Water System Worker III (Lead Position)

Public Works
Public Works
Central Valley
Until filled
$22.39-$28.66 Hourly

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Water System Worker III (Lead Position)

($22.39 - $28.66 per hour)


The City of Chowchilla is seeking a Water System Worker III 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


This is the journeyman/lead level in the Water System Worker class series. Under general supervision, operates heavy equipment in safe and professional manner, repairs main breaks, installs water mains, repairs water services and fire hydrants, flushes water mains when necessary, and marks all related areas for USA; and perform related work as required. Incumbents must have a minimum of five years experienced in the repair, maintenance, construction, and operation of a water distribution system. They typically work with minimal guidance and supervision. This class is distinguished form Water System Worker I/II class assignment in that the Water System Worker I/II class assignments are substantially more supervision.


Required: Graduation from high school or equivalent and a minimum of five years of experience as a Water System Worker II or equivalent positions within another water system. Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver’s License. Must obtain and maintain a valid Class “A” 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 III certification.  Must obtain and maintain a valid Backflow Assembly Testers Certification.


Essential functions of the position include:

  • Effect temporary repairs to streets and alleys as needed.
  • Maintain, clean, disinfect, and perform general repairs to wells, and pumping station facilities as required.
  • Properly sets up a job site for safe operations involving but not limited to trench shoring, road closure, arrow board operations and set up coned placement, USA procedures, and other related safety practices.
  • Properly determines appropriate types of valves for different applications as found throughout the City.
  • 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.
  • Insect, 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.

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