Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Water Resources Technician I, Zone7

Recruitment #21-4937-01


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.

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.

For more information about Zone 7, please visit their website at www.zone7water.com.

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 with water resources management experience such as well construction,
      permitting, hydrologic and climatological data collection, field inspection, and data analysis
      experience; Knowledge of geologic, watershed and water cycle processes is highly desirable;

·       Working knowledge of computer software including MS Word, Excel, Access, and ArcGIS; Knowledge
      of modeling is highly desirable;

·       Field data collection and inspection experience such as stream gauging, water well sampling, rain
      gauge and/or CIMIS analysis, GPS surveying, well construction, reconstruction or destruction;
      Knowledge of basic gauge installation and maintenance is highly desirable;

·       Ability to analyze data to prepare, revise and update maps and tables;

·       Excellent communication skills in both oral and written form, and the ability to effectively communicate
      with diverse audiences both internal and external to Zone 7;

·       The ability to be in the field for an extended period of time and subject to various environmental


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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:

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.



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

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


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., Sunday, June 20, 2021

 Review of Minimum & Best Qualifications: 

 by Wednesday July 21, 2021

 Oral Interviews*: 

 Thursday, August 11, 2021

*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, www.acgov.org/hrs. 


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.



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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 NoReply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Debra Robinson-Harris, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6437 or email Debra.Robinson@acgov.org




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