Local recruitment: Operations Liaison

Valley Water

California, USA 🇺🇸

Description Treatment Plant Process & Commissioning Unit (Position Code 0942) 
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting) 

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to work within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date. 

This position requires the individual to be onsite and is typically not a teleworking position.

Are you looking to make a difference in your community by ensuring that over 1.9 million people are provided a reliable, clean, and environmentally sustainable water supply? Valley Water is looking for a highly talented and motivated Operations Liaison to join the Treatment Plant Process & Commissioning Unit.

The Operations Liaison provides process and commissioning support to treatment plant and treated water pipeline projects. This position will serve as the subject matter expert on treatment technology, process and equipment used in water treatment and distribution systems, provide input and coordination in all phases of plant operation projects, represent the interests of the operations unit, and perform a variety of tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide operations and water treatment related input and recommendations during all phases of a project (planning, design, construction, start up and commissioning). 
  • Provide timely review and comments on submittals and request for information (RFI) relevant to operations such as, but not limited to, construction scheduling, training, plant/process outage and tie-in planning.
  • Assign and coordinate review of relevant documents by operations staff.
  • Lead or coordinate the creation of shutdown/startup plans and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a planned construction tie in and/or commissioning of a treatment plant equipment or process. 
  • Participate and assist with the creation and review of process and/or equipment start up and commissioning acceptance criteria and procedures such as checklists, test plans and templates.
  • Attend project related meetings and communicate and coordinate with all stakeholders (management, operations, maintenance, project manager, construction manager, contractor, etc.) regarding active or planned construction activities to minimize and/or prevent impact to plant operations.
  • Work closely with maintenance counterpart(s) to troubleshoot operations-related construction challenges, provide solutions and recommendations to resolve the identified operations/treatment process related challenges.
  • May perform journey and/or advanced journey-level work, as necessary, in a class in the Water Plant Operator series.

Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Six (6) years of water treatment plant operations and maintenance experience at a T-4 or higher plant.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Read and interpret construction and equipment plans, drawings, sketches, and specifications.
  • Plan, organize, assign, review, and evaluate construction project related documents, train others in work procedures.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate plant construction and equipment maintenance programs.
  • Develop and coordinate occupational health and safety programs.
  • Interpret and apply Valley Water policies and procedures.
  • Identify problems, research, and analyze relevant information, develop, and present recommendations and justification for solution.
  • Maintain a variety of records and logs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all contacted in the course of work.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Current and pending water treatment standards, regulations, and laws.
  • State and federal regulations pertaining to the operation of a T-5 rated water treatment plant, including reporting procedures and requirements.
  • Principles, practices, equipment, materials, and tools used in the operation of a treated water and recycled water facilities and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of water treatment process engineering.
  • Operational characteristics of mechanical equipment and chemical feed systems for water treatment plants.
  • Operational characteristics and preventive maintenance of piping systems, including pipes, valves, and related appurtenances.
  • Occupational health and safety programs.
  • Water quality assurance and laboratory procedures.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by six (6) quarter units in chemistry and six (6) quarter units in math from an accredited college. Required License or Certificate

  • Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator (T4) certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. 

To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader) 
Selection Process (1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.   
Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.