City of Fresno


Onsite - Fresno, CA
$50K - $75K Annually
Application Deadline: 5/23/24

SALARY: $5,121 – $6,222/mo.




An exciting career opportunity awaits you in the Department of Public Utilities, Water Division!

The City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities is currently accepting applications for individuals experienced in the operations and repair of water systems to join their team. The position of Water Quality Specialist for the Water Division is the advanced level class in the Water Quality series. Incumbents perform semiskilled and skilled duties in the testing, sampling, cleaning, maintenance, inspection, repair, installation replacement, surface and groundwater treatment, and operation of the City’s water system infrastructures for the delivery of potable water. The incumbent will be responsible installing, maintaining, and repairing water lines, valves, meters, pressure regulators, pumps and tanks, surface water and groundwater treatment equipment, production equipment, and other water system infrastructures; operating and maintaining wells, reservoirs, and treatment facilities; inspecting residential and commercial service issues. The Water Division manages and operates the City of Fresno’s water system. The City delivers drinking water to about 500,000 urban residential, commercial, and industrial customers over 114 square miles of the City, and many County Islands, within the City’s Sphere of Influence.

One vacancy currently exists in the Water Division of the Department of Public Utilities. Incumbents must be willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays and serve in an after-hours on-call rotation.

Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of three (3) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period for up to a maximum of two years at the City’s discretion. If the examination process is suspended for this recruitment, the eligible list may be limited to three (3) months.



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

3% Salary Increase, effective June 17, 2024

2% Salary Increase, effective December 30, 2024

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



Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure a place on the eligibility list:

Education: High School Diploma or GED completion;


Satisfactory completion of the educational requirements necessary to obtain a valid Water Treatment Operator Certificate, Grade T2, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.


Two (2) years of full-time work experience in the testing, sampling, cleaning, maintenance, inspection, repair installation, replacement, construction, distribution and operation of water systems.


Possession and continued maintenance at time of application of a valid Water Treatment Operator Certificate, Grade T2, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Failure to maintain the valid Water Treatment Operator Certificate, Grade T2 certificate shall be cause for termination from this class.



Eligibles certified for consideration for hire will be required to successfully pass a Department interview and a Department of Justice fingerprint prior to employment with the City of Fresno.

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is required at time of appointment. Candidates considered for hire must provide proof of a valid driver’s license and current copy of their driving record.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid Class “C” California Driver’s License. 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 Certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.



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 terminology, techniques, and practices of water quality maintenance and repair, common tools, materials, and motorized vehicles and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of a water quality system; knowledge of occupational hazards and safety practices and rules and regulations governing water systems surface and groundwater treatment and quality AND the ability to provide lead direction, locate mains, pipes, hydrants, and meters; read quality maps and as-built plans and blueprints, perform simple arithmetic and mathematical computations and establish and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels, including the public.  

Candidates must achieve a passing score to qualify for the eligible list. 

The written examination date is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 17, 2024.



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.



1.   Your document must first be scanned and saved to a computer or thumb drive (save as the “document name”)

2.   Then go to > City of Fresno Jobs > Apply On-Line

3.   Enter the same Login Information (Username & Password) that is going to be used for the job you are applying to

4.   Under the section “My Career Tools” (located towards the top of the page), Select “Cover Letters & Attachments”, and then “Add Attachments” towards the bottom

5.   For Attachment Type, choose the most appropriate option (i.e. “DIPLOMA/TRANSCRIPTS or DD214”)

a.   If you do not see an appropriate choice, you may use “Reference Attachments”. Under Attachment Purpose, you can TYPE a description

6.   Then Select “Add Attachment” and hit the “Browse” button to locate your attachment

7.   Once you have selected your attachment, select “Open”, hit “Upload” and then “Save & Return”

8.   After you confirm your attachment has been uploaded, then proceed to fill out your online application, then add your attachment.



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.



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:

Shoua Thao