Water Utility Specialist I/II

  • Mechanical/Utility
  • Water Distribution Operator
  • Water Treatment Operator
  • Del Mar

Website City of Del Mar Public Works Department

This position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. First review of applications will begin after close of business on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 5:30 pm.

Water Utility Specialist I: $54,091.57 – $70,972.82
Water Utility Specialist II: $60,951.72 – $79,973.94

Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of skilled, journey-level duties for cross connection equipment protecting the water system and in the installa­tion, main­tenance, repair and servicing of mechanical and electronic equipment, devices and machin­ery used in the operation of the City’s water storage and distribution system and the wastewater collection and transmission system; and performs related work as assigned.


Water Utility Specialist I is the entry-level class. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents learn and perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of equipment, machinery and devices used in the operation of the water storage and distri­bution and wastewater collection and transmission systems. Trades areas covered by this class include mechan­ical maintenance and repair of industrial equipment, components and machinery; plumb­ing and pipe fitting; welding; industrial electrical systems, maintenance and repair; and the installa­tion, trouble­shoot­ing and repair of electronic control systems. This class is alternately staffed with Water Utility Specialist II, and incum­bents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demon­strating proficiency that meet the qualifications for the higher-level class.

Water Utility Specialist II is the full journey-level class in this series. Under general supervision, incumb­ents take ownership of the City’s Water System including Backflow and Cross Connection Control program. This class differs from the lower-level class in the skill level required in all of the classes’ craft areas, and the complexity of assigned projects based on know­­ledge of the City’s equipment, systems, standards and procedures. Assign­ments vary, may encompass a variety of tasks, seldom require detailed instructions, and require sound judgment and initiative.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class.

  • In partnership with department management, takes responsibility for the Backflow and Cross Connection Control program to ensure that the water system is protected from contamination.
  • Inspect residential and commercial facilities for compliance with the City’s backflow ordinance and perform cross connection surveys to determine locations of actual and potential cross connections.
  • Approve the installation of backflow prevention devices at the time of final inspection of new and remodeled residential and commercial properties.
  • Consult with and advise others in the correction or elimination of cross connection hazards.
  • Coordinate the inspection schedule required annually with Administrative assistant to ensure that all cross connection tests have been performed annually.  Review and direct Administrative Assistant in the record keeping required by state law.
  • Coordinate with the Fire Department to update Fire System Backflows for sprinkler systems.
  • Coordinate with Planning Department the solar water system installation for proper backflow installations.
  • Ensures the timely and accurate completion of preventative maintenance activities for the water system. Maintains accurate maintenance records and manages cyclic maintenance programs.
  • Provides input and recommendations in development of the Water System’s Capital Improvement Program.
  • Under supervision of the Public Works Operations Manager, develops scopes of work and manages contracts, including but not limited to, directing work of City contractors.
  • Respond to and resolve inquiries and complaints regarding water system pressure or quality.  Direct the activities of department administrative staff related to record keeping of the water quality complaints.
  • Performs a variety of skilled, journey-level duties involved in the inspection, diagnosis, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair and servicing of water distribution and wastewater collection reservoirs, equipment, components, facilities and machinery, such as pipes, tubes, rods, seals, shafts, stuffing boxes, gears, motors, bearings, couplings, valves and pumps; tests and monitors equipment and machinery.
  • Inspects equipment installation work performed by contractors.
  • Performs duties in confined spaces, utilizing department safety equipment, policies and procedures.
  • Operates vactors, dump trucks, boom trucks, forklifts, compressors, cranes, jackhammers, portable and stationary gener­ators, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric tools, and related tools and equipment, including a variety of other motorized equipment and commercial vehicles.
  • Coordinates activities with other sections and divisions.
  • Researches new operational methods, techniques and equipment and recommends their application.
  • Responds to emergency situations as necessary.
  • May assist in training or instructing others in the work.
  • May lead the work of others as a project leader.

Training and Experience:

The following are typical ways of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above:

Water Utility Specialist I – Graduation from high school, or G.E.D. equivalent; and two years of journey-level experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of pumping equipment, including valves, pumps and motors; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Water Utility Specialist II – Graduation from high school, or G.E.D. equivalent; and four years of journey-level experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of pumping equipment, including valves, pumps and motors; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

  • A valid Commercial Class B California driver’s license, or ability to obtain Commercial Class B License within the first year of employment, at the employee’s cost of training and obtaining.
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA) Cross Connection Control Program Specialist Certificate (must be attached to the application)
  • AWWA Backflow Prevention Assembly General Tester Certificate (must be attached to the application)
  • State of California Water Distribution Grade D2 or higher, required at the time of employment  (must be attached to the application)

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