Friday, April 27, 2018

Water Resources Technician I, Zone 7

Recruitment #17-4937-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Applications will only be accepted on-line.










Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.

For more information about Zone 7, please visit their website at


Under general supervision, to perform a variety of professional engineering/geological work related to water resources, flood control, water supply, and water treatment and distribution facilities and systems; and to perform related work as required.

Please CLICK HERE for the full Water Resources Technician I, Zone 7 job specification/description.


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have a track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • A self-starting individual familiar with the fundamental principles of hydrology, open channel/hydraulic, water resources and watershed managements;
  • Working knowledge of software including AutoCAD, Civil3D, GIS, ArcGIS, MS Project, Excel and Word;
  • Knowledge of topographic surveying (total station and/or RTK-GPS) and pre- and post-processing of survey data;
  • Field work experience, especially performing inspections of project construction, including knowledge of codes, regulations and standards;
  • Ability to interpret and/or prepare engineering drawings, plans, specifications, and various technical documents;
  • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written form and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with the public, contractors and outside agencies;
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills in order to identify issues, problems, or opportunities and determine alternatives and appropriate action;
  • Exceptional organizations skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects while contributing to a positive, team-oriented work environment;
  • Sufficient agility, strength and endurance to access and investigate sites, such as uneven channel slopes, creeks and drainage channels outdoors in all weather conditions; and,
  • The ability to be in the field or an outdoor environment for an extended period of time and subject to all weather conditions while performing field work near-channel and in-channel including debris removal, minor facility maintenance, construction inspections, surveying and communicating with construction personnel.


Either I


Completion of sixty semester units of college level studies with an emphasis in engineering, mathematics and/or science;



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in sub-professional engineering or water resources work at a level equivalent to the class of Water Resource Engineering Aide.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The required level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Elementary principles of engineering as applied to the area of assignment, including design, construction and inspection.
• Fundamental principles of hydrology and water resources.
• Data collection and sampling methods and equipment.
• Surveying and drafting methods and equipment.
• Mathematics and algebra.
• Modern office methods, procedures and equipment.
• Computer software applications related to the work.
• Codes, regulations and standards related to the area of assignment.


• Reading, reviewing, interpreting, and/or preparing engineering drawings, plans, specifications, and various technical documents.
• Working cooperatively with the public, contractors, other agencies, and others while exercising enforcement responsibilities.
• Reading, interpreting, analyzing and processing maps, legal descriptions, regulations, survey data, contracts and agreements, and a variety of technical documents related to area of assignment.
• Gathering and compiling data and information and preparing accurate technical reports and documents.
• Performing accurate mathematical calculations.
• Communicating and working effectively with a variety of individuals, agencies and organizations.
• Properly using equipment, tools and instruments related to area of assignment, including those used for surveying and drafting.
• Operating computer systems to meet work unit needs.
• Maintaining complete and accurate records.
• Collecting, computing and analyzing hydrologic data.
• Performing basic maintenance and repair of electronic measuring and recording devices.


Some positions must be willing and able to work in exposure to potential chemical, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and/or outdoors in all weather conditions. Some positions require agility, strength and endurance sufficient to access and investigate sites, such as remote wells, mining pits, steep channels, deep and/or rapid waters, etc.


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3)  An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Selection Plan

 Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:                                                                       5:00 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2017

Review of Minimum Qualifications:                                              by Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:         by Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oral Interviews*:                                                                          Thursday, July 20, 2017

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Debra Robinson-Harris,  Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer