City of Seal Beach

Water Operator

Onsite - Seal Beach, CA
$50K - $100K Annually
Application Deadline: 3/11/24


Under general supervision, plans, performs maintenance and repair work of the City’s utility systems and does related work as required.

The Water Operator is an entry-level position. Incumbents learn and perform a variety of semi-skilled duties in the construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of the City’s potable water distribution and distribution, wastewater, stormwater systems, equipment, and facilities. 


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.

  1. Inspects and maintains pump and booster stations and associated equipment; analyzes, treats, monitors, and records water quality; tabulates flow rates to maintain proper reservoir levels; analyzes chlorine residual tests and makes adjustments.
  2. Measures monthly well levels; acquires well samples for lab testing; operates SCADA monitoring equipment.
  3. Performs water meter testing, system meter repairs, and related maintenance; may tabulate flow rates to check for accuracy.
  4. Manages pumping station equipment servicing as needed; services and maintains system pumps and associated apparatus.
  5. Assists with testing and repair or backflow prevention devices according to County regulations.
  6. Performs hydrant flushing program; repairs hydrants and exercises valves.
  7. Handles water quality complaints and records in logbook; provides data for regulatory agency reporting.
  8. Performs pipeline, facility, and related system maintenance; exercises valves; repairs breaks and leaks; monitors blow-off and air relief; marks for Underground Service Alert (USA) tickets; inspects installation of associated infrastructure.
  9. Operates a variety of equipment and tools such as loaders, combination vehicles, backhoes, bobcat, forklift, pneumatic tools, jackhammers, and tampers.
  10. Performs monitoring rounds at station and collection system, and repair as necessary.
  11. Conducts upkeep at water well and reservoir sites; makes repairs to facilities.
  12. Maintains records and logs of daily activities.
  13. Responds to emergency calls as needed.


Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics of water distribution, production, and wastewater collections systems.
  • Construction engineering and maintenance practices related to water and sewer systems.
  • Safety standards related to trenching and construction, water mains, pipe fittings, meters and water storage, treatment, distribution, and pumping facilities.
  • Basic mathematical calculations.
  • Safe and correct handling of water samples for testing.
  • Materials, machinery and tools used in water and sewer work.
  • Traffic delineation techniques.                             

Ability to: 

  • Read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, working drawings, and maps.
  • Analyze and document water quality data.
  • Analyze and compute dosage rates.
  • Demonstrate the safe and efficient operation of equipment, tools, water and sewer equipment.
  • Maintain accurate work records.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, contractors, managers, and general public.


  • One year of experience in water production and distribution and wastewater systems is required.


  • High School graduation or G.E.D. equivalent, supplemented by college coursework or technical training in water quality, treatment, and distribution training and certification in water and sewer maintenance and distribution systems. 


  • Valid Class C California Driver’s License, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance. 
  • Possession of a Grade II Water Distribution Certificate issued by the State of California Heath Department is required.
  • Possession of a Grade II Water Treatment Operator’s certificate issues by the State of California is desirable.
  • CWEA Grade II Wastewater Collections System Certification is desirable.
  • Confined space entry, trenching, and hazardous materials training and certification is required within six months of assignment to this position.


  • Must be available for on-call, stand-by, and emergency call service.

Recruiter Information:

Lauren Barich