City of Palo Alto

Palo Alto is located about 35 miles south of San Francisco; and 14 miles north of San Jose.  Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” and global center of technology and innovation, is the corporate headquarters for many world-class companies and research facilities such as VMWare, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Tesla, and Skype. Home to Stanford University and a top-ranked public school system, Palo Alto also features beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods, vibrant shopping and retail districts.

 

Palo Alto has a highly educated and culturally sophisticated citizenry that is actively engaged in making a difference both locally and globally. Unique among city organizations, Palo Alto operates a full-array of services including its own gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage provided at very competitive rates for its customers.

 

7 job(s) at City of Palo Alto

City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 19, 2021
Full Time
Description Career Opportunity The City of Palo Alto's Public Works Department is looking for Industrial Waste Inspectors or Industrial Waste Technicians in the Environmental Services Division. These position will perform tasks associated with surveillance of industrial waste discharges, surveillance of wastewater collection, inspection of industrial/commercial pretreatment facilities, and enforcement of the City's sewer use ordinance and other applicable regulations. This position represents those directly involved in the enforcement of the City's sewer use ordinance and Environmental Protection Agency pretreatment regulations with regards to industrial/commercial dischargers. This position is required to perform field work such as sample collection and conduct basic water quality tests (e.g., pH) on select samples. In addition, this position may also be required to write reports, perform mathematical calculations, and deal with the public with courtesy and tact. A basic knowledge of industrial processes, industrial waste characteristics, methods of industrial waste treatment, waste collection systems, equipment used in pollution monitoring, and techniques and methods used in sampling, detecting and monitoring waste discharges is desirable. Weekend and holiday work may be required. Ideal Candidate The ideal candidates are comfortable working in the field, collecting samples from various discharge points, troubleshooting equipment failures and sampling locations, and capable of lifting equipment ~25 lbs. The ideal candidates are also knowledgeable in sampling collection techniques and equipment as well as sample preservation requirements for numerous water quality parameters. The ideal candidates have previous experience in laboratory, pretreatment, source control, and/or wastewater collection and treatment. The ideal candidates will have a can-do and proactive personality. Depending on the applicant qualifications, the position will be filled at the appropriate level of either Industrial Waste Inspector or Industrial Waste Technician . Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Inspects and reviews industrial waste plant processes and treatment equipment; prepares reports and keeps records on industries. Samples industrial waste, obtaining grab or composite samples, delivers samples to laboratory, performs chemical field and laboratory tests and field measurements of industrial wastewater flows. Applies knowledge of effects of industrial waste on the sewage system, treatment processes and personnel, on storm drains, on water courses, landfill operations, and the environment, requiring knowledge of the causes of treatment plant upsets. Essential Functions: Reviews industrial waste plans. Assists in enforcement of provisions of industrial waste permits, ordinances and applicable rules and regulations; may issue correction and enforcement orders such as violations or cease and desist orders. Conducts tests of backflow prevention devices. Communicates objectives of the industrial waste program and the requirements of Federal and State regulations regarding industrial waste; elicits the cooperation of industry in resolving industrial waste problems and acts as expert witness in court appearances Obtains, compiles and evaluates information on industries including evaluation of laboratory reports and gathering of evidence for legal actions. Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Industrial Waste Inspector: Equivalent to possession of an Associate of Arts degree in water technology, engineering or related science. and Two years experience in the water pollution field or industrial processes, particularly in electronic manufacturing, work involving design of industrial waste systems, or quality control in process industries. Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Possession of, or ability to become certified as a backflow prevention device tester. Industrial Waste Technician: Equivalent to possession of a high school degree. 1 year of related work experience. Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Closing Date/Time: 2/2/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 19, 2021
Full Time
Description The City of Palo Alto is looking for an Electrical Lineperson/Cable Splicer (High Voltage Lineman) to construct and maintain overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution systems. This position is a non-supervisory position in the Overhead and Underground Construction Unit within the Utilities' Electric Operations Division, which provides utilities operations services to approximately 67,000 residents, and the City's commercial and business customers. This position performs at the journey level and responds to large- and small-scale circuit power outages, including transformer outages. This position will also perform 'make safes' when encountering an unsafe situation and will also respond to customer 'flicker' calls. Our ideal candidate is someone with strong overhead construction fundamentals who is eager to hone their skills in underground splicing and will... be a strong troubleshooter and identify root causes of an outage, be driven and