Orange County Water District

Assistant Recharge System Operator

Onsite - Anaheim, CA
Application Deadline: 3/1/24

The Assistant Recharge System Operator is the first level in the three-level Recharge System Operator series. Incumbents are responsible for assisting the Recharge Operations Supervisor and (Senior) Recharge System Operator(s) with operating the recharge system, collecting hydrologic data, and efficiently routing water through the recharge system. The Assistant Recharge System Operator is distinguished from the Recharge System Operator classification by the need for supervision in operating the recharge system and limited analysis of hydrologic data.

 Examples of Duties:

The following essential job functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed job functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different job functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Operates recharge system under supervision of the Recharge Operations Supervisor or (Senior) Recharge System Operator(s).


  • Under supervision, performs stream flow measurements using accepted methods and techniques with the FlowTracker and RiverSurveyor.


  • Assists in operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining the Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for District’s recharge system.


  • Assists in compiling and assembling data for a variety of reports that account for water percolated and recharge facility activities, including data generated by the SCADA system. 


  • Under supervision, visits gauging and reservoir sites making observations and collecting data from a variety of instrumentation. 


  • Under supervision, surveys elevations to install reference staffs, and establishes relative elevations on special and/or research projects.


  • Completes Maximo work orders including cleaning gage houses and other recharge facilities/equipment.


  • Reads, cleans, and assists in the installations of reference staffs.


  • Participates in training activities.

  • Handles job stress.


  • Interacts effectively with others in the workplace.


  • Follows all workplace and job safety rules and policies.


  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required.

 Typical Qualifications:

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Knowledge of:

  • General scientific principles.
  • Basic mathematics.
  • Data collection methods.


Ability and Skills in:

  • Using computers and related software applications.
  • Communication, and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Training: A minimum of a high school diploma. Must obtain a State of California Department of Public Health Grade D-1 Certification within 1 year of hire. 


Experience: One year of experience in a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


License: Valid California Class “C” Driver’s License and ability to drive OCWD vehicles on public roadways.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.


Physical: Positions in this class typically require kneeling, crouching, walking, pulling, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Working outdoors in rivers, stream channels, and basins during windy, rainy, hot, or cold climatic conditions. Incumbents require sufficient physical ability to work in field and office settings; hike up steep hills, wade in chest-deep water, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; operate equipment including use of hydraulic operators to turn valves, stream flow measuring equipment, a computer keyboard; push, pull, lift, and/or carry light amounts of weight; verbally communicate to exchange information.


Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment. Incumbents may be subjected to inadequate lighting.


Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.



All Orange County Water District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


9/80, with alternating Fridays off, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Will be required to work on-call standby rotation shift with the ability to be onsite within one hour of being called back.


Hourly (Non-Exempt) Range: $38.29-$48.87

Emergency standby compensation: ¾ hour per standby shift 

Callback compensation: two hours callback overtime pay, if called.


Candidates given an offer of employment will be required to pass a medical examination and background check. You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE