Canal Tender II
City of Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield, CA

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Under general supervision, diverts, regulates, delivers, and measures irrigation water on a rotational shift basis including weekends, holidays, and declared emergencies; is responsible for accurate deliveries and diversions; is responsible for canal and/or water facility deliveries security, reports on specific canal conditions; operates light and medium duty vehicles; performs directed canal maintenance, trains new permanent and temporary employees; and performs other work as required. *NOTE: This position is subject to 24-hour rotational shift work including evenings, weekends, holidays and declared emergencies.

Representative Duties:
On an assigned shift, works as field crew leader in daily water operations; regulates water flow as directed at heads of canals or systems; regulates weirs to transport water; regulates gates for water delivery as directed; records measurements; performs minor repairs and maintenance on structures and ditches; reports major defects in canal banks and structures due to washing, erosion, etc.; reports rodent activity, aquatic and other weed growth status; reports all potential canal right-of-way encroachments, vandalism, and trespassing; keeps all measuring devices free from trash and in good operating condition; assists in repairs of inoperative measuring devices; assists Hydrographic Supervisor or designate in routine measurements of water flows; performs dispatcher functions on assigned rotational shift; tabulates water delivery cards and calculates mean daily flows from recorder sheets; works on debris cleaning and maintenance of canal facilities.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applications will be accepted only for those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City application and DMV printout that they possess the minimum qualifications which include:

  • Three (3) years of experience in canal or agricultural water delivery operations; including one (1) year experience in operation of light and medium duty vehicles used in agricultural water delivery and maintenance operations.
  • Licenses, Certificates and Special Requirements: Possession of a valid Class "B" California Driver's License as required. Applicants must submit a current State of California DMV printout from the Department of Motor Vehicles (dated within the last two (2) months of the filing deadline). There will be no substitutions for the official Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) printout. NOTE: Online applications will be accepted for this position as long as the DMV printout is submitted by the filing deadline.
  • Desirable: Basic knowledge of personal computer applications.
OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Thorough knowledge of operation of canal delivery systems; basic knowledge of methods of water diversion and water measurement; ability to perform basic mathematics related to water measurements; carry on accurate water delivery assignments and perform gauge changes on requests; ability to maintain good relations with public being served; ability to safely operate City vehicles; knowledge in operating radio communication equipment; ability to prepare written reports on accidents and emergencies; physical condition and strength sufficient to do occasional heavy lifting of debris.

Supplemental Information:
EXAMINATION: (Weighted 100%) The method of examination may include one or more of the following: written exam; oral exam; evaluation of education, training, experience or other qualifications as shown by the application or by other information submitted, or by the record; questionnaires submitted to references; or any other appropriate measure of fitness. A minimum passing score of 70% is required.***NOTE: Admission to the Examination may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admittance to the Examination. Employment applications must be properly completed in accordance with instructions on face of application form. All pertinent information needed to determine that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be shown on the application with attached certificate; otherwise, the application will be rejected. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completed application***.