WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR

Recruitment #1708-4053-001

Introduction

 

The Tucson Water Department is seeking an experienced operator to be part of the Water Operations Section of the Water Quality & Operations Division. This section is responsible for the central control operations of the potable and reclaimed water distribution systems.

Rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays are mandatory. This position is classified as Safety Sensitive and is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.

General Description

Operates, monitors, and controls water treatment facilities, distribution systems, and related equipment. Makes necessary adjustments to ensure appropriate water supply, quality and pressure, and to maintain the integrity of the water system.

Essential Functions

Monitors treatment plants recharge basins, and distribution systems by operating systems from the control room, making repair and operation decisions, responding to alarms and emergencies, performing facility checks for any unusual operations, monitoring and conducting, and controlling equipment associated with production, distribution, potable and non-potable water systems by dispatching maintenance personnel.

Monitors and operates various facilities by reading and adjusting levels, calculating rates, opening and closing gates and valves, operating and controlling pumps, recording meter readings and analyzing and adjusting plant flow requirements.

Schedules and tracks personnel, generates reports, extracts data from reports, stores and archives data, creates hard copies of data, handles customer complaints and maintains logbooks.

Collects and analyzes data by collecting samples for analysis, reading meters and monitors, writing forms, performing lab analyses on samples for various parameters, determining when or if process changes are necessary and calibrating lab instruments and chemical pumps.

Coordinates activities with appropriate agencies during emergencies affecting the water system such as fires or power outages.

Receives customer telephone calls regarding water system problems and water quality concerns and responds with appropriate action. Prepares written reports and responds to claims.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years operating water treatment facilities and distribution systems

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Grade 2 Certification or equivalent state certification

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Water Distribution Grade 2 Certification or equivalent state certification

Valid and Unrestricted D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

ADEQ Grade 3 certification in Water Treatment AND ADEQ Grade 3 certification in Water Distribution are required within 12 months of hire. Failure to obtain both certifications will result in failure of probation and employment will be terminated effective immediately.

Applicants with water certifications from other states will be accepted only if the certification is eligible for reciprocity. However, applicants are required to check with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regarding reciprocity eligibility/requirements.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:  

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview 

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may email your documentation to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov or submit your documentation at the Oral Board interview. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-791-4241 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Respirator Physical

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.



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