San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Water Systems Operator II

Onsite - San Bernardino, CA
Application Deadline: 6/28/24


Join our dynamic team as a Water Systems Operator II and make an impact in the San Bernardino Valley! We seek a dedicated professional with a Class California A Driver License who embodies our core values of trustworthiness, drive, collaboration, and innovation. In this role, you will be responsible for the preventative maintenance, installation, and repair of our water distribution systems, ensuring the efficient operation of water transmission pipelines and associated equipment.

Your expertise will contribute to the reliability and safety of our water infrastructure, fostering a collaborative environment where new ideas and solutions thrive. If you approach work from a problem-solving point of view, have a growth mindset and are passionate about water systems, we invite you to apply and be part of our mission to provide exceptional service to our community.

We currently have one (1) vacancy and require qualified applicants to possess a current Class A license with Tanker Endorsement, and the ability to maintain it throughout the course of employment. This recruitment is limited to the first 100 applicants. The recruitment will close once that number is reached or on the posted closing date, whichever occurs first. Recruitment will open on Sunday June 9, 2024.



Under direct or general supervision, the Water Systems Operator II performs preventative maintenance, installation, and repair of water distribution equipment and facilities, operates water transmission pipelines and related components, and performs other assigned duties.

This journey-level role involves responding to emergencies to ensure quick and effective solutions, coordinating with contractors on-site. 

Supplemental Information:

  • Incumbent is At-Will
  • This position is expected to work overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays as required to accommodate the needs of Valley District, in addition to responding as a Disaster Emergency Service Worker.
  • Successful candidates must be able to meet the recall timeframe of 30 minutes. 
  • Overtime eligible.
  • Travel within the region is required.
  • Successful candidate will be required to pass a background check, and medical screening, including drug test, in accordance with DOT regulations.

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 being performed by this position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this role. 

  1.  Operate the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control pump stations, turnouts, turbines, generators, and flow systems. Adjust water flows to meet schedules for reservoir levels, irrigation schedules and system demands; monitor and respond to alarms and potential pump station shutdowns. 
  2. Perform routine and preventative maintenance of pipeline and recharge facilities, and exercise valves, air vacs, blow offs, hydrants, and other associated appurtenances. 
  3. Perform routine inspection of pumping facilities, turnouts, reservoirs, turbines, generators, and other facilities. Reports actual and potential problems to management; performs maintenance as needed. 
  4. Prepare flow and reservoir calculations. 
  5. Perform general maintenance such as grounds maintenance, weed abatement, landscaping and janitorial duties, some of which require heavy manual labor and/or use of chemicals, including carpentry, cement work, paint and graffiti removal.
  6.  Coordinate work of contractors on site; train, assign and review the work of Water Systems Operator I or other technical staff; and may recall other employees in cases of emergency.
  7. Use and care of a variety of hand tools, vehicles and equipment.
  8. Complete work orders within the designated system.
  9. Maintain logs, records and files in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations and Valley District policy and expectations. 
  10. On assigned route, read water meters, record accurate readings, report meter and service defects, unusual water flows or unauthorized water usage. 
  11. Investigate Underground Service Alerts and public complaints.
  12. Attend safety meetings, report all workplace accidents, potential safety violations or infractions to management. 
  13. Other duties as assigned


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, along with the specific licenses/certifications. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent


  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a Water Systems Operator I with San Bernardino Valley or an equivalent role with another agency; experience must include operation of large diameter water transmission pipelines. Experience operating heavy equipment is highly desirable.
  • 5 years of experience, including operation of heavy equipment, is highly desirable


  • Possession of a California Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator Certificate and a California Grade 1 Water Treatment Operator Certificate. A California Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of a valid California class “A” driver’s license, with Tanker Endorsement upon hire and maintain throughout the duration of employment with San Bernardino Valley . Must maintain insurability under the San Bernardino Valley insurance policy. 



Recruiter Information:

Karen Resendez