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Updated on July 25, 2014

Maintenance Worker
Maintenance Worker Salary: $3566 - $4844 Monthly Schedule: Full Time


Reports to: Building Trades Supervisor

Supervises the following positions: Not applicable

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, to perform semiskilled maintenance, construction and repair work on District buildings, structures and related equipment.  To assist a building maintenance trades worker and perform related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Positions in this class are assigned a variety of tasks in the building trades.  Although the work requires the use of building trade tools and the ability to perform tasks in a variety of crafts, the skill level required is normally less than the skill level which would be required of a journey level trades worker.


  1. Assists building maintenance trades workers to complete assignments.
  2. Performs semiskilled duties in plumbing or carpentry work.
  3. Unplugs sewers and repairs faucets.
  4. Performs a variety of painting duties on houses, vehicles and sunshades.
  5. Does repair work on doors, windows, roofs and floors.
  6. Uses saws, hammers, hand and power tools in performing repairs.
  7. Performs concrete work such as building forms, pouring and finishing concrete.
  8. Assembles furniture and structures.
  9. Hauls and stacks lumber.
  10. Loads and transports equipment.
  11. Makes minor adjustments and keeps equipment in good repair.
  12. Performs janitorial duties when required.


License or Certificates: Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.  Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would meet the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be to preferably have one year of working experience in performing semiskilled maintenance tasks.

See Human Resources for full job description. 

Closing Date: August 1, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Chief Surveyor
Chief Surveyor Salary: $6673-$9214 Monthly Schedule: Full Time


REPORTS TO: Engineer Manager

SUPERVISES THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician I, II, Survey Assistant


DEFINITION:  Under general direction to coordinate, supervise and direct the work of the Survey division and its subordinate employees; to train subordinates in a variety of technical office, Electronic Survey techniques and filed application of survey works, and to do related work as required.


  1. Reviews job requests: determines coordinates and assembles job data needed
  2. Reviews, plans, coordinates and directs the schedules of works for survey staff to meet deadlines.
  3. Compiles, translates electronic survey and manual field data, operates computer programs and coordinates all survey data with staff and customers.
  4. Reviews and determines procedures and techniques for conducting property and right –of-way surveys, and the establishment of an effects uniform base mapping system.
  5. Provides training of Survey staff and evaluates job performance.
  6. Reviews all date of survey activities for accuracy and completion.
  7. Personally performs a variety of complex, technical surveying and drafting work.  Prepares reports and correspondence related to survey.
  8. Prepares(sign and stamp) and review complex legal descriptions and plat depictions
  9. Prepares exhibits depicting survey results (e.g., limits of easements, pipeline alignments, topography, encroachments etc.)
  10. Prepares Records of Survey and Certificates of Compliance documents.


License or Certifications: Possession of valid California Operators License issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment of classification.

Must have a California Land Surveyors license.

Experience:  Ten years experience in land surveying, at least 3 of which were as a Party Chief or equivalent. 

EDUCATION:   High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum of an Associate’s degree with courses related to math, science, and surveying, a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

See Human Resources for full job description.

Closing Date: August 8, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Apply Now

Electronic Technician I or Electronic Technician II
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN I Salary: $4844 - $6654 Monthly Schedule: Full Time
or ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN II Salary: $5296 - $7293 Monthly

DEFINITION: Under general supervision to perform installation, repair, calibration, and maintenance work on the district's supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, automatic control systems, trunked and radio systems, telephone systems, security systems, flood warning systems, and do related work as required.  Familiarity with the district's domestic, flood control, irrigation, and sanitation distribution and collection systems preferred.                                                                        

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                          

1. Performs professional installations and calibrations and proficiently repairs and maintains system, equipment, and components including but not limited to local and remote terminal units, programmable controllers, variable drives, automatic control circuits, process controllers, liquid level controllers, level and pressure transducers, flow and position transmitters, microwave radios, multiplex and data communications equipment, base and mobile radios, tone and pulse duration transmitters and receivers, security equipment, solar power equipment, flood warning equipment, gas detectors, audio and video equipment, telephone and voice mail equipment, cellular telephone, and underground cable.

2. Systematically troubleshoots system, equipment, and component malfunctions using effect-to-cause reasoning techniques to make timely and effective repairs.  Analyzes failures and takes prompt responsible corrective action in striving to minimize service interruptions to co-workers and the district's customers and to minimize damage.

3. Understands and adheres to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission regarding the operation and maintenance of radio transmitters and receivers.                                                   


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                       

Electronic Technician I and Electronic Technician II: Possession of a valid Technician Certificate issued through a program endorsed by the Federal Communications Commission or a FCC license.

Experience: Electronic Technician I level: Any combination of training and experience, which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be to have two years experience in the electronics repair field. Electronic Technician II level: Must have experience working on the District's SCADA system as an Electronic Technician I for a minimum of 5 years.

Please note:  We will be filling this position at the Technician I or II level only. 


Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

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Human Resources is available between the hours of 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. We are located at 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, California.

Coachella Valley Water District
P.O. Box 1058
Coachella, CA 92236
Phone: (760) 398-2661, Ext. 2103
Fax: (760) 568-1774
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The Coachella Valley Water District offers a full benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans as well as a life insurance policy, three deferred compensation plans, and two flexible spending accounts. CVWD also offers vacation benefits, floating and set holidays, paid sick leave and longevity pay after seven years. CVWD is a member of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and an equal opportunity employer.

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