Plant Operator III Trainee

  • Union Sanitary District
  • Union, California
  • Jan 08, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $79,996.80 - $127,982.40 Annually

Job Description


Final Filing Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Written Exam to be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

This posting will remain open until 120 applications have been received or until the deadline, whichever occurs first. Please apply as soon as possible to ensure your application is received.

If you are looking for a place to grow and develop your skills, want to have the opportunity to do meaningful work and serve your community, come see why USD employees have an average tenure of 10+ years. USD offers careers with a great work/life balance. We are proud of our diverse workforce of professionals. We currently have an opportunity for a Plant Operator III Trainee (PO III Trainee) for our 24/7 wastewater treatment facility.

Union Sanitary District (USD) is an award-winning, innovative, independent special district formed in 1918 providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to the residents and businesses in the Tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County (south-eastern Bay Area). USD is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through the fulfillment of our Mission Statement, "To safely and responsibly collect and treat wastewater, and to recover resources from process waste streams, while protecting human health and improving the environment in a way that benefits the Tri-Cities and all USD stakeholders."

Examples of Duties

About the Job
This is an entry-level or continuing professional advancement position, depending on qualifications. PO III Trainees learn to assist and/or independently perform basic plant operator duties, and then advance to the technical lead (Plant Operator III) wastewater plant operator level. Under general supervision in a team environment, the PO III Trainee learns and assists in the operation, inspection, and maintenance of wastewater pumping stations and treatment plants; adjusts, services, and maintains equipment at the facilities; performs related work as required and other duties as assigned.

The PO III Trainee must obtain a State Water Resources Control Board (SCWRB) Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's license within 18 months and achieve proficiency and advance to Plant Operator III within 24 months. The PO III has advanced technical skills, knowledge, and certification. The PO III is the designated-operator-in-charge for a specific work period, which includes ensuring the turnover of information between shifts. To learn more about the duties and responsibilities of a Plant Operator III click here .

An employment list is being established from which we expect to fill future vacancies. Shift assignments are based on seniority. Historically, less senior employees work the night shift and receive 12% differential which is addition to the posted pay range. Applicants may be required to work different shifts, depending on the needs of the District.

PO IIITrainees will:
  • Learn to and perform the following:
    • Accurately observe and record operating conditions, take necessary actions, and make process control decisions;
    • read and interpret a variety of meters, gauges and charts;
    • follow laboratory sampling and testing procedures; and
    • make mathematical calculations related to the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
Perform rou­tine maintenance and cleaning of machinery, structures, equipment and piping requiring knowledge of elementary mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic principles. Work with decreasing supervision while accepting increasing responsibility. Work safely in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and District policies and actively participate in the team and District safety programs. Follow oral and written instructions; communicate work-related information in writing. Communicate effectively, listen, work collaboratively, be adaptable to changing work needs, and demonstrate leadership abilities. Use a personal computer and learn a variety of computer programs. Work shifts, up to twelve hours long, and weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed. Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; and work in dirty conditions and in and around sewage. Meet the on-call requirements of the District, including the ability to arrive on-site within 2 hours when called, and to remain within 120-mile radius of the plant while on-call to comply with the response time requirement. Have physical characteristics to perform the work, including sufficient strength to lift up to 50 pounds and sufficient stamina to walk several miles per shift and climb stairs.May be required to be clean-shaven to wear respiratory protection equipment. Advance to Plant Operator III within 24 months of appointment.


About You
Applicants qualify by meeting the requirements of at least one of the options below:

Option A. Must have minimum of AA degree or 60 college semester units including 15 semester unit of basic science courses.
Option B. Must have high school diploma or equivalent and 16 educational points directly related to wastewater treatment and two years' experience as wastewater treatment plant operator.
Option C. Must possess minimum SWRCB Grade I Wastewater Operator Certification .

As a condition of continued employment:
  • Must pass the SWRCBGrade IIIWastewater Treatment Plant Operator exam within 18 months.
  • Must obtain certification (see link below), meet training milestones, and demonstrate the competencies of Plant Operator IIIwithin 24 months.

Additional Information

Excellent Benefits
We also offer an excellent benefits package including:
  • CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. (If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 by pension reform law.)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance substantially paid for by the District for the employee and family.
  • Two weeks' vacation per year (increasing with longevity); and 13 paid holidays per year.
  • STD, LTD and Life Insurance paid by the District.
  • Alternative Work Week Schedule dependent on needs of the workgroup.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan with Matching Funds.
  • Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.
  • The PO III Trainee position is covered by the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021 (SEIU), Memorandum of Understanding.

The Details (otherwise known as Important Application Information)

Apply online only at by Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to a Written Exam on Thursday, February 6, 2020. (The exam will be given ONLY on this date.)

Applicants meeting the minimum qualification are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination process. This job announcement is meant only as a general descriptive guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Based upon the score received on the Written Exam and review of application materials, applicants chosen to move forward in the recruitment process will be invited to a Qualifications Appraisal Interview on either Wednesday, February 12, 2020or Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Finalist Interviews will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

You will be contacted through all phases of this recruitment via EMAIL so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results throughout the exam process. Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct before submitting your application.

Finalists must provide references. Before appointment to the position, the selected candidate must pass driver insurability and criminal background checks, and successfully complete pre-employment physical exam.

Candidates must meet the on-call requirements of the District, including the ability to arrive on-site within 2 hours when called, and to remain within a 120-mile radius of the plant while on-call to comply with the response time requirement.

Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Union Sanitary District are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local, or your own community.

Accommodation: Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing upon submittal of application.

Union Sanitary District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

Closing Date/Time: 1/26/2020 4:00 PM Pacific