Water System Worker I & II

Public Works
Public Works
Central Valley
$17.52-$25.38 Hourly

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Water System Worker I ($17.52 - $22.42 per hour)

Water System Worker II ($19.82 - $25.38 per hour)


The City of Chowchilla is seeking a Water System Worker I and II to assist in the operation and maintenance of the City’s water distribution system, including pumps, mains, chlorinators, meters, and other equipment; and do related work as required on an assigned shift, under general supervision of the Utilities Systems Supervisor and/or Director of Public Works.




Application materials can be mailed (postmarks not accepted) or hand-delivered to Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. Second St., Chowchilla, CA 93610, or emailed to

Ideal Candidate



The Water System Worker I is the entry-level class in the Water System Worker Series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities. Initially, under immediate supervision, incumbents perform more routine and less complex assignments within an established procedural framework where there are minimal consequences of error, including meter reading and customer service work. Incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of assigned duties. This classification is alternatively staffed with Water System II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher-level class.

Required: Graduation from high school or equivalent and minimum of one year of experience in operation, testing, maintenance, repair, and construction of water distribution and pumping system. Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver’s License. Must obtain and maintain a valid Class “B” Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements within 12 months of employment. Must obtain and maintain a valid State of California Department of Health Services Water Distribution Operator Grade I certification within 18 months of employment. 

Essential functions of the WSW I position include:

  • Performs meter reading, inspection, maintenance and customer service oriented work related to the water distribution system; performs underground water system maintenance work.
  • Read meters, records readings; re-read meters as necessary; either manually or by radio-read equipment; investigates unusual readings and customer complaints regarding, taste and odor, pressure and related problems; resolves problems or prepares work orders for follow up.
  • Inspects meters and lines for damage or leaks; install and exchanges water meters; repairs minor leaks; replaces meter lids; reports inoperative or damaged meters, bypassed meters and related problems; clears or reports meters obstructed by landscaping.
  • Install service lines, meters and related appurtenances; performs varied facility maintenance work as required; performs a variety of heavy physical work in the installation, maintenance and repair of water distribution and other underground lines.
  • Disconnects services; prepares incident reports; leaves delinquency notices at residences.
  • May participate in organizational and community group meetings; address and responds to service questions, inquiries and complaints; provides information to customer or refers to others as appropriate; maintains good public relations; notifies customer as required.
  • Operates city vehicles; inspects and fuels vehicles and performs minor maintenance; orders parts and supplies.
  • Observes safe work methods and safety precautions.
  • Established positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.
  • May be required to respond to after-hours emergency conditions.



This is the second level in the Water System Worker class series. To effectively manage the operations of the water system, it is essential to have certified and highly skilled personnel assigned to perform routine and scheduled field maintenance, repairs and replacements to the storage, water wells, pumping and distribution facilities. Incumbents perform a variety of maintenance, operations, and repair work on the city’s water distribution system. This class is distinguished from the Water System Worker III in that Water System Worker III class assignments are performed with substantially less supervision and guidance. It is distinguished from Water System Worker I by performing more work that is complex and requiring higher level of certification. There is considerable similarity in assignments between Water System Worker I and II, with the skill and knowledge differences based on the certification level required of incumbents.

Required: Graduation from high school or equivalent and a minimum of two years of experience as a Water System Worker I or equivalent positions within another water system. Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.

Must obtain and maintain a valid Class “B” Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements within 12 months of employment. Must obtain and maintain a valid State of California Department of Health Services Water Distribution Operator Grade II certification.  Must obtain and maintain a valid Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification.

Essential functions of the position include:

  • Maintain, clean, disinfect, and perform general repairs to wells, and pumping station facilities as required.
  • Routinely maintain, clean, wash disinfect and perform general repairs to sampling stations.
  • Monitor, adjust, calibrate, and repair disinfection equipment as required.
  • Flush dead end mains, inspect, and maintain fire hydrants.
  • Recover special water quality samples, as required.
  • Install, cut, fit, lay, repair water mains, clean, flush, and disinfect water mains and appurtenances.
  • Inspect, test, operate and maintain valves and related water distribution equipment, as needed.
  • Locate and verify underground utilities and determines if utilities are in conflict with the water system. Contact and coordinate activities with the outside agency to avoid damage.
  • Operate and maintain heavy equipment such as backhoes, loaders, cranes, trenchers and dump trucks.
  • Identify, locate, and mark buried water distribution piping and facilities.
  • Maintain a variety of records and reports related to the operations of the water system.
  • Prepare and complete Work Orders.
  • Assists and trains less experienced staff, as required.
  • Conduct inspections for violations related to use of water.
  • Turn on/off water services. Read and record meter readings.
  • Perform minor plumbing work as requested.
  • Recover water samples and perform water quality tests, as required.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate reports and records.
  • Respond to emergency conditions on a 24-hour basis, including holidays.
  • Perform a wide range of physically demanding and strenuous task including entering of confined spaces.


Full Time Benefits Include:

Holidays - The City recognizes 11 days each calendar year plus 1 floating holiday.  

Vacation - Employees receive 12 days of vacation per year for the first three years of employment.  This increases in increments to a maximum of 30 days for 25+ years of employment with maximum accrual caps for each increments.

Sick Leave - 3.70 hours earned per pay period with no maximum accrual cap. 

Retirement - Depending on your CalPERS history, 2%@60 in which employee pays a portion of; or, 2%@62 in which employee pays entire share.  The City does not participate in Social Security.  

Health Insurance - Employee pays a portion for employee and dependent coverage of medical, dental, health and life insurance.  

Medicare - City pays 1.45% of salary; employee pays 1.45% of salary.

SDI - 1% of salary paid by employee.

Deferred Compensation - CalPERS 457 Deferred Compensation program is available for employee participation.

Additional - Longevity pay based on years of service; uniform and boot allowance; City pays all state mandated training and licenses. 

Special Instructions

Selection Procedure:

Candidates must submit application materials that include a complete and signed employment application , DMV print-out, and copies of the required certificates listed under the PREREQUISITES in the Job Description. The materials can be mailed (postmarks not accepted) or hand-delivered to Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. Second St., Chowchilla, CA 93610, or emailed to You can also submit an application through CalOpps at Www.CalOpps.Org

Candidates considered to be best qualified based on the information provided will move forward in the recruitment process. The applicant who is ultimately chosen for the position will have to pass a background check, drug test and physical exam.

An employment application can be downloaded from the City of Chowchilla web site at, or a print version is available at Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S Second St., Chowchilla, CA 93610, or by calling (559) 665-8615 Extension 102.

The City of Chowchilla is an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, age, marital status, medical condition, or disability. The City of Chowchilla makes reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you require special accommodations in the testing process, you must inform the City of Chowchilla in writing prior to the testing. Applicants that request such accommodations must document their request with an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations required.

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