American States Water

Position Description

Water Distribution Operator I (55.24)
Location PLACENTIA (Placentia CSA)
Job Code 55.24
Pay range $21.13 - $31.77
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Golden State Water Company is one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the United States.  We deliver quality, reliable water to more than 1 million people in over 80 communities throughout California.  Golden State Water has been in business for more than 90 years because we put customers first.


The Water Distribution Operator I is an entry-level position and is considered to be in a training status requiring immediate to general supervision.


• Learns to perform the various tasks associated with the maintenance and operation of a water distribution system.
• Learns the proper use of tools and equipment required to perform the job.
• Under direction, participates in the installation, repairs and replacement of water mains, water services, valves, fire hydrants and water meters.
• Interacts with customers and acts as a representative of the Company.
• Performs meter reads, ons and offs and field investigations.
• Performs collection activities of delinquent accounts.
• Participates in routine maintenance activities such as system flushing, valve exercising and fire hydrant maintenance.
• Under direction, follows established policies and procedures in repair of equipment to ensure proper working order.
• Operates company vehicles and equipment according to established safety procedures and policies.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Available for emergency response, 24 hours/day, seven days/week.
• Must reside within 25 miles of the nearest water system boundary where assigned in order to respond to emergencies.
• Works under immediate supervision.


• High school diploma or equivalent required.
• Good communication skills.
• General PC skills
• Valid California driver’s license.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.

May include working in all weather conditions, during all hours of the day. Physical demands include but are not limited to standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, pulling and/or pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping and crouching, sitting, typing, walking, reading, writing, color determination, speaking and listening for extended periods of time.

Qualities of a Successful Distribution Operator I

▪ Trustworthy; strong personal integrity
▪ Demonstrates strong level of accountability and ownership
▪ Collaborative/Team oriented
▪ Emotional Maturity
▪ Exhibits professionalism with internal and external customers
▪ Organized with strong attention to detail and time management skills
▪ High degree of initiative; self-starter


Our Company supports our employees with rich benefit programs and resources to help them thrive today and prepare for tomorrow.  Benefit options include medical, dental, and vision plans with the Company currently paying 85% of the monthly premium for employees and their eligible dependents.  We also offer paid vacation and sick time and twelve Company paid holidays per year.  To help our employees plan for the future, we offer both a 401(k) retirement plan as well as a Defined Contribution Profit Sharing retirement plan.  Additional benefits include life, AD&D, and LTD insurance as well as health savings account and flexible spending plans. 


The compensation range provided is in compliance with state specific laws.  Multiple factors are used to determine the actual starting rate of pay for all of our positions, including specific skills, years of experience, education, certification(s), and other job related factors.

The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. The Company prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age over 40, military or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.