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Utility Worker

Non-Exempt (Hourly) – General Bargaining Unit (Union)

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

2024 SALARY Schedule
Step I Step II Step III Step IV Step V
$35.56 $37.34 $39.21 $41.17 $43.22

Final filing deadline: Open until filled

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


The Utility Woker fulfills various aspects of maintenance operations. Under supervision, perform unskilled and semi-skilled work consisting of repair, cleaning, operation, modification, inspection, replacement, and maintenance of structures and related utility equipment; perform protective coating of equipment and civil structures such as water and chemical supply lines, safety barriers and pumps; monitor and maintain pipe and valve vault installations. Perform skilled and semi-skilled tasks such as carpentry, assist with electrical conduit and structures, welding, plumbing, painting, masonry, concrete placements, and finishing; operate, service, and make adjustments to light, medium and heavy equipment, such as trucks, loaders, skid steers, cranes, boats, and other equipment. Application of pesticides and herbicides in accordance with Federal, State, and local agency regulations. The ideal candidates are problem solvers, adapt to new situations and can work both independently and in a team environment. Additionally, they will possess an interest in learning new skills. Incumbents work under supervision of the Operations Supervisor.

  • Construct, paint, maintain, clean, repair and inspect District’s water treatment facilities and distribution system including crawling, climbing and entering a variety of facilities and structures.
  • Operate various construction and maintenance equipment, including hands tools, vehicles, forklifts, light, medium and heavy equipment as required
  • Research and procure necessary parts for repairs or replacement
  • Communicate with contractors, vendors, and District staff for facility repairs and maintenance functions
  • Complete restoration work including painting, interior plumbing, and HVAC inspections on water treatment facilities to District standards.
  • Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, facilities and tools.
  • Install or assist with installation of new pumps, motors, control valves, and facility operating equipment as necessary under general or limited supervision.
  • Performs a variety of basic reports and records relating to equipment used and tasks assigned.
  • Performs a variety of heavy physical work in addition to the general maintenance responsibilities, including digging and backfilling trenches, clearing of brush, limbs, and trees for right-of-way and facilities access.
  • Installs and lays pipelines and conduits under general and limited supervision, cut and fit pipes, backfill trenches, and performs other tasks incidental to repair and maintenance.
  • Performs confined space entry safety watches.
  • Reads and interprets schematics, shop manuals, blueprints, and plans in the performance of work assignments.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform routine cleaning of potable water tanks
  • Conduct routine inspections and maintain records of eye wash stations, fire extinguishers and ladders
  • Perform annual backflow prevention assembly testing and calibration
  • Performs maintenance and minor repairs to irrigation and other landscaping systems
  • Check fuel or water sight glass/gauge to determine fluid levels on tools, machines or equipment (hydraulic, lubricating, fuel, cooling, ) and perform preventive maintenance on a variety of tools, equipment or machinery
  • Participate in the installation, maintenance, and repair of potable water distribution systems including: line repair, replacement, flushing, disinfecting, testing, pipe cutting, service, ARVs, and valve installation, replacement, and exercising.
  • Perform duties as requested by Operations Supervisor
  • Performs a variety of incidental support duties such as assisting in other operations as needed

    The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

    Knowledge of:

    • General construction and maintenance materials, procedures and equipment used in construction, repair, maintenance, inspection and cleaning of water treatment, irrigation, and water conveyance facilities.
    • Operation and general maintenance of construction and maintenance equipment such as trucks, loaders, skid steers, cranes, boats and other related equipment.
    • Servicing and minor maintenance of hand tools and small power tools.
    • The function and capabilities of common machine tools and equipment
    • Safety precautions and practices necessary in working with hand tools and mechanical equipment.
    • Preventive maintenance and safety practices and techniques.
    • Commonly used desktop computer software, including spreadsheets, word processing, and databases.

    Ability to:

    • Perform a variety of basic labor, unskilled and semiskilled work in construction, repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, structures, and confined spaces, tanks, and related facilities.
    • Operate, service and maintain a variety of construction and maintenance equipment used to repair and maintain water treatment related facilities.
    • Operate construction and specialized equipment and perform basic tasks
    • Use a variety of hand and power tools.
    • Identify and solve equipment related problems.
    • Use basic hand tools.
    • Follow written and oral instructions.
    • Learn to diagnose and repair mechanical problems
    • Learn to perform basic electrical repair and installation work (no terminations)
    • Maintain accurate records of work performed
    • Read and write at a level required for successful job performance.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

    Education and Experience Guidelines: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


    • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Ideal candidates will have supplemental technical courses in mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, water technology, or a closely related field or background.


    • Four years of varied construction or maintenance experience in any combination of functions such as maintenance carpentry, pipe fitting, painting, welding, plumbing, concrete, or electrical work, and which must have included one year of experience operating light, medium or heavy maintenance or construction equipment.
    • A background in general construction, equipment operation, weed abatement, utility work, pump repair and demonstrated interest in water treatment or distribution are highly desirable.

    License or Certificate:

    The holder of this position must posses a valid, appropriate California operator’s license and maintain a clean driving record at all times; provide evidence of a clean driving record before beginning employment, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents.

    • Possession of a Class A license may be required.
    • California State Water Distribution Operator II certification is required within 12 months
    • Backflow prevention assembly and tester certificate is required within 12 months

    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

    Environment: Work is performed in an indoor and outdoor setting, with travel from site to site and exposure to inclement weather, confined spaces, heights, hazardous chemicals, grease, noise, dust, and fumes. May be required to work weekends, nights, or unusual shifts.

    Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to climb or work on ladders, stairs, ramps, canals, ditches, fields, tanks, and towers; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

    Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

    Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

    This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. It is not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time to time as deemed necessary or prudent by the Manager.