Vista Irrigation District

Maintenance Worker

Onsite - Vista, CA
Application Deadline: 8/2/24

HOURLY PAY: $31.30 – $38.05


 Under the general direction of the Facilities Supervisor, performs hard physical labor in a variety of construction trades and provides maintenance on District structures, mains, and appurtenances. As a condition of employment, this position is required to standby and work as an emergency crew (duty) person on a rotating basis covering nights, holidays and weekends. Applies all standard safety practices.


 1.        Performs a variety of maintenance activities, such as repairing water services; replacing and installing meters (including digital or electronic meter reading devices), meter boxes and valves; and digging ditches, culverts, and cleaning drains and gutters with power or hand tools.

 2.        Performs ground maintenance around pump stations, reservoirs and/or other District facilities. Loads tools, supplies and equipment.

 3.        Operates construction and maintenance equipment such as soil compactors, pneumatic tools, compressors, skid steers, mowers, dump trucks, pickups and crew trucks. Utilizes a variety of hand tools and specialized equipment to perform installation and maintenance on water system appurtenances.

 4.        Performs and assists with facility locations and leak detection using electronic equipment.

 5.        Assists with water distribution related tasks such as emergency and scheduled shutdowns, including notifying customers and other affected parties and/or agencies and ensuring District compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Investigates, troubleshoots and reports leaks in the water distribution system.

 6.        Standby and work as an emergency crew (duty) person on a rotating basis covering nights, holidays and weekends. Emergency crew personnel are required to be able to report to the District’s headquarters facility within 45 minutes. Employees on standby may not consume alcoholic beverages or be under the influence of controlled substances, as described in the District’s Personnel Policies Manual.

 7.        Checks crew truck; assembles necessary supplies and maintains adequate parts inventory.

 8.        Makes routine log entries and notes on paper or computer generated forms.

 9.        Reads and interprets District maps, as-built drawings and geographical information system web-based mapping.

 10.      Performs related work as assigned.


 1.                 Education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Experience in construction and/or maintenance in a water or sewer utility is desirable.

 2.                 Must have a valid California driver’s license and be acceptable to the District’s automobile liability insurance carrier.

 3.                 Must establish and maintain effective working relations with other personnel and promote good relations with the public.

 4.                 Must possess a Water Distribution Operator D1 certification administered by the California Drinking Water Operator Certification program.

 5.                 Must pass fit testing for an air purifying respirator. 


The District provides the following benefits:

·    Medical Insurance (Employee and dependents).

·    Vision Care (Employee and dependents – employee contribution required).

· Dental Insurance (Employee and dependents – employee contribution required).        

· Life Insurance (2 x Annual Salary).

· Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.

· Disability Insurance (30-day qualification period).

· PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) Pension—employee contribution required.

· 13 paid holidays and 15 days of vacation.

· Paid sick leave.

· Deferred compensation match.

· College tuition reimbursement.

· Pre-tax spending accounts for medical and dependent care.

· Alternative work schedule (every other Friday off – optional).


The most appropriately qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process which may consist of competency testing (including a practical exam), a written exercise and oral interviews by District personnel or qualified individuals from other public agencies or any combination thereof. The District expressly reserves the right to change the selection process in order to identify the most qualified candidates as required by federal and state law. 

To help streamline the application and hiring process, we have implemented new recruiting software. All applicants will apply via our website at under the “careers tab”. We will no longer accept paper applications. You will need to upload your resume and cover letter on our new application portal. 

Job offers are contingent upon a pre-employment medical examination and drug testing.

 Open Until Filled

 Regular employees in this position may join the Teamster Union. The Maintenance Worker is a non-exempt position and eligible for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and in accordance with District Policy.

Vista Irrigation District is “an equal opportunity employer” and will consider reasonably accommodating qualified disabled persons. Reasonable accommodations can include, but are not limited to, changing job duties, changing the work shifts, accommodating schedules, relocating the work area, and providing mechanical or electrical aids.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.


Recruiter Information:

Michelle Bernal