Local recruitment: Water System Manager

Valley of the Moon Water District

Sonoma, CA, USA 🇺🇸


This is a highly responsible management position in the operation and maintenance of the Valley of the Moon Water District water supply system.  Reports directly to the General Manager.  Work involves responsibility for maintaining efficient water service to customers through supervising and coordinating the operation and maintenance of the District’s water distribution and treatment systems and in the construction of new facilities.  An employee of this class exercises independent judgment in accomplishing desired results. Work is performed in accordance with established practices and procedures under the general supervision of the General Manager and reviewed for compliance with desired results.  Supervision is exercised over a group of employees at various skill levels, engaged in operational, maintenance, and construction activities.



Reports directly to the General Manager and provides direct and indirect supervision to all field positions.



Organizes, assigns, and directs the work of supervisory and operational personnel engaged in the operation, maintenance, repair, and construction of water supply systems and pumping plants, reservoirs, aqueducts, service systems, capital projects, and related water system facilities.  Develops estimates of materials and personnel needs for given projects; analyzes utilization of personnel and equipment in an effort to gain full efficiency from both.  Prepares activity summaries and progress reports; maintains time worked and leave records; supervises the maintenance of source documents for job costing; requisitions stock and material required for the operation and maintenance of plant and pipeline; provides input/assists the General Manager in the annual budgeting process.  Directs and participates in the yearly inventory.  Responsible for District’s safety program, emergency response program, Cross Connection Control (CCC) program, water quality monitoring program, and safe disposal of hazardous materials.  Liaison with Sonoma County Water Agency, California Division of Drinking Water and other public utility agencies.  Prepares technical reports as required, including service cost estimates based on review of developer plans. Has responsibility for corporation yard, shop and all equipment, materials, and rolling stock used for day-to-day operation and maintenance of system. Performs related work as required.



Thorough knowledge of:  Methods, materials, tools, and practices used in the operation, maintenance, and construction of a water treatment and distribution system.  Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of water supply, treatment, and distribution.  Working knowledge of construction and maintenance work related to a water treatment and distribution system, including SCADA systems; and knowledge of computers and related computer software, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Ability to:  Plan, organize, assign and supervise the activities of employees at various skill levels, read and write English, and communicate effectively to other employees and the public; prepare requisitions of supplies and materials using basic arithmetic calculations; interpret data to ensure compliance with regulations; perform basic chemical water tests using accepted practices and procedures; prepare complex written reports; establish and maintain effective working relations with District employees, other agency personnel, and the public; may include working weekends and holidays; effectively train others and evaluate the work of subordinates; maintain storage reservoirs at safe and proper levels for short and long-term uses; maintain proper system pressures; use a standard office computer to create reports and make modifications to data base applications where necessary.



Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.  Normally, completion of the twelfth (12th) grade or equivalent and five (5) years of experience in operation and maintenance of a modern water supply system, including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.  Three (3) years of the required experience may be substituted by a bachelor’s degree.

License and Certification:  Shall possess and maintain 1) a valid California Class C driver’s license and safe driving record, 2) a valid Grade 4 or higher Water Distribution Operator Certificate, issued by the State of California, and 3) a valid Grade 2 or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, issued by the State of California. Note: the hiring team will consider applicants with D-3 and T-1 certifications if they have the ability to obtain the required D-4 and T-2 certificates within 18 months of the hire date.

To be obtained within 18 months of hire: 1) First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification issued by the American Red Cross and 2) Cross Connection Control Program Specialist Certificate, issued by the American Water Works Association.

Desirable: Water Conservation Practitioner Certificate issued by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).



The work is performed primarily indoors, but it may be necessary to work outdoors in a variety of weather with exposure to the elements, heavy traffic, noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and airborne particles, noxious odors, grease, oil, cleaning chemicals, solvents, and spills.  Incumbents carry objects weighing up to 90 pounds.  Directing traffic involves making continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.  Operating a forklift or driving vehicles with standard transmission requires coordinating the movement of more than one limb simultaneously.  Various maintenance tasks involve bending or stooping repeatedly or continually over time.  Loading debris tools, equipment, and pipes into trucks and working in trenches requires lifting arms above shoulder level.

Incumbents must be able to respond to audible alarms and other auditory warning devices such as back-up warning devices on trucks.  Duties often include walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.  Checking USA markouts before digging requires the ability to discriminate among colors.  Operating a backhoe requires making fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of a control mechanism.  Assignments include work in small, cramped areas such as trenches.  Incumbents may be assigned to weekend shifts or may be called out for emergency work at night, on weekends, or holidays.

The hiring salary is $10,285/month. Potential for advancement up to $12,502/month exists dependent on performance within the organization. Salary is supplemented by an attractive benefit package that includes CalPERS retirement.




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