Sonoma Water Coordinator - Maintenance Mechanic Services

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Feb 18, 2021
Full Time Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades Public Health Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $134,243.56 - $163,191.91 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Maintenance Mechanic Services team at the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is seeking an enthusiastic and collaborative Sonoma Water Coordinator.

The Sonoma Water Coordinator plans, assigns, schedules, and directs the work of personnel engaged in water production, wastewater treatment, water transmission, and fleet maintenance. This position is also responsible for prioritizing work assignments; allocating resources and directing mechanics; reviewing design plans; collaborating with other public agencies; and managing the section's budget. Additionally, while working on maintenance and construction projects with partner agencies, this position will support the inter/intra-governmental coordination of personnel and equipment.

The typical duties of this position include overseeing the mechanical and electrical construction, maintenance, repair of:

  • Potable water supply, treatment, storage, and distribution systems
  • Agency-owned or operated wastewater collection treatment and disposal systems
  • Hydro and diesel-powered electrical generation plants
  • Agency-owned or managed buildings
The most qualified candidates for this position will be innovative, life-long learners with an interest in developing themselves and those around them. They will also possess:

  • Significant experience (five or more years) working as a Water/Wastewater Utility mechanic
  • One or more years of experience leading and/or supervising mechanics
  • Experience making presentations to a Board or in other public settings discussing utility-related plans and/or programs
  • The demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external stake-holders
What We Offer

Working at Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package*, including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water 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. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water 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 Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This employment list may also be used to fill future positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment . The Formal title for this position is Water Agency Coordinator.


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, five years of recent experience in construction, maintenance, and inspection projects, and/or in flood control and/or in water and wastewater treatment and disposal; and/or in engineering and/or in public works project experience; and/or in water and wastewater laboratory procedures, and/or in installing, maintaining, repairing, calibrating and replacing electrical equipment and machinery, including one year of experience in a supervisory capacity or two years of experience in a lead capacity, 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.

Maintenance Mechanic Services: Incumbent must possess a California Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T1 certificate and a California Water Distribution Operator Grade D3 certificate. A California Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T2 certificate must be obtained within two years and a California Water Distribution Operator Grade D5 certificate must be obtained within six years. A Cross Connection Control Specialist Certificate is highly desirable.

Maintenance Mechanic Services/Maintenance Worker Services/Water/Wastewater Operations:
Academic course work, which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Course work in planning, engineering, physical or biological sciences or a four-year college degree is highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

For all units:

Considerable knowledge of: occupational hazards and modern safety practice in the operation of water and wastewater facilities and in the maintenance of flood control channels; preventive maintenance requirements; effective utilization and standards for vehicles, light and heavy equipment, machines and power and hand tools; effective methods of supervision and of training personnel; organizational and occupational safety practices and procedures especially those connected with work on high voltage, electrical, mechanical equipment, equipment operating under high pressure and chlorination equipment.

Thorough knowledge of: methods, materials, tools and equipment used in Water Agency projects; principles and techniques of effective supervision and training. In addition to the knowledge listed above, incumbents must possess additional knowledge, identified below, depending on job assignment.

Maintenance Mechanic Services:
Thorough knowledge of: methods, materials, tools, equipment, practices, and procedures used in the construction, installation, operation and technical maintenance of water and wastewater treatment and distribution facilities and systems including such systems as electric motors and generators, diesel engines, switch gears, , automatic chlorine, caustic soda and hydrogen sulfide injectors, pipeline hydraulic systems, pumps, valves and meters, cathodic protection and related equipment.

Working Knowledge of: generally accepted methods of management and administration; budgeting and financial considerations pertaining to operations and maintenance, and working within established budgets; budgeting and financial considerations pertaining to maintenance and construction projects; and requisition procedures.

Ability to: plan, schedule and coordinate the work of a large group of entry-level, semi-skilled, skilled and supervisory and lead personnel; analyze situations and adopt effective course of action; develop, conduct and/or coordinate training, employee evaluations, and industrial safety programs; deal tactfully, effectively and harmoniously with employees, co-workers, other County departments, other public agencies, and the public; use electric meters and a variety of mechanical tools; interpret field engineering drawings and sketches; perform basic mathematical and geometric calculations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain records and write reports; keep abreast of current developments in the fields of water distribution centers/wastewater systems/laboratory science/telemetry and programmed logic controls/flood control; prepare requisitions of supplies and materials; prepare clear and concise written reports; and speak, read and write English at a level appropriate to job success; learn and understand considerations needed for stream maintenance and re-vegetation projects in urban and natural settings compatible with the desired function of flood control; and learn and understand Federal, State and local laws, regulations, current programs and court decisions pertaining to environmental protection.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. 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, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


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.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


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. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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Job Address

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