CalPERS. Most new hires will be enrolled in the defined benefit formula of 2% @ 62 in accordance with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and are required to contribute to the plan (7.75% for the 23/24 fiscal year). Those who qualify based on current or previous public service may be enrolled in the defined benefit formula in place on December 31, 2012, which was 2% @ 55 and are considered “classic” members. For “classic” members, the Districts pay the “employee share.” Please contact the Human Resources Department for more information regarding contribution rates. Although Districts employees are exempt from Social Security, employees are required by federal law to contribute a percentage of their salary for Medicare coverage.

  • DEFERRED COMP MATCH: For some bargaining units, the Districts provides a matching contribution to an eligible deferred compensation plan pursuant to Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. The match with each paycheck will be the lesser of: 3% of the employee's base monthly salary as listed in the Salary Schedule; and the amount the employee is contributing with that paycheck. The annual total combined employee and employer contribution are subject to IRS limits.


Employees receive annual salary increases until reaching step 5 of the salary range and are provided with opportunities to promote. Cost of living adjustments are implemented annually in accordance with labor agreements.


  • MEDICAL: Districts paid. Employees may choose from several HMO and Indemnity plans. As of January 1, 2024, the Districts contribute $2,202.87 per month for medical insurance. Depending on the choice of health plan, the Districts contribution covers all or a large portion of the premium for family coverage.

  • DENTAL: Districts paid. The Districts pay the full premium for employee and dependent coverage for a prepaid dental program which provides for most routine dental care through a panel of contracting dentists with no deductibles. Employees are eligible to enroll in an indemnity plan if requested within thirty days after completion of three years of employment (sooner for some bargaining units), or during subsequent open enrollment periods.
  • VISION: Employee paid.
  • LIFE: The Districts pay for a term life policy. Employees can buy additional types and amounts of life insurance coverage at group rates.
  • VACATION: Employees receive 88 hours of paid vacation after one full year of service, increasing up to 128 hours per year after five years, 168 hours per year after 15 years and up to 208 hours after 25 years. Prior to one year of full service, employees are given partial vacation time on January 1, based on the time worked in the preceding year.
  • SICK LEAVE : Eight hours of full-pay sick leave per month.

  • PERSONAL LEAVE: Employees may use up to 24 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons. Some bargaining units allow up to 40 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons.

13 paid holidays and one-half paid holiday depending on the employee's work schedule.

Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for approved accredited course work.

For some bargaining units, the Districts will provide student loan payment reimbursements for principal or interest paid by the employee on a qualified education loan incurred by the employee for the education of the employee. The annual maximum reimbursement is $5,250 and the lifetime reimbursement limit is $21,000.

  • A rewarding career contributing to society and the environment.
  • Flexible work schedules (e.g. 9/80 schedule) depending on the worksite.
  • Clear policies and procedures.
  • Health and safety programs.
  • Carpool opportunities with monetary incentives depending on the worksite.
More detailed benefits information can be found here: Districts Benefits

NOTE: The provisions of this posting do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this posting may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Updated December 29, 2023

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Whittier, California United States View Map