Water System Operator

City of Nampa
411 3rd St South, Nampa, Idaho
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Position Salary Range*:
Water Operator I - $19.42 - $26.09/hour
Water Operator II - $21.08 - $28.31/hour
Water Operator Tech III - $22.87 - $31.89/hour

*Starting pay and level are dependent upon licensure and experience.

Department: WATER
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports To: Water Operator System Lead
Travel Required: None
Benefits Eligible: Yes
PERSI Eligible: Yes
Positions Supervised: None
Work Schedule: Generally, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; however, must be able to work flexible and varied hours.

The City of Nampa offers competitive benefits and growth opportunities, including the following for full-time positions in City Government Departments:
· Medical
· Dental
· Vision
· PERSI Retirement Plan, with 11.18% employer contribution
· 401k & 457 Retirement Plans
· 11 Paid Holidays
· Paid Time Off (at least 4 weeks per year)
· Life Insurance with AD&D
· Short-Term Disability
· Long-Term Disability
· Flexible Spending Account
· Employer-Funded HRA VEBA Health Savings
· Wellness Program & Rewards
· Opportunity for student Public Service Loan Forgiveness
· Harward Recreation Center and Golf Membership Discounts
Other Great Benefits!


Performs routine and skilled work in the installation and maintenance of domestic and pressurized irrigation water systems and services; performs other duties as required or assigned.


The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform routine and skilled work in the installation and maintenance of domestic and pressurized irrigation water systems and services. The work is
performed under the supervision and direction of the Water Operations Superintendent, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work
performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with the assigned supervisor, other City employees, State and Federal regulatory agencies, vendors,
contractors, and the public. The principal duties of this class are performed in a water plant environment and at a variety of City services locations with exposure to hazardous chemicals, airborne pathogens,
electrical hazards, construction equipment, below grade hazards, and adverse weather and traffic conditions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)

• Maintains and inspects domestic and non-domestic water line installations, pumps, motors, valves, chemical distribution systems and other distribution lines in a safe and efficient manner and in compliance with City,
State, and Federal rules and regulations.
• Monitors and records daily pump operations, including pump output pressure; chemical use, including chlorine use; and other operational and testing activities; resolves leakage problems or other water customer
service questions; troubleshoots pump, electrical panel, and motor problems, as required.
• Samples water system locations as scheduled, and customer service samples as required; delivers samples to the laboratory for analysis.
• Acts a crew leader in major construction projects within the water system, including but not limited to water line extensions, water main replacement projects and upgrades to the system.
• Assists with maintenance, replacement, and service of existing domestic and non-domestic water services and in the design, modification, and construction of irrigation well stations to improve efficiency, as required. • Performs emergency shut down or repair work on all domestic and non-domestic water systems. Responds in a timely manner to emergency or flood calls to minimize water damage to public and private property
while maintaining compliance with AWWA, State, and EPA standards to prevent contamination. Performs on-call duties on a rotating basis.
• Monitors, repairs, and replaces fire hydrants. • Ensures public and operational safety, including interacting with the public and with other agencies regarding service outages, and road closures.
• Assumes responsibility for other duties as required or assigned, and attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain
current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.

Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
Is punctual and timely in meeting requirements of performance, including attendance standards and work deadlines.
Communicates information and states concerns in a clear and professional manner.
Respects the opinion of others and demonstrates a reasonable relationship with employees, supervisors, and others.
Accepts and performs in a timely and effective manner changes in work assignments and/or how work is performed.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of water production and distribution systems, and of water treatment procedures, testing and regulations. Thorough knowledge of the City's waterworks system strengths and weaknesses, operating pressures, and pump operating ranges. Thorough knowledge of the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system which monitors the waterworks system by computer, including the knowledge and skill to interrupt the data given and develop the way the system operates.

Thorough knowledge of Federal, State and City rules and regulations regarding the safe production and delivery of potable and non-potable water to the public. Thorough knowledge of light, heavy, motorized, and electronic equipment. Thorough knowledge of water treatment practices, chemical dosages, pumping fundamentals, electric motors, and horsepower requirements, flows and pressures, and repair methods to maintain system integrity.

Ability to work with hazardous chemicals and equipment in a safe and proper manner.
Ability to perform accurate water inspections on domestic and non-domestic water systems and services.
Ability to use a laptop computer, and GPS and GIS technology to access system maps, and locate valves.
Ability to use a variety of test equipment to troubleshoot electrical panel problems.
Ability to meet the physical demands of mechanical and labor-intensive duties.
Ability to read and fully comprehend site plans, blueprints, and installation directives.
Ability to operate a variety of construction equipment, both motorized and electronic, in a safe and efficient manner.
Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions, use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions, and prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations. Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Competency Statement(s)

• Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Analytical Thinking - Using a logical reasoning process to break down the work through a situation or problem to arrive at an outcome. Recognizing fundamental elements of a situation, clarifying the situation,
examine the facts, evaluating, interpreting, and integrating solutions.
• Commitment to Safety - Understands, encourages, and carries out the principles of integrated safety management; complies with or oversees the compliance with safety policies and procedures; completes all
required training; takes personal responsibility for safety.
• Customer focus - Ability to take care of the customers" needs while following company procedures.
• Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
• Detail Oriented - Ability to pay meticulous attention to all aspects of a situation or task no matter how small or seemingly unimportant.
• Problem Solving - Ability to identify problems and issues of varying complexities and to find effective solutions for or to deal proactively with work-related problems with few guidelines.
• Stress Tolerance - Performing well when faced with pressure due to time frame, workload, adversity, disappointment, or opposition.
• Teamwork - Ability to work as a productive member of a cohesive group toward a common goal and contributing to team development and effective team dynamics.
• Technical Expertise and Usage - Ability to comprehend complex technical topics and specialized information.
• Acquiring and applying technical and functional knowledge in a technological area of specialty.


Education: High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED): Required

Experience: 4 plus years of experience in inspection, maintenance and/or repair of water production and distribution systems or any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Computer Skills: Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks and the ability and willingness to quickly learn and use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.

Certifications & Licenses: Valid State of Idaho Class a Commercial Driver’s License with Tanker/Combo endorsements Flagging Certification Water Treatment I License Water Distribution I License Water Distribution II License within two (2) years of accepting the position.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The principal duties of this class are performed in a water plant environment and at a variety of city services locations with exposure to hazardous chemicals, airborne pathogens, electrical hazards, construction equipment, below grade hazards, and adverse weather and traffic conditions.

The City of Nampa has a Drug/Alcohol Free Workplace Policy. Any offer of employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test and background check. The City of Nampa is an equal employment opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This position may close prior to the closing date.