Water Agency Engineering Technician I - Construction Management

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 29, 2021
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $54,703.42 - $66,516.51 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Become a Water Agency Engineering Technician I in the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water)!
If you are interested in applying at the II or III levels of these opportunities, you must apply to the separate recruitments now being conducted for those levels.

Water Agency Engineering Technicians at the first level (level I), work in the office, and out in the field, performing routine, entry-level engineering work in support of the Construction Management work group. The ideal candidates for this position will have:

  • Completed coursework in a related field such as Engineering Technology or Construction Management, and environmental studies or water/wastewater operations
  • Familiarity with basic field work methods employed in the construction of water and wastewater projects
  • The ability to maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders including department staff, contractors, property owners, customers, and/or community groups
  • Experience accurately creating, maintaining, and reviewing records and reports
  • The ability to analyze and interpret rules, regulations, and engineering-related information
  • Experience using MS Office programs, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Water Agency Engineering Technician Is in the Construction Management group will be responsible for:

  • Conducting inspections for wastewater treatment plant, sewer collection system, water transmission pipeline, and pump station construction projects
  • Reviewing and interpreting construction plans and specifications for soundness and conformance to established standards
  • Providing tabulation of quantity calculations for the preparations of pay estimates
  • Preparing and maintaining technical record keeping systems
  • Creating accurate, detailed work and observation reports
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.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one Water Agency Engineering Technician position at either the I, II, or III level. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. The official title for this position is Water Agency Engineering Technician I.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include college-level coursework, or equivalent training, in plane geometry, trigonometry, algebra, CADD, civil engineering, and surveying, or related field(s); and one year of entry level paraprofessional experience in surveying, traffic, and/or engineering support work. An Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree, or equivalent with a major in a relevant field is highly 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: depending on assignment, engineering principles, practices, and methods of technical civil engineering, drafting, soil and sample collection and testing, and/or surveying office and field support as they apply to water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and/or flood control projects; routine procedures for testing construction materials; Water Agency safety practices and procedures; surveying, drafting, and CADD equipment; methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in engineering construction; applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; the principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; electronic information systems; principles and procedures of recordkeeping; technical report writing practices and procedures; establish, maintain, and foster effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software packages).

Ability to: depending on assignment, perform limited drafting, surveying, material testing, and engineering calculations; apply the elementary principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to calculate a variety of areas, quantities, or curves; prepare a variety of plans, specifications, maps, graphic materials, cost estimates, and technical engineering reports; research and analyze legal descriptions related to properties; use engineering, drafting, and surveying instruments and equipment; use a wide variety of computer applications; clearly and accurately convey technical information in written reports; read and understand technical descriptions; understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed; follow oral and written directions; work cooperatively with other staff; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information; communicate effectively both in writing and orally with persons from a variety of socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds.

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 www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . 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.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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