Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I - Collection Systems (Full Time & Temporary)

Public Works
San Francisco/Peninsula
10/1/2019 at 5pm or until 200 applicants
$31.40-$44.48 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.



The City of Pacifica is currently recruiting for Collection Systems, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators.

This recruitment is being conducted to establish an eligible list for full-time, regular candidates and full-time, temporary (limited term) candidates. There is currently an opening for a temporary, benefited position. This position is anticipated to last approximately 6 months.

The City of Pacifica is a beautiful coastal community, just south of San Francisco with an exciting opportunity for Wastewater Operators. Currently, the City of Pacifica Public Works Department is recruiting for Wastewater Operators to join our team! The level at which an individual is hired will be dependent on the applicant's qualifications, work experience and certifications.

At the City of Pacifica, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. To us, equal opportunity employment is not just about compliance, it’s about who you are, how you can help our City and who you want to be. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and residents.



Under general supervision or direction, the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I - Collections Systems is responsible for the overall operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant – Collections System, which includes the repair and maintenance of a variety of machinery, equipment and the Wastewater Treatment Plant facilities.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs operation and maintenance on sanitary sewer pump station.
  • Responds to service requests regarding clogged mainline stoppages, mainline breaks, manholes and related structures.
  • Performs mechanical work in repairing and installing equipment.
  • Operates compressor, air gun tamper, backhoe and other related construction tools.
  • May undertake minor carpentry, plumbing, cement work and electrical.
  • Performs general grounds maintenance work, sweeping, sanding, painting.
  • Maintains routine and daily records.


The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the basic types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

Ideal Candidate

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I (Collection Systems)


One (1) year of experience in collections systems maintenance/underground construction and/or mechanical maintenance.


Graduation from high school or equivalent. 


Possession of a Wastewater Collection System Maintenance Certificate Grade I issued by the California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) at time of appointment is highly desirable. This position will be required to obtain one within the first twelve (12) months of employment. 

This position will be required to obtain a Class A or Class B driver’s license within six (6) months of employment and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under the D.O.T. regulations.  Possession of a commercial driver’s license at time of appointment is highly desirable.

Physical Demands

Will work in adverse weather conditions that require exposure to wind, rain, and cold temperatures; work in an atmosphere that often involves noxious odors, noise gases, and contact with wastewater.    

Must be willing to report to work at any time during an emergency and work an irregular work schedule.


This is a limited term, full- time, 40 hours per week position. The current vacancy is for a temporary (limited term), full-time position. The position is anticipated to last 6 months. The work schedule for the current vacancy is anticipated to be Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.



The City's comprehensive benefits package includes:

Holidays: Thirteen (13) days per year.

Vacation: From 11 to 27 days per year, depending on length of service.

Sick leave: Accrual is one day per month, with no limit on accrual.

Retirement: Depends on duration of assignment. 

Insurance:  The City provides its employees with a medical  insurance allowance that allows employees to purchase medical insurance through either Teamsters Union #856 Health and Welfare or CalPERS medical benefits plan. Some plans require employee contributions.   Employees with proof of qualifying health insurance coverage through another group health plan may qualify for a "Health In-Lieu Payment" when declining city coverage.

The City contributes toward a dental insurance plan and vision plan for employee and all eligible dependents.

The City pays premiums for:

·         Life insurance premium in the amount of $30,000.

·         Long term disability insurance (to begin sixty days after onset of non-work-related illness or injury).

Deferred Compensation Plan: Employees may participate in a pre-tax retirement savings plan.

Special Instructions


Interested candidates must submit a completed online employment application in  Resumes in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.  Applications can be obtained on-line at


Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Applicants will be screened to the most qualified. Applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to an oral interview panel exam. Applicants passing the exam interview will be placed on an eligible list established for this recruitment which will be used to fill our current openings as well as any future openings for the life of the eligible list.




The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations.


Recruitment Opens: September 9, 2019

Recruitment Closes: October 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM PDT

Examination: October 16, 2019 

Department Interviews: Week of October 28, 2019   


Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.


Upon conditional offer, this position will be required to pass a background check which includes but is not limited to a pre-employment physical and drug test.

Recruitment Contact

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