Employment FAQs

Q:   How do I apply?
A:   Applications may be downloaded from our website at www.vidwater.org. To utilize the electronic application downloaded you will need a copy of the Adobe Reader version 7 (or higher). The Adobe Reader is available for free from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com. Once downloaded, the electronic application can be filled-in and e-mailed electronically, or you may print the completed application and mail it to our main office. Additional instructions on submitting the completed application are included on the last page of the application.

Q:   If I need an accommodation for the interview or testing process, how do I request one?
A:   If you have a disability and require an accommodation for interviewing, testing or to otherwise participate in a recruitment, please call (760) 597-3100 and ask to be connected with the Human Resources Manager.

Q:   Do I need to submit anything else with my application?
A:   If supplemental information or other materials are required as part of an application, it will be indicated on the job posting. The supplemental materials are necessary for further evaluation of your qualifications for the position for which you are applying. You must submit all supplemental information at the same time you submit your application.

Q:   I want to apply for more than one position. Do I need to fill out a separate application for each position?
A:   Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the position for which you are applying.

Q:   I just found a problem on my application that I submitted, can I send another updated application?
A:   No. Please submit only one application per job posting. To avoid any mistakes, make sure you carefully review your application before submitting your application.

Q:   What positions are currently available?
A:   Please visit our website at www.vidwater.org and click on the employment link to view the positions currently available at the District.

Q:   Do you accept resumes or applications for jobs that are not posted?
A:   No. A resume is part of a current job solicitation and should only be submitted with all other materials that are required based on the job posting.

Q:   I submitted my application electronically. How can I be sure my electronic submission was received?
A:   When your application is received, an automated e-mail response will be sent to you.

Q:   Who will see my application?
A:   Only the Human Resources Department staff authorized to review specific information related to job openings will have access to your application information.

Q:   What information will I be asked to provide?
A:   You will be asked to provide information consistent with any standard application process such as name, address, phone number, education, employment history, and related information.

Q:   What if I do not have a computer or access to the web?
A:   An application package is available at our main office during normal business hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Our main office is located at 1391 Engineer Street in Vista, CA. Also, many local libraries have computers with internet access which are available to the public. Most District positions involve using computers at some level for various tasks.

Q:   Can you mail me an application?
A:   Vista Irrigation District is a small employer with limited Human Resources staff so unfortunately we are unable to accommodate this request. An application package is available at our main office at 1391 Engineer Street in Vista, CA, or you may print a copy from our website at www.vidwater.org.

Q:   Can I submit a resume?
A:   You may attach a resume as part of your application package. However, you may not submit a resume in lieu of completing a District application.

Q:   Will I automatically be considered for other positions if I previously submitted an application?
A:   No, it is necessary to submit a new application for every job posting.

Q:   I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?
A:   No, once the job closing date has passed no application will be accepted or considered.

Q:   Do I need to maintain copies of the e-mails I receive?
A:   Yes. You should maintain copies of all e-mails you receive for your records and future reference.

Q:   What should I do if I do not receive an e-mail notification?
A:   If you do not receive an automated e-mail notification, be sure to check your spam or junk mail system to ensure that your notification was not filtered out. Do not respond to the automated response, as this e-mail account is not monitored. If you are still experiencing difficulty please send an inquiry e-mail to Human Resources.

Q:   I'm unable or having problems e-mailing my application, what can I do?
A:   If you are unable to e-mail your application electronically, you can print out the filled in form and mail it to our main office. It is suggested that you submit your application electronically whenever possible to expedite the processing of your application.

Q:   After a job is posted, how long does it take to hire an employee?
A:   This varies with each position. In general, you can expect the process to take anywhere from 1 to 3 months depending on many factors including number of candidates, the availability of panel members or candidates, the length of time for approval, along with reference checks, candidate negotiations and background security check requirements.

Q:   What types of test or interview can I expect to encounter when I apply for employment?
A:   Many different methods of assessing candidates for employment are used, including written tests, writing exercises, physical skills/performance tests, simulations, presentation exercises and panel interviews.

Q:   How are my qualifications assessed?
A:   Your qualifications are assessed based on the written documentation that you provide when applying. Panel members use your interview responses, along with other information such as your application packet, resume, references and other exam processes to further assess your qualifications.

Q:   What is probation and how long does it last?
A:   For positions not designated as At-Will, there is a probationary period of one year. Upon passing probation, the candidate will be considered a regular employee.

Q:   When/How will I be notified if I'm selected or rejected for a position?
A:   Once the job posting has officially closed, we will review all applications and requested documents. Upon completion of our review, you will be notified either by e-mail, written notice or phone regarding the status of your application.

Q:   How are applications rated and under what circumstance are they rejected?
A:   The recruitment process includes a ranking process, in which applications are rated and ranked, unless they are incomplete, messy /ineligible or rejected for some other reason. The District's policy on applications is as follows:

  1.  Application Forms 
    Job applications must be made on forms or in the manner described by the Human Resources Manager or designee. All applications must be completed in full and signed by the person applying (with the exception of electronically submitted applications which are signed during the interview process). The Human Resources Department will not process any application which is not fully completed.
  2. Disqualification of Applications
    ​The Human Resources Manager or designee may reject an application, or after examination, may disqualify or remove the applicant's name from an eligible list, if the applicant:
  • Has made false statements of any material fact, or practiced any deception or fraud on the application, declarations or in securing eligibility or appointment;
  • Is found to lack any of the requirements, certifications, or qualifications for the position involved;
  • Is physically or mentally unable to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation if disabled;
  • Is a current user of illegal drugs;
  • Is a relative of an employee, and is subject to a violation of an employment of relatives policy;
  • Has been convicted of a crime, either a misdemeanor or felony, that relates to the position duties that the applicant would perform;
  • Used or attempted to use political pressure or bribery to secure an advantage in the examination or appointment;
  • Directly or indirectly obtained information regarding examinations;
  • Refuses to execute the loyalty oath;
  • Failed to submit the employment application correctly or within the prescribed time limits;
  • Has had his or her privilege to operate a motor vehicle in the State of California suspended or revoked, if driving is job related; or
  • For any material cause which in the judgment of the Human Resources Manager or designee would render the applicant unsuitable for the position, including a prior resignation from the District, termination from the District, or a significant disciplinary action in any employment.

Q:   I want to call someone and talk to them about my qualifications and my availability to interview. How can I do this?
A:   Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate this type of request with any candidate. Vista Irrigation District is a small employer with limited Human Resources staff and we often receive hundreds of applications for each recruitment. As much as we would like, we simply don't have the time to confirm receipt of applications or discuss individual applications, situations or qualifications.

Q.   How do I submit my application if I do not have an e-mail address?
A.   You must have an e-mail address in order to submit your application electronically. Free e-mail accounts are available through many website hosts such as www.yahoo.com, www.google.com and www.hotmail.com. These websites are provided for informational purposes only - no endorsement is made or implied.

Q.   I would like to send a cover letter and my resume electronically with my application. What format should I use to send my document?
A.   We can accept the following electronic file formats for any requested materials:

  • Adobe Portable Document Format: (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word: 2003, 2007 (.doc, .docx)
  • WordPerfect: 5.x, 6.x (.wpd, .doc)
  • Plain Text: (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format: (.rtf)