Surgical Technologist

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Mar 07, 2019
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $56,402.88 - $72,028.80 Annually

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 - LVN/Aide Unit

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is recruiting Surgical Technologists to fill three (3) vacant position assigned to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center located in Martinez, CA.

The primary responsibility of these positions is to provide technical assistance to the surgeon at the operating table. Incumbents prepare surgical supplies and equipment for use in surgery and assist the surgeon at the operating table as the scrub nurse member of the surgical team. Duties include maintaining all instruments, sutures, equipment and supplies; gathering sterile packs, setting and arranging surgical instruments on the surgical table in a sterile manner; scrubbing hands, applying gown and gloves and assisting surgeons in the same procedures; ensuring that the surgical area and instruments remain sterile; decontaminating the operating rooms, surgical equipment, and supplies; setting up cautery and suctions; retracting and holding tissues; and assisting the surgeon with the application of traction devices.

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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Typical Tasks
  • Gathers sterile packs and sets up and arranges surgical instruments, needles, sponges, sutures and dressings on the surgical table in a sterile manner
  • Cooperates in the identification of each patient and transfer and positioning of patients
  • Scrubs hands, applies gown and gloves and assists surgeons in same procedures
  • Maintains all instruments, sutures equipment and supplies correctly with a knowledge of the operative procedure undertaken
  • Provides technical assistance to the surgeon at the operating table for surgical procedures
  • Assists in draping the patient
  • Sets up cautery and suctions
  • Retracts and holds tissues
  • Holds and rotates patient's extremities as directed by surgeon
  • Handles and labels all specimens
  • Takes a correct sponge, needle and instrument count
  • Applies dressings to incisions
  • Decontaminates operating rooms, surgical equipment, supplies, and personnel
  • Assist the surgeon with the application of traction devices and casts
  • Participates in the teaching of students
  • Assists with daily maintenance of stock and supplies
  • Provide and promote excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers

Minimum Qualifications

Certificate: 1) Possession of a valid certificate as a Certified Surgical Technologist issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA); 2) Possession of a current, valid Basic Life Support (BLS) issued by the American Heart Association or CPR by the American Red Cross.

Substitution: Either 1) successful completion of a surgical technologist training program certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES); or, 2) one (1) year of full-time, or its equivalent, experience as a Surgical Technologist completed prior to January 1, 2015 and current enrollment in a surgical technologist training program certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). If hired, applicants qualifying under this pattern will be required to complete the training program prior to the completion of their probationary period.

Other Requirements: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical examination may be required prior to the start of employment.

A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required and copies of all certificates are required. An application submitted without the proof of program completion or the supplemental questionnaire will be considered incomplete and will therefore be disqualified.

Selection Process

1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire (Weighted 100%).

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.