Airport Operations Specialist Trainee
County of Sonoma 10 reviews - Santa Rosa, CA

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The County of Sonoma's Transportation and Public Works Department is seeking an enthusiastic and capable individual to join their team as an Airport Operations Specialist Trainee. This is an excellent opportunity to begin a career with the County of Sonoma.

Under supervision, the Airport Operations Specialist Trainee learns to perform a wide variety of operations, maintenance, and security activities at the airport facilities including grounds and equipment maintenance; enforces airport rules and regulations; learns to respond to emergencies and direct fire and rescue operations; patrols and inspects airport facilities when assigned; and performs related work as required.

This position requires availability for all work schedules including nights, weekends, and holidays.

The Trainee is the entry-level position in the Airport Operations Specialist series and is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) months. The Trainee must successfully complete all required training and certifications within the twelve-month period. Upon successful completion of the Airport Operations Specialist Trainee position, the individual selected is expected to meet the minimum qualifications for Airport Operations Specialist and be able to promote into that position. However, failure to satisfactorily meet the training and certification requirements will result in termination of employment.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) full-time Airport Operations Specialist Trainee vacancy at the Airport. 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 this list.


The Department:
The Transportation and Public Works Department is committed to providing quality transportation and public works services within Sonoma County in a responsive and professional manner. Transportation and Public Works is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport, including airfield facilities for airline passenger services as well as corporate, recreational, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, and fire fighting aircraft.

The Airport:
The Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport is a commercial service airport with facilities for airline passenger service, business, and recreational aircraft, plus law enforcement, emergency medical service, and fire fighting aircraft.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education/Experience: Any combination of experience, training, and education that would provide the opportunity to acquire the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, two years of recent, full-time paid experience in exterior and interior building maintenance, semi-skilled building construction, repair, maintenance or grounds keeping work that included the use of trucks, light mechanical machines and hand tools would provide this opportunity. The ability to read and write English and perform basic arithmetic calculations is required at a level sufficient to perform the duties of the position. Experience, which involved the operation, maintenance, or security of an airport facility, is desirable.

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.

Certifications: Within 12 months of employment, incumbents must complete Airport Specific Training, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training, Emergency First Aide Training including CPR, Defibrillator Training, First Responder/First Aide, and Live Fire Training.

Additional Requirements: Incumbents may be required to undergo additional FAA Background and/or Criminal History Checks as determined by County, State and Federal Regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: building maintenance and custodial methods, materials and equipment; practical gardening and grounds keeping methods and equipment; safe and correct operation and preventive maintenance of light duty tractors and accessories, boom lift, sweeper, paint sprayer, machines and power tools utilized at the Airport.

Some knowledge of: safety principles and practices employed in the operation of an airport facility; fire prevention and fire fighting techniques is desirable.

Ability to: respond to emergencies; perform heavy physical labor routinely, and under stressful conditions in critical life and death situations; work harmoniously with fellow employees and to deal courteously with the public; exercise independent judgment; follow oral and written directions.

Selection Procedure:

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.


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.


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.


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:

HR Analyst: JC
HR Technician: MG

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