Water Distribution Operator

The Presidio Trust is seeking an experienced Water Distribution Operator. The Presidio, formerly a 1,491-acre Army base, is now a new kind of national park. The park offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities, and is home to thousands of residential and non-residential tenants. The Municipal Services Division maintains the important infrastructure necessary to sustain the equivalent of a small city, including fire protection, utilities, water treatment, roads and trails, and transportation. The Presidio Water Treatment Plant, located near Baker Beach, draws the majority of its water from Presidio's Lobos Creek, the last free-flowing natural stream in San Francisco, which runs along the Presidio's southwest corner. Daily flows in 2016 averaged 1.4 million gallons per day. The Presidio Water Treatment Plant draws from the flow of Lobos Creek, treats the water, and distributes it park-wide to more than 1,300 service connections. 

Our ideal candidate is highly skilled, detail-conscious, hardworking, and experienced in operating, maintaining and completing various work projects throughout the Presidio water distribution system and Presidio water treatment plant. You possess excellent customer service and communication skills and interact positively with the Presidio community, including colleagues, tenants, and visitors. You track jobs to completion and set priorities, minimizing interference in services. You are accountable, and most importantly, you behave safely, ensuring safety and compliance requirements are always met or exceeded. ​

This is a full-time position with benefits, and a minimum salary of at least $41.11 per hour.


  • Perform pipefitting duties including planning, laying out and routing piping systems. Slant, slope and set grade to ensure proper operation of water systems. Work from construction drawings, lay out sketches and blueprints to install and repair different types of piping including ductile and cast iron ranging in size from 3"-14" diameter.
  • Operate and maintain water treatment facilities and water distribution systems throughout the park. Apply basic health, sanitary, and mechanical principles and practices to ensure proper operation and maintenance of microbiological and physical chemical processes for efficient treatment of potable water distribution systems. Operate hypochlorinators, solution tanks, pressure tanks, valves, mixed media filters, and centrifugal pumps associated with conventional surface water treatment. Repair and replace water system components such as water meters, pumps, chlorinators, pressure tanks and filters.
  • Repair and replace water mains and laterals. Estimate material needs to include pipe, fittings, fixtures, and hydrants; and determine size, type, and length. Install, repair and maintain valves, water mains and other items attached to the water distribution system. Install and test backflow prevention devices and maintain constant and functional water pressure by maintaining pressure-reducing valves.
  • Troubleshoot, repair, modify, test, calibrate and install a variety of multi-component industrial and precision instruments and interdependent mechanical and hydraulic devices which control and regulate flows, pressures and levels; such as magnetic and differential pressure flowmeter, sonic meters, turbidimeter and other equipment that measure and record operating parameters. Install, repair and calibrate analyzers for turbidity, chlorine and pH as well as the trend recorders associated with these analyzers. ​


  • At least three years related experience or journeyman level water distribution operator, water treatment plant operator, and pipefitter.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in plant operations and troubleshoot various systems and components to ensure their safe operation and delivery of water.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blueprints, schematics, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts of geometry and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form, and to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to maintain and complete reports and records to meet compliance requirements.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, current Driver's License AND a D2 Water Distribution Operator Certificate prior to starting work in the position.
  • Must possess and maintain a T2 Water Treatment Operator Certificate AND a Backflow Device Tester Certificate within one year of employment.
  • Must be able to frequently stand and walk, occasionally sit, use and reach with hands and arms, regularly lift/move up to 25 pounds, and frequently lift/move up to 50 pounds.
  • You may be occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • Subject to weekend, shift and overtime emergency calls.


  • Passion for working at the Presidio.
  • Experience interacting with building occupants and tenants; excellent customer service skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse team.

About the Presidio Trust Municipal Services Division​

Approximately 3,000 people reside in apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and duplexes in one of the 21 distinct Presidio neighborhoods, which are located near forest groves, trails, waterfront paths, a golf course, and a beach. More than 3.5 million square feet of non-residential space is located around the park. Two-thirds of the buildings are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles, from the Spanish era through World War II. The Presidio is an extraordinary place to work for the thousands of employees of approximately 100 businesses who lease non-residential space. The Presidio Trust Municipal Services Division ensures that these beautiful, historic buildings are operational, safe, and ready every day for their modern uses by tenants, residents, employees, and visitors.