Job Overview


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.


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.

Relocation Authorized

  • 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.