Thursday, December 8, 2022

Safety Technician II, Zone 7

Recruitment #18-4935-01


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 and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires 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


Safety Technician II, under general supervision, assists in the development and maintenance of the safety management program in the Zone 7 Water Agency, assists and performs routine activities in the administration of assigned safety program segments; to assist in training, sampling, monitoring, record keeping and equipment maintenance activities in the administration of assigned safety program segments; to assist in the planning, conducting and coordinating of occupational safety and health program segments; and to perform other related work as required


The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:


·         Possesses relevant knowledge and experience with Employee Health and Safety and Environmental Compliance principles, industry standards, and pertinent local, state, and federal regulations.

·         Is an effective communicator, with the ability to interact professionally, while possessing the ability to communicate technical and regulatory terms into an easily understood context, to a wide range of individuals and groups.

·         Ability to work closely with management and supervisors to implement and coordinate programs to ensure compliance.

·         Will be proactive and adaptable in addressing challenges and opportunities.

·         Is efficient and organized, with the ability to work under pressure with frequent interruptions, all while maintaining a high-quality output.

·         Must have CPR, first aid, confined space, HAZWOP certifications.

·         Advanced computer skills including relevant industry-specific web-based and database programs.

·         Works in both an office and field environment, travelling between multiple locations, with exposure to: noise, dust, chemicals, fumes, gases, grease, water, confined spaces, slippery/uneven surfaces, machinery.






The equivalent of four years full-time experience as a Safety Technician I, Zone 7 or higher-level class in the Alameda County classified service, which included safety resources duties and responsibilities. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



The equivalent of completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in industrial safety, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), construction technology or a related field, AND


Six years of experience equivalent to the Safety Technician, I level.


Possession of a valid state of California driver’s license.


Valid CPR Certification.
Valid First Aid Certification.
Valid Confined space entry training.
Valid HAZWOP certification.


Environmental Conditions
Works in both an office and field environment; travels from site to site; has exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, fumes, gases, grease; works in water, in confined spaces, and on slippery and uneven surfaces; works with machinery.

Physical Conditions
Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate or heavy lifting; walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles; using hand and power tools and equipment; bending, twisting, crouching, and reaching above shoulder height.


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

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:


Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in health and safety and environmental compliance; keeping up with current developments and trends.



Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards



Completes procedures, documents, forms, reports and/or budgets that are essential to the day-to-day operations of a group, project, or program.


Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.



Identifies problems and uses logic, judgment, and data to evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions to achieve the desired organizational goal or outcome.




Plans and organizes work activities; manages several tasks at once. Establishes a course of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently.




Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures. Adapts quickly to change and easily considers new approaches.



Delivers clear, effective communication and takes responsibility for understanding others. Clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Knowledge of:

• Common technical safety programs (e.g., confined space entry, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, HAZWOP).
• Use of common safety equipment.
• General safety practices, policies and procedures.
• Principles and practices of training.
• Work processes, equipment, and environmental conditions involved in construction and facility maintenance work, including standard protective devices and accident prevention measures.
• The safe operation of tools and equipment used in industry.
• Grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.
• Basic mathematics in order to make calculations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, averages and percentages.
• Modern office procedures and equipment, including personal computers, and related word processing and spreadsheet software.
• Principles of first aid and CPR.
• Principles and practices of recordkeeping.

Ability to:

• Apply and explain a variety of safety laws and regulations.
• Apply adult education principles.
• Provide effective training.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Keep a variety of work records and prepare reports (e.g., training attendance, equipment status, hazardous material pickups, dosimeter assignment, and distribution of personal safety equipment).
• Operate and maintain a variety of safety equipment and hand and power tools.
• Operate a motor vehicle safely and in accordance with traffic laws and Agency policies.
• Lift moderately to heavy objects.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application 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 the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


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:


Last Day For Filing:                                     Thursday, October 25, 2018              

Screening For Minimum Qualifications:    Thursday, November 8, 2018

Screening For Best Qualified:                    Friday, November 15, 2018

Panel Interviews:                                         Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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,



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 & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • 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.



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Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst II
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda