Utility Crew Member I/II/III

  • Mechanical/Utility
  • Mission Support Positions
  • Water Distribution Operator
  • El Cajon, CA
  • $27.41 - $42.52/hourly
  • December 15, 2022

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 Salary ranges for all full-time classifications are scheduled to increase by 2% effective July 1, 2023, and July 1, 2024.  In addition, the district will provide cost-of-living adjustments between 2% – 4% effective July 1, 2023, July 1, 2024, and July 1, 2025.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT is seeking an experienced, motivated, dependable individual to join our team as a Utility Crew Member. Helix believes that culture does not happen by accident. We are committed to providing a positive environment that encourages personal and professional growth. If you share these values, we’d love for you to consider joining our team!

Utility Crew Member I/II/III is a non-exempt, entry to advanced journey-level technical class. Under direct to general supervision, performs a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the construction, installation, servicing, maintenance and repair of the district’s mains, service lines and related appurtenances used in the storage, transmission and distribution of a water system; operates light- and medium-duty equipment; and performs related duties as assigned.

 Utility Crew Member I: $4,751 – $6,063/monthly
 Utility Crew Member II: $5,237 – $6,685/monthly
 Utility Crew Member III: $5,774 – $7,370/monthly

Utility Crew Member I is the entry-level class and is flexibly staffed with the full journey-level Utility Crew Member II class.  Placement in the job classification is dependent on your experience and skills.
Overview of Responsibilities 

Performs semi-skilled and skilled work in the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, service lines, storage facilities, meters, hydrants and related facilities. Locates mains and valves by map plats and GIS; excavates by hand using shovels, bars and pneumatic tools to pothole existing utilities; sets up and removes traffic control devices to protect crews from street traffic; directs traffic at job sites; excavates sidewalks, curbs, streets, trenches and culverts using hand and power tools. Exposes mains and service lines, utilizes safe digging practices; utilizes various types of shoring; inspects and classifies trench zone soils for safety and shoring requirements; assesses damages and deter­mines materials required to make repairs; cuts mains, service lines, and pipes to permit repairs and performs installation; replaces old mains and pipes; performs water main taps under pressure; operates large and small valves; maintains manholes, vaults, catch basins, pump stations, reservoirs and other facil­ities; maintains and repairs piping associated with pump stations and other facilities.

Backfills trenches; removes and replaces asphalt surfaces; performs concrete removal and repairs.

Works in vaults and other confined spaces, utilizing proper safety techniques and equipment in accor­dance with district safety policies and procedures; lifts and removes vault lids; ventilates vaults; performs vault repairs.

Responds professionally to questions and complaints from the public.

Operates trucks, skip loaders, forklifts, water trucks, crew trucks, tapping machines, concrete saws, valve machines, jackhammers, pipe cutters and a wide variety of other hand, hydraulic, pneumatic and power equipment; performs safety inspections of equipment; cleans and maintains tools and equipment. Operates large 10-wheel dump trucks requiring a Class A California driver’s license and transports equipment and material to and from job sites.

Responds to emergency situations, as necessary, during and after normal work hours. Will be required to work flexible hours and/or extended work shifts including weekends and holidays. Will be required to work a rotating one-week standby shift which includes being available 24/7, weekends and holidays.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of one year of work experience in a construction-related field plus a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Candidates must be willing to obtain a valid Class A California driver’s license with tanker endorsement within 12 months of employment and continue to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.


Utility Crew Member I: This position requires passing the State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade 2 (D2) test and obtaining certification within two years from the date of hire as a Utility Crew Member I.  Failure to pass the required examination within the prescribed timeframe will result in a transfer to another vacant position in a different job classification for which he/she is selected or termination of employment from the district.  Certification must be maintained while in this job classification.

Utility Crew Member I/III:  A valid State of California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Certificate, Grade 2 (D2).  Certification must be maintained while in this job classification.
Application Process

To be considered for the Utility Crew Member I/II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at hwd.com/careers/.  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

To apply for this job please visit www.governmentjobs.com.