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Water Agency Operations Engineer III

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:


$140,254.46 - $170,475.96 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Sonoma County Water Agency (WTR)

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Position Information
Join the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) as an Operations Engineer.
Requirement: To be considered qualified for the position, possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Civil, Control System, Electrical, and/or Mechanical Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is required at time of application submission.

As a Water Agency Operations Engineer III in the Operations Division, you will apply your knowledge and understanding of regulations pertaining to water, wastewater (treatment and collection facilities), air pollution, stormwater, recycled water, and hazardous waste to support new and existing engineering projects. This position acts as a project manager for various engineering projects, assists with permit and environmental compliance, provides budget and financial planning, and manages and designs maintenance and smaller capital projects in support of both water and wastewater facilities. Additionally, you will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with local, regional, state, and federal water and wastewater regulatory agencies
  • Compiling, analyzing, and evaluating data on water, wastewater, and related agency systems
  • Acting as a professional and technical liaison with industry representatives
  • Negotiating contracts and managing consultantsThe ideal candidate will be a resourceful, project manager, who has excellent communication skills and the ability to be a team player while also being self-motivated to bring complex projects to completion. Additionally, the ideal candidate will bring:

    • Experience working in a water and wastewater regulatory environment and working knowledge and understanding of water and wastewater treatment
    • Some experience working on capital projects in a public works/utility environment
    • AutoCAD and/or GIS skills, along with a technical savviness to utilize current engineering-related applications
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to address engineering challenges
    • The ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues to complete complex reports and other assignments
    • A positive attitude, good sense of humor, and ability to effectively interact with all levels in the organizationWhat 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 flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

      • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
      • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
      • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1,500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
      • 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
      • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
      • 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 employmentAbout 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 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of seven divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water/Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, Emergency Management and Security, 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 use efficiency and fishery restoration programs.

        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. The formal title for this position is Water Agency Engineer III.

        We are currently recruiting to fill a Water Agency Operations Engineer III position. 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. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

        *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Western Council of Engineers Memorandum of Understanding and our Employee Benefits directory.


        Minimum Qualifications
        Education: Any combination of education and training that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering with emphasis in water resources, hydraulics, hydrology, or a closely related field would provide such opportunity. Experience: Any combination of experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of water or wastewater engineering experience at a level comparable to Water Agency Engineer II would provide such opportunity. Other RequirementsCertification: Possession of a valid certificate of registration in one of the specialty areas, depending on assignment. MechanicalPossession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Mechanical Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. ElectricalPossession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Electrical and/or Control System Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. CivilPossession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. License: Possession of a valid California driver's license at the appropriate level, including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
        Considerable knowledge of: civil, electrical and/or mechanical engineering principles, practices and methods with particular reference to the planning, design, construction and operation of water and wastewater facilities, and the design and construction of flood control projects; methods and techniques of water modeling; principles of ground water management; statistics and advanced mathematics; topographic and construction surveying, stress analysis, analytical mechanics and the strength, properties and uses of construction materials; common methods and equipment utilized in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work; real property descriptions; engineering design, drafting methods, and equipment; and principles of budgeting relative to water and wastewater related projects. Working knowledge of: principles, practices and techniques of supervision and training; public speaking principles and practices and public relation styles and techniques; CEQA; and the fundamentals of specification writing. Ability to: organize work, set priorities and exercise independent judgment; prepare designs and make accurate drawings and maps; make accurate mathematical calculations and neat and accurate field notes; apply principles of logic and scientific reasoning to develop and evaluate alternative courses of action and determine appropriate solutions; read, understand and interpret complex technical and legal documents, maps, technical drawings and plans; listen attentively and participate in negotiations by providing required data and information; adjust workload changes and work under stress to meet deadlines; develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of representatives from governmental and private agencies, construction and consultant contractors, coworkers and the public; make presentations before public agencies and community groups; and write clearly and concisely in order to prepare technical reports, correspondence, and maintain records. In addition, knowledge specific to the specialized areas is required as follows: CivilConsiderable knowledge of: the principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering with particular reference to water supply, wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; statistics and advanced mathematics; ground water modeling; water supply and water reuse planning; topographic and construction surveying, stress analysis, analytical mechanics and the strength, properties and uses of construction materials, common methods and equipment utilized in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work; and real property descriptions. ElectricalConsiderable knowledge of: electrical engineering principles, practices, and terminology, with particular reference to water supply and wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; electrical and/or control systems; power; physics and chemistry; communication systems, telemetry, basic electric, electronic, and solid-state circuits; the principles and methods of testing electrical materials and equipment; principles, methods, and systems of corrosion control; computer-based systems, instrumentation and equipment; and local, state, and national electrical codes. MechanicalConsiderable knowledge of: mechanical engineering principles, practices and terminology with particular reference to water supply and wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; hydraulics, engineering mechanics and mechanics of materials; pump selection and performance; corrosion control; engineering mathematics and statistical analysis and techniques; and the principles and methods of testing mechanical equipment. Working ConditionsDuties require sitting and standing for prolonged periods. Additionally, walking on level, inclined, uneven, wet and slippery surfaces; reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping and climbing over objects is required in the performance of routine duties when visiting field and equipment sites. The incumbent may, while monitoring projects in the field, be subjected to all weather conditions including wet, hot, and cold. During project inspections and field site visits, incumbents may be exposed to dust, pollen and loud noises. The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting work. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and be around mechanical, electrical and/or structural hazards.
        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 hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

          Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that 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 is 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.

          HOW TO APPLY

          Applications are accepted online 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

          HR Analyst: BH
          HR Technician: KK

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