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Recruitment #18-MT1-01


THE JOB: Under supervision, perform a variety of routine duties and to learn to perform more difficult and complex tasks in the operations and maintenance of the County's wastewater and water treatment plants such as: assist in the operation of an activated sludge wastewater treatment plant; assist in operating sludge dewatering equipment; learn to record and interpret data from flow meters, strip chart recorders, and data loggers; learn to calculate chemical dosages, and laboratory procedures; assist in the maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant, collection system, and disposal system; operate sludge dewatering equipment;  learn electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems and how to maintain and repair them; operate a computer and software with supervision; monitor gauges, meters, and control panels; perform semi-skilled work in the cleaning of collection system; perform lift station and collection system maintenance; oil, grease, and clean equipment; haul generators to outlying facilities; clean, adjust, and repack valves and pumps; assist with mechanical repairs; perform maintenance work such as sweeping, cleaning, sanding, painting, mowing, and watering lawns and caring for plants and shrubbery; and to perform other duties as required. There is currently one vacancy in the Department of Public Works, Sanitation Operations Division. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year experience comparable to Sanitation Maintenance Worker II in Santa Cruz County.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License. Obtain an operator in training certificate issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board upon hire and within two years of employment, a grade I certificate.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces; heights, such as on ladders; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; electrical hazards; raw sewage; dust; and the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury or contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants.

Other Special Requirements: Availability to work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, as well as responding to twenty-four hour emergency calls.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used to operate maintain, monitor and repair water and wastewater treatment plants; and safety practices required in water and wastewater treatment operations. Some knowledge of regulations related to the treatment, transmission and disposal of water and wastewater; and the application of data processing to sanitation operations.

Ability to: Solve simple algebraic problems of one unknown; learn to operate analytical laboratory equipment; learn to use simple chemical formulae involving molarity, normality, atomic weight, and percentage; learn to diagnose malfunctions in wastewater and water treatment plants and determine appropriate corrective action; read, understand, interpret and apply regulations relating to water and wastewater treatment standards; learn to operate a computer to input, access, and analyze data; estimate equipment, material and labor needs; maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence; establish effective working relationships; lift items weighing up to 75 pounds; perform tasks requiring strength, such as lifting equipment onto trucks, climbing over rough terrain and pulling hoses up embankments; drive vehicles such as pick-up trucks and utility trucks; and distinguish colors, such as color-coded wires or chemical tests.


ANNUAL LEAVE – 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS – 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE – Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
OTHER – Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or mail/bring an application and supplemental application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY# 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received:  1) In the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) Submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. For application materials, contact County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works Personnel Division, (831) 454-2607.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.