Engineering Technician III
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The Sonoma County Water Agency is seeking a qualified individual to fill one full-time vacancy for the position of Engineering Technician III . This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.

Under direction, an Engineering Technician III performs a wide variety of difficult technical, subprofessional engineering work in design, construction inspection, traffic engineering, surveying, materials testing, sanitation and office engineering; including, but not limited to, encroachment permitting, improvement plan checking and conditioning, and drainage review.

This position will be in the Water Agency’s Stream Maintenance Section and the responsibilities will include:
Sediment Removal and Bank Stabilization Project Designs
Annual Reporting and Notification
Database Improvements
Assistance with Grant Projects – application, agreements, oversight
Watershed Partnership Project Assistance – agreements, project monitoring, and oversight
Sediment Testing and Sampling Assistance
Stream Assessments About the Sonoma County Water Agency : The Sonoma County Water Agency is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. The Agency also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. The Agency employs approximately 185-200 employees and consists of five divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Operations, Maintenance and Administrative Services. The Agency supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Please Note: Employees of the Water Agency are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education : Any combination of education and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic coursework in plane geometry, trigonometry, algebra, drafting, computer aided drafting and design software; and land surveying, would provide such opportunity.

Experience : Any combination of experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, one year of experience at the level of Engineering Technician II with the County of Sonoma, would provide such opportunity.

License : Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable Knowledge Of : mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and of engineering practices, including the making of difficult engineering computations; the methods employed in making inspections of engineering construction work; the principles, techniques, and terminology relating to drafting and computer aided design and skill in performing a wide variety of complex drafting and computer aided design work using various instruments; of the principles, techniques, and terminology relating to surveying and skill in the use of surveying and computing instruments and record keeping the principles, techniques, and terminology relating to testing of construction materials and skill in the making of complex materials tests; office methods and procedures, including setting up and maintaining technical record-keeping systems; departmental safety practices and procedures; the principles, techniques and terminology relating to traffic engineering; electronic information systems.

Working Knowledge Of : the principles, techniques and terminology of civil engineering; Title 27 as it relates to soil, air, and groundwater quality; storm water runoff water quality issues and NPDES permitting requirements; and EPA test methods and reporting standards; use of total station and GPS; computers and computer aided drafting and design software.

Ability To : make accurate notes and sketches and to prepare satisfactory work and observation reports; understand and carry out in detail lengthy or complicated written or oral instructions, including reading and interpreting plans and specifications; make difficult technical and mathematical computations; utilize computers for a wide variety of calculations; prepare and compile complex written technical reports and board resolutions; maintain effective public relations with departmental staff, property owners, contractors, and other individuals and groups in the community; lead the work of other employees; climb, stand and walk for sustained periods of time and to lift moderately heavy objects; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.

Selection Procedure:
Application Instructions : The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass), and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination . Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.
Background Information : A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.
How To Apply : Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at:

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