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CCWA offers a great working atmosphere and a well rounded benefit package for eligible employees that includes a cafeteria plan offering employer paid medical, dental and vision care, 12 paid holidays per year, vacation accruals beginning with 10 days per year and increasing at stages with years of service, and 12 sick days accrued per year.

All probationary and regular employees are also enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit pension plan. CCWA also provides a matching contribution to 457(b) retirement plans.  CCWA does not participate in full social security, but does participate in Medicare.

CCWA is currently seeking candidates for the positions of Deputy Director of Operations and Engineering and Water Treatment Plant Operator - Trainee

To apply for either of these positions, please complete a CCWA employment application and submit via email to Lisa Watkins at or via regular mail to:  Central Coast Water Authority, 255 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA   93427. 

For more information  contact Lisa Watkins,

Deputy Director of Operations and Engineering

The Deputy Director of Operations and Engineering, will be a member of the Management Team under general supervision of the Executive Director and will be responsible for all operational and engineering activities, including planning and directing the operations and maintenance of the water treatment plant, laboratory, distribution system and network system.  In addition, the Deputy Director will be responsible for all engineering work and will oversee project management work related to CCWA’s distribution pipeline, water treatment plant, and ancillary facilities.

The Salary Range for this position is $209,565 – $255,669 per year DOQ.  For a full job description, please click here.

This position will remain open until filled.  Initial review of applications will take place January 22, 2024.

Water Treatment Plant Operator- Trainee Position

Under general supervision of the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, the Water Treatment Plant Operator - Trainee performs skilled work in the operation of the water treatment plant and makes minor repairs and adjustments to equipment as required. Takes responsibility for plant and distribution pipeline performance and works with others to provide high quality treated water for distribution to Authority participants.

This position is part of the Central Coast Water Authority’s succession management plan for Water Treatment Plant Operators and will receive training and experience working at the Polonio Pass Water Treatment Plant working a standard 40 hour per week schedule.  Once training is complete, the position will transition to serving as a relief operator that will cover shifts arising from vacation or sick time by other operators. Ultimately, this position is expected to advance to serve as Shift Operator and scheduled into the existing rotating schedule of Day, Night and Relief Shifts.

The salary range for this position is $79,757 - $106,028 per year, DOQ.  For a full job description, please click here.

Equal Employment Opportunity - CCWA supports equal employment opportunities and does not unlawfully discriminate against its employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. CCWA also makes reasonable accommodations, as required by law, for employees who have a physical or mental disability. Finally, CCWA prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the basis listed above. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social and recreational programs.

2023-24 Salary Ranges.pdfCCWA Employment Application


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