WORKING WITH US
Here at the District, we are dedicated to providing what we believe to be an excellent work environment. We strive to maintain good wages and benefits, open communications and opportunities for creativity, ownership and fun.
WHAT IS ROP?
ROP stands for Regional Occupational program. It provides career preparation and technical education opportunities. At the District, ROP students strive to become a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operator, and volunteer their time as an Operator-In-Training (OIT) in order to obtain work experience as mandated by Title 23 of the Water Code’s certification requirements.
An ROP student works up to 25 hours a week per semester. Under the guidance of certified operators they will learn about the treatment plant, the industry, perform daily checks, and general maintenance that is involved in the successful operation of a WWTP.
WHAT IS AN OPERATOR?
Ask yourself these questions and see how an operator would answer them…
Do you want a job that challenges you?
An operator researches ideas and solves problems.
Do you want to be an investigator?
Operators investigate and discover the culprit of equipment malfunctions or plant process inefficiencies.
Do you enjoy fixing things?
Equipment can break down, so operators work with a variety of equipment and tools to fix, replace, rebuild or invent things.
Do you want to work outside, or at a desk, in a laboratory or a mechanical shop? Do you want to work with your hands or with your mind?
As an operator, you will do all of it. Your job is to operate a wastewater treatment plant and all that it entails. Each day you may do something different. You will experience what it is like to be a biologist, a chemist, an engineer, a mechanic, a regulator, a landscaper, an analyst, and much more.
Operators are not just workers; we are active participants in a venture that protects public health and preserves natural resources. We clean, we check, we fix, we investigate and we make decisions to ensure the plant and its processes are making the best quality of water possible. It is a job that is both physically and mentally demanding, yet rewarding. There is always a laugh to be had and something new to do. It is not just a job, it’s a career.