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Job Title:  Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, BB-5409-00 (DEU)(YBD)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-071

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34.69 to $34.69 / Per Hour
Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Sonora, CA   View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, responsible for the overall day-to-day, hands-on operation of the potable water and wastewater treatment facilities, distribution systems and laboratory analyses. 
This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, New Melones Recreation Resources Branch, Maintenance Section in Sonora, CA.  For more information on the Sonora area, visit:
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Yes
  • Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.


  • Must possess/maintain a State of CA Grade I Water Treatment
  • Plant Operator certification, a State of CA Grade I Wastewater Treatment
  • Plant Operator certification, and a State of CA Level I Water Distribution
  • Operator certification.
  • Must be available for "call-outs" and weekend work.
  • Required to wear authorized Bureau of Reclamation uniform.


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Serves as the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for government-owned water and wastewater treatment plant facilities and operations. Performs the following:
-Performs routine water quality analysis, including, but not limited to, acidity, alkalinity, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, chlorine residual, hardness, dissolved oxygen, pH, total residue, filterable residue, nonfilterable residue, settable residue, volatile residue, specific conductance and turbidity.
-Maintains routine documentation, including worksheet/log sheet entries, sample documentation and chain-of-custody forms. Records data precisely and accurately.
-Monitors the flow of water through the plant by meters, gauges, and visual inspections.
-Assesses water demands of the service area and adjusts plant production rate to meet anticipated demand.
-Collects water samples and makes standard chemical and physical tests of raw and treated water.-Logs test results, flow rates, consumption, and other appropriate data to be utilized in a variety of reports.
-Calculates dosage requirements and operates chemical metering system to adjust feed rates of chlorine, alum, and soda ash to ensure that water quality standards are met.
-Inspects and maintains pumps, motors, and chemical feeders to ensure proper operation.
-Performs regular back washing of filtration equipment and cleaning and flushing of sedimentation basins.
-Monitors water quality at various points within the distribution system on a regular basis to determine chlorine residual of finished water.
-Maintains proper records of plant operation and production.
-Performs plumbing associated with water/wastewater treatment plant and distribution system operation and maintenance.
-Monitors operation of sewage lift stations and pumps transporting raw sewage to oxidation ponds. Monitors sewage holding tanks and RV dump stations to determine need for pump out.
-Maintains and repairs antisiphon valves and backflow prevention devices associated with water treatment and wastewater disposal systems.
-Installs, taps, re-lines, disinfects, tests and connects water mains and appurtenances.
-Shuts down, repairs, disinfects and tests broken water mains.
-Oversees the flushing, cleaning and pigging of existing water mains.
-Pulls, resets, rehabilitates, disinfects and tests domestic water wells.
-Performs stand-by emergency response duties for after-hours distribution system operational emergencies.
-Operates pumps and related flow and pressure control and storage facilities manually or by using System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System.
-Accomplishes electrical repairs to equipment. Repairs lighting fixtures and outlets, 120 volt single-phase and up to 480 volt 3-phase motor circuits.
-Replaces breakers and relays, tests transformers and installs new circuits as needed.
-Services water and wastewater systems and related equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications, to include changing filters, adjusting calibration, checking and maintaining flow meters, bleeding air compressor lines and replacing broken and worn parts.


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Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements.  You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.

Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.

Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.

Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to do the work of a Water Treatment Plant Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen-out)
2. Ability to operate and maintain machines and tools.
3. Knowledge of technical practices.
4. Ability to interpret instructions and specifications.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
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Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Employment Conditions:
-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.
-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
-Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.
-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State's driver's license.
-Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
-Work is primarily performed outdoors or in small equipment buildings with no climate control and subject to prevailing weather conditions. Exposed to noise, heat, smells, sewage, dirt, grease, chemicals, fumes, and electricity from operating equipment. There is some danger of skin or eye irritation from chemicals if not properly handled. Poison oak, rattlesnakes and other hazardous pests are present in the work environment and present some degree of exposure risk.
-Personal protective equipment is required to safeguard against most hazards.  
-Sustained lifting, bending, climbing, standing, walking, and lifting 50 pounds is required.
-Required to wear authorized Bureau of Reclamation uniform in the performance of duties.
-Work shifts include nights, weekends, and holidays, and responding to emergencies and off-hour call outs.
-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. 
-Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:  

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit:

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BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.  Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at  The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service.  If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Proof of State of CA Grade I Water Treatment Plant Operator certification.
Proof of State of CA Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification.
Proof of State of CA Level I Water Distribution certification.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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