Thursday, December 8, 2022

Water Facilities Supervisor, Zone 7


Recruitment #18-4990-01



THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL, ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed, by the last day for filing, the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service.  A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.  

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line.



Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.


Under general direction, to supervise, coordinate and review the operation and maintenance of an assigned water treatment plant and/or well field and distribution system equipment and facilities; and to perform related work as required.
Incumbents of this classification have 24-hour responsibility for administrative and technical operations of assigned water treatment and/or distribution system facilities. This class is distinguished from the Operations Manager, which is a management classification with broader authority and responsibility for all operations of the distribution system and all water facilities.


The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:


  • Effectively supervises treatment plant and distribution system operations and basic maintenance activities using sound judgment;
  • Advanced understanding of key water treatment regulations, as well as reporting procedures and requirements;
  • Supervisory experience that includes staff management and mentoring;
  • Effective time management demonstrated by efficient preparation, scheduling, prioritization and an understanding of appropriate delegation of duties;
  • Solid experience in managing work groups by developing effective working relationships, remaining energetic, optimistic and maintaining high work and ethical standards;
  • Expertise and commitment to identifying and correcting conditions that affect workplace safety and upholds safety standards; and
  • Skilled in operational planning requiring coordination and collaboration across departmental lines.
  • Possession of a Grade 4 Treatment and Grade 3 Distribution certification from the State of California. Grade 5 Treatment and Grade 4 Distribution desirable.


Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Water Plant Operator III, Zone 7, in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience as an operator in a water treatment plant.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
Possession of a valid Grade IV or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator's certificate issued by the State of California, Department of Public Health.
Possession of a valid Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator’s certificate issued by the State of California, Department of Public Health.
Must obtain a valid Grade D4 Water Distribution Operator’s certificate issued by the State of California, Department of Public Health within 3 years of appointment to the classification.
Some positions may require a California Commercial Driver License, Class C, with Hazardous Materials endorsement.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:


The extent the candidate has achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in functional areas related to the position; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.


Understands the level of responsibility for all projects, personnel and outcomes; and understands the tasks involved in managing assigned areas.



Plans and organizes work activities; manages several tasks at once.


Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.


Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards.

ensures continued compliance.


Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of supervision, including work planning, direction, training and personnel practices.
• Water treatment and distribution principles, practices, methods, tools and equipment.
• Applicable laws, regulations, codes, and policies.
• Operation, basic maintenance and cleaning of water treatment plant and distribution system equipment and facilities, including centrifugal pumps, electrical motors, and piping and control systems.
• Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles.
• Safety rules, regulations and work practices, particularly in reference to hazardous chemicals. • Standards chemical and physical tests of water.
• Basic arithmetical calculations.

Ability to:

• Plan, assign, supervise, review, train and evaluate the work of operations staff.
• Direct and perform treatment plant and distribution system operations and maintenance activities.
• Analyze operational problems, exercise sound judgment, and develop and implement effective solutions during unusual, inefficient, dangerous or emergency operating conditions.
• Perform standard water quality tests.
• Read, interpret and record data from charts, gauges and meters.
• Prepare clear and complete records, reports and correspondence.
• Make basic arithmetical calculations quickly and accurately.
• Use a computer keyboard to retrieve, enter and edit information.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Other Requirements:

Requires willingness and ability to:
• Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
• Respond to evening, weekend and holiday calls for assistance.
• Work with and around hazardous chemicals.
• Wear respiratory protection equipment.
Requires sufficient physical strength and agility to perform equipment operation, inspection and maintenance tasks and to unload, store and transfer supplies and equipment.



The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates’ final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Last Day For Filing:                                      Monday, January 14, 2109              

Screening For Minimum Qualifications:    Friday, January 18, 2019

Oral Examination:                                        Thursday, February 7, 2019       

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Monique Hill, Personnel Services Manager
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-208-4841; email