Water Agency SCADA Technology Analyst

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 31, 2021
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $99,284.30 - $120,677.28 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Bring your SCADA experience to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water)!

Sonoma Water is seeking an emotionally intelligent and intellectually curious SCADA Technology Analyst. Reporting to the Engineering Programming Manager in the Operations division, the SCADA Technology Analyst will plan, design, install, analyze, administer, maintain, and upgrade our SCADA software platform, PLC hardware, as well as radio and cabled communication links. This position will work across Sonoma Water with Engineering and Administration divisions to ensure that new and existing technical solutions are implemented in a manner that preserves the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the Sonoma Water's critical infrastructure. Additional responsibilities include:
  • Collaborating with fellow SCADA Analysts and Information Technology section
  • Training staff on SCADA data retrieval and control system operation, as well as control system changes
  • Developing, troubleshooting, documenting, and modifying SCADA applications including displays, trends, alerts, and reports
  • Upgrading, implementing, and maintaining SCADA software platform including HMI, Control Objects, Alarming, etc.
  • Performing process, hardware, and software analysis, documentation, and troubleshooting
  • Researching and testing of new technologies
  • Implementing, reporting, and monitoring network and security services
  • Participating in a 24/7 on-call rotation with other team members to respond to operational issues
  • Preparing technical and functional documentation for system operation, procedures, alarms, and controls.
  • Partnering with vendors or cross-functional teams on support and project initiatives
The ideal candidate will be a creative and flexible individual with experience:

  • Supporting critical infrastructure
  • Working with a wide array of PLC hardware and software development environments
  • Using AVEVA System Platform formally WonderWare System Platform
  • Programming in Graphical Interface (HMI)
  • Working in the water or wastewater industry
What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma 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 excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 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 within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) .


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and training that would provide the opportunity to acquire the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in computer science, information systems, or a related field, and four years of professional experience providing analytical support for enterprise or customized applications. Nationally-recognized, industry-specific technical certifications may be considered equivalent to college-level coursework for meeting the educational requirements. Experience working with SCADA or other automation systems in a water/wastewater environment is 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.

Programs/Certifications: The Certified Associate program through the International Society of Automation must be successfully completed within 18 months of employment in this classification. The Water Distribution Operator Certification Grade I and the Water Treatment Operator Certification Grade 1 certifications Issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board are required within 18 months of employment in this classification. Once obtained, these certifications must be maintained as a condition of employment in this classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and practices of SCADA system design, development, and administration including applications and supporting infrastructure; a diverse range of applications and programming languages used in SCADA systems; principles and practices of HMI and PLC process control technology; principles and practices of developing and implementing system control philosophies into an operationally automated control systems; principles and practices of network hardware configuration and management; methods and techniques of developing and implementing system security best management practices; principles and practices related to diagnosing communication issues; telecommunications systems and applications, including voice, data, video, fiber optics, and other components; networking practices; principles and practices of database administration; methods and techniques of evaluating third party software for modification to customized application specifications; principles and practices and safety techniques for electrical and electronic systems in high voltage plants, in confined spaces, and at heights; operational characteristics of water distribution and wastewater treatment facilities and collections systems; methods and techniques of developing and delivering training on new or modified applications; principles and practices of developing and maintaining technical documentation, files, and records; fundamentals of electrical and instrumentation programming and set up; principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly; applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.

Ability to: recommend, design, develop, program, and implement new, enhanced, or modified SCADA systems; troubleshoot, diagnose, analyze, and resolve complex SCADA system issues; troubleshoot and diagnose network hardware and configuration issues; develop and implement testing models; write and modify instructions, procedures, manuals, and documentation; analyze systems problems, develop effective solutions, and prepare cost estimates; understand, interpret, and apply pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed; work effectively with staff, customers, and vendors; collaborate with colleagues in developing and documenting process work flows, SCADA system specifications, and models; perform a variety of tasks in a consistent and accurate manner; analyze and evaluate information, problems, and situations, and develop an effective course of action; prepare clear, concise, and accurate oral and written reports communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.

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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