eager to learn, work with a focus and emphasis on safety, have a background in electrical fundamentals, and be able to work with field and other staff at all levels. Come join an amazing organization and be a part of a team where you can make a difference in the lives of Palo Alto's residents and businesses. THE JOB & IDEAL CANDIDATE The Electrical Lineperson/Cable Splicer is in the City of Palo Alto's Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and reports to the Utilities Supervisor in the Overhead and Underground Construction Unit within the Utilities' Electric Operations Division. This position is a non-supervisory position that performs at the journey level in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution systems for the City of Palo Alto. The Lineperson will respond to large- and small-scale circuit power outages, including transformer outages. They will also perform 'make safes' when encountering an unsafe situation and respond to customer 'flicker' calls (this position does not involve work on communication lines). The Electrical Lineperson/Cable Splicer will be driven and eager to learn, strong at troubleshooting and identifying root causes of an outage (such as lightning strikes, downed wire, or major vegetation issues), have a background in electrical fundamentals, champion safe work practices, and work collaboratively with field and other staff at all levels. The City of Palo Alto is looking for someone with strong overhead construction fundamentals who is eager to hone their skills in underground splicing. For more details please see the complete recruitment brochure: https://wbcpinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WBCP_PA_EFL-CS_R3.pdf HOW TO APPLY: This position is open until the needs of the City are met, for first consideration APPLY IMMEDIATELY at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board Interviews will be ongoing as promising applicants apply. Please contact your recruiter, Erica Greenberg, with any questions: erica.greenberg@cityofpaloalto.org (650) 329-2166 Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 14, 2021
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position The Palo Alto Electric Operations division is recruiting for a Utility System Operator to assume the responsibility for operation of the City's municipal utility system. As the Utility System Operator, you will provide the primary centralized operating function for the City's Utilities Operations requiring detailed knowledge of electric voltage regulation and load allocation. In addition to the primary responsibility for Operations, you will deal courteously with the public while assisting with complaints and coordinate switching with individual customers. The selected candidate will be responsible for monitoring the status of the Utility's electric, water & gas transmission and distribution systems through the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) meters and other equipment. Additional functions will be to coordinate switching activities on transmission and distribution lines and substations with City personnel, customers and power suppliers; initiate and issue switching orders and clearances in accordance with operating procedures; maintain control of the electrical system and safely direct appropriate personnel and operate equipment to correct system problems and restore service during emergency conditions. Communication skills are critical in providing detailed reports of system failures, disturbances and unusual conditions; maintaining accurate logs, system outage database and customer count databases; update the wall map, block maps and GIS maps. In this position, you will also provide training and guidance in switching and dispatching tasks, and perform other related work as assigned. First review of applications will take place on Monday, February 8, 2021 so make sure you get your application in as soon as you can. Ideal Candidate The Ideal Candidate will have: A solid background in distribution operations. A clear understanding of system relays. Completed a training program attaining a journeyman status. A strong background in electric theory. Have computer skills and familiarity with SAP and Microsoft office. Experience and ability to use a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System Ability to communicate effectively with customers, crews, and the general public. Strong customer service skills and experience. Ability to work rotating shifts, including nights, holidays and weekends on a system operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The City offers a range of benefits including a retirement plan so make sure to visit our benefits portal here . This position is part of the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Issues emergency and routine switching orders based on loading limits of high voltage lines and other equipment; receives clearance requests and determines removal from and placement in service of Electric transmission and distribution of equipment. Receives, troubleshoots, prioritizes and dispatches appropriate personnel and equipment for all emergency and non - emergency calls for the Electric, Water and Gas Systems during business hours and for the Electric, Water, Gas, Street/Traffic lights and any other City services during non-business hours. Maintains logs and other Electric, Water and Gas system reports. Updates all prescribed Electric databases and mapping systems with real-time changes including updated asset data that affect the operation and troubleshooting of the Electric Network. All changes are to be validated by operators on subsequent shifts based on departmental standards and established practices. Issues clearances on electrical equipment and power lines for testing and other work; coordinates the activities of various units in placing equipment into service; maintains radio and phone contact with field units at all times, or makes frequent checks of SCADA for indication of system trouble and maintains wall map by placing and shifting colored and coded indicators. Directs appropriate Water and Gas field personnel performing lockout/tag out procedures. Monitors the Water and Gas