Senior Water Education Program Assistant - EXTRA HELP
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The Sonoma County Water Agency is seeking qualified candidates to fill one Extra-Help vacancy as Senior Water Education Program Assistant.

A Senior Water Education Program Assistant (Senior WEPA) works under general supervision and is assigned both field and office tasks supporting the implementation of Agency programs related to Water Education, Water Conservation and Public Affairs. Senior WEPAs deliver water education and water conservation programs, assist at public workshops and tours, facilitate lessons on water conservation and watershed stewardship, provide staff support at public events, and provide general assistance supporting the implementation of a variety of Agency outreach programs.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education : Any combination of course work or training including on the job training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, course work or training in the natural or agricultural sciences, statistics and related subjects would provide such opportunity.

Experience : Any combination of paid or volunteer work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and ability stated herein. Normally, lead work or subject matter specialty work on special agricultural or related scientific projects of a year or more would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working Knowledge Of : the methods of planting, growing, treating and harvesting agricultural crops; methods used in location, identification and control of a variety of pests and weeds; the application, handling, disposal, storage, and reporting requirements of pesticides and other chemicals relating to agricultural commodities; a variety of audio-visual aides.

Knowledge Of : computer applications to agricultural projects; computer hardware and software applications related to the compilation and statistical analysis of data and production reports; training and project coordination techniques.

Ability To : use specialized soil and water measurement devices, laboratory instrumentation devices and agricultural applications equipment; operate vehicles and equipment in a safe manner pursuant to department policy and regulatory agency requirements; communicate orally or in writing; train and lead project workers; develop effective working relationships between peers, supervisors, elected officials, community representatives, members of the public, and others who have an interest in Sonoma County agriculture; learn to perform basic research associated with agricultural projects; operate a computer and use software applications for data compilation and analysis specifically related to agricultural projects.

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 Overview.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an Extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.
A background investigation may be 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:
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