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City of Huntington Beach, CA
Company Location :
Huntington Beach, CA
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Jobs in California

Job Description :
The City of Huntington Beach is located in northwestern Orange County, 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 90 miles northwest of San Diego. With a population of about 202,265 residents, Huntington Beach is the fourth largest city in Orange County and the 24th largest city in California. Known as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach features nearly 8.5 miles of spectacular beaches and one of the largest recreational piers in the world. The City is home to a thriving beach community and is consistently named as one of the top ten beaches in California. The City hosts an annual visitor population of over 11 million people, featuring numerous large-scale special events, surf competitions, and festivals. Even with its swell of summer visitors, Huntington Beach has been listed for decades as among the FBI’s safest cities in the nation. In 2021, WalletHub ranked Huntington Beach as the best-run city in California. The City is supported by nearly 1,500 employees and has a General Fund budget of $269 million (total budget $532 million). While Huntington Beach is no stranger to front-page news, it’s really what’s happening behind the scenes that makes the City a fantastic place to live, work, and visit. Huntington Beach has emerged as a regional leader in the development of innovative services, like the City’s Project HOPE mobile crisis response program, increasing beach access by rolling out ADA accessible Mobi-Mats, and standing up a homeless navigation center. Here in Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team. At this time, we have outstanding career opportunities available, as we’re looking for the “right people” to serve as Water Utility Locator in the Public Works Department. First and foremost, the City is seeking an individual who has an unwavering commitment to team-based environment, and recognizes that leaders must be focused always on serving their people. For us in Huntington Beach, successful candidates must be genuinely committed to living our organization’s behavioral values, which include:

Humility… be willing to place the team before self.
Exceptionality… be really (REALLY) good at what you do.
Social Awareness… say and do those things that bring people together.
Passion… recognize the awesome responsibility we have to serve the people of HB.
Integrity… live our values authentically.
Outside of these behavioral characteristics, we’re also looking for candidates who are ready to grow and develop and who can envision new ways to improve and enhance services.

Public Works Department
The Public Works Department delivers a wide range of services to the public as well as other City departments. The Department is responsible for the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of City-owned infrastructure. The infrastructure includes buildings, streets, parks, landscaping, flood control, beach facilities, and utilities. The City of Huntington Beach has owned and operated its own water utility since 1964, when it was purchased from the Southern California Water Company. Since that time the City and the water system have grown to service a population of over 200,000. Today, City employees run the Utilities Division’s five distinct sections: Administration, Quality, Production, Distribution and Meters.
The Position
Under general supervision, accurately marks the locations of water mains, water services, wastewater lines, storm water lines, electrical power lines, gas lines, communication lines and other water, wastewater and storm-related structures within city property lines; so as to prevent water, wastewater, and storm water structures and existing property from being damaged, water outages, or citizens from being harmed; and performs other duties as required within the scope of the classification.

Reports to: Supervisor in the Utilities Division


The Water Utility Locator is a single class job position responsible for locating and marking water, wastewater and storm water-related structures per State law and in accordance with Underground Service Alert (USA) rules and regulations

This job description is currently being updated and is under review for final approval.

Examples of Essential Duties

Locates and marks water mains, water services, wastewater mains, sewer laterals and storm water lines
Marks out underground electrical, gas, and communication lines within flood stations, lift stations, reservoir sites and the Utility Yard.
Maintains utility line areas in and around the City per Underground Service Alert (USA) regulations
Responds to emergency and non-emergency water, wastewater and storm water-related calls such as sheared fire hydrants, leaking valves, hydrants, air vacs, scheduled and emergency shut-offs, and broken main water line issues, sewer spills, and catch basin cleaning
Maintains valve and manhole locations during street paving operations by contractors and inspects finished paving jobs to ensure accessibility; maintains USA computer and records; assists inspectors and staff from Water, Wastewater, Storm Water Services and Public Works
Assists contractors and developers in water, wastewater, and storm water services areas; takes pipe to soil readings for maintenance of the cathodic protection system
Flushes out and samples sheared fire hydrants after repair to maintain system integrity; assists water construction crew fixing leaks, main breaks, sewer spills, etc.
Updates water, wastewater, and storm water facility maps by recording locations of new fire hydrants, air vacs, pump outs, blow offs, new manholes and changes found in the field such as measurements of exposed water and wastewater lines from curb face or center line of street
Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required
Plan checks proposed water, wastewater, and storm water construction plans; records and maintains logs and time cards as required
Reports to work as scheduled; works a variety of schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays as required

Maintains a regular and consistent attendance record
Travels to offsite locations within and outside the City
Performs other related work as assigned

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, tools, and equipment for locating underground assets
City policies and procedures; Department specifications; State laws pertaining to one call utility locating
Electronic Positive Response per Government Code Section 4216.3(C)(1)(A); Positive Response Software
As-built construction drawings
Water, wastewater and storm water facility map book
USA regulations
AWWA Water, CWEA and State specifications manual
CALTRANS traffic control manuals
Chlorination properties and applications
Cal-OSHA safety codes and regulations

Ability to:

Read and interpret water and wastewater issue manuals, blueprints, and construction drawings
Operate large vehicles and equipment such as, ¾ ton pickup truck, electronic and hydraulic valve operators, dump trucks, water trucks
Use electronic line locators, non-metallic line locators, witching rods, wrenches, shovels, jackhammers, chlorine comparator, pressure gauges, and other tools and equipment related to the marking of water, wastewater and storm water lines
Perform accurate field inspections with pavement marking identifications and written recommendations on correspondence
Provide in-field response under emergency conditions and take appropriate actions
Maintain records and keep logs
Operate a computer and applicable software applications
Work effectively with the public, contractors, supervisors, and coworkers
Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on issues in area of responsibility

High school diploma or equivalent certificate.

Four (4) years in water or wastewater construction and maintenance.


A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required by time of appointment
Grade 1 Water Distribution Certificate or Grade 1 Collection System Maintenance Certificate required.


Application Review
Examination(s) – a virtual oral exam (weighted 100%) – tentatively scheduled for September 7, 2022.
Selection Interview
Background Investigation

Please Note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.

Supplemental Information


Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Incumbents must be able to meet the physical requirements of the class and have mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the duties to be performed.

Work is primarily performed outdoors (field work) with exposure to the weather and may also include contact with hot and cold surfaces, loud noises from equipment and vehicle engines, vibrations, working in close proximity to moving mechanical parts (mechanical hazards), electrical current (electrical hazards), vehicular traffic and confined spaces. Exposure to potential natural irritants such as vegetation, dust, soil, tree pollens, and sawdust. May be exposed to chemicals including but not limited to, gasoline, diesel, motor oil, grease, ammonia, bleach, cleansers, volatile organic compounds, fertilizers and non-restricted pesticides. Must be able to stand for long periods and/or walk long distances; some walking may occur on sloping, slippery and/or uneven surfaces; requires mobility to sit, stand, kneel, crawl, climb, crouch, stoop, reach, and bend; requires ability to twist at the lower body, at the waist, and at the upper body. Requires mobility of both arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small and large objects or tools, from overhead to the ground positions. Work involves grasping, lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and dragging of objects which may weigh approximately 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds with the use of proper equipment or assistance. Requires hand, arm, and upper body strength to operate power equipment. Required to wear protective apparel including hardhats, gloves, goggles, respirators, face protectors, ear protection, aprons, coveralls, chain saw chaps, and steel toed shoes. May be required to work at heights above ground level or in confined spaces. Incumbent may be required to respond to after-hours emergency situations.

Reasonable accommodation(s) for an individual with a qualified disability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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