Job Details

Union Sanitary District
  • Position Number: 3172092
  • Location: Union City, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Plant Operator III Trainee – Limited Duration

$42.72 – $68.34 Hourly
$7,404.80 - $9,510.28 Monthly
$88,857.60 - $142,147.20 Annually
Excellent Benefits
(Note: When working the Night Shift, a 12% Shift Differential will be added to the above salary range.)

Final Filing Date: Wednesday, 7/20/2022, 12:00 p.m.

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.

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Are you looking for a place to grow and develop your skills, to have the opportunity to do meaningful work and serve your community? Come join us!

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 offers careers with a great work/life balance. We are proud of our diverse workforce of professionals. We currently have an opportunity for two (2)Plant Operator III Trainees, Limited Duration(PO III Trainee LD) to join our Treatment and Disposal Services Team (TD). These fully-benefited positions are for a long-term, limited duration which is expected to be 7-10 years.

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About the Job

Through a team-based organizational structure, the District is committed to be a competitive leader in the wastewater industry. To this end, the District has adopted a culture focused on customer service, continuous improvement, high employee involvement in decision-making, and employee growth and professional development. The District is currently seeking motivated, self-starters to fill one full-time Plant Operator III Trainee position.

This is an entry-level or continuing professional advancement position, depending on qualifications. Incumbents 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.

ThePO III Trainee LD 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.

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.
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 SWRCB Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator exam within 18 months.
Must obtain certification (see link below), meet training milestones, and demonstrate the competencies of Plant Operator III within 24 months.

PO IIITrainees must:
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.

Additional Information
The Details (Important Application Information)

Applicants must apply online at byWednesday, July 20, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

Candidates who are best qualified will be invited to a virtual Online Written Exam on Monday, July 25, 2022 – Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Candidates whose scores qualify them for further consideration will be invited to Virtual Oral Panel Interviews, to be held on Monday, August 15, 2022

Finalist Interviewswill be held at the District on Monday, August 22, 2022.

We 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 12 paid holidays per year.
Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Life Insurance paid by the District.
Alternative Work Week Schedule.
Deferred Compensation Plan with matching funds.
Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.
This position is a member of Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021.

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

Before appointment to the position the candidates must pass a criminal background check, including Live Scan fingerprinting, references and a pre-employment physical.

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.

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