Pump Station Operator I/II

South Tahoe Public Utility District   South Lake Tahoe, CA   Full-time     Government
Posted on November 9, 2023
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Pump Station Operator I/II

We are currently seeking applications for the position of Pump Station Operator. This position operates and maintains water wells, booster pump stations, sewer pump stations, reclaimed water and potable water storage tanks, various control valves, pressure reducing valves, sewer vacuum valves, and related equipment. 

Salary Range: PSO-I:  $4724- $6029/month DOQ; PSO-II: $5781 - $7379/month DOQ.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Pump Station Supervisor and/or Lead Person operates and maintains water wells, booster pump stations, sewer pump stations, reclaimed water and potable water storage tanks, various control valves, pressure reducing valves, and related equipment and appurtenances.  Maintains operational and repair records for same.   

Essential Functions

• Performs daily operation and maintenance of all components of water and wastewater pump stations including valves, controls, air compressors, pumps, motors and standby generator equipment and performs major and minor repairs of same.

• Installs, operates, maintains, and repairs all pump control systems, including ultra sonic level controllers, float switches, submersible transducers, conductivity level sensors, bubbler tube systems, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).

• Performs journeyman level rehabilitation, fabrication, construction, and overhaul of sewer and water pump stations and related water operation facilities.

• Installs, maintains, repairs, and collects data of flow meters.

• Installs and maintains cathodic protection systems.

• Installs, maintains, adjusts, and repairs pressure reducing valves (PRV’s).

• Maintains, operates, and repairs Fallen Leaf Lake and electrical stations, standby generators, and air release valves.

• Installs, operates, repairs, and maintains odor scrubbers and air strippers.

• Maintains maintenance records for equipment, including use of preventive maintenance computer software system.

• Interacts with the public, investigates, and resolves water service complaints, Responds to calls for assistance, when available and accepts stand-by duty, as needed.

• Takes periodic readings of gauges, meters and charts, and records results in operations logbooks.

• Ensures compliance with the Department of Health Services regulations by adding sodium hypochlorite to potable water for disinfection, and samples residuals as required.

• Inspects, cleans, maintains, and repairs water tanks.

• Operates arsenic treatment systems for the removal of arsenic to comply with the Department of Health Services Standards.

• Performs a variety of manual tasks requiring the handling of equipment exposed to raw sewage and cleans sewer pump station wet wells.

• Flushes dead end water mains as required by the Department of Health Services.

• Adjusts operational infrastructure as needed due to unforeseen circumstances.

• Moves heavy equipment and devices by use of hoist, cranes, forklift, dollies, or other means.

• Uses self-contained breathing apparatus safely and properly, as stated by California safety laws.

• Adheres to and enforces stated safety policies and procedures.

Education & Experience Requirements


    1. High school graduate or equivalent.


Pump Station Operator I: One year related field experience

Pump Station Operator II: Three years related field experience and complete knowledge of all duties listed under Essential Functions.


1. Must work independently after receiving instructions.
2. Must exercise individual judgment and take prompt and decisive action when emergency situations arise.

Proficiency Requirements

1. Pump Station Operator I requires ability to obtain Certification Grade D1 Water Distribution Operator and Grade T1 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification from the State of California, within thirty-six (36) months from hire date.

2. Pump Station Operator II requires Grade D2 Water Distribution Operator and Grade T2 Water Treatment Plant Operator Certification from the State of California Department of Health.

3. Requires a valid, current, Class B drivers’ license, with Hazardous Materials, Tanker and Air Brake Endorsements (or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire), acceptable by the State of California, with a driving record which enables insurability.

4. Requires ability to remain familiar with the Confined Space Program and the duties of Confined Space Supervisor, Entrant, Attendant, and Rescue as provided during annual training.

5. Requires knowledge of equipment and machinery related to their safe operation and maintenance.

6. Requires knowledge of California drinking water regulations as they apply to the District’s water system.

7. Requires ability to understand and follow stated operating and maintenance procedures.

8. Requires ability to read and understand grid books.

9. Requires ability to work knowledgeably, efficiently, and safely with all types of hand and power tools, and motorized equipment around water and sewer operations and facilities.

10. Requires ability to understand the principles of water chemistry and hydraulics, pumping, electricity, carpentry, pipe fitting, welding, basic machinery, and fabrication.

11. Requires ability to read, understand and follow written and/or verbal instructions.

12. Requires ability to perform supervisory duties in the absence of the Pump Station Supervisor or Lead Person (Pump Station Operator II only).

13. Requires the ability to maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

14. Must have current, valid CPR and First Aid certificates, or ability to obtain within two (2) years of hire date.