The City of Dunsmuir CA has an opening for a Utility Maintenance Operator-In-Training (Wastewater Treatment Plant) employee.  Under the direct supervision of the Utility Maintenance Supervisor, performs semi-skilled and skilled duties involved in the operation and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Facility; and performs a variety of related work which could include operation and maintenance with the water system.

The deadline for application is: open until filled. The first review of applications will be May 9, 2016.  Starting pay is: $14.49 per hour.



In a learning capacity, participate in the operation and periodic maintenance of a variety of wastewater treatment equipment.

Work closely with certified Plant Operators to learn the various aspects of the wastewater treatment process.

Obtain continuing education units for Wastewater certification by correspondence courses and/or other applicable training courses.

Read meters and maintain operating logs.

Inspect and maintain various plant equipment.

Follow safe work methods and safety precautions related to the work.

Maintain buildings and grounds.

Work various shifts and flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.

Operate various sizes of power-driven equipment.

Assist with the removal and replacement of various plant equipment.

Work on water system leaks and repairs.

Meter reading in water system is required.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Use, purpose, and maintenance of hand tools.

Operation, care, and routine maintenance of basic mechanical equipment.

Safe work practices and procedures.

Ability to:

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Read and interpret gauges and recording devices reflecting plant operations.

Perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in general construction and maintenance activities.

Maintain, repair, and adjust wastewater treatment equipment.

Keep records and make reports.

Computer work required, Microsoft word, excel and outlook.

Understand and apply basic wastewater mathematics.

Operate a variety of power-driven equipment.

Perform heavy manual labor and lift up to 50 pounds.

Tolerate changes in outside temperatures from winter to summer, and tolerate dust, pollen, wind and rain.

Sit or stand for periods of up to four hours in duration.

Walk on uneven or steep ground.

Run snow removal equipment; snowplow, loader, backhoe, dump truck.


Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade, in addition to any combination of experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities to qualify for this position.


Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License as required for plant operation functions.

Ability to obtain a Grade I California Wastewater Operator’s Certificate within two years of appointment with ongoing progress towards obtaining a Grade II California Wastewater Operator’s Certificate.

Must be able to be on call during off hours and weekends to respond to emergency call outs and weekend plant operations.


All Wastewater Treatment Plant employees shall be expected, within six months of hire, establish a permanent residence within 30-minutes notification to respond zone.