Pure Water Plant Operator

County of San Diego
$85,612 - $104,041 Per year CA San Diego Public Utilities Department, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, CA 92123, United States



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.    

Pure Water Plant Operator positions are responsible for daily operations activities of pure water facilities; operate, monitor, and adjust treatment processes equipment within the facility; regulate the flow of water between various stages of the treatment process; conduct special sampling protocols; maintain operating logs; keep records and reports; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Employees in job classifications represented by AFSME Local 127 are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

    4% effective 7/1/24 

    2% effective 1/1/25 

    5% effective 7/1/25

  • In addition to the scheduled general wage increases, the following special salary wage increase is also scheduled to take effect for Pure Water Plant Operators:  

    5% effective 1/1/25

    5% effective 1/1/26

  • Eligible benefited employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply unless otherwise indicated.

CERTIFICATION:  You must possess ONE of the following:

  1. A valid Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate issued from the California State Water Resources Control Board.
  2. A valid Grade T3 Water Treatment Operator's Certification issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. 

LICENSE:A valid California Class C Driver Licenseis required at the time of hire.

  • Possession of a valid Advance Water Treatment Operator Certificate (AWT3) issued from the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA)/California Water Environment Association (CWEA).
  • Previous experience working with advanced water treatment processes.
  • An Associate’s Degree or higher; or an equivalent level Community College certificate program in Water/Wastewater Technology or similar course work.
  • Experience using a Distributed Control System (DCS) (e.g., Emerson Westinghouse).
  • Experience using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  • Experience using a Water/Wastewater Information Management System (e.g., Hach WIMS).
  • Experience using an Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) such as SAP for asset management.
  • Computer skills.


  • Proof of a valid Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate issued from the California State Water Resources Control Board or a valid Grade T3 Water Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate issued from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center:  City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.  Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.   If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 1 -February 21, 2024 (Closing Date Extended)