System SCADA to detect abnormal conditions; performs operations or adjustments to correct such abnormalities or refers the problems to specialized maintenance personnel. Notifies appropriate personnel of reported problems to the City's traffic signals, fiber optic and communications systems, and other equipment related to Traffic Signals department. Reports alarms received on the Fiber Optic monitoring system to the Supervisor of Traffic Signals or the department standby person. Updates wall maps and GIS (Geographical Information System) maps. Assists customers with problems and complaints by determining and contacting appropriate authority to expedite solution; contacts industrial customers possessing sensitive testing equipment and computers prior to and after planned switching. Completes and distributes outage reports; maintains system outage database, customers count database, and performs tasks for Utilities Field Office as requested. Records in Operators Log all system operations, switching orders and subsequent issuance of clearance for work on the system; prepares various other operating reports. Required to maintain an accurate and complete log of activities, including daily, semi-annual and annual outage information. To review the full job description, go here Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Graduation from high school. Successful completion of a System Dispatch Training Program is desirable. Three years of journey level experience with an electric utility: As a System Operator, or performing substation maintenance, or performing overhead line construction and maintenance and underground residential distribution (URD), or five years experience with an electric utility requiring knowledge of electrical transmission and distribution systems, equipment and operation. Completion of a recognized, related apprenticeship and attainment of journey person status. Closing Date/Time: Continuous
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 12, 2021
Full Time
Description Exciting Opportunity! Under the direction of the WGW Utilities Supervisor, an Assistant Gas and Water Measurement and Control Technician, maintains gas and water meters used in utility operations to assure accuracy and maintains water meter cross connection control devices. Installs and replaces residential, commercial, and industrial gas meters and regulators and water meters. Investigates and corrects gas and water service problems in the field. Employees hired at the Assistant Gas and Water Measurement and Control Technician will typically go through a three-year training program with the goal of becoming eligible to become a Gas and Water Measurement and Control Technician after passing an examination. The Assistant Gas and Water Measurement and Control Technician will focus on field installation and exchanging of smaller, less complex meters, primarily residential. A candidate in this position may perform repairs on less complex meters and will assist the Gas and Water Measurement and Control Technician with field testing and repair of larger, more complicated meters, gas receiving station maintenance, and cross connection control devices. Ideal Qualifications: Knowledge of gas meter repair and/or above ground leak detection and repair. Knowledge of water meter repair and/or leak detection. Knowledge of safe working practices as they relate to the gas and water shop and field work. Written and oral communications skills. Ability to read gas and water meter dials and record readings correctly. Proven mechanical aptitude. Sufficient computer skills to complete essential functions of the job. The City offers a range of benefits including a retirement plan so make sure to visit our benefits portal here . This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU). Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Inspects, installs, tests, repairs, and adjusts various types of gas and water measurement and control instruments such as gas and water meters, cross control connection devices, regulators, transducers, pressure gauges, Ultrasonic and ECAT instruments to City of Palo Alto standards. Assist with performing and maintaining periodic maintenance schedule for large capacity meters for water and gas. Utilizes computer aided instruments to test and calibrate various types of meters. Performs field investigations of gas and water service inquiries by inspecting gas service lines and meter set assemblies on customer's premises to detect cause of problem. Corrects defects or notifies customer of need for repair. Performs regularly established inspections of Gas Receiving Stations. Assist with performing regular maintenance of Gas Receiving Stations, including assembling and disassembling of Mooney regulators, pilots and sensing lines. Verifies that all monitoring instruments (PLC and SCADA systems) are calibrated and working correctly. Responds to emergencies that pertain to meter leaks, pressure issues, metering, and Gas Receiving Stations. Monitor and performs maintenance on Electronic Corrector and Audit Trail (ECAT) instruments at various locations. Installs, maintains, and programs digital meters and associated communications instrumentation associated with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and automated meter reading (AMR) systems. Programs electric based measuring instruments such as ultra-sonic and flow oscillating meters as well as micro correctors. Conducts gas odorization and oil drip tests at various test portals in the city. Coordinates Tie-Ins schedule with the CIP project coordinators. Performs gas and water leak investigations to ensure safety or notifies customer of repair correction Utilizes computers and various types of software to order materials, enter and track data, generate charts and produce reports. Complies with all applicable regulations and standards, including Gas Operator Qualification (OQ) requirements. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. To see the full job description click here. Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: High school graduate or equivalent preferred. and Two years experience in gas or water meter shop/field work preferred, or one year of work experience in utilities. Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Driver's License. Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include walking or standing for extended periods of time and operating assigned equipment and vehicle. Must pass and maintain the DOT Operator Qualification exams to work on gas system within 12 months of appointment. Possession of a valid Backflow Prevention Tester Certificate or ability to obtain the Certificate within twelve months of appointment. This is a Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) postion. Closing Date/Time: 1/26/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 12, 2021
