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Grade: 917 Salary Range: $16.79 - $26.09 per hour
~Hiring salary depending on experience~


This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

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The Tucson Water Department is seeking an experienced operator to be part of the Water Instrumentation & Control Section. This section is responsible for the central control operations of the potable and reclaimed water system. Rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays are mandatory. This position is classified as Safety Sensitive and is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.

Examples of essential duties may include but not limited to:
  • Monitors and controls potable and reclaimed SCADA operations from the control room, making repair and operation decisions, and cleaning plant areas
  • Responds to alarms and emergencies, performs facility checks for any unusual operations, operates, monitors and controls various equipment from the control room and locally, and dispatches maintenance personnel
  • Monitors and operates various facilities by reading and adjusting levels, calculating rates, opening and closing gates and valves, operating and controlling pumps, recording meter readings and analyzing and adjusting plant flow requirements and chemical feed facilities
  • Collects and analyzes data by collecting samples for analysis, reading meters and monitors, writing forms, performing lab analysis on samples for various parameters, determining when or if process changes are necessary and calibrating lab instruments and chemical pumps
  • Performs administrative duties by tracking personnel, generating reports, extracting data from reports, storing and archiving data, creating hard copies of data, handling customer complaints and maintaining logbooks

  • High school diploma or GED plus six additional months of vocational, administrative or technical training in water quality, instrumentation or a related field

  • Two years of hands-on experience operating water treatment facilities or distribution systems
  • ADEQ Grade III or equivalent in Water/Wastewater Treatment
  • ADEQ Grade III or equivalent in Water Distribution
  • Valid driver's license
  • The ability to work shift assignments, including 12-hour shifts
  • The ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs

    Some positions require a satisfactory criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, Public Records Check, and or physical, drug screen, and/or audio exam. Fingerprinting and reference checks may also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.

    NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 29, 2013


    In order to apply, you must register to apply online if you have not already done so. If you are new to the City of Tucson job site, an online guide is available by clicking on "Employment Application Frequently Asked Questions" on the main employment page.
    After you have registered, log-in and click View Job Openings and apply for this position. The bottom left hand portion of each step will contain a link to Proceed to next step.

    Step 1 - Add or Update your Personal information (must paste chronological resume here)
    Step 2 - Add or Update your Education Information
    Step 3 - Add or Update your Employment Information
    Step 4 - Complete the Supplemental Questions

    Click on "Submit Application" when you are finished and ready to submit your application.

    Applications that do not contain complete education and employment history, chronological resume, and complete responses to all supplemental questions will not receive further consideration and will be deemed as an incomplete application.

    Examination results and current status will be communicated by email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

    Applicants who applied correctly and meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview. Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 20% of your rating for education and work experience, and 80% of your oral board interview.

    Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the Oral Board interviews. DD 214's must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

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    If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-791-4241 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

    All inquiries should be addressed to the below individual. Do not send emails to, because this is utilized only for outbound notifications.
    Roxie Escarcega, Lead HR Analyst, (520) 837-4167 or email:

    JOB CODE: 4053/1213

    To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.
    The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

    Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.