Position:          Water Operator 1

Report To:       Supervisor/Domestic Water Board

Department:   Water District

Close Date:     Open Until Filled

Salary:            DOE


The La Jolla tribe has an opening for a Water Treatment and Distribution Operator 1 (Water Operator 1).  Working under the general supervision the Water Operator 1 performs a variety of work functions in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of the Tribe’s potable water treatment and distribution system.  The selected candidate will help to ensure proper operation of the Tribe’s water system, in order to deliver a safe and reliable drinking water supply to the public.


Water Operator 1:  Under the direction of the Water System Supervisor the Water Operator 1 will assists in the operation, maintenance and repair of modern water supply, treatment and distribution facilities, and equipment.  This is the entry-level position in the Water Operator series.  Employees at this level work under general supervision and receive assistance from the Water System Supervisor when new or unusual situations arise.  This position requires prior training and/or experience that directly relates to the operation of a public water system.  Examples of training and/or experience include prior work/training in water treatment plant operation; well and pump maintenance; water system construction and repair; and water storage tank and distribution system maintenance/repair.  The selected applicant will learn the policies and operating procedures of the La Jolla Water Department.

Qualifications – Water Operator 1

Minimum Requirements:  Graduation from high school (or GED equivalent) and one year of prior work experience as listed above.  Successful completion of an approved training course in public water system operation and maintenance can substitute for work experience. The selected applicant for this position must possess a California DHS Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 certificate and a California DHS Water Treatment Grade T1 within 1 year. The selected applicant must also have a valid California driver’s license and reliable transportation licensed and insured in California.

Additional Qualifications: 

One year of responsible work experience in the operation of a public water system involving treatment plant operation; well and pump maintenance; water line construction and repair; water storage tank and water distribution system repair; and valve maintenance and repair.  A combination of training and experience that provides the applicant with the skills to successfully operate and maintain a public water treatment & distribution facility with limited supervision and is also desired.  Applicants with current California DHS Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 certificate are encouraged to apply.


§  Customer service experience

§  Experience operating heavy-duty vehicles

§  Experience driving in off-road conditions

§  Class B Driver’s License is highly desirable


§  Excellent communication skills – verbal and written

§  Ability to understand and execute detailed instructions

§  Friendly, energetic attitude

§  Reliable and punctual

Application Process:  Mail or bring your resume with a copy required doc’s:

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians

Domestic Water Department

22000 Highway 76

Pauma Valley, CA 92061


Indian Preference Policy:

In accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (25 USC 472), preference in filling this vacancy will be given to qualified Indian candidates who present proof of eligibility for Indian Preference. Verification on BIA Form 5-4432 or from Tribal ID card must be provided with the application. For purposes of this policy, Indian/Native American is defined as an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

Notice of Drug-Free Workplace Requirements:

The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians is committed to maintaining a drug-free working environment and to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, 45CFR, part 76, subpart F. The interested candidate must be able to pass a drug-screening test and maintain a drug-free and professional working environment.