Saturday, September 26, 2020

Public Works Technical Assistant II

Recruitment #20-2112-01


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.

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. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications will only be accepted on-line.


The Alameda County Public Works Agency currently has one Public Works Technical Assistant II vacancy and is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team.   The vacancy is with the Building Inspection Unit.  This individual will receive and process applications for permits. Advise the public on building practices and interpret codes, ordinances and regulations. Also, reviews plans for dwellings, additions or alterations and minor commercial buildings for accuracy and conformity.

Under general supervision, Public Works Technical Assistants II perform a variety of complex technical office and/or field work; establish and maintain detailed and inter-related engineering, maintenance, inspection, construction, building inspection, permits, contracts or land development record-keeping systems; and perform related work as required.

Public Works Technical Assistants II are the journey-level staff assistants and may be assigned to the office or field where they act as technical staff assistants in various units, performing highly specialized functions and having program responsibility in their area of specialization.


Either I


The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Public Works Technical Assistant I in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Completion of 12 semester units (or the equivalent) from an accredited college or junior college in the following subjects or areas; building codes, blueprint reading, public works or construction inspection, mechanical or computer aided drafting, plane surveying, engineering graphics, descriptive geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, physical or environmental geology, chemistry, biology, botany, or zoology.



The equivalent of one year of full-time sub-professional work in the areas of engineering, survey, construction management practices, maintenance, inspection practices, building inspection, permits, contracts, or environmental or water quality regulatory compliance.



The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in sub-professional work in the areas of engineering, survey, construction management practices, maintenance, inspection practices, building inspection, permits, contracts or environmental or water quality regulatory compliance.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

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


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.

Knowledge of:

• Office methods and procedures, including filing and record-keeping practices.
• Mathematics, including trigonometry.
• Engineering drafting materials, techniques and instruments.
• Technical report writing.
• Engineering plans, drawings, maps and specification.
• Elements of traffic studies.
• Environmental and water quality impact assessment and mitigation.
• Elements of engineering design and construction methods.
• Procedures involved in the processing of boundary changes.
• Computer programming and operations, including word processing and spreadsheets, databases, photo and graphics programs.
• Contract and agreement administration.
• State of California codes, regulations and specifications related to program responsibility.
• Local, State and Federal environmental and clean water laws and regulations.
• General principles of the natural and physical sciences and storm water and facilities drainage.
• General provisions of the Uniform Building Code, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical and the State Electrical and Housing Codes.
• Modern building materials, tools, practices and nomenclature.
• Common methods and practices used in routine public works construction.

Ability to:

• Review plans and legal documents for compliance with agency policies and legal provisions.
• Research, organize and write clear and concise reports and correspondence.
• Read and interpret building plans, specifications, legal descriptions, construction and engineering drawings topographic maps, tract descriptions and technical reports in a variety of fields for compliance with legal provisions and established guidelines.
• Examine, analyze and process documents such as maps, survey data, plans, specifications, contracts and agreements.
• Prepare agreements, contracts, Board letters, resolutions and similar items.
• Communicate and work effectively with County employees, outside agencies and the public.
• Prepare and adopt computer programs to meet program needs.
• Reach collaborative solutions, using problem-solving skills.
• Conduct special studies or field investigations as part of an inter-disciplinary team.
• Review and interpret legislation and regulations.
• Work out doors in possibly adverse weather conditions.
• Traverse unpaved terrain by vehicle and/or on foot.
• May lift and carry tools, equipment and/or materials weighing up to 55 pounds.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application and supplemental questionnaire  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. 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.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

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:

March 6, 2020

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

March 16, 2020

Oral Examination:

TBD*April 2, 2020*


**Updated 3/19/2020

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
  • 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.



Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Sam Gee, Human Resources Division Manager
Human Resource Services Department, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer