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Water Maintenance I


SALARY RANGE: $19.09 - $23.58 Per Hour

FINAL FILING DATE: Open Until Filled.
Position is limited to 20 hrs/wk or 960 hours in a fiscal year

THE POSITION: Under supervision of the Water Maintenance Leadworker, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the repair and maintenance of potable and recycled water pipelines and mechanical equipment. Performs related work as required.

Job Characteristic: Works a varying schedule of hours, which may include mornings, nights, weekends and holidays (including assignment to the weekend shift).


  • Disseminate door tags to provide residents with water services information, such as water service shut off, water meter status, and temporary service connection.
  • Checks valves and hydrants for leakage as assigned; reports equipment failure and notes required repair work as detected.
  • Assists in emergency repairs of broken lines and services.
  • Assists in installing water service in City streets.
  • Turns water service on and/or off as directed.
  • Takes water flow chart readings as directed.
  • May include meter reading as needed.
  • Assists as a crew member in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water mains, valves, hydrants, services, meters and booster pumps.
  • Assists in performing basic records maintenance of work performed.
  • Assists in performing proper shoring of trenches and safety practices.
  • Learns to operate equipment such as trucks, heavy equipment, air compressors, jackhammers, and a variety of power and hand tools.
  • Assists in digging and backfilling trenches; lays pipes and drills and taps water mains; locates, taps, and installs new customer services; learns to make skilled fitting and connections.
  • Assists in turning on and off water services; cleans mains and flushes the water system.
  • Assists in locating and marking water lines for contractors and City crews.
  • Participates in advising customers of leaks and suggest how to resolve the problems; informs customers of water shut offs for repairs.
  • Assists in setting up traffic control in accordance with safety standards; flags and directs traffic.
  • Assists in repairing, replacing and maintaining fire hydrants.
  • Cleans, greases and oils Water Division owned mechanical equipment and tools.


Knowledge of:

  • The uses and purposes of tools and equipment used in basic water maintenance.
  • Water distribution facilities including mains, meters, hydrants and valves.
  • Principles and methods of pipe laying, fitting, welding and concrete work.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Basic computer operation.
  • Customer service techniques.

Ability to:

  • Perform entry level unskilled/skilled responsible water system maintenance duties.
  • Maintain basic accurate records of work performed.
  • Learn to repair, install, and maintain water mains, services, hydrants and meters and valves.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Work outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment, including common construction tools.
  • Detect and complete basic repair work.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, City officials, and the general public.  
  • Use a computer for data entry.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Operate a variety of water maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Detect and complete basic repair work.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee has full exposure to the elements, drives a vehicle on City business, and may crouch, sit, stand, and walk significant distances on a regular basis. The employee is occasionally required to walk on slippery and/or uneven surfaces, sit, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee is also required to perform strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time requiring physical strength, dexterity and endurance. When in the field, the employee may be exposed to vegetation, dust, soil and vehicular traffic. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee regularly works in outside weather conditions exposed to direct sunlight, heat, humidity, rain, wind and cold. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, vibration, and automotive traffic while working in and around streets, curbs, gutters and median strips. The employee is exposed to noisy equipment such as backhoe, compressor, jackhammer, motorized cut off saw, chain saw, diesel engines and other various hand-held power tools. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, vehicle or machinery exhaust fumes, dust, engine grease and oils.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: AAny combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical way to obtain these would be: High School diploma or equivalent and minimum of one year apprentice-level work. A State Water Resources Control Board Distribution Operator Certification (D2) is required. A valid California driver's license is required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are available through the Human Resources Division, City Hall, Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street, Cerritos, CA 90703. Completed applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on the last day to file. All applications will be reviewed in detail. Those applicants possessing the most desired qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral exam. City appointments are contingent upon successful completion of a records check, physical examination and verification of United States citizenship or legal authorization to be employed.

(Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.)

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