City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD)

Water Utility Worker I

Onsite - San Bernardino, CA
Application Deadline: 4/28/24



Under general supervision, to perform entry level unskilled and semi-skilled work in one of the following areas: construction and maintenance of pipelines and water services; construction work assisting others in the fabrication and assembly of various utility water projects; and in testing, replacement, and installation of water meters; perform and assist in semi-skilled and skilled painting work, including sandblasting, cleaning and recoating interiors and exteriors; and to perform related work as required.



The class of Water Utility Worker I is the entry level in the Water Utility Worker series. Supervision is received from the Water Utility Supervisor and direction is received from the Water Utility Lead Worker. Incumbents perform the more routine tasks and duties and must be thoroughly familiar with the proper use of hand tools and have some knowledge of skilled crafts and mechanical procedures. In the course of duties, incumbents are expected to increasingly develop a breadth and depth of knowledge and skill that leads to full proficiency in one or more of the following areas: construction mechanic trade; the construction and maintenance of pipelines and water services; and the testing of water meters at a basic level. As knowledge and skill is gained through on the job experience, certifications and satisfactory proficiency demonstrated, incumbents in this class may reasonably expect to be placed on an eligibility list for Water Utility Worker II.  


Education:      Graduation from high school or GED/equivalent,



Experience:     One (1) year of experience in water system construction installation and maintenance or repair is highly desirable.


Certificates:     Must have and maintain a valid California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Water Distribution Operator Grade 1 certificate.   Must submit a copy of the required SWRCB Water Distribution Operator Grade 1 certification at the time of application.


Possession of a valid California Class “C” driver’s license required upon application. For out of state applicants, a valid driver’s license is required and a valid California Class “C” driver’s license must be obtained within ten (10) days of appointment (CA Vehicle Code 12505c).


An employee within this classification may be designated as a “key responder” and as such shall be required to respond to non-normal working hour emergency operational conditions.

Must be clean shaven or have trimmed facial hair in order to properly use personal respirators and SCBA equipment. Must pass a respirator medical exam and be physically able to wear SCBA equipment. Must be able to work in enclosed spaces while wearing protective clothing under extreme temperatures and hazardous environment.



Work involves exposure to potential physical harm, hazardous chemicals and infectious disease including smoke, fumes, gas, treated water, high frequency noise, dirt, dust, grease, oil, chemicals, solvents and toxic agents. Incumbents need to be able to tolerate unpleasant odors, wet conditions and uncomfortable climatic conditions. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, crawl, climb and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.

Incumbents require sufficient mobility to work in a field setting in varying weather conditions, to operate hand tools and mechanical and motorized equipment, to transport materials and supplies weighing up to 75 pounds and to travel to various locations. Must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction with vision sufficient to see color and read small print as well as distance. Must be able to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Current vacancy exists in the Distribution Service and Repair section of the Water Utility Division.

Salary: $27.6645 to $35.4129 hourly

Apply online at:

Recruitment opens 4/1/2024 and closes 4/28/2024

EEO/ADA (909)453-6091

Recruiter Information:

Janice Reins