Join the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) as a Water
Maintenance Worker I - Extra-Help
Sonoma Water is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple
temporary, extra-help Water Agency Maintenance Worker I (WAMW I)
positions. This employment list may also be used to fill future
extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of the
At the entry-level, Water Agency Maintenance Workers perform a
variety of entry-level, semi-skilled, light and heavy manual tasks
involving water and wastewater treatment maintenance. Typical
- Repairing and installing water and wastewater treatment
distribution systems, as well as flood control and river
- Digging trenches, repairing pipes, and removing silt and other
- Planting, pruning, cutting, and removing trees and other
- Installing, repairing, and removing fences
- Maintaining service roads
Ideal candidates will possess:
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- Experience with basic construction methods and familiarity with
various hand and power tools
- Experience with vegetation management
- The ability to work in a team environment
- A valid California Driver's License, and experience
- A Commercial Driver's License (Class A) is highly desired
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.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff.
Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil
service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated
positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits
such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of
vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or
eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help
employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one
calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months
before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help
employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a
County contribution toward medical coverage.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE
Education and Experience: Any combination of education,
training, and experience that would likely provide the required
knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include some
experience in construction which includes performing heavy physical
labor, or maintenance work which includes the use of light
mechanical machines and hand tools.
Driver's 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. A valid
State of California Class A Commercial Driver's License, including
any valid and appropriate California Endorsement(s) (e.g. tank
endorsement), is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working Knowledge of: general construction materials, safety
practices, and tools commonly used in wastewater collection and
water distribution system construction and maintenance and/or in
vegetation management; including basic types, styles, and sizes of
pipes, parts, and fittings; principles and practices of a diverse
range of semi-skilled trades areas such as carpentry, irrigation
systems, drywall, asphalt and concrete work, plumbing, fencing
construction and related trades areas; water and wastewater system
functions and structures; flood control and collection system pipe
laying procedures; methods, materials, and procedures used in
bedding, backfilling, and black topping.
Knowledge of: materials and procedures used in repairing and
replacing concrete structures; methods, equipment, and procedures
used in water and wastewater system line cleaning; safety
procedures, requirements, and equipment; repair, preventive
maintenance, and safe operations of trucks, hand, and power tools;
and light and heavy construction equipment; methods and techniques
of using CCTV equipment to diagnose and resolve sewer line issues;
safe working practices and techniques including those for working
within confined spaces and handling/disposition of hazardous
materials; USA methods and techniques; sewer systems standards as
specified in California Uniform Plumbing Code; English grammar,
vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition; principles and
practices of record keeping.
Ability to: perform a variety of semi-skilled manual maintenance
and construction tasks for extended periods and under unfavorable
weather conditions; operate line cleaning equipment and hand and
power tools; determine appropriate methods to clean water and sewer
lines; demonstrate physical strength, endurance, mechanical
aptitude, and skills for working in a variety of trades areas;
operate CCTV equipment to diagnose collection system issues and
identify required maintenance; mark and locate underground
services; operate a diverse range of light and heavy equipment in
performance of assigned duties; work in confined and/or underground
spaces; understand and follow oral and written instructions; follow
safety procedures; accurately complete simple report forms; work
effectively with other employees and the public; speak, read, and
write English at a level appropriate for successful job
performance; read work maps and plans.
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
- 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
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review
more detailed information about the application, examination, and
department selection processes.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE
The selection procedure will consist of the following
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal
(pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's
combination of educational coursework, training, experience,
knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure
satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.
Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position
will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the
department. The department may contact candidates from the
employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related
qualifications for further consideration.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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