About the Department
The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 550 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.
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Positions & Duties
The Environmental Services Department (ESD) manages the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Built in 1956, the Facility is a round-the-clock operation that cleans an average of 110 million gallons of wastewater per day, and has the capacity to clean up to 167 million gallons per day. The Facility serves eight cities with 1.4 million residents and a business sector with more than 17,000 main sewer connections.
Our wastewater undergoes a sophisticated 10.5-hour treatment process that simulates the way nature cleans water. The Facility removes 99 percent of the impurities before the cleaned water is discharged into the South San Francisco Bay or recycled for other uses such as industrial processes, cooling towers, and flushing toilets.
The Facility is the largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the western United States. Advanced (tertiary) level treatment is necessary to meet our region's strict state regulations for the shallow waters and sensitive ecosystem of the southern Bay.
The City of San Jose Environmental Services Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill flexibly staffed Wastewater Operator vacancies at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. Wastewater Operators work in an industrial environment where they operate various types of process equipment that removes hazardous and harmful pollution from wastewater coming from households, businesses, and industries. Wastewater Operators inspect, operate, and maintain equipment in process areas, take samples for process control and read, interpret gauges, dials and other process instruments to make necessary process and equipment adjustments. They ensure that the final product, which is clean water, meets federal and state environmental and safety regulatory standards before the water flows back to the San Francisco Bay. Wastewater Operators staff the facility 24/7, 365 days a year, and are assigned to 12-hour operating shifts. Applicants for this position must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime. Physical Requirement: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.
Wastewater Operator I Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade I Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license. Wastewater Operator II Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator (SWRCB) Grade II Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license. Wastewater Operator III Experience: Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least two (2) specific operational process areas at the San Jose/Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility or equivalent facility. Licensing: Possession of a valid California State Water Resources Control Board Operator Grade III Certificate and possession of a valid State of California Class C driver's license. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.