WTPO II - Grave/Start

Full Time

Utility Worker CA

San Jose Water is recruiting for a Water Treatment Plant Operator.  Reporting to the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, the Water Treatment Plant Operator is responsible for dependable operation of microfiltration and advanced membrane water treatment plans during an assigned shift.  Duties are performed without immediate supervisor; however, general operating procedures are followed to provide to provide a satisfactory water supply with supervisory personnel called upon in an unusual or emergency situation not covered by standard practices. 

The Company

Founded in 1866, San Jose Water is an investor-owned water utility headquartered in San Jose. SJW Group also owns a water utility serving the rapidly growing 200 square miles between Austin and San Antonio, a water development business, and other interests. SJW’s operations leverage a regional approach, technology, and most importantly, a top-quality team to provide water and exceptional customer service at the lowest possible price.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operates pumps and valves to regulate the flow of water through a treatment plant; determines the rate from appropriate meters, gauges, charts, and visual inspection, with demand for storage and distribution purposes.

  • Performs, records, and reports functions such as maintaining a log of plant operation, tests results, unusual operating conditions and maintenance work.

  • Maintains the plants and all equipment in clean and orderly manner.

  • Uses tools and equipment as required to make limited repairs and adjustments to all equipment as related to a water treatment plant.

  • Receives supplies and insures that they are properly stored.

  • Maintains good communications with supervisory and production operating personnel as related to the treatment plant and its functions.

  • At Treatment Plants; takes samples of water at established times, makes standardized quality control tests and adjusts chemical feeders and other plant equipment as required.

  • Works with a variety of chemicals including sodium hypochlorite, LAS, PAC, sodium permanganate, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, sodium bisulfite, and ACH.

  • Perform duties and operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to use independent judgment and initiative.

  • One year experience at a treatment plant taking water samples at established times, making standardized quality control tests and adjusting chemical feeders and other plant equipment.

Shift Information

10 straight grave shifts, Wednesday through Friday of the following week, (11:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with a paid lunch) followed by 4 days off.

Education and Experience

Completion of the twelfth grade, or its equivalent and one year of progressively responsible system operator experience.  Possession of a valid California DDW Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator Certification.  

Other Requirements

Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.


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San Jose Water offers competitive salaries, a pleasant working environment, and an excellent benefits program, including fully paid comprehensive medical and dental plans, long-term disability plan, employee stock purchase plan, 401(k) salary deferral plan with a matching program and a defined contribution retirement plan. To learn more about San Jose Water’s comprehensive benefits package, please visit the Employee Benefits page.

San Jose Water is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other classification protected by applicable State or Federal employment discrimination laws.