San Dieguito Water District

Utility and Maintenance Specialist I/II - System Operator

Onsite - Encinitas , CA
$75K - $100K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/21/24

The Position

The Utility and Maintenance Specialist is responsible for performing specialized water utility activities, which may include water testing and sampling, locating and marking water utility lines and related underground facilities, monitoring and maintaining the water distribution system, or conducting field inspections for construction work related to potable water distribution systems. Incumbents are required to be available for shift work, on call, and respond to emergency situations.


Examples of Important & Essential Duties (included but not limited to)

  • Conducts a variety of inspections and /or surveys, which may include: potable water construction projects; project materials and workmanship inspections; construction condition inspections; ensuring contractors follow proper health and safety requirements related to traffic control, Occupational Safety and Health Association, State water/sewer separation criteria, American Water Works Association installation, disinfecting procedures for potable water; inspecting rough and finish grade installations of potable water facilities; locating underground facilities using pipe locators and research; marking locations with paint or stakes; checking easements for encroachments; and, performing other related activities.
  • Collects a variety of samples, which include: water samples for bacteriological testing, trihalomethane samples, lead and copper samples, and/or other related samples.
  •  Maintains a variety of log books, database, as-built maps, inspection reports, plans, specifications, and/or other related records; interprets engineering plans and specifications, maps, drawings, sketches, and other sources; updates maps with current information and utilizes tie-downs for future research.
  • Assists in administering contracts for construction projects; negotiates and submits recommended change orders and pay estimates; meets with contractors to discuss the location of District facilities.
  • Plans, notifies, and coordinates water system shut downs with appropriate City divisions and the general public; coordinates and monitors proper water system shut down procedures; notifies customers of requirements for testing potable water; responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints regarding water quality.
  • Conducts research for capital improvement projects and other related assignments; reviews plans for conformance to requirements; recommends and enforces regulatory compliance requirements.
  •  Inspects and operates the water distribution system, including pressure reducing valve stations, reservoirs, pump stations, and cathodic test system. Makes adjustments as necessary to ensure proper flows, pressure, storage levels and water quality throughout the system.
  • Repairs, maintains and troubleshoots potential problems to the water distribution facilities including pressure reducing valves, pumps, rectifiers, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Observes and follows established safety precautions and procedures regarding traffic control, confined space, trenching, excavating, confined space entry, power equipment operation and electrical panels and wiring.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Knowledge of:

  • Customer service principles;
  • Basic understanding of repair, maintenance and troubleshooting of pressure reducing valves;
  • Water hydraulics in water systems;
  • Map reading techniques;
  • Research techniques and methods;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, codes, and regulations;
  • Occupational hazards;
  • Standard safety practices;
  • Tools and equipment typical to assigned area;
  • Construction techniques and material uses;
  • Procedures for conducting inspections and reporting deficiencies and notices of corrections;
  • Basic fundamentals of civil engineering;
  • Cross connections;
  • Water sampling procedures;
  • Recordkeeping principles and practices.

Skill in:


  • Performing routine mathematical calculations;
  • Providing customer service;
  • Reading and interpreting engineering plans, specifications, blueprints, sketches, and maps;
  • Operating applicable tools and equipment typical to assigned area;
  • Operating and/or maintaining assigned equipment and tools;
  • Maintaining and preparing records;
  • Collecting samples;
  • Using handheld devices to measure chlorine residuals and nitrate levels;
  • Conducting surveys and/or investigations;
  • Using a computer and related software applications;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma, or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.); plus three years of experience in the upper portion of the technician class OR three years of specialized water utility maintenance training OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Experience in the area of assignment is highly desirable.

Required Certification at Time of Application: 

  • Water D-2 Certification or higher

Licensing Requirements Within 6 to 12 Months of Hire: 

  • Valid class A California Driver’s License, or obtain a class A license within 1 year of hire.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aide Certification within six months of hire.
  • Confined Space Certified highly desirable

Water D-3 and T-2 Certification are highly desirable 



Recruiter Information:

Lisa Roner