City of San Diego

Pure Water Plant Operator

Onsite - San Diego, CA
$75K - $100K Annually
Application Deadline: 9/9/24

Pure Water Plant Operator positions are responsible for the daily operations of pure water facilities, operating, monitoring, and adjusting treatment process equipment within the facility, regulating the flow of water between various stages of the treatment process, conducting special sampling protocols, maintaining operating logs, keeping records and reports, and performing other duties as assigned.


  • Employees in job classifications represented by AFSME Local 127 are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:
  • 2% effective 1/1/25 
  • 5% effective 7/1/25
  • In addition to the scheduled general wage increases, the following special salary wage increase is also scheduled to take effect for Pure Water Plant Operators: 
  • 5% effective 1/1/25
  •   5% effective 1/1/26
  • Eligible benefited employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).

Unless otherwise indicated, you must meet the following requirements on the date you apply.

 CERTIFICATION: You must possess ONE of the following:

  1. A valid Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate issued from the California State Water Resources Control Board.
  2. A valid Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator’s Certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. 

 LICENSE:  A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.


  • Possession of a valid Advance Water Treatment Operator Certificate (AWT3) issued from the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA)/California Water Environment Association (CWEA).
  • Previous experience working with advanced water treatment processes.
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher or an equivalent level Community College certificate program in Water/Wastewater Technology or similar course work.
  • Experience using a Distributed Control System (DCS) (e.g., Emerson Westinghouse).
  • Experience using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Experience using a Water/Wastewater Information Management System (e.g., Hach WIMS).
  • Experience using an Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) such as SAP for asset management.
  • Computer skills.

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Recruiter Information:

Rachel Vance