City of Fresno

Water Distribution/Production Specialist (Open Until Filled)

Onsite - Fresno, CA
$50K - $75K Annually
Application Deadline: 7/7/24

SALARY: $5,121-$6,222/mo.


Position Description


Water Distribution/Production Specialist is the advanced level class which participates in the maintenance, construction and distribution of potable water for the production of ground water for the City’s water systems. Incumbents may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Depending upon assignment, incumbents may be assigned work in distribution or groundwater production.

Two vacancies currently exist in the Department of Public Utilities – Water Division. Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of six (6) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period at the City’s discretion. If the examination process is suspended for this recruitment, the eligible list may be limited to three (3) months.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

BENEFITS: UNIT 1 Classification – International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Engineers- IUOE (Local 39)

  • HEALTH INSURANCE: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
  • FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses.
  • DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings.
  • VACATION LEAVE: Accrue 8-15 hours per month.
  • SICK LEAVE: Eight (8) hours per month, available after 90 days.
  • SUPPLEMENTAL SICK- 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum
  • HOLIDAYS: Ten (10) City-observed annual holidays plus birthday and two (2) personal days.
  • SHORT TERM DISABILITY: Provided through California SDI program.
  • BILINGUAL PREMIUM PAY: $100 per month
  • HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT: Eligible retirees can use remaining Sick Leave balance at 80% of hourly rate and other leave balances, if applicable, to reimburse medical insurance and qualified medical expenses, tax free.
  • RETIREMENT: City of Fresno Retirement Systems, one of the best funded public systems in the state. Reciprocity with other public California systems. Vested in Retirement benefits after 5 years of service. City employees do not participate in Social Security.
  • DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at

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The Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and do not assure placement on the eligible list.

High School Diploma or GED completion or satisfactory completion of the educational requirements necessary to obtain a valid Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade D2, issued by the California State Resources Control Board AND two (2) years of full-time work experience in the testing, cleaning, maintenance, inspection, repair, installation, replacement, construction, distribution and operation of water systems AND possession and continued maintenance of a valid Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade D2, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Failure to maintain the valid certification shall be cause for termination from this class.

Applicants must attach a copy of their valid D2 certification under Cover Letters and Attachments. Applicants lacking the documentation may be rejected.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid Class “C” California Driver’s License. Candidates considered for hire must provide proof of a valid driver’s license and current copy of their driving record.

Depending on assignment area: 1) may be required to obtain and maintain a valid Commercial Class “A” or “B” California Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements for entire term of employment, 2) may be required to obtain and maintain a valid Backflow Certificate by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

The selected eligible candidates certified will be required to successfully pass a Department interview and a Department of Justice fingerprint scan prior to employment with the City of Fresno.

Please note: Some positions have been designated as being ‘safety sensitive’ and require all eligibles offered employment to successfully pass a drug test prior to employment. Federal law requires that applicants for positions involving the operation of certain transit vehicles, revenue service vehicles, the transportation of hazardous materials, or heavy equipment over 26,001 pounds requiring a commercial driver’s license, must undergo pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment. This classification is subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout entire term of employment in this class.

How To Apply

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION. PLEASE VISIT TO APPLY. For information on how to complete an on-line application, please view “Instruction Guide” on the City’s website, Personnel Services Career Opportunities page, or call (559) 621-6950 for assistance. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding this recruitment and exam process will be sent via e-mail. All applicants will acknowledge such understanding when they complete their on-line application. Verify we have your correct e-mail address before you submit your application. It is an applicant’s responsibility to check their email frequently to ensure they receive all pertinent communication from the Personnel Services Department on a timely basis. Applicants will receive an automatically generated confirmation e-mail upon a successful application submittal. The e-mail is the only proof of submittal.

It is an applicant’s responsibility to check their email account and to ensure it is set up to accept emails from the City of Fresno. Dependent upon your settings, notices from the City of Fresno may be directed to the “junk mail” or “spam” folders. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check these folders.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on the filing deadline or they will not be accepted for any reason. FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PERMANENT FRESNO CITY EMPLOYEES APPLY THROUGH PEOPLESOFT SELF SERVICE.

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of the following:

WRITTEN EXAMINATION – 100%: A job-related written examination will be administered which may test a candidate’s knowledge of the materials, methods, practices equipment and tools used in the installation and maintenance of valves, hydrants, water lines, meters, regulators, pumps, surface water and ground water treatment equipment, distribution and water services, basic mathematical principles, ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of assigned duties.

The written examination has been tentatively scheduled for TO BE DETERMINED.

Candidates must achieve a passing score on the Written Examination to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

Veteran Preference Regulations

Candidates applying for veteran’s preference are required to submit a copy of their DD214 with their application during the specified filing period. Evidence must be presented to indicate that the candidate was discharged honorably from the military service. Veterans, including City employees, must resubmit proof of honorable service for every examination for which veteran’s preference credit is requested. Qualified veterans who pass the examination will have five (5) points added to their final score.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Personnel Service Department at (559) 621-6950 in advance of the examination.

Recruiter Information:

Elisa Molar