Assistant Water Cross-Connection Control Specialist Job at Sacramento, Sacramento County, California

Assistant Water Cross-Connection Control Specialist

City of Sacramento , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$62,701.79 - $88,595.99 Annually

Application Deadline 


04/26/2021 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



To conduct field inspections, investigations, and audits to assure compliance with appropriate codes, policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to an approved cross connection control/backflow prevention program.

General direction is provided by the Cross Connection Control Specialist or higher level supervisory or management position. Responsibilities may include direct and indirect supervision of lower-level personnel.



The following duties are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed:

  • Conduct surveys, collect and analyze data, including diagrams of cross connections, to verify compliance with state and local law.
  • Inspect valves and fittings, vessels, tanks, and equipment to determine cross-connection hazards; instruct consumers where to locate and how to install adequate backflow prevention devices. 
  • Educate and explain cross connection control requirements to property owners, managers, contractors, government agencies and the general public.
  • Perform tests to be sure backflow prevention devices are in proper working condition.
  • Understand Cross Connection Control Program and policies; maintain a log of customer contacts and inspections.
  • Issue written warnings to customers as necessary.
  • Prepare and maintain records and files including field test data, surveys, cross connection locations, approved backflow assembly inventories, etc. 
  • Demonstrate various types of backflow prevention devices and train other staff in recognizing cross connection.
  • Inspect water trucks and tanks for compliance with program and division policy.

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles, design, operation, and repair of cross connection control devices.
  • Basic hydraulics as applied to a water distribution system and auxiliary water supplies.
  • City policies and procedures and State law relating to cross connection control/backflow prevention.
Ability to: 
  • Demonstrate, test, and explain backflow prevention devices and assemblies.
  • Perform and instruct others on how to perform field tests.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Read and interpret maps, diagrams, and specifications.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Interpret and apply rules and regulations.
  • Exercise good judgment and analyze situations accurately.

High School diploma or G.E. D. equivalent.

Two years of experience as a Utilities Operation and Maintenance Service worker in the City of Sacramento, which must include one year in Water.

Four years experience in water distribution, water production, or related field, of which three years must have involved the testing and installation of backflow prevention devices and inspection of internal building plumbing systems for water cross connections


Driver License:
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment.  Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Possession of a valid California Class B Driver Permit is required as a condition of continued employment within ninety (90) days after appointment.  Possession of a valid Class B Driver License, with appropriate endorsements, is required by the end of the probationary period.
  • Possession of a valid California Class A Driver License with appropriate endorsements is required by the end of the probationary period for some assignments.

License or Certificate:
Possession of the following certifications are required at the time of appointment and is a condition of continued employment:
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain a California-Nevada American Water Work Association (AWWA) Cross Connection Control Specialist Certificate within one (1) year after the date of appointment.
  • California-Nevada AWWA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification.
  • Water Distribution Operator Grade I Certificate issued by the State of California.

If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a pre-employment background and medical exam, including a drug test.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The conditions herein are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of his job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Physical Requirements:
Must possess mobility to work in the field; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, to climb and descend ladders, to operate varied hand and power tools and construction equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 75 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.
Environmental Conditions:
Employees work in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Work Conditions:
May be required to be on-call and to work various shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Probationary Period:
Incumbents must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status. 



Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.
 1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted. 
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified: 
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week)
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section. 
  • Applicants are responsible for attaching proof of education, certification, and/or license to each position for which they apply.  
  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. 
  • If you’re requesting Veteran’s credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran’s credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C

2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

3. Training and Experience Test: (Weighted 100%) – The Supplemental Questionnaire located at the end of the application is the Training and Experience Exam. Only the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will become candidates and their supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. Therefore, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough and complete because the exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the supplemental questionnaire, please note:

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted. 
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed. 
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

4. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list.

 5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.


  For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process: 

  • For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627. 


915 I Street

Sacramento, CA 95814