Full Time
Description The City of Palo Alto is looking for an Electrical Project Engineer to oversee the electric and fiber optic utility projects, from conception through design and construction. This position is in the Electrical and Fiber Unit within the Utilities Engineering Division, which provides utilities services to approximately 67,000 residents, and the City's commercial and business customers. The Electrical Project Engineer performs project management for major Capital Improvement Projects including engineering design, bid evaluation, contract administration, project scheduling, inter-utility coordination, quality control, and field decisions and supervision to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner. Our ideal candidate will be a strong electrical and fiber technical expert and project manager, with an ability to meet critical project deadlines, and a background overseeing complex electrical and fiber utility projects. The Electrical Project Engineer will be able to work collaboratively with other staff, departments, and agencies and enjoy working in an environment where professional advancement and career development opportunities exist. Come join an amazing organization and be a part of a team where you can make a difference in the lives of Palo Alto's residents and businesses. THE JOB The Electrical Project Engineer reports to the Senior Electrical Project Engineer in the Electrical and Fiber Unit within the Utilities Engineering Division. This position oversees staff who support the delivery of critical Capital Improvement Projects and safe and reliable services to utility customers, and is responsible for overseeing and managing electric and fiber optic utility projects, from conception through design and construction. The Electrical Project Engineer performs project management for major Capital Improvement Projects including engineering design, bid evaluation, contract administration, project scheduling, inter-utility coordination, quality control, and field decisions and supervision to ensure projects are completed. Additionally, the Electrical Project Engineer provides guidance for the utilities' customers for the efficient use of electric energy, in establishing utilities service requirements, fault current protection, load management and demand control, power factor correction, and systems safety and protection schemes. This position sets objectives to meet critical project deadlines and works collaboratively with others in the engineering department, operations team, and supervises technicians and outside consultants on major projects. CURRENT KEY PROJECTS & INITIATIVES The Electrical Project Engineer will be working on the following key projects: Utilities Underground Conversion and Rebuild Projects Fiber Expansion Project : Leverage and expand the fiber network to support a communications platform for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA), and wireless communications support for Public Safety and Utilities To see other key projects this team is working on, visit: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/utl/eng/electric/projects/default.asp For more details please see the complete recruitment brochure: https://wbcpinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WBCP_PA_EPE_R2.pdf HOW TO APPLY: This position is open until the needs of the City are met, for first consideration APPLY IMMEDIATELY at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board Interviews will be ongoing as promising applicants apply. Please contact your recruiter, Erica Greenberg, with any questions: erica.greenberg@cityofpaloalto.org (650) 329-2166 This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union. Closing Date/Time:
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Jan 06, 2021
Full Time
Description The Department Recognized as the global leader in cutting-edge technology, medicine and green innovation, Palo Alto (pop. 70,000) is the birthplace of the Silicon Valley. The population doubles during the daytime as the community is home to Stanford University as well as approximately 100,000 jobs. Palo Alto is the only city in California to own and operate all essential utility services, including electric, gas, water, wastewater, fiber, and storm drain. All utilities are operated by the Utilities Department, except for storm drain which is operated by the Public Works Department. The water, gas, and wastewater (WGW) section of the Utilities Engineering Department is seeking a dynamic and innovative person to manage the water, gas, or wastewater engineering group. Under general direction of the Engineering Manager, the Senior Engineer plans, organizes, and directs professional and technical engineering work in support of the infrastructure projects; performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility; and performs other related work as required. The Position This Senior Engineer will lead a group of 3 to 4 engineering and/or technical staff and work closely with other engineering groups and Utilities Operations. The Senior Engineer's responsibilities include but not limited to: prioritizing and assigning work; overseeing and managing design and construction management of capital improvement projects; performing complex engineering analysis and taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety and reliability of City's distribution and collection systems; supporting other Utility Engineering groups and Operations; developing less-experienced staff; conducting performance evaluations; planning/recommending/monitoring budget for the assigned utility; updating utility standard specifications and details for the assigned utility; etc. First review of applications will take place on Monday, January 25, 2021 so make sure you get your application in as soon as you can. Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate should possess sound engineering fundamentals including: scientific, analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills. The candidate should be detail-oriented, organized, and be able to communicate effectively. The candidate should have utility knowledge, design experience, and strong project management skills with water, gas, or wastewater capital improvement projects. The City offers a range of benefits including a retirement plan so make sure to visit our benefits portal here . Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations. Performs project management for major water, gas and wastewater systems projects, including scope of work, budget, contract and code compliance, utility and construction safety, staffing, and public relations. Manages complex engineering design and construction projects on time, within budget, and with minimal disruption to surrounding uses. Performs project management and oversees technical design for projects, including scope of work, budget, contract and code compliance, utility and construction safety, staffing, and public relations. Serves as a liaison with employees and external organizations; represents the City at a variety of meetings, public events, training sessions, on committees, and/or other related events. Ensures compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies. Prepares, reviews, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information, data, and reports; and makes recommendations and presentations based on findings. Oversees and performs advanced design engineering activities for water, gas, wastewater, cathodic protection, regulation and control station projects which includes identifying, ensuring, and making technical, cost, safety, reliability, functionality, code compliance, and feasibility decisions. Coordinates the design and installation of water, gas, wastewater utility services with customers. Analyzes direct costs, overhead and future costs of new services and additional load to water, gas and wastewater systems to develop connection and capacity fees to fully recover cost of new service connections. Creates, reviews, analyzes, and modifies water, gas, wastewater operation and maintenance manuals, engineering, equipment, and materials specifications and standards including work methods and reporting requirements. Manages and directs the work of utility contractors to ensure compliance with applicable utility project specifications and other regulatory requirements. Monitors contractors' compliance with their safety program on projects. To review the full job description, go here Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through: BA/BS in a related field and six years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Licensing Requirements: Based upon area of assignment, some positions may require: Valid California Driver's License. All positions require: Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California. Closing Date/Time: 1/28/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
City of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA, United States
Dec 16, 2020
Full Time
Description The Department Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services. The Position Under the guidance and direction of the Utilities Supervisor and Compliance Technician Lead, this position conducts routine overhead and underground line patrols to ensure compliance with General Orders 95 and 128 of the State of California. Additional responsibilities are to verify the tree trimming program, conduct line patrols during outages, maintain databases for our infrastructure and report findings to the appropriate personnel for corrective action. This position will also conduct all required Safety and Service Reliability overhead and underground inspections as directed. Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate will have completed an apprenticeship as an Electrical Lineperson with a minimum of 5 years of experience working with Electric Overhead and Underground Distribution systems. The successful candidate must have full knowledge of the State of California's General Order's 95, 128, & 165 rules for construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electric supply systems as well as knowledge of the State of California Safety Title 8 rules and regulations. The ideal candidate will be reliable, adaptable, and diligent in working towards achieving the goals and priorities of the department. The City offers a range of benefits including a retirement plan so make sure to visit our benefits portal here . This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) Essential Duties Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Ensures compliance with General Orders 95 for Overhead Construction through scheduled line patrols. Ensures compliance with General Orders 128 for underground construction through scheduled line patrols. Maintains an accurate, up-to-date database of all infractions or deviations found during line patrols. Makes recommendations to Supervisor and/or Engineering for making improvements to the infrastructure. Makes minor repairs in the field during line patrols, such as installing guy markers, date nails, pole numbers, ground wire moldings, installing bolts for box lids, viability strips, etc. Immediately reports hazardous conditions to Supervisor or to the Utilities System Dispatcher. To see the full job description click here. Minimum Qualifications Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through: Compliance Technician: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Completion of an apprenticeship as an Electrical Lineperson with 5 years of journeyman Electric Lineperson experience. Possession of a valid California Driver's License Closing Date/Time: 1